Gossamer Blue



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 made with the current kits that was inspired by something I discovered on Pinterest!

This month, I’m sharing a bit of my “creative process,” aka: what was going through my head as I created this layout, because the final product looks very different than what I had initially planned!  My pin this month was one from my “drink” board, which seems a little odd!!  However, I was inspired not by the recipes shared, but the photo used in the article:

Source: Williams-Sonoma

I love the graphic look of the bright colors and the grid of circles.  I immediately thought – this would make a great layout! 😉  I originally planned on created a full page of circles, including journaling circles and photo circles, along with various patterned papers and embellishments.  However, after laying out the patterned papers, I wasn’t loving the look of them all together.  I decided instead to use circles from a single piece of paper – the My Mind’s Eye Library paper from the  March Add on Kit #2.

library paper

Source: My Mind’s Eye

I used my circle punch to create a ton of circles from different sections of the paper.  Next, I set out to assemble them on my paper, but when I finished, it still looked so busy to me. I started second-guessing my plan to embellish the circles and have the photos and journaling included.

I had a rather long story to tell, and I wasn’t sure it would even all fit on the circles! I wondered if I could just print my journaling right on the Arc White Birch paper that I was using as my background (March Life Pages Themed Add-on Kit). Turns out, you can.

Unfortunately my printer left some wonky marks all over the bottom, but I decided that I liked the look of the wood too much to just trash it and use cardstock or patterned paper instead.  The extra ink just gives it a more “rustic” feel! In fact, I was wishing I knew of a way to get the ink marks on other sections of the paper to make it more consistent!

story closeup 1

Next, I started to embellish the circles. I had four elements in mind while embellishing – wood, gold, gray, and light blue. I used these three elements throughout to keep it cohesive.

story closeup 2
As I worked, I realized that embellishing every circle made the layout look , again, way too busy. The black and white photos are super simple, and I didn’t want all of the embellishments to overshadow them.  I embellished a few circles and left the rest blank.

story closeup 3

In the end, my final layout is very different from my original pinned photo.  This just goes to show that inspiration comes in many different forms. If you are feeling overwhelmed when scrapbooking, take a look at a pin and pick ONE thing about it that inspires you, and run with it!  You may like your final product even more than you had imagined you would!

Story by Emily Spahn// via Gossamer Blue
Supplies : March Main Add-on Kit, March Add-on Kit #2, March Life Pages Themed-Add On

We would love to see how this pin inspires you!  To play along and post your layouts in the Pinspired gallery . We can’t wait to see your projects!

Emily Spahn Link

6 Comments to “Pinspired”

March 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

michelle t says:

I love this clever layout. That library pattern paper is terrific. Everything just comes together so well. Thanks for sharing. Michelle t

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