You’ve got this great piece of card stock which would be perfect for the half finished layout on your desk but … it’s got a giant hole in it where you cut out some shapes with your Cameo. Argh! What’s a girl to do?
Let me show you how I dealt with that exact situation in this month’s Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop brought you by Practical Scrappers. You should have arrived here from Kerri’s blog but if not and you want to start at the beginning, head on over to the Practical Scrappers Blog for the full list.
I was happily working with my May 2014 Gossamer Blue Scrapbook Kit and was down to my last few scraps – except for one entire piece of 12×12 patterned papers. It had rain drops all over it and I wasn’t “in the mood” to scrap rainy photos as the sun was shining here and my kids (and I) were in full-on Summer Mode. Then I came across photos of my girls and a couple of their friends playing out back with the Slip ‘n’ Slide and I thought the rain drops could just as easily be interpreted as water drops, like from a sprinkler. I grabbed the remaining scraps I had and started piecing things together. But I felt it needed a border or something. I had the bright pink piece of card stock from the kit that I’d used to cut out a ray design for this layout and this layout. It was the perfect colour but it had one giant problem. The large off centre square hole in the back!
Check it out! Oh yeah, and I had also cut out the word ‘EVER’ to use on a card for my Middle daughter’s Grade 2 teacher who was retiring. Nice, eh?
As the ray cut file had been cut as close to the edges as I could (I was trying to save paper thinking I could use the pink as a border strip on another layout – ha!) I couldn’t centre my other piece of patterned paper on it as I am used to doing.
Here’s where things got interesting. I purposefully placed everything into the lower right corner of the page! Gasp!! Crazy or genius, you decide.
This led to the radical (for me anyway) decision of placing my accents mostly on the right too. I can hear you all and I know what you’re thinking – “WTF?!” Read on, and I’ll explain.
My title is a layered one (and one that is a bit flexible with spelling!) I used the black and white chipboard alphabets from the kit plus one of the Heidi Swapp epoxy word stickers. These 5 little girls truly are wonderful so it felt right to me. Also of note, is the yellow and orange circular element. It’s not an epoxy sticker though it is posing as one thanks to some Glossy Accents. I was using other epoxy stickers and this helps unify everything. Having the different paper pieces coming straight down from the top to the title and photos extends everything. I have a horizontal piece of paper along the bottom and this grouping act as a vertical element that keeps it all cohesive.
To further accentuate the skewed aspect of the layout, I added several bits and pieces here to the bottom right corner. If you’re going to do something on purpose that may not seem “right”, don’t be afraid to support your decision with additional accents like this.
While I was trying to accentuate one corner, I was also conscious of not leaving out the other. The layout would have looked very one sided otherwise. Adding similar accents here helps visually balance the entire layout.
Plus it’s a great way to use up a lot of the remaining bits and pieces from the kit!!
Okay, that’s all from me. I hope I’ve given you ideas, and maybe even permission, to think a little bit outside the box when it comes to using up your scraps to create beautiful layouts for your memories! Next stop on this hop is the amazing Lisa. Have fun hopping with us this weekend!