This started out innocently enough. Some papers, a photo, and a story to tell...This paper makes me think of pinwheels...
A little cutting and trying...
Only to discover that when four sides of a square are cut, the item completely comes off the page. Shocking, I know...
But, that's ok! Here are all the spaces backed with scrap paper:
And the pinwheels will get adhered back into their little spaces:
But first, a little stenciling action:
And some vellum:
Hmmmm.... there they are all laid out. Not too sure about that...
Maybe they are better in a cluster?We'll go with that. Now for some title action:
And then I fussed and fussed around until I had this:
And, I didn't like it.
Why not? Well...
1. It's too full of stuff. Don't get me wrong, you all know I load up the stuff on my layouts. But, upon some further reflection I do believe there is too much dimensional stuff.
2. It is full of two opposing colors. Well, not completely opposing as you can see from the color wheel below:
But, close enough. And, when I had a look-see at my online Gallery, I noticed that most of my layouts have colors that are next to or very close together on the color wheel. That was an interesting discovery that helped me understand more about my style and what I like in my own layouts. Love those moments of clarity!
3. And, speaking of colors. One of the dominant colors isn't anywhere in the photo.
4. It feels a bit too tortured. Too much fussy cutting. Too much white mist. Too many techniques.
And then I did this...
Which I really isn't any better...
1. It is too stark for the warmth of the photo.
2. Many of the aforementioned elements that weren't working are still too dominant.
3. Again with the excess of white mist.
4. The title looks like an afterthought.
So then I cut things apart even more and ended up with this:
And I finally like it!
1. The kraft helps bring in some cohesion with the warmth of the photo.
2. The pink and aqua are no longer dominant, but they are more of an accent.
3. It feels much less clunky and fussy.Probably due to the fact that there are only 3 of those pinwheels left.
4. I was able to pull the title in a bit more by using some coordinating vellum stickers.
5. I finally let go of the idea to use that larger stencil and went with my go-to favorite - the studio calico bubble circles.
Good gracious - that was an adventure.
So, what did I learn?
1. I like pink and aqua together, in SMALL doses
2. When the picture is not the best and somewhat muted... don't fight it, go with it. Case in point = kraft card stock as opposed to white.
3. Dimensional elements like pinwheels and such are my friends, when used sparingly.
4. Glue dots have a mind of their own.
5. Don't try too many ideas at once. For instance: fussy cutting, handmade dimensional embellishments, stenciling, misting.... ahhhh! You get the idea :)
6. When a story is worth telling, it is worth working the visual until satisfied. Why? I want to be happy when I see it in my album and I learned a lot through the re-scrapping extravaganza.
7. Bits and pieces are my friend. Large pieces of paper give me more of a challenge.
8. Just because I spray things over and over again with Mister Huey's White, does not mean that they will look much different or better.
9. It's ok to try things and not like how they end up.
10. It's amazing what you learn about yourself and your process while tearing things apart and putting them back together.
Thanks for joining me for this adventure! See you soon.