Hi Everyone! Emily here! Happy Friday, and welcome to the another edition of “Pinspired with Gossamer Blue!” The second Friday of every month I will share a layout inspired by something I discovered on Pinterest!
I’m sure many of you, like myself, celebrated Mother’s Day last weekend. I am really horrible about taking photos with my kids. I have lots of photos of my kids, but very few with my kids. Mother’s Day is one of those occasions where I feel like a picture of us all is necessary, and I force them to take one with me, in spite of whatever crazy reasons they may have for not wanting to do it…in this year’s case…it was super sunny and they were not pleased by the brightness!
But, we got a few shots…silly…and perfect. For my layout, this month, I did a generic search on Pinterest for “Mother’s Day.” I was hoping to find something that would inspire me that I could use to create a layout with my Mother’s Day photos. I was inundated with images of cute Mother’s Day projects, some yummy looking Mother’s Day brunch items, and a few quotes about moms. Honestly, nothing inspired me. I was about to give up and move on to something more specific when I saw this image:
Source: The Keeper of the Cheerios
I don’t know what it was about this little art project – the dandelion is cute and I love how the fingerprint “seeds” are blowing off the paper. But, it was really just those simple words, “I wished for you” that drew me in. Usually when I create a “pinspired” layout, it is based on something very clear and obvious like a graphic design piece, a color scheme, or specific words. But, in this case, I just loved this idea of a parent wishing and dreaming for a child or a family. I decided to create a layout that included some journaling or a title that conveyed this idea of hoping and dreaming.
Scrapbooking is a lot of trial and error. I originally planned to include two, small, color photos taken on Mother’s Day, but after pushing them around and adding and subtracting product, I just couldn’t make it work. I decided instead to use a single black and white photo of us on Mother’s Day. I liked the color versions better, but the black and white photo just works better with products in this kit. My first step was to create a photo mat out of a few of the Pink Paislee tags.
After my photo mat was created, I placed on my cardstock and lightly traced the far right edge so that I would know where to type my journaling. I am lucky to have a large typewriter that allows me to use paper in both portrait and landscape orientation. Whenever I use my typewriter, I am always careful not to be careful! What that really means is that I embrace the mistakes, the uneven spaces, etc.
After my journaling was completed, I attached my photo and added a number of coordinating embellishments. I went back and forth in my decision to include an additional title, but in the end, I decided the “documented” chipboard and my journaling would be sufficient. I still think I may go back and add “Mother’s Day” on there someplace – even if I just write it on the back. I added some additional chipboard to the bottom and the top and some black mist to finish off my layout!
To play along with this month’s challenge, post your projects in the Pinspired gallery or on Instagram with the #gossamerblue hashtag! I can’t wait to see what you create! Have a great weekend, and happy scrapping!