Hi everyone! This is Karen and I am delighted to be back with a Mix and Match for November.
In my ten years of scrapbooking, there have been some trends I really wasn't crazy about. I'd see the embellishments everywhere and I couldn't wait for the trend to pass.
But then there's gold.
I am perfectly happy if this gold trend stays here forever. I just can never seem to get enough of it and I love love love the way it shines on my pages. It's not messy like glitter and requires no drying time like Stickles but it's shiny and makes me happy.
So when I was making this month's page, I knew I was going back to my happy gold. Instead of using the tape this time, I cut off the wide gold strip from the awesome Garden Party paper from the Just Sayin' line. Once I had that down, I was feeling so much happier that it almost didn't matter what else I put on my page.
I like pairing gold with black and since my photos had so much blue in them, I didn't want to add a lot more blue. So I decided to use pink, black, gold and a little blue on my page. I pulled out some Chalk Studio II chipboard pieces and stickers. Some heart enamels and tape with blues and pinks in it. I used hearts all over because why not.
I had already decided on my journaling which was about how my boys pout before they go to swim class and how I've always worried that they were having a horrible time but for this one week, I ended up being the one
to take them to class and I could see with my own eyes how very much they actually love it. So I pulled out the perfect "Just Sayin'" diecut from the Mixed Bag and decided to couple it with some alphabet stickers for my title. I had my journaling, photos, paper, tape, stickers, and hearts. I was all set to go.
Here's what I ended up with:
You can read the full journaling here.
People sometimes reach out to me to ask how I feel about using pink or hearts or flowers on my boy pages. I feel like these pages are mine and I do them for myself. I also feel like hearts, pinks and flowers are not reserved for girls only. All shapes, colors and patterns are for all of us. So I do whatever I want to do and haven't had a complaint from my boys yet. This page has so many hearts, it's almost ridiculous. But they are all a little different. I have it on the tapes, the enamel, and the rubon.
I tried to put my hearts on three corners of my page and in threes (or ones) to have them visually interesting. I started with the upper left where I only had a bit of space:
And then to the lower left where I had even less space. I made one of these a rubon just to have the rubon and the gold in one more place on the page:
And then the lower right. I had two hearts on the title right by there already so, here, I decided to do just one and then added an arrow to go with the arrows on the tape below and added some more gold and made my
heart blue to add some color.
I just love love love how shiny that is.
As I was rubbing on my hearts on the photo, one of them got slightly messed up. After I was done being frustrated, I decided to 'mess up' the other two as well so they could look like they were distressed hearts.
I don't know if it worked but three messed up hearts bothers me a lot less.
And then I pulled out my sewing machine and stitched around the photos, the tape, the little letters and I felt like I was done. I stared and stared at the page and found myself wondering what it would look like if I stitched around the diecut. I am not the smoothest stitcher so I was chiding myself for coming up with an idea that would surely ruin the page.
I considered using a pen instead. But it doesn't have the same texture. A small voice kept saying "Just walk away, you're done, don't ruin it!" but then another one was saying "But what if it's really neat looking?" And my motto is that if you're finding yourself wondering, you should try it.
So what if you "ruin" the page? You can make many more. And if you try and it's indeed cool, now you know one more trick.
So I grabbed a pencil, drew some guidelines and went at it. The result was crooked indeed but I still loved it. I think it added just the right texture to my page.
Now that I'd tried my crazy idea, I was done. One more page done, one more story told. Here's to many more!
See you next month.