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 paper...black 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 perfectionism...it 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 paper...so 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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