Back in October I had the opportunity to visit the Scrappy Boutique in Orlando, Florida. I don’t have a scrapbook store that’s close enough to where I live that I would call it my local scrapbook store, so when I travel, I hit up every scrapbook store I find. At the Scrappy Boutique, I found these Bloomers by Websters’s Pages.
I purchase scrapbook supplies online all the time, but with some products, you just have to see them in person. That was the case for me and these pretty bloomers. I have two nephews that are featured often in my scrapbook pages and when I’m shopping for products, girly flowery things like this don’t tend to get added to my cart or my bucket.
But when I saw them in person…oh, I had to have them! And of course, I wanted to use them right away.
Because this layout was inspired by a product and not by either photos or the story (as most of my layouts are), I had to alter up my process a little bit. I’m a creature of habit, but I also think it’s important to switch things up once in awhile. It keeps things interesting.
Supplies: Paper – Doily by Crate Paper, Bazzill Swiss Dot Cloverleaf from this collection and Cornmeal from this collection and Cream Puff. Embellishments – Webster’s Pages Bloomers, Tim Holtz Filmstrip ribbon, Maya Road Doilies in white, Crate Paper doily cardstock accent from the Restoration collection kit, Heidi Swapp chipboard clock face, Maya Road trinket pin, small tag, organza ribbon sprayed with Crushed Shell glimmer mist. Title – cut from the Silhouette.
- Design: I knew I wanted to use a length of these roses across the layout, so I had to find a design to fit the bill. Looking through some sketches, I found one from Becky Fleck, from her December 2010 designs that gave me the feel I was looking for.
- Photos: I use a system that is based on Stacy Julian’s Library of Memories, so I have a catalog of printed photos that I can easily flip through. But after a quick glance, I wasn’t finding anything that fit with the frilly roses. But I did find a photo with a green background that I thought would work, so I ended up enlarging that one photo and abandoned my search for multiple photos.
- Story: Since this photo was taken about three months into my unemployment adventure, I knew that this layout could document some of the things I had gone through during that transition.
- Product: Once I had the design and my photo, it was pretty easy to find my paper. I had been dying to use more papers from Crate Paper’s Restoration collection and with an olive green running through, this Doily pattern was perfect.
Typically, I start my layouts with either the photos or the story. Starting with product is definitely more challenging for me, but this one was fun. So much of the time I hoard products. I buy them when they come out but it can take me years to actually use them. I get excited when I buy something and inspiration strikes so quickly. It keeps scrapbooking interesting!
So, did you have time to do any scrapbooking over the holidays? I was visiting family most of last week, so I’m excited to be back home. I’m going to hole up in my scrapbook room for a few days!