Thursday, 11 August 2011

Explore: a response

How do you scrap?
I'd be pretty happy to guess that when scrapping you have a fairly routinous process that involves selecting photos, then your papers, then embellishments etc until you've got a fairly complete LO. If you're like me, you then wonder where on Earth you can squeeze in a title and possibly, some journalling. You do the same process on most layouts, occasionally choosing papers first over the photos but the rest remains the same.

Having signed up for Shimelles latest class, Explore, she's given me a few ideas about how to change that process and possibly create layouts that are slightly different in style as a result. Watching the class videos has been inspiring; I have serious Shimelle love going on in this house at the moment! lol! I haven't always had time to follow the ideas through to completion but itchy, crafty fingers got the better of me today and whilst the girlchild slept, I made the most of it!

I decided to try and mix together two prompt ideas:
1) scrapping from the inside out i.e. starting with embellishments and finishing with paper
2)choosing colour to suit a mood.

I had these two 6x4 photos in mind. The story I wanted to tell had nothing to do with the photos, except that they both involve Jack. The story is funny and cheerful (as is he!) and it was told to me last week (summer!) so from all that I decided that I'd try scrapping in sunny, cheerful colours aka: yellow! I went through most of my accessible papers/kits and collected anything that I thought would be useful and put them into piles e.g. paper, lettering, stickers, die cuts etc. This was interesting as it brought together a range of different manufacturers and products whereas, because a lot of my stash was bought in kits, I usually scrap in the same manufacturers stash for the whole LO. Already stepping out of my comfort zone!

I then looked through the papers I might possibly use, eliminated ones that didn't 'go' and then from this found some co-ordinating cardstock that I could use to matt my 6x4 photos.

Then, rather than reaching for the pretty papers, I grabbed the pile of stickers and die cut labels and quickly choosing a few different but co-ordinating ones, layered a selection at one side of the photos. I was thinking that this would be either title or journalling space.

Using other embellishments and border stickers, I created a similar section at the bottom corner of the photos, adding an offcut of paper behind the photos to the same height as the embellishments on the other side. Once I could see the whole picture, I decided where my title and journalling etc was going to go- no leaving it til last minute! I think by this point I'd used about 5 or 6 different manufacturers products!

It seemed rather flat to me by this stage so I looked through my flower box for some flowers that might match and added those to the layout along with some black gems.

Once that was done, I was ready to start choosing a background paper which probably took the longest for me! I started with the yellows that I'd pulled out earlier as I hadn't really used those yet:

I decided most of them were too busy against the embellishments although I did rather like the chequered paper.

This stamp effect border was too much:

as was the polka dot (kinda liked it but figured you wouldn't see the journalling):

Too much lemon?

But darker yellow didn't work either:

Light grey?

Dark grey?



It was really interesting to see the way that the effect the layout had, changed with the different coloured backgrounds from more lighthearted with the brighter colours to serious with the darker ones.

In the end I went with the medium grey, mainly to tie in some of the grey from the embellishments although it was a hard choice between that and the white.

Overall, I'm really pleased with this layout and it took much less time than usual because I'd already made most of the decisions before I started sticking. I might possibly paint a yellow border around it to bring it all together but only because I've seen Miss Shimelle do that quite a bit recently on the videos. See? I told you there was a lot of Shimelle love in this room! xx


  1. That is a really interesting way of doing your layouts. I will give it a go in the future. Thanks for posting. Great layout.

  2. Great post Lou! I liked several of the background options you chose! It's nice to know there are so many ways to mix it up and still have a gorgeous layout! Well done! TFS friend! :)

  3. Lol at the Shimelle love - lots going on in this house too! Love the paint borders too so you should go for that. The finished page looks great :)