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.

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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.