Oh, it has been a long time since I did a Make It Monday post! Not sure I completely remember how! LOL!
What the hell, let’s give it a try!
When I was planning out my posts for this year, one of the things I did was plan out my Make it Monday posts. As in, I gave myself topics to talk about. Today’s is a colour prompt – Turquoise to be exact. I’ll be honest, I sat looking at my planner for a few minutes thinking “what the heck am I going to do with that?!” So I turned to my trusty inspiration go-to, Pinterest. Did you know you can search up just about anything in Pinterest? So handy! I typed in ‘turquoise’ and this is the image that spoke to me the most.
Gorgeous, right? It made me think of the colours of the ocean and sky and that led me to our Alaskan cruise in 2016. After digging through some of the photos from that week, I chose a formal family shot and created this.
Once I found the inspiration image, I went to my patterned paper racks and grabbed the blue stack. I keep all the blues together regardless of manufacturer so I knew I was guaranteed a variety of shades from pastel to navy, turquoise to teal. I loved how this cloud print from Shimelle’s Starshine collection incorporated a lot of them so I decided pretty early on to use that as my main back ground then bring in turquoise through my layers.
The white paper with the hearts on it is the back side of the photo mat. It’s an older BoBunny paper (2015 – #foreveryoung Fresh Air) that is a gorgeous photo realistic sky print. I used one of the corners of that print as my photo mat and then the other side as one of my layers. I liked the colours of the hearts – which I’ve all but covered up but hey … that happens!
Since I’d already chosen one paper from Starshine (and I have the paper pad) I went looking for a journaling card that would coordinate. This one fit the bill perfectly! I also took the opportunity to search through my bag of Disney themed papers and embellishments so I could pull out more of the same products I’ve used on other pages in that album. That helps the continuity, especially when you’ve taken as long a break in creating layouts as I have for this album!
In that bag were some flair badges that I received in my Wild Hare kit (click here to see the reveal video on YouTube) one of which was a lovely dark blue with Mickey heads and stars. Perfect! I’ve got a photo below showing it, but what I wanted to say here was that it led me on a bit of a treasure hunt for more dark blue coloured embellishments. And that’s when I found this super old October Afternoon tin pin with the anchor. Where else but a cruise album am I going to use an anchor image? Even the wood grain was perfect as I also used a strip of wood grain paper from my Disney bag to tie in all the warm wood tones in the photo. Serendipity I tell you!
Here’s a great look at all the layers I’ve got on this page. The dark blue cloud print in the back with a turquoise chevron (Simple Stories), the white heart print I talked about above and it’s back side of turquoise sky, then a strip of wood grain. To bring a tiny bit of black to this corner I popped up this sticker from a Say Cheese sticker sheet and called it done.
And here’s that close up of the blue flair badge from the Wild Hare kit. I’ve placed it over the lens area on that camera image because it had a red heart in it. Nothing against the red heart, on most pages I’d embrace that! But here is was very out of place. As I was trying to keep this page as blue as possible, the red was yelling at me and needed to be silenced!
My finishing touch for this page was to sprinkle some blue and black enamel dots around the main embellishment clusters. On the journaling block I also added a couple of self adhesive brads from my Simple Stories Disney stash bag.
I love this layout and am super excited to add it to my album. I’m also feeling like I’m getting my scrapbooking legs back. My focus since October has been on card making and other crafts for the Christmas markets I attend in November and December, so my layout muscles got a bit weak. After creating my One Little word layout last week, a few pages for my December Daily, and now this layout, I’m feeling like I can maybe tackle a larger project again. Thankfully LOAD is fast approaching! LOAD is short for LayOut A Day and is regular challenge over at Scraphappy. If you’re interested in joining you can check out all the details here. Signing up through this link helps support my website and I thank you!
That’s all for now. I’ve got groceries to shop for and workmen to manage (our master ensuite is reaching the tiling stage – very exciting!) so I’d better get to it. Show me your turquoise inspired projects by leaving a link in the comments below. Can’t wait to see what you make!