One thing that seems to upset a lot of scrapbookers is that I use product to start my page. I found the SEI scraps, looked for an idea for design and when I was part way through I looked for the photos and story that would work. Cal's Hawaii shirt and the nice brown vertical of the background trees caught my eye as I scrolled through Picasa and then the story and title and rest of the page came together. Since some of my scrappy friends look at my blog, I thought a review of my scrap process might be interesting for some of them. As I indicated in my title, creating this page was driven by my attendance in the on-line class by May Flaum called The Curious Scrapbooker's Field Guide at Big Picture Classes http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/
In April 2011, Jill Cornell had a layout published in Scrapbooks, etc. I liked her design of a basic 9 patch grid broken up with a row of ribbon and thought it would be a good way to use the materials I had found for my page. I moved the ribbon row up but kept the basic idea of her LO with similar photo placement, use of a tab and stitching.
In May's class we have been working on ways to add color and texture. I had used the SEI paper I found in my stash box of scrap to establish my color scheme. I tried to get some good visual triangles on my page to distribute the color (NH). The flow of the page fits the "Z" pattern (DH). My tab at the top was formed with 3 chipboard embellishments (NH).
I used pen work, stitching color, inking, a rhinestone, glitter brads, punched and die cut elements in my design to distribute the color and move the eye (and to disguise my particularly wonky stitching in patch #8, wonky outline stitching left at top of LO since I thought it worked well with my patch#1.. My design most varied from my inspiration by the placement of my title and the use of journaling strips. The original design was a little more strict in adherence to the grid. While I did not go wild in breaking out, I did loosen it up a bit.
I love texture and think the ribbon, stitching, chipboard and raised elements add that to this page.
I noted my other teachers who inspired my thinking on this LO. (NH) is Noel Hyman and (DH) is Debbie Hodge. Love Paperclipping http://www.paperclipping.com/ and Get it Scrapped http://debbiehodge.com/.
A little scrap lifting, a lot of stash (includes SEI, AC, Girls Paperie, Bazill & Pink Paislee) and some four year old photos that had a story I wanted to tell resulted in this latest page.
Journaling reads: Joe is a family guy. His wife, Cathy, was unavailable that day but he decided that would
not prevent quality family time. So, a call to his Dad(Cal) and me and an invitation extended
for a drive to Tahoe. We experienced lots of laughter and beautiful scenery.
The whole day reminded me of the Sunday drives my parents took with my siblings and me
when I was a child. Time with “family matters”, indeed!