It’s time to reveal the results from my weekend challenge! A few years ago my entire family came to my house for Thanksgiving and my brother and sister-in-law really wanted to do a Turkey Trot. She found one close by and my Dad and I didn’t want to miss out on the fun. After all, we are from Spokane, Washington and participated in Bloomsday every year (how I loved those t-shirts!). I’ve never been a runner, but I can walk with the best of them!
I didn’t take a lot of photos that day, but I did save my number so I knew the runners tag would be a big part of the page. But in typical fashion, I always design without thinking about how much space I’ll need for journaling. I thought about just adding a tag behind something and telling a longer story, but that didn’t feel right.
I ended up using a small journaling tag and to keep the balance on the left, added a few die cut leaves. I love that I finally had a page for this cute Imaginisce Apple Cider paper (sorry, it’s discontinued). And I just picked up some Doodlebug twine and thought that orange color was the perfect shade. How cute is that twine???
This was my first chance to use the new autumn Gathered Twigs distress color. I love it. Never thought I’d be excited by a brown ink, but this one is so nice. It’s a really earthy tone. I love vintage photo because it has some red to it. Walnut Ink is another favorite for when I need a really dark brown. This one fits right in between and I know I’ll be reaching for it often.
Challenge Lessons Learned
- My attempt at a two page layout with this one was a huge fail. I didn’t have enough photos to make it work and the more I struggled to figure it out, the more I disliked it. It’s totally OK to stop in the middle of the process if it’s not working. I decided to scale down three photos, print them smaller and try a photo block on one page instead. Much better.
- These photos are a few years old. Sometimes it takes that long for a story or photos to inspire me. But I never worry about it and I never force myself to scrapbook something just to get it done. The memory or subject has to speak to me. Since Thanksgiving is coming up, it felt like the right time to get this memory documented.
- Now that the page is done, I do kind of wish there was more room for journaling. I think I do have more to say about why this was not so unusual for us and how Bloomsday was so much a part of my life growing up and how fun it is to be in a big crowd walking through the streets of a city. I may have to go back and add some journaling tags after all.
- I really did some stash diving with this layout. I’ve had the die cut leaves in my stash for probably 8 years. I’m an advocate of getting stuff out of your stash when you know you are never going to use it. At the same time, plain die cuts like this are classic. If it’s neutral, you may eventually find the right use. Don’t be so quick to throw out the classics.
- I’m not as thrilled with how the glimmer mist splatters turned out on this one. I think I like it better with the more opaque mists. Maybe if I had mixed this color with some paint it would have been a better effect. I added it last because the page felt like it still needed something. I didn’t want to sew on it, I didn’t want to add more embellishments, so I tried splatting some mist. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
I hope this challenges you to pull out some memorabilia and document your own memories with something you’ve kept from an event.
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