Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pagerize this!

There is a new challenge over at Scrap Our stash. It's a scraplift challenge...and I love scraplifts. I find they are a great way to make a quick page and maybe learn a thing or two along the way.

August's scraplift is this page by Kathy:


I was instantly inspired by the flow of Kathy's page. I felt the design would work perfectly with photos I had taken of my son making wishes on dandelions. Having a boy, it's often hard to use paper or items with floral designs. I had some paper from a June kit with flowers all over it. I loved the bright happy feel of the paper and felt that I could use it on this layout since the dandelions were part of the main focus. If I had used green paper, I think the page might have had a more spring feel. I chose the dark orange cardstock because I felt it gave the page a more masculine tone and a more summer feeling color palette. Orange, coincidentally, is one of those colors I don't use often. I have a lot of it in my stash. If you have a color like that in your stash, try finding way to use it as an accent color to other papers, as I did here.



  I cut the title on my cricut using a font called "a red bucket." Since the paper had glitter accents, I added diamond, fruit punch and orange peel stickles to the title and the doodlebug "jellishments." I liked the bracket on Kathy's page, but chose to make mine out of vellum. This helped tone down the loud print. The lady bug ribbon is cute world by Autumn leaves. It's one of those impulse buys which each and everyone of us tends to have. I am so glad I could find a use for it here.The green ribbon is Stampin' up.

There are some frugal touches to my page that many of you might find useful. The first being the white photo mattes. The photo of the flower printed perfectly with a white edge around it. I chose to simply crop the photo with some of that white border remaining. This is both a time and paper saver.The mattes for the photos of my son are made from cricut scrap pieces.

You would never know that there were cut outs behind the pictures. I do this to save on paper. For those pieces I don't use for mattes, I cut them down into strip for borders or journal strips.

The flowers were part of a "baddies" swap I did with a fellow scrapbooker. She just did not know how to use them. While they were cute and the flocked aspect of them was nice, they were a little worn looking and dull. I used my stickles on them to change their color and dress them up to match the page.

Before

after
try using stickles in coordinating colors. I used the orange peel on the yellow and the fruit punch on the purple flower.

Since this was a page about my son making wishes and I did not know what his wishes were, I chose a simple quote which I felt reflected the page. It reads: " Our inventions mirror our secret wishes." When you are unsure of journaling or need a little extra feeling to a page, quotes are a simple solution.

Now, let's see if you can Pagerize Kathy's page. We'd love to see your take over at Scrap our Stash!

1 comment:

  1. really great LO.. love the colour combos and embellies..

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