Summer is finally here and creatively I’m thinking about… autumn. I guess my scrapbooking mind is not in sync with the calendar! But I have a certain page on my mind that you might remember, or if you don’t, you can see it all come together in this video. And it’s this page that leads to our scrapbooking challenge this week!
This week, I challenge you this week to take inspiration from this autumnal scrapbook page. You might take your inspiration from the subject matter, the colour scheme, the placement of items on the page, the product choices – it’s completely up to you! You can find the full original page in the archives here. To get you started on this week’s challenge, take a look at these examples from contributing designer Kirsty Smith and guest artist Tiffani Nelson.
To create my own layout inspired by Shimelle’s beautiful autumnal page, I followed Shimelle’s approach of breaking the process down into two stages: the structure of the design, and then the embellishment. For the first stage, I lifted the foundation of Shimelle’s page, in the same way I might follow a sketch, and used a large photo of a night scene in Singapore which I matted and layered with a couple of rectangular blocks. I think the key to scrapbooking with photographs taken at night is the background of the layout.
The background paper here is actually a woodgrain from the Christmas Magic collection and I love how the deep, rich colour brings out the darker tones of the photograph. It can be tricky to find a match for photographs taken at night sometimes; trying out lots of different options will help you to find a background that allows the picture to pop. Because this photo is sitting on a darker paper, it tones in with the page design and it is easier to perceive the people in the image, instead of just seeing it as a large, dark block in the middle of the page.
With my design sorted, the second and final stage was the fun part! What makes Shimelle’s design work so well is the trail of embellishments across the page which leads your eye through the story. For my embellishments, I hand cut lots of flowers from a beautiful floral sheet from the Starshine collection. The reds and pinks imitate the glowing tones of the lanterns that adorn Singapore’s Chinatown area and help to tie the photo into the page. I continued adding flowers until I was happy with the balance of embellishment, and the flow across the page, starting with larger ones, and then adding little flowers for detail. Once I was happy, I topped off the page with a hand-cut title in white, to really stand out against the photo, and a couple of little pearls for sparkle.
I love simple layouts that have detailed images – after all, the art is also the photo. This layout is about the time my husband and I took a trip to Orlando for our nine year anniversary, after never being on a vacation.
I love hot air balloons and was just fascinated with this Disney balloon. Sadly we weren’t able to ride it due to weather, but it was by far one of my favourite parts of the trip. For this layout I used products from the True Stories line – I loved the colors and how well they matched the image and I though the word strips were perfect for cutting one inch circles.
You have a week to complete the challenge and share a link – but of course you’re welcome to set your own time schedule. Whatever keeps you happy and creative!