Friday, May 24, 2013

October Afternoon Travel Girl and Scraptastic Destination Unknown

I was sooo excited to get an email from October Afternoon that I won the Travel Girl collection.  My love of October Afternoon goes back to when I first started scrapping...they are my favorite.  So I was thrilled.  I couldn't use it yet though because I had a lot of scrapping assignments that needed to be done...but I finally got to play!

And play I did...I had fun with sweet Alex's first challenge over on October Afternoon to use 5 or more pattern papers.  I'm feeling really not creative, have been for a long time...and I know I need to just try something very different.  So I put all self-doubt talk away, and no second guessing, and just had fun.  I love green, so I picked the two green pattern papers, cut them down, and then using a craft knife, I cut slits in the airplane PP so I could tuck the flower PP under it...only adhering it with stitching, so I had lots of little pockets.
Yeah, it was a pretty bold background for even me, but I didn't listen to myself and kept going...but I did not add too much more...only things that would help the eye move around and create visual interest.  I may never scrap like this again, but who knows...but to give you a little tip on helping the photos, especially of Emma, stand out a little more is to use the dark grey pattern and/or grey always adds that touch of, "look here."
It may not be a top favorite of anyone else's, but I love the creative push and play this gave me, and I had so much fun, so it served it's purpose!
That and this layout, probably took about an hour, maybe a little more, not sure...but I just created, and didn't fuss.  Another part of the not feeling creative..and the push I needed. I have been learning more and more to let go of really hinders the hobby just being fun, at least for me.  So here is the October Afternoon May 16th sketch:
And here's how I interpreted:
I have been wanting to scrap these photos and so glad I did...the mix of the Travel Girl, Midway, and Woodland Park were perfect.

And one more quick layout...I got to play with my Scraptastic Destination Unknown kit.  I really loved the American Crafts anchor paper and lines, as well as the lines from the Elle's studio I worked those into the design and theme.
Love those Heidi Swapp letters, Chic Tags, and Elle's Studio.
I was about to throw the end piece from American Crafts paper away, but it went with the theme, so adhered it to the bottom.
 I hope to be able to play more like this...I really needed the creative outlet.  I feel like it's given me the boost I needed.
Thanks as always for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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