Saturday, April 16, 2011

Rainy Day Scrapping

Sometimes I get an email from Sandra and it says "I've been thinking.." and then I know there's going to be some thinking in there for me too..

We all love a new kit every month. Fresh supplies, the latest papers, right for the time of year. But where does that leave all the other paper? The stuff that was right for Christmas or Valentines Day or last Halloween? If you had got round to using it. I've come up with a different way of looking at the paper you already have:

"When she's sick she says I love it when I stay home and we eat popcorn. It feels like breaking the rules"

1. DO NOT look at your photographs. Don't go anywhere near them. Look only at your papers. Choose a selection based only on colour, not on what you bought them for or what pictures you think they go with. I have used some from Cosmo Cricket DeLovely, a summery collection.

2. Take two sheets of white cardstock. Punch border strips from one and arrange on the other to make a textured background.

3. Create a patchwork from your patterned papers. Just choose what you like; and, remember, no looking at your photos.

4. Cut one piece to be a photo mat - mine is sized for any of my 4x6 photos - and stick it down. Now, pick out some matching embellishments.

5. NOW - look at your photos and I bet you will find something to fit on your layout. I took this picture ages ago, but the colours are a bit of a mixture and I'd never found a way of using it until now. This way of scrapping throws up all kinds of new combinations!

6. Finally, add in any extra embellishments you want to support your theme or pull your colours together. I added a American Crafts chip button in red and a flower made from patterned paper (quick tutorial coming soon).  Add your title and journaling - done.

Any time you feel like a bit of scrapping, but you can't pick a photo and you haven't found a story, turn to your stash and do a couple of these. Then save them for a rainy day or until the perfect picture appears!

As a little side note ..... the papers that Sian has used are now discounted as a blog special ... so now you can play along.  You'll find them HERE


humel said...

Oh Sian, you're so clever :-) And I love that I can recognise that a post on this blog is written by you before I see your name!

Suzy said...

What a totally brilliant idea Sian. I spend literally hours sorting photos and agonising over which kits they will go with. Im definately going to give this one a go.

Clare said...

I love these papers, one of my favourite ranges from the last couple of years. Will try the idea of using the punches to make a background, this looks really effective.