The last few days I've been working on the third prompt from Shimelle's Pretty Paper Party class. We explored the two main questions that a lot of scrapbookers have when putting together a layout: Which patterned papers should I use, and how should I use them on my page? Over the years, these two steps have become much easier for me, but Shimelle's ideas were very intriguing and I wanted to give them a try.
First she had us put together our own kit. I've tried putting together a kit before without much success. But I was determined this time, as I followed the formula that she offered. I was pleasantly surprised how easy things fell into place. I started with a couple of patterned papers that had 4 to 5 different colors and that gave me the color palette to work with. These are my 12 patterned paper choices for my kit:
Here is the backside of these papers:
I chose my kit papers with this formula from Shimelle:
**Choose subtle and smaller patterns for about half of your patterned papers. Use tone on tone or one color with white or cream, (e.g. polka dots, chevrons, wallpaper type prints).
**Choose 3-4 sheets with small prints with more than one color.
**Choose 1-2 sheets with bolder and/or larger patterns and that have a lot of contrast in the colors, (e.g. florals or bright colored patterns).
**Choose 1 sheet with multi colored stripes.
**Choose 1-2 sheets that can be cut apart and used as embellishments.
She also suggested that you pick 5-6 sheets from the papers your chose for your kit to set aside to be used as backgrounds for your layouts.
In addition to the patterned papers, I also pulled a couple of letter sticker sheets, sticker sheets with similar colors for embellishments, brads, trims, enamel dots, buttons and bling to complete the kit. In the end I did use a lot of these embellishments on my layouts, but I did pull from my stash here and there to add different touches to my layouts.
So, the kit answered the "which patterned papers?" question. The next question is "where to put them?". For this, we followed the design principle of concentration. Concentration is taking your page elements and putting them close together. You will concentrate all the page elements in one area and work out towards the edges of your page. Sounds logical....Easy enough.... I can do this!
But before we started scrapbooking with our kit, she threw us a curve ball. She wanted us to take half of the patterned papers from our kit and cut them up. What??? Before knowing what photos we are going to use? I was very tempted to skip this part, but I really thought I should dive in and give it a try. So I took half of my papers and cut them into various size strips and blocks.
I used more than a third of the embellishments that I originally pulled for the kit. I did bring in a pack of white Thickers, the Bambi stickers, and a couple of other stickers here and there.
Pretty good huh? The first couple of layouts were a breeze in putting together. As I used more of the papers from the kit, the more challenging I found it to be. But in the end, I had used up almost all of the papers that I had pulled together. I probably could have made one more layout, or even a card or two, but I was a bit burned out at this point. All in all, it was a fun exercise and I would do it again.
Now I'm onto prompt #4 of the class......I will share as soon as I've completed it! Happy scrapping!