Do you ever sort through your paper and find something you just simply must use right this moment? In all honesty, I have so much paper at this point that I forget what I have. So when I ran across this multi-color raindrop paper by Pink Paislee, I was inspired. It is just too cute to sit in a file any longer. Then I spent a little time pulling some matching papers from my stash. It wasn’t too hard to find pink, yellow, green, and orange papers to go with it. Sadly, the green paper didn’t make the cut this time.
Once it was time to create the design, I turned to another muse, an online class. After watching a video, I took one of the pages and put my own spin on it. I focused on having an area of embellishment at the top and bottom, and then a small one next to the title. The embellishment was kept quite simple because the paper is so busy!
Though I don’t often reach for chipboard embellishments these days, I knew I had some pieces that would match the color scheme. Those “Adorable” and “You & Me” pieces were just perfect for these photos! I mean, really, both that little girl and her great grandpa are adorable. I also picked out the chevrons to point at the title. A few brads, three puffy asterisks, and some die cut circles finished off the page.
I did want this page to include journaling. I couldn’t find a way to insert a block of writing that would look right. So, in this case, the journaling is on the back. Another way I could have included journaling would be to create a pocket behind the yellow polka dot paper. I could have placed a pull out journal card there, with a small tab that stuck out. Of course, I didn’t think about any of this until everything was all glued down. *Sigh* Isn’t that always the way?
My challenge for you is to thumb through your papers and find a piece that speaks to you… Something that calls out to be removed from your stacks and onto a page. Use that paper as the beginning of your next fabulous layout!
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.
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!)
I have been complaining about how all of my layouts look the same. It is so easy to fall into artistic habits. You have even seen me attempt to break out of those habits and fail miserably. It just seems that once I start creating, I end up repeating what is familiar.
Finally, I found a way (for now) to get out of that scrappy slump. I chose a sketch that is decidedly not my style. In this case, I pulled up an old sketch from the My Mind’s Eye Blog. You can find it here. It is a bit minimalist in that it doesn’t use a lot of patterned paper. You know how much I love patterned paper. I usually use it for the background as well as whatever other paper layers are on the page.
Now don’t get me wrong. You will see lots of different patterned papers on this page. It’s just that they are in smaller bits. This sketch is absolutely perfect for using up your scraps! That is exactly what I did. Everything except the white cardstock background came from my scrap bin.
In this case, I started with the triangle paper from Pink Paislee’s Memorandum collection. I have to admit, that is one of my favorite collections. As this particular paper shows, the collection included just about every color in the rainbow. It made it very easy to pick out coordinating scraps. Just about any color was fair game. It allowed me to mix brands quite easily. I believe I see Simple Stories, Bella Blvd, Echo Park, and American Crafts represented here.
Really, this page came together pretty fast. It didn’t need a lot of embellishing thanks to the many different patterns. I pulled a few chipboard shapes from the Posh line. In order to repeat the circles, I also used some brads. You can’t even believe how happy I am to use some brads. Buying brads is a special talent of mine. Using them is not. For once, I really enjoyed the free form style and just went with it.
Do you want to know what I really like about sketches? You can use them over and over. I’m already thinking about turning this one on its side and using a horizontal photo. Oh the possibilities!