I haven’t made a huge number of “me-right-now” type of scrapbook pages, though I have made a few. A couple months ago on Shimelle’s blog, she shared a process video of a birthday selfie layout. That re-inspired me to do a similar documentation of my birthday, and I marked it down in my planner to “take a picture!” and “write some journaling about right now.”
Sunday was the “big day,” and while I did snap a photo in the evening, I had to wait until the next evening to sit down and write my journaling. However, the delay proved to be advantageous– Shimelle’s weekly challenge this week is to “make the journaling the heart of your scrapbook page,” and so I decided to write more than just a bullet list. Inspired by Kirsty Smith’s hidden journaling in plain sight, when I sat down to write my birthday thoughts, I took a plain, white, 8″x8″ piece of paper and just wrote. I knew I would cover it with a flap of vellum, but other than that, I didn’t have a huge plan in mind.
The layout marinated in my mind for a few days, and I stole moments here and there to pull out supplies. I broke out my Gossamer Blue May 2014 kit, which I’d won in a giveaway and have never used (until now!!). The floral paper and the striped paper both are from that kit. Once I’d decided on a background papers, an idea started to form in my head, and I will say that there was definitely inspiration from Jen Schow’s fashion-inspired layout and the way Wilna Furstenberg uses paint and white floral cut files.
I got very brave (for me!) and mixed up some acrylic paint to a coordinating aqua and swiped it on across the vellum to ground the cluster. The vellum lifts so that the entire block of journaling can be read (and I tried to make the edge pretty, too).
I had “gutted” both pieces of patterned paper, since I wasn’t exactly sure how much layering I was going to do. I ended up fussy-cutting some of the blooms from the floral to embellish my photo, as well as a piece of the triangle print from the back to add some further grounding to the photo+embellishment cluster (I tend to go for strong horizontal lines in my layouts).
A while ago, I purchased “The Crafter’s Font Bundle” of beautiful script fonts from The Hungry JPEG, and this layout was the perfect time to put it through its paces with my die-cutting machine. I played with special characters (via the Character Map tool) to create my main title, and I used some of the dingbats included with another font to cut the white florals and leaves.
striped: Favorite Things Seeing Stripes – Heidi Swapp
floral/triangle geometric: Favorite Things In Bloom – Heidi Swapp
white textured cardstock: American Crafts
vellum: Paper Studio
fussy cut flowers from patterned paper
die cut flowers (via Silhouette SD; font = Amigirl Script)
gold glitter enamel dots: Paper Studio
pink striped tape: Bella Blvd
rub on: Glitz Designs
die cut title (via Silhouette SD; font = Bruselo)
gold alphas: Uncharted Waters Teeny Alphas – Glitz Designs
journaling pen : Becky Higgins Project Life