A Layout in Progress

I woke up early the other morning and found myself with an extra thirty minutes before I had to leave for work. I hadn’t touched a piece of paper in days so I knew exactly how to put that time to good use. I grabbed a photo I knew I wanted to scrapbook and started looking for paper.

Selecting products is one of those tasks I can do separate from the actual scrapbooking part. I don’t have to be in creative mode, I just have to get a feel for the mood I want to convey and then go on a search.

I started with my stack of new papers first. Some of these papers aren’t really new anymore, but something keeps them in this easily accessible pile. I just haven’t had the heart to move them into my manufactuer files yet.

Here’s the first collection I pulled out. I think the pink tones are working here, but there’s too much black in the photo and I don’t like how that looks with the brown in the line. Next.

OK, this is promising. Older Heidi Swapp. I like how different these papers are and both of them pull out something different from the photo. It could be really interesting. But I think the mood I’m going for is more subdued. Next.

I just got this 6×6 paper pad in my last order (it’s on sale!). Let’s see if there’s anything here that would work.

Now we’re talking. I really like this. The color is a deep teal but is dark enough to pass for charcoal. I like how the print is open and kind of mimics the look of the branches in my photos.

I also like this. Water marks. Clouds. I like where this is going.

While this is my favorite pattern in the collection, it’s not working with my photo at all. I will have to save this paper for another time.

Yes! Love this. It pulls in the peachy pink color. Perfect.

I added a few other sheets and then pulled in a few more patterns from my scrap drawer in subtle prints in the same color tones. I was doing pretty good on time. I still had about ten minutes so I went on the hunt for background papers.

On a whim, I pulled out my Sassafras stash and pulled out a couple of potential backgrounds. I also have a sheet of white card stock there. But I’ve been using white cardstock in the background a lot lately and I’m thinking I need to go in a different direction for this one. Not that I can put it away quite yet. Because it will work if the others don’t.

At this point, I have no idea which direction this layout will take. I love playing around with the 6×6 size. I might cut them into strips or blocks. But sadly, I was out of time and had to run off to work. I may be able to carve out a few more minutes to play and figure out where this layout is going on Wednesday. (Super busy schedule this week…sigh.) Β Until then, have a great week!

ETA: I also have a new post up at Scrapbook Update all about using maps on your layouts. Please check it out if you have a chance.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Looks like you’ve found the perfect papers to work with. I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

  2. loving all your paper! can’t wait to see the finished project

  3. Picking patterned paper is one of my favorite parts of scrapbooking. I hadn’t really looked closely at that Crate Paper line before. It’s so pretty! You have us on pins and needles to see how it turns out! πŸ™‚

  4. I love seeing your paper picking process! Great way to make use of an extra thirty minutes!

  5. Love seeing your paper picking process, and now I can’t wait to see it all come together. TFS!

  6. so fun to see your decision making process – can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  7. Great choices Can’t wait to see the final result πŸ™‚

  8. What a great look at your time choosing papers! That’s typically how I start my layouts – put the photos on the table, put a stack of papers beside them & start thumbing through ’til something looks right.

  9. I enjoyed seeing your process. Can’t wait to see what direction your layout takes!

  10. Fun process!
    I have a pile of papers like that, too.
    Not exactly new, but just not quite ready to store with the rest of my stash πŸ™‚

  11. Loving it so far, hate it when you get engaged in scrapping then stupid work rears it’s ugly head..darn those paychecks, but hey at least you made some lead way. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  12. I love that you used your 30 minutes to put together the start of a layout. If I had an extra 30 minutes, I know I would have wasted it on the computer πŸ˜‰
    Great start to your layout πŸ™‚

  13. Oh, very nice. I love papers you’ve chosen. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  14. Looks great, I agree it goes very well with the crate paper 6×6 piece! x

  15. I’ve learned to snatch small bites of time and get a little scrapping done. Then the ideas float around in my head all day until I can get back to it. I think that’s a good thing.

  16. Pulling papers can be such fun all by itself, can’t it. And I love that MME Collectable line, but you were right to keep on looking. Can’t wait to see the page.



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