Thanks for stopping by today. It’s time for me to reveal the results of my scraplifting challenge. I’ve often thought of scraplifting my own layouts, but it wasn’t something I had ever gotten around to doing. Until now.
Supplies: Cardstock from DCWV Linen Closet collection. Pattern Paper – Crate Paper Portrait Traditions, Vintage Lace and Bouquet. Embellishments – American Crafts Getty alphabet, My Little Shoebox Seaside letters, Silhouette antique_doily_C00669_20509, Prima flowers. Tools – EK Success Dotted Lace punch, Technique Tuesday Today You stamps, Jenni Bowlin Fountain Pen ink pad, American Crafts Precision .03 pen.
This one came together fairly easily for me. I still have a large stack of photos from my trip to Europe last year. I will get these photos scrapped eventually, but it seems to be working for me to wait for inspiration to strike instead of “forcing” myself to just get it done. I’m thrilled with how this layout turned out. The title is a little cheesy, but I’ve never forgotten the 50’s movie with the same name. Being there in person, in front of that fountain was very cool.
I kept the basic design and photo orientation and just changed up some of the elements and embellishment placement. I used a damask/floral pattern background and instead of tearing the background mat, I added a third pattern in a scalloped border. I added flowers with some coins as centers, which helps reinforce the theme of the layout. Instead of computer journaling, I wrote my journaling by hand.
Supplies: Cardstock – Bazzill White andNavy and DCWV from Citrus collection . Pattern paper – Echo Park PlaygroundMonkey Bars and Echo Park MetropolitanDots and Stripes 6×6 collection. Embellishments: assortment of Doodlebug Tidbits and discontinued KI Memories Ice Candy, Junkitz letters and Making Memories signage and metal words. Tools – EK Success Paper Shapers 1.75″ circle, Fiskars Medium Circle squeeze punch, Tattered Angels Pepermint Stick glimmer mist, circle mask.
This one took a little bit longer for me to figure out. Because I still have so many embellishments and they are kind of “theme” oriented, I had to find my photos first. I have my photos organized like the Library of Memories system (a la Stacy Julian), so it didn’t take me long to come across these photos of my nephews. The photos were taken at different time periods, but they both depicted the same kind of thing. They were exactly what I needed!
The first thing I changed up was the photos. I only had two, so I cropped them to 4×4 squares and left out a third photo. I kept the main design pretty much the same in this one too. Instead of the die cut piece and background pattern paper, I took a piece of cardstock and created a background with a mask and some mist. The misting helped give the layout an artsy feel, to go along with the theme of the photos. I used a different border punch, left off the sewing details and changed up the title.
Challenge Lessons Learned:
- It was fun to take two of my favorite layouts and recreate them with different photos. It makes the design and planning process go faster as my inspiration was right there and I already knew what needed to be done.
- Challenges give you a starting point and may help you see things from a new angle. I could have just scrapbooked my Trevi Fountain photos along with other photos from Rome. But this layout gave me an opportunity to pull out that story, connect it to my past and preserve the new memories.
- When it comes to scraplifting, there are many things you can do to change up the look of the layout. Use different border punches, change the photo orientation, move the title, add different embellishments.
- The next time I’m not feeling inspired by the magazines or blogs, I’ll look through some of my own layouts and see if that will provide me with the spark I need. Why recreate the wheel if you don’t have to?
Have a great Tuesday!