I got fewer layouts done this year than I normally would. The difference was twofold.
- I didn’t pack kits for each layout like I would normally do. This meant I was spending more time browsing through supplies to come up with ideas (see post #3 and #4 to see how my thought processes played out).
- The scrap space was full and I had to share a table with other people. That meant I was chatting more with people. It was a good trade off as I had fun getting to know some people who turned out to be really local to me!
It is okay that the quantity wasn’t there. I’m happy with what got made and I had a good time. Scrapping is so much more for me than just the final product.
For this layout it was all about theme. The photo represents characters from a WiiU game called Splatoon. That game is all about paint. So, yes I used painting techniques for this layout. Ink puddles and ink splatters were the focus. I wanted a lot of contrast and happened to have a bold, black alpha for my title. I went with that and matted my photo in black as well. Then I added red as another smaller, yet still high contrast element to finished it off. These high contrast pieces actually help the colors pop more than they would have otherwise.
Had I planned things better I would have used watercolor paper as the base for this layout. This cardstock did not hold up well to all the water I put on it and it buckled. It isn’t the fault of the paper; that just isn’t what it was meant to do. But again, I went rolled with what I had on hand. Like I said at the start of this post, it isn’t always about the finished product!
- cardstock: Bazzill
- ink: Ranger
- large font: Studio Calico
- small font: Simple Stories
- stickers: Me & My Big Ideas, Simple Stories
- epoxy stickers: Eyelet Outlet
- cork stickers: Hello Forever
- washi tape words, enamel dots: random stash
So I have all these photos full of purple. Where to go with the color scheme? I don’t want more purple. So I look through my supplies, embellishments mainly, to see what I can decorate with and pull colors from those items. I grabbed that die cut that reads “you are my greatest adventure.” (This kid of mine loves to DO things, so I’m often dragged along into her world. So, yeah, she is my adventure.) Pink embellishment? Pink and purple color scheme! I kept the purple smaller with just a strip of patterned paper, rhinestones (her character is named Amethyst after all) and a bit of twine (Honestly, I just needed a filler for the awkward white space at the bottom.) The star pattern paper offers some neutral contrast and provides a bit of theme (the character is famous from a TV cartoon). I grabbed a couple more pink items to create my visual triangle and threw it all together.
There is some tonality difference between the main die cut sentiment and the brighter white of the “this!” word and star paper. That might bug some people but I don’t mind. I think the wood veneer actually helps pull in the color from that one die cut and makes it work okay.
So when you are stuck with photos, look to embellishments to find your color scheme and pull together items that helps everything flow.
- pattern papers: Stampin’ Up (purple), unknown (rest)
- gems: Queen & Co. (goosebumps), Want 2 Scrap (rhinestones)
- wood veneer: Studio Calico, Scraptastic Club
- letters stickers: American Crafts
- ink (to color letters): Ranger
- die cuts, tag, twine: unknown stash
Where to start when you don’t know where to start? That is the problem I had with this next set of photos. I’m at a crop with a limited set of supplies and I don’t know what I want to use to capture the mood of these photos. Even at home with a whole craft room you may find yourself in this situation. Do you wait and go buy something new that fits or do you just make some choices and go with it. I decided to just make some choices!
As I’m looking at my photos and looking at my supplies on hand I decided more neutral would work and the neutral I had was wood grain. Sure that could work; it would mimic the idea of siding on a house. Plus the DCWV “The Guilded Paper” stack offered enough contrast in papers to mat my central photo group. When I was flipping through that paper stack I found a journalling card that reads “you are my shining star.” I just laughed at the contrast of the photos and the sentiment, so I knew I had an angle. A bit snarky, just like the photos. I grabbed this LOL flair button as soon as I saw it and the basis for my page was there.
The black button gave me an addition to the color scheme. The “star” sentiment gave me a way to go literal with embellishments; I chose stars in wood grain and cork to match paper textures and sentiment. More black stars in epoxy and vellum to match my black button add more texture. Then a few gold sequins, again to match the gold sentiment, finish it all off. The design reads as elegant, but diving into the photos and title leads to the snark.
I did something different here with title and journaling. I made them both the same thing. By using a mixture of large and small fonts with a mixture of colors the words can be read in multiple ways.
The scale of the brown font reads as a title with the contrast of the white font adding into that tile. The green font (chosen as a contrast to the paper but a match the hair!), can then wrap it all together to create the journaling. Repeating a bit more journaling in the bottom right corner both enhances the green letters as the journaling words and creates flow from left to right, top to bottom across the page.
It did take a while to get all those tiny letters organized but it was worth it. The rest of the page was pretty simple so keeping my focus on the words made the design what it is. To make this easier I used a leftover scrap of clear packaging from an embellishment. I drew a line on the plastic with a sharpie and a ruler right near the edge. Letting the letters hangover the top and aligning them to the drawn line gave me a place to hold all the words as I spelled them out. Then I could just line the letters up where I wanted on the page and press them in place as I pulled the plastic away from underneath them.
I will try and get a post organized on more details of this technique. A video perhaps? I’ve done just a couple of videos and I find the learning curve steep but this may be a good way to jump back in. Now that I said it, can I hold myself accountable? We’ll see.
- paper: DCWV “The Guilded Paper” stack
- large letters: Hobby Lobby
- sequins: Doodle Bug (black), Hazel & Ruby (gold)
- vellum tape: BasicGrey
- vellum stars: Studio Calico
- wood grain & cork shapes, flair button, small letters: random stash
Simple doesn’t have to mean boring. This design is simple with only 2 pattern papers used. A few stickers and a few wood veneer make up just small embellishment clusters. Most of the oomph of the page comes from the diagonal flow and the title lettering choice. When you are scrapping don’t worry about every layout being stunning. You will look back at these layouts later and be glad you got those photos plus those memories down.
- Almost all items were from older stash supplies.
- arrow & heart stickers: Me and My Big Ideas
- ink: Ranger
I attended my local CKC a couple of weekends ago. I grabbed my project binder and shoved a load of DCWV stacks along with some other favorite supplies into my rolling tote. When I sat down to work I pulled up the most recent DCWV stack-a-holic challenge. Here is the layout sketch…
I knew of a cute photo that would work for this single image layout. My youngest came to me one day and showed me a picture on the internet of the haircut she wanted to have. When we got home from the haircut I had to pull that image back up because the haircut was so exact to the photo I was impressed. I wish I had gotten the stylists name so that we could ask for her in the future!
So here is my layout.
- papers: DCWV “DIY Poject Stack: Envelopes” (it is good for more that just envelopes!)
- punches: Ek Sucess, Epiphany Crafts
- stickers: Simple Stories, American Crafts
- epoxy butterfly shapes : Epiphany Crafts
- sequins: Doodle Bug
I decided to combine two challenges for this next layout. Shimelle had the use woodgrain challenge and SCT Magazine had the use a card as a template challenge. Both of those things make me happy so here we go…
Here is a card I made back in February (for one of my kid’s teachers whose mom passed away). I loved how this card came out so I decided to use it as the template for my layout.
- Shimelle = pattern papers
- Simple Stories = wood grain pattern paper, stickers, letters
- Stampin’ Up = stamps, white ink
- random supplies = wood veneer, floss
I didn’t think I owned any shaped paper clip products. While I like the idea of them I’ve never purchased any because I didn’t think I would really find uses for them. I happened upon a couple that came in a kit-club kit that I had stashed away. This is the second time for this years NSD that I accidentally found the products needed to complete a challenge. (Life is weird sometimes!) So that meant I could actually complete Shimelle’s challenge to use shaped clips.
Here they are emphasizing my son in these photos. I still don’t know if I am a fan. They add a weird bulk that I’m not sure I like. But it was good to give something newish to me a try. You should try something new. As mom used to say “How do you know you don’t like it if you haven’t tried it?”
I’ve talked about this before, but I never use pocket scrapbook pages (well almost never). Yet I love the products. Last year I took at CKC class based on pocket page products determined to try using these on regular layouts. I haven’t much. But I still love the idea. So here I am, inspired by SCT Magazine’s (7pm) and Shimelle’s challenges for NSD to use pocket sized cards on a layout. I loved the results.
I kept it very simple. My small embellishments were make from a few punches and leftover pocket cards. Easy! I will try to keep using this idea in the future. You should too.
Think you can’t get a lot of photos on a single page layout? Well, think again. I often use multiple photos on my layouts. Even so, six did turn out to be a stretch for me. This was the task I accepted by SCT magazine in my continuing quest to work on NSD layout challenges. I started with one focal 4×6, one sub-focal 4×4 and 4 3×3’s. I then further cropped down two of the 3×3 to fit the space well on the layout. To make the photos all fit and not overwhelm I used a few tips…
- Keep pattern papers mellow and minimal.
- Use a generous amount of black inking on the photo edges to read as a mat without the space needed for an actual mat.
- Journal directly on the photos or onto labels to add directly to the photos.
- Fill in the gaps left in a grid layout with your embellishments.
My kid decided she wanted really short hair over a year ago. Not only that but an array of colors were in store for us (I dye her hair for her). This page shows the first of those color changes.
The page design was inspired by two factors
- my continuation of NSD layouts from the SCT challenges, this one to use a grid
- and Shimelle’s new weekly challenge to use square photos.
Using a grid does not mean that everything has to be clean and graphic. I started with my square photos in a tidy row and added lots of layers. Keeping the layers symmetrical keeps the geometric feel of a grid without keeping the rigid structure of a grid.
Of corse square photos fit perfectly with a grid layout. I use squares often. I will use them at 4×4 or 3×3. When I choose and edit photos, I decide which photos could benefit from a square cropping. Once I have my photos cropped, then I look to layout options. I thought these two photos would benefit from a third element for a line/grid layout. Making my own title/embellishment treatment filled in the gap nicely. It also works to read the subtitle stickers as “before and after”. This is a much different title treatment for me but I quite like it.
Go try a symmetrical layout yourself.