Hi, I’m Relly Annett-Baker and Shimelle has asked me to take over her weekly challenges while she has some well-earned maternity leave.
It uses up patterned scrap strips to bring colour to the three portraits. I decided I also wanted to use scrap strips, especially to complement the colour of my photo. This picture was unusual because it is from a wintertime scene, the Christmas Market in Amsterdam, but is predominately oranges.
I pulled out a range of orange strips from my colour drawers, with one accent piece to pick out the blues and reds too, and decided to invert the traditional ‘snow white’ of Christmas layouts and make that the background with some simple orange stamped snowflakes to bring the page together. By using strips, the pattern isn’t overwhelming and it means I could add some playful angles to some of the more linear and graphic patterns.
I inked and stuck down the strips in jaunty layers, before adding my photos and title. I then added the stamping and journaling before finishing with three round accent pieces to reflect that this was a trip away, not a scene from home.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this exploration using up scraps and thinking about unusual colour palettes for traditional themes. You have two possible challenges this week – use scrap strips to build a layout, or (maybe even ‘and’ !) use non-traditional colours as the basis for a seasonal layout.
I’m really looking forward to seeing your work – add a link to it below and there will be a special prize for one of you lovely scrapbookers, to say thanks for taking part.
05 May 2014