I wasn’t sure whether to make layouts again. But I had so many inspiring moments for the last month. It was impossible to resist )) This is my first scrapbook layout since March, 2013. After a five-year break. The question is, why did I deprive myself of this fun all this time?
I’d like to participate in the sketch challenge by Woodcraft Store. The sketch contains everything I love – cats, circles and ability to use paper leftovers. It reminded me about the photo with favorite Mary’s hat.
I have rotated the sketch:
Layout design process
It was so strange feeling while ordering prints in a photo lab again, choosing matte or glossy paper to use… Deja vu, as if everything was in a past life…
And then I dived deep in my scrapbook stuff, I looked through all of my paper sheets. I’ve been touched when I found sheets released of 2007-2009. I recalled forgotten brands, for example, I found a sheet by Sassafras at the very bottom of my paper box. It coordinated perfectly with daughter’s jacket pattern.
While I searched for the best background sheet, I found out that I had very few grey colored sheets. I would like to add them to my shopping list.
Paper and color scheme selection
As a result, I decided to use the sheet by Glitz as a background. And then I took many paper leftovers. I cut them into triangles as it seems too difficult to cut round edges out. Finally I had many triangles to choose paper hues that match my photo better. I wanted the dark hues of jacket on the photo merge with paper to pop up the hat.
I took photos of the process on my phone and the final layout on the DSLR, that’s why the color reproduction is different.
It seemed that all patterns and colors were chosen correctly. It was a nice color scheme as a whole. But it looked cold and sad a bit… I thought more white and pink color would help me… but something bothered me.
I put the layout aside and went to look through my albums for inspiration. By the way, if you came across my scrapbook layout for the first time, I invite you to check out my Pinterest board. There you can find a small collection of my works ))
Meanwhile, I flipped through the album pages and realized that YELLOW is my savior! I added it on almost every layout. Yellow is a good decision for winter pages. This is the most versatile color for me after achromatic colors.
But I didn’t have a yellow acrylic. That’s why I mixed a white one with Refill Distress Ink (Mustard seed) by Tim Holtz. I mixed a white acrylic with refills many times before.
Picking yellow was my breakthrough. I started with artistic techniques. Misting, acrylic thinned with water, dry brush application, splattering with inks. Wow, thrill!
While the layers were being dried, I selected letters for the title. I’ve got a lot of letter stickers by American crafts, but they are very sticky, like those big white foamed ones. It’s risky to try them on the page directly, especially since the title should overlap the photo.
Scrapbooking hack for the layout title
I adhered the letter stickers to the overlay by Hambly Screenprints. (I’m writing brand names, and I’m not even sure if they still exist on the market). The graphic overlay’s pattern is good for a precise letter placement. And now it’s very easy to reposition the title on the layout as well.
Putting the page together
I put everything together by layers. First goes paint, then a bit of paper, paint again, paper, stamping, stitching, paper… When the result is already visible, I have a moment of fatigue from work. You almost see how all details take right places on the layout, all you need is adding some final touches and there comes a slowdown… Is it familiar to you?
But I moved forward, took a shot of the current step and figured out the missing parts. I would like to add warm pink and bright purple. By the way, are you shooting the process? It helps to review your work in general, from a distance.
Meanwhile, it was necessary to make the second word of the title. It’s better if you make all the details before assembling, as it’s hard to incorporate necessary details in almost finished process.
I certainly wanted to use velvet stickers by American crafts. They are jet-black and they balance glasses on the hat very well, besides they are fluffy, like kittens )) But the caption “meow”, made entirely of these stickers, looked too bold. Therefore, other small stickers came in handy.
I’ve been picking up their colors for a long time, trying yellow and grey. As a result, I opted for pink, black and white stickers. By the way, velvet and small stickers are not so sticky, I was able to reposition them easily on the layout.
I took stars-snowflakes and dots from the same set of stickers. It was hard to add some extra details to my work. Just made myself to adhere some rhinestones ))
Photographing the scrapbook layout
Some curious things happened while shooting the final page. I’ve tried to shoot it from a tripod (ISO 100, aperture priority f 6.3). The picture is much blurer compared with taking a shot by the hands (auto ISO, aperture priority f 3.2). From now I will stick with the last option.
One more problem was a color reproduction.
At the left picture you can see shooting on an ordinary green cutting mat, and on the right picture I snapped the layout on a light floor. The difference is obvious. I forgot that I used to take pictures on a large white sheet. It prevents surrounding colors from affecting my photos.
While I’ve been writing this post I came across a helpful article about “How to photograph your scrapbook layouts”.
So I had much fun crafting that layout and recalling creative magic moments.
Thanks so much for popping in and joining me for this. I’m looking forward for your impressions and thoughts in the comments.
Enjoy your day, friends!