I had my photos chosen and I was now on a mission to find the right items. I don't like to hunt long. The first papers and embellishments that strike my fancy are always the right candidates for the job. This time though, I was striking out. I took a break and started working on breaking down older kits. I have a few of the JBS Mercantile kits from my time with them and until recently, I was loathe to break them apart. I always had the thought in the back of my mind that I would come back to the kit and use up the scraps. The problem is that new kits become old kits. Then they lose that fresh excitement you feel when you first receive them. I have been learning that breaking down old kits and rekitting the supplies makes them feel fresh again. As I worked on the kits, I came across one in particular that had just the right colors to work with the mood board.
The kit had a summer feel to it. I chose to use just a few scraps of the leftover papers. Each strip of paper is placed strategically under the photos so that they look intact. Cork was featured on the mood board. It does have a warm, welcoming feel but I felt that using it in large amounts would make the layout lose the light breezy tone. I chose a patterned paper with cork polka dots as the canvas and added a few cork stickers to the page. Spring motifs such as the flowers and butterfly reinforce the theme of the page. I did make sure to include a bunny to remind myself that this is an Easter layout.
I paid close attention to the texture in the title. Cute Kid is a bright shiny yellow enhanced with glossy accents. I outlined the green letters roughly with a black sharpie. I then used Stickles to add the glitter, allowing portions of the rough black pen work to show through. It's sparkly but yet has a gruff, distressed feel which adds to the idea that these were less then perfect photos of my son. I had taken him to an Easter party, but he refused to smile for any of the photos I took of him with the Easter decorations on the front porch.
Mood boards are so much more than just colors and photos to inspire you. Start with the colors as a jumping off point, but pay attention to patterns. motifs and textures within the photos. Which ones jump out at you? It may be subtle but can become a big influence in your supply choices. If you create a layout with the Scrapbook Challenges March mood Board, be sure to link up your project!
Some items originally from Studio Calico and Freckled Fawn kits.
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