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!
Every scrapbooker is inspired and driven by different things. Some people love the product. Some love creating a layout that really showcases the photo or the journaling.
Personally, I love color. My layouts almost always begin with a single color or groups of colors. The first thing I do when I get my kits is dump everything out and really get a feel for the colors of that particular month’s kits.
This month, I was immediately drawn to the green and gold embellishments, especially the exclusive acrylic shapes and the large green ampersand die cut that came with the Life Pages Add-on #3. I wanted to use all these products on a single page – so…green and yellow. Or, if you are a Packers fan from Wisconsin like I am…”green and gold.” As much as I love the Packers, however, I really didn’t want a layout that was a big mix of those two colors. I liked the yellow. I liked the green. I didn’t exactly like them all mixed together.
I also liked the green and yellow Pinkfresh patterned paper included in the June Main Scrapbooking kit, but again..it was just a little TOO much green and yellow. I started thinking looking at Pinterest and thinking about how I could incorporate both colors. I came across this image:
(Source: Library Lovers Art Auction)
I loved how this simple little graphic included three colors stacked on top of each other – and each section included some white space. I liked how one cohesive idea was also separated into three clear sections. I decided to use a similar idea for my layout, though without the cleverness of actually creating a shape!
I pulled together many of the yellow and green elements I could find. There were far fewer “grass green” embellishments as lighter green, so I thought perhaps I could include them both on my layout. Once I had everything collected, I started pushing them around my page, trying to create a good grid. The top features the green, and the bottom features the yellow. My photo included a lot of yellow, so I used it on the bottom (yellow) half of the layout.
I ended up having more white space that I wanted, so I included some of the patterned paper I mentioned above. On the bottom, I used the yellow to back a white and yellow tag, and on the top I used the green and white striped paper for my journaling.
I was pretty underwhelmed once I laid everything out. I felt like the layout was just missing something. After some experimenting, I decided to add some pops of black to the layout, including a strip of black and white patterned paper at the top. This is another classic example of my favorite style of “stuff” layouts! It’s a crazy, but organized…bright and fun.
What were your favorite colors in this month’s kits? I would love to see your take on this inspiration piece or just a color challenge of your own! To play along this month, 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!