Welcome September! (Did I just say that? Where has this year gone?) At the beginning of each month, I’ve been issuing myself a challenge of sorts. As a way to keep the mojo flowing and to try new things.
This month, I’ve decided to follow along with a new series Shimelle started on her blog called Starting Points. She offers up a page design as a starting point for inspiration and you can take it in whatever direction works for you. I was really inspired by Shimelle’s Starting Points here and here and they made for a perfect challenge.
Page design has always been a weakness for me. If I’m not following a sketch or scraplifting a layout, I can push paper around on a 12×12 sheet of cardstock for hours and never go anywhere. I learned long ago that for me to be productive, I need a place to start. These starting points were so easy, I ended up creating two layouts.
I created my backgrounds pretty much exactly as she laid out, but once I added my photos and started playing around with embellishments and placement, my completed layouts look totally different.
I used 2 4×6 photos on my layout and used the space to the right of my photos for a long title. I also added a large journaling block at the bottom, then added embellishments, forming a visual triangle that ties the layout together.
I’ve had the idea for this layout for a long time. When I went to Europe last year, I picked a specific trip because Florence was one of the stops. I studied Michelangelo in college and I was anxious to spend some time there. Unfortunately, it was only a few hours and I barely scratched the surface of what I wanted to see. I really wanted more time there.
This layout was so much fun to work on because the papers are so bright and fun. Again, I followed Shimelle’s background almost exactly, but that’s where the similarities end. I also used a large photo, but I pushed it up to make room for my title. I cut the embellishment squares from one of the sheets of pattern paper in this collection. The squares gave me a place to scatter some phrase stickers. Because some of my sticker letters were glittered (the word “good”), I added some Stickles to each of the squares for additional glitter accent.
I didn’t have enough time to finish the journaling, but I plan to make a tag to insert behind the photo. I love this photo of my parents with my nephews and the journaling will be about how much fun they have together.
Challenge Lessons Learned
- It’s good to get some help once in awhile. I love pages that are totally of my own creation, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy (or time) to start from scratch.
- Creating a base from these starting points was easy and simple. I created the backgrounds one night watching TV. I think this is a great task you can accomplish when you are tired but don’t feel creative. I didn’t have to think to arrange the blocks of pattern paper. The next day, I finished layouts when I was feeling more creative.
- Just because you use a base like this to start from does not mean your layout will look the same as the original.
- Because the backgrounds were so easy, I focused more attention on the embellishments and I’m thrilled with how they turned out.
Thanks for checking out my challenge results. I hope this inspires you to issue your own challenges!