One of the the things I love about Pinterest is that through all of the people I follow, I am exposed to layouts and craft projects and recipes that I never would have found otherwise. It’s also an easy way to keep track of layouts I’m inspired by and want to scraplift. When I see something that inspires me, I just pin it and can refer back to it quickly.
I do scraplift ideas all the time. I don’t have hours to come up with well designed pages (and yes, if I do it myself I can take me hours). Design has always been the hardest part of scrapbooking for me. I much prefer to see something someone else has designed and then take inspiration from there. For today’s creation, I was inspired by this layout from Amy Heller:
I pinned this layout the other day and it had me literally running up to my scrapbook room to get started on a layout. I’ve been hoarding this sheet of paper from Crate’s Restoration collection for a long time. I knew I wanted to do something fun with the playing cards and when I saw Amy’s layout, I knew it would be the perfect theme for a layout about my nephew.
Here’s what I came up with:
I loved that Amy cut out the spades cards and use them as accents and to support her theme. I choose to do the same thing but I arranged the cards along the top. Instead of creating an asymmetrical layout, I centered everything on mine. I turned all of my photos to black and white because my nephew’s clothes were as colorful as his personality. I wanted the focus to be on the range of his facial expressions and the colors would have been distracting.
I scraplifted Amy’s title too, because only in rare moments am I that clever. I’ll take the help if it means completing a layout that much faster. Here’s a detail shot to show that I used dimensional foam adhesive on the large photo mat and to the center photo. I think that dimensional adhesive adds a polished look to finished layouts.
I didn’t add much in the way of embellishment. A few heart paper clips (that I’ve had in my stash for years), some distress stickles covering a spade shape I cut with my Silhouette, some crochet thread and two yellow hearts (indicating that this is a Personality layout I created for my Twelve Big Picture class). As usual, I left no room for journaling, so my trick is to add the journaling to a tag and tuck it behind a photo mat. And now that I’m looking at it on the screen, I think I may go back and add some mist splatters, a la Shimelle!
Not only did I use up some products I’ve been hoarding for a long time, I was able to create a fun layout that perfectly fits my nephew’s personality. I’m sure the day will come when he won’t want to ham it up for the camera anymore. I wanted to capture and remember the days when he always had a ready smile for me to snap.
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