I had never considered my Scrap Process until now. I know I have a few crazy OCD-like “rules” that fly around in my brain when I’m scrapping, but I had never really thought about it. This was really fun! So here is what goes on in my head when I’m scrapping. I hope you have a few minutes. In fact, you may want to grab yourself a cuppa, we could be here for a while LOL
Photo selection is usually the starting point or inspiration for me for any project. It is from here that I choose size, quantity colour or Black & White? And usually a title for my LO will present itself based on the photo.
2. Select Background
I love a plain background. White cardstock is my BG of choice in most cases, or Kraft. I like the ability to create something special using inks or paint, masking etc. Having said that, in this case I have gone for a PP that I thought suited the masculine LO.
3. Choose a Colour Scheme
This is usually based on the photo. I like to pick the main colour in the photo, and rather than matching it I like to go opposite! In my opinion this makes the photo really pop. And after all, the photo should be the main focus of any LO.
I like to select three or four contrasting/coordinating colours to make up scheme. Using the colour wheel can be really helpful. So for example, I had the brown BG and the baby blue shirt in the photo. The opposite of the blue on the colour wheel is yellow/orange and you can never go wrong with white.
4. Gather Embellishments
This is the part that can be a little tricky. Deciding where everything should go. Personally I prefer a messy sort of chaotic look. Here’s how I do it:
Position elements slightly off centre and not quite straight
Use “negative space” (the area of the background with nothing going on) to juxtapose against the mess so that things are a little easier on the eye.
Layer up elements under the photo, poking out here and there to create interest.
· Then embellish over the layers to add more and more levels, and more to look at. All the while considering the different materials and how they play off against each other. So here I have used COR In Bloom – Azure (only half actually), MIR Cupid – Be Mine and CB Beaded Curtain (again only part) I chose to leave this raw, again going with masculine theme and maximum contrast of elements.
· Rough it up! Leave corners and edges unstuck. Bend, distress, staple etc to give more texture e.g. you can see the mesh used under the photo has been crumpled up before sticking down so that it adds more character and interest. I have also roughed up the MIR Cupid – Be Mine and Frills with an emery board to give a more “manly” feel.
· Echo the elements in a mini design block elsewhere on the page. I don't do this with every LO, but every now and then it can be fun.
Now to finish off any chipbard elements. In this case I have painted the title in turquoise to match the COR In Bloom – Azure. When it was dry, I used the contrasting yellow/orange ink on a texture stamp for different effect.
In my opinion, one of the key elements of scrapbooking. If, like me, you are serious about scrapbooking being for your family history, then you can’t go past journaling. Even if it is just a few words about who, when and where; it’s just so important. In this LO the journaling is actually hidden in the little orange envelope.
Stick It Down!
I have a few different adhesives that use, depending on what I am sticking down. Fabric glue, tape or regular glue, mount tape. I have decanted some glue into a bottle with a fine nozzle for finer work, like alphas and small embellies.
If I’m scrapping away from home (which is most of the time) and need to pack away before I have stuck down, I will quite often take a photo on my phone of how I have laid everything out. I can’t trust my memory you see LOL
And here’s the finished product
PHEW! We made it! Well I hope that you have managed to stay with me, and thanks for staying to he end. Have you ever considered what your scrap process is? What inspires you? What kind of scrapper are you? Perhaps you could do a LO about it and share it with us.
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