Feels Like Summer

When the sun comes out, it just warms my heart and soul.  Living in a place where it rains 10 months out of the year can be brutal.  Waking up to a day of unexpected sunshine is glorious.  It makes my creativity bloom.  So, today I spent the day getting crafty with a summer page.  (Oh how I long for summer!)

This page did not go at all as I had planned.  I had envisioned a white background, photos matted with just a touch of yellow, and a background stamped with black splatters.  As you can see, that did not happen.  Once I got the yellow paper chosen and set it against the white cardstock, it just felt so stark.  Though I love the minimalist look other people use, it doesn’t feel right for me.

At that point I spied the teal star paper by Shimelle in my scrap bin and began to rethink my design.  What if I were to pull all of my embellishments that were yellow and teal, then work from there?  I went through every die cut, brad, and sticker I owned.  In the process, I found some pieces from October Afternoon that were pirate themed.  I about fell over when I realized they were the perfect colors for this layout that included a picture of a boat.  Yes!  That never happens!

Astoria

At that point I just began laying things out.  Placing items, shaking my head, and trying another combination was my strategy.  Honestly, it didn’t take a long time.  The nice thing about sticking to two colors is that your options are limited.

I will say that I broke some “scrapping rules” when I put this together.  There is a mixture of both bright white and cream on the page.  While placing things, I was careful to not place the cream and white together, so it isn’t as apparent.  The other color combination that I generally don’t put together on a page are black and navy.  I thought about using black for the title, but it would have been too jarring.  Instead, I went with navy.  Oddly, I like it even though there isn’t any other navy on the layout.

Even though I strayed far from my original plan, I love the finished page.  It reminds me that when I try too hard, the layout doesn’t turn out the way I want it to.  This time I just let instinct take over, and I am thrilled with the result.  Note to self:  When crafting, turn your brain off and go with the flow.

Almost a Theme

I tried.  I really did.  For this layout I was going to go all in and attempt a much more heavily themed page.  Out came some nautical October Afternoon stickers in order to ensure the beach theme.  This was going to be a stretch for me, but I was determined… or so I thought.

To be fair, when I began pulling papers for this page, I did not have the beach in mind.  In fact, I was really just putting away my last order that had been sitting for, um, months.  The Pink Paislee aqua and wood grain paper grabbed my attention immediately.  And then I ran across that white wood grain embossed paper in the same order.  They just had to go together.  So that was my starting point.  I decided to add a couple of 6×6 papers that matched beautifully.  Can you tell I was highly invested in the wood grain theme at this point?

Then I began flipping through my photos.  You would think I would maybe pull something from a camping trip. (Wood grain on wood grain on wood grain.)  Alas, no, it was this lovely little photo of a tide pool I took last summer.  Look at the colors!  Hello browns and aquas!  It was just meant to be.

Tide Pool

The papers pretty much laid themselves out on this page.  I did cut out the back of that Pink Paislee paper so I could use it again.  The white cardstock covers the big square that I hoarded saved.  (I won’t usually save anything from my background paper.  I doubt I will ever use up all of the paper I own.  However, this one was way too pretty to waste.)  I did dig into my scraps and add the kraft strip that helped provide a little grounding at the bottom of the page.  I also cuts some scallops from scraps.

Here is where I wound up in a goal failure.  I had created a layout that was white, brown, and aqua.  Introducing any other colors just didn’t seem right.  So as I perused my marine themed embellishments, I was left with one option.  That adorable octopus fit the bill.  I did not want to introduce the red, yellow, or cobalt blue that were included in everything else.  So then I gravitated to the stars.  (Stars… starfish… close enough!)  I included a few more aqua pieces from here and there and then sprinkled in a few wood grain hearts because I totally needed more wood grain.

Let’s face it… I am just never going to be a theme girl.  At least this time I wound up with a much more beach themed color scheme.  Though all of the wood may not seem beach themed to most, it does remind me of the driftwood I see at our local beaches.  So I am going to say that is on theme as well.  Oh, and there are pearls!  Pearls are beach themed.  I am going to call this a goal partially met.  I guess it doesn’t really matter as long as I love the layout.  (I do!)