I finally had a bit of a creative breakthrough. It isn’t waaaaaaaaaaaay off of my regular scrapping path, but I did include some fussy cutting. For the record, I hate fussy cutting. Yes, I know you move the paper, not the scissors. Still, I get impatient after the first couple of cuts. Then I get reckless. Next thing you know, all of those smooth curves get hacked to pieces.
Two things finally got me going. First, a beautiful cloud paper from Shimelle Laine’s Starshine collection just begged to be fussy cut. I love the paper, but couldn’t figure out how to use it as a layer in a layout. So out came the scissors. I cut quite a few of the cloud groupings without knowing what I was going to do.
The second catalyst turned out to be exhaustion. The day that I had cut out the clouds, I tried to place them on the layout. Nothing looked right, and I finally gave up. So, on a night that I could barely keep my eyes open, I began to work on it again. The clouds just magically fell into place. Lack of sleep seems to allow me to not overthink things and just create! I often do my best scrapbooking in the wee hours of the night.
It isn’t a fancy page with a lot of embellishment. The clouds themselves seem to be enough decoration. Some are popped up to give a bit of dimension. I sprinkled them with my favorite wood veneer hearts. Originally the photos were floating a bit, so I made a shelf for them with the wood grain scallop sticker. The wood grain was chosen to work with the hearts.
The page still isn’t perfect. I can see two things in the photo that bother me. First, I’m not sure about the silver foam Thickers. I am not going to change them out for something else. They were the right size for this layout, and I can live with it. I’m also considering adding a cloud at the top right of the vertical photo. That white corner formed by the photo and the bottom of the cloud just doesn’t look right. (Of course I didn’t see that until I photographed the page.)
Still, I am rather happy to have changed it up a little. On to the next project!