I have a problem. I buy paper collections. Okay, so that doesn’t really sound like a problem. It’s just that I don’t USE collections. Even the Disney collections that I purchased for our trip are rarely used as I scrap Disney layouts. I think I like the idea of a collection, but prefer to pull individual papers from various companies to scrap a page. There have been some exceptions to the rule. Once in a blue moon, a collection comes along and just calls to me. There are 3 collections that I love so much, that I’ve used just about every tiny little piece of them. Fancy Pants’ “What a Wonderful Day,” Echo Park’s “Everyday Eclectic,” and Echo Park’s “We are Family” inspire me.
I pulled the few papers I had left from “We are Family” in order to make this layout. I am down to literally pulling scraps. See that green piece and the blue polka dot paper? Yeah, that’s all I had left of those. I love how Echo Park made their papers work together. Yes, that is the point of a collection. However, too often, collections have papers that actually DO NOT go together. I was able to pull my last few scraps, and they magically coordinated without any work from me.
I chose to finish off the collection because I felt they matched my photos so well. The flower paper works with the floral pillows. The blues and teals match the decor and the clothing of my family. (No, I didn’t make them wear clothes to match my paper. There are some people that do that!) I also chose this collection because it brings me joy. The people I love should be documented using products that make me happy.
The layout is a pretty typical style for me. It’s really just strips of papers going up the page. I cut the floral paper down so it wasn’t as wide. Then two matted 4 x 6 photos were placed on top. I added a journaling card to the side. My embellishments travel down in a diagonal in order to draw the eye to the photos. I did use some stickers from the collection, but then added die cuts and chipboard pieces from others. It’s nothing super fancy. Still, look how eye-catching it is. That’s the sign of a good collection.
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.
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.)
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.