Imperfect Grid

I know this confession will shock y’all.  I eyeball everything.  Cuts are measured fairly accurately.  We won’t talk about how neither of my paper trimmers seem to be able to cut in a straight line.  When it comes to actually placing my papers down, yeah, I eyeball it… which works most of the time.  When does it backfire?  Those VERY rare times that I try to make a geometric or grid type of layout.

I did put a little extra effort into this one.  I used a straightedge and everything.  Still, you can clearly see where some squares aren’t quite right.  (Is it any wonder that it took me 10 years to hang up my pictures in my house?  I don’t even own a level!)  I really should have measured everything out perfectly and used more than one straight edge while I was laying it out.  *Sigh*

Ocean View

Is there anything else I would have done differently?  Yes.  I wish I had layered a slightly larger square below each of the squares you see.  Maybe a cream or light grey would have been nice.  They just need SOMETHING to make them stand out from the white background.  I would have also typed out the journaling.  I just don’t like how it looks in that square.

So, is there anything I like?  Absolutely!  I am honestly thrilled to get those chipboard banners used.  Another win was the use of the project life/journal card behind the photo.  You probably didn’t notice it.  It says, “Love These Little Things.”  It worked perfectly as a layer there.  I got it from a grab bag/box.  Since I don’t generally scrap with them, it was nice to get one out of my stash.  Overall, the “sprinkle embellishments here and there” is also just really freeing.  That part was effortless and fun.  And the best part?  I got rid of some of those pesky scraps that have been piling up on my desk.

Oh, and that ocean view?  That’s an incredible lookout point just south of Cannon Beach, Oregon.  If you ever visit, and you should, be prepared for a busy little town.  If you are heading to the beach, get there early.  There is minimal parking, and it fills up quickly.  We rented a house just out of town.  It was far enough away in the woods to feel completely secluded, while just minutes from the main drag of town.

 

The Paper’s So Bright

I don’t do a lot of super bright scrapbook pages.  When you live in the dark and dreary Pacific Northwest, bright colors just don’t work with a lot of your pictures.  I really liked the look of the DIY collection by Simple Stories when I bought it online eons ago.  However, once it arrived, I realized how bright the B sides are.  Since I do a lot of B side scrapping, I’ve had some trouble using this collection.  For the most part, it’s been sitting untouched on a shelf.  It was time to get it onto a page.

My first challenge was to find some appropriate photographs to go along with those neon colors.  It really didn’t take much digging to find some water photos that featured bright yellow kayaks.  Yes!  That would work perfectly… well, almost perfectly.  I knew that the red life jacket would clash with the pink that I had in mind.  You know what?  Rules are made to be broken.

Today

I knew I wanted a patterned paper to tie everything together.  Though flowers may not be the first thing you think of when kayaking among the dry hills, I chose it anyway.  (Yes, I am in full on rebel mode it seems.)  Not only did it contain all of the colors in the collection, but it was on a black background.  The water in the top photo is so dark that it looks black.  I felt it connected the colors of the photo back in with the colors of the paper.  Additionally, I matted the photo with green.  The dark pictures on top of the dark paper didn’t work well.

I swear that I never have embellishments in the right colors.  It took me some digging to find the right things for this page.  First I found the bright pink journaling card.  I couldn’t believe how the flowers on the card matched with the collection.  It was almost like it was meant to be.  Then I found the tag and pieces for the top cluster.  It always amazes me when I can put together a cluster made from multiple different collections.  The bottom circle cluster was a bit more difficult to make work.  I liked the globe from one of Shimelle’s collection.  This certainly was an adventure for me.  Then I found the “happy DAY” sticker.  And then I couldn’t find anything else.  Finally, I decided to punch a circle out of the paper I used for the mat.  It looked much too plain.  After quite a bit of trial and error, I decided to add that bright pink brad.

You may have noticed that this page has no title.  I decided to omit one for a couple of reasons.  First, I couldn’t find a good placement for it.  My gut told me to put it up in the yellow at the top, but that just looked funny.  Another option was in the sky portion of the bottom photo.  I thought it interrupted the beautiful symmetry.  (Forgive me.  I am a math teacher.  I love symmetry.)  In the end, I decided the page has plenty of words without the addition of a title.  Who says every page requires a title anyway?

 

 

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.

Summer in January

In the midst of the shortest days of the year, I find myself craving the sun.  I want to feel the warmth on my face.  I want to go outside and enjoy the day.  I want to hang out with friends and play frisbee golf badly.  (Just to be clear, *I* play badly.)  Instead, I’m looking out the window at overcast skies and freezing temperatures.

One way to fight those wintertime blues is to scrap like it is summer… or at least scrap those summer pictures.  I like bringing back memories of summer vacations and lazy days.  To be honest, I also like scrapping with a summer palette.  Nothing says summer like bright colors.

In this case I decided to grab the “We Are Family” collection by Echo Park.  It was that vibrant green I needed.  I know it’s a tone on tone B side.  But look at how happy it is!  I matched it up with a dusty blue polka dot for contrast.  Then I chose the multi-color chevron for the background. I have a lot of chevron patterns in my stacks, but there is nothing like this paper.

the-best-day

When it came time to embellish, I knew I needed a bit more drama.  That red scallop border sticker at the bottom really helped.  Then it looked funny when I didn’t have any red on top.  (I really think scrapbooking is the act of fixing the problems I create.)  Though I didn’t have any more red border stickers, I did have some red Bo Bunny ribbon that I purchased ten years ago.  (This is why I don’t purge my unused supplies.)

clouds

The rest of the embellishment is pretty straightforward.  I looked through the sticker sheet that came with the collection and pulled the banner as well as the title.  No, it probably wasn’t the best day of my life, but it was a good day.  (There are so many supplies that refer to something as being the best day.  Really, don’t you only have one best day?  So sometimes you just have to use those supplies on a good day.)  I added the little gnome and the “happy” from the Simple Stories “Bloom and Grow” collection.  Then I dug out the chipboard clouds and butterfly.  A few sequins scattered around, and I was done.

This layout is clean and simple.  Still, it makes me happy.  It’s my little ray of sunshine to look at as I sit here drinking my tea.