Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Following rules

Good morning!
Last night I decided to go through my paper stack and try and find paper that fit together. When I found a pair or a bunch that matched I put them together in page protectors. One of my scrapbooking idols, nicolejones911 on YouTube, said she used to do that when she got a new kit and I thought it was a good idea to get a start and not forget about a nice paper that I want to use. I have a pack of page protectors that I only use for planned layouts, it was a purchase long ago that was wrong, the page protectors are for ring binders and I use post bound, but I'm happy I have them and I use them alot.

I used to plan layouts starting with my photos and then adding to it but I have changed that totally. Now I choose paper and then I add photos after that.

I filled all my page protectors with nice combinations and then I choose one to work with. The background paper is an ancient one from Basic Grey, it has a lot of things going on but the colors are really soft. To spice it up some I combined it with the Marvelous Madeline paper from American Crafts' My Girl collection. It has the speech bubbles on one side and the pink chevrony print on the other side. I used up half of that paper for this layout and I'm already looking forward to using the rest of it for another layout, the colors are just darling sweet.

I placed the speechbubbles and my small blocks of chevron around the large photo of myself and then I added a couple of small bits and pieces from my new home made stash. Some got a little color from ProMarkers but not much, I liked the white. Some wood veneers, journaling and an acrylic alpha title and some mini alpha stickers added the finishing touch.


Lately I've been kind of obsessed with "the rule of three" and placing embellishment clusters in a visual triangle over the page. I guess you try to hold on to the few design principles you know. So I was a bit troubled that I got more like four groups or embellishments on this page but I finally decided to relax and just go with the flow. To the delight of my OCD-part of the brain i saw that I actually got kind of an odd arrow effect towards the left and my journaling with my eyes in the middle. Iäm pleased with that. The title says "It will be alright" and the journaling is about my wish to sometimes see into the future just to be able to let go and trust that everything is going to be alright. 

Have a nice day!


  1. This is lovely, love how you clustered the embellishments.

  2. the muted colors work so well with your photo! i'll have to try picking paper first, then adding photos, will be a good challenge!

  3. this is beautiful! I am a bit OCD myself, BUT when I let go and just create I often love what lands on my page! Great great layout!

  4. What a fun page! Love the speech bubbles and the lovely photo.