Hi Everyone! Emily here! Happy Friday, and welcome to the final edition of “Pinspired with Gossamer Blue!” The second Friday of every month for the last few years, I have shared a layout inspired by something I discovered on Pinterest. It’s kind of been my “thing” here at Gossamer Blue. For the first few years we also held a challenge for members, but slowly over time it turned into just a fun monthly blog feature. Due to some recent changes in my life, I have decided to step down from my position here at Gossamer Blue, and this will be my very last post. A huge thank you to all the GB subscribers and blog readers, especially those who have participated in the Pinspired challenges in the past!
For my final layout, I decided to do a color challenge. There are tons of fun, summery colors in this month’s kits, and it’s well documented that my layouts are often motivated by cool color schemes. I turned to my “Color” Pinterest board, which is a favorite, though one that I hadn’t looked at or pinned to in awhile. One set of colors jumped out at me – one that I’ve used often in the past, thought not recently – yellow + aqua. Here are a few of my favorites…
Whenever I make a color inspired layout, I gather all my papers and supplies that include those colors and make a giant pile on my desk so that I can see it all. There were a lot of fun yellow and aqua papers to choose from this month, especially in the paper pad included in the Bits and Pieces kit. Originally, I planned to include lots of layered patterned papers in the center of my layout, but after a lot of pushing and moving, I ended up ditching almost all of it. I chose a photo of my daughter at one of her swim meets this summer, and I knew that there needed to be a lot of journaling. I ended up using my vintage typewriter on a piece of yellow patterned paper, and that was the only patterned paper I used!
After I had my photo and my journaling completed, I started to lay it all out on my white cardstock. I ended up layering the cute exclusive “ENJOY” acrylics from the Life Page’s kit over top of my photo with the little aqua “this” right beside it. These three items (photo, journaling, title) are the centerpiece of my layout, everything else is just extra…but extra is always fun!
Once my three essential elements were in place, I was free to embellish! I returned to my pile of yellow and aqua products and added a bunch of fun elements like die cuts, acrylic pieces, enamel shapes, and chipboard. I ended up adding some black into my layout, because I wanted there to be at least one strong contrasting color. I always end up with way more embellishments than I need, which is probably why I often include so many little bits! I let the sun die cut from the Main Add-on Kit hang off the top the top of my cardstock because I love the idea of extending the page. Because this is an 8.5×11 layout, it is easily stored in a 12×12 page protecter in spite of the extra height.
The final product looks very different from my initial vision, but I love how integrated the colors are between the photo and the product on the page. It truly all works together to create one visually cohesive layout.
Do you have a favorite summer color scheme? I would love to see your take on these colors or a favorite color scheme! 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 day, and happy scrapping!