Melissa here, poking my head in again to host while Tina is on her way back from CHA.
And, speaking of CHA, I promised more product peeks. We did receive a few photos from roving reporter Celeste Smith, sharing her favorite find: Jillibean Soup Corrugated Alphabets. What a great way to add texture to a project.
Wasn't yesterday's giveaway fantastic? I had so much fun playing with this Studio Calico kit. As Melanie and I were discussing how our layouts came together, I told her how I had really been forced to think outside the box when using the Sassafras Lass "Dream Big" paper.
It's so fun, but it's also so unique that it's a little intimidating. Yet the surprising thing is that when I looked back at my layouts, I realized that I used it on all three! In fact, I used it in four different places. Take a look at them again and see if you can identify each instance.
LO #1: cut out part of the bottom border along with the banner
LO #2: cut out hot air balloon & cloud piece and punched the green bullets from the right-hand yellow section of the rainbow
LO #3: cut the letters for "charm" from the orange hot air balloon
Sometimes paper with a lot of words can be a bit perplexing to use as well, especially when combined with journaling on a layout. I thought it was interesting that both Melanie and I chose to incorporate the Little Red Riding Hood text with a little twist.
Here's Mel's layout, just to remind you.
(Note to self: I really must learn how to do that drop-shadow effect on my layouts with white backgrounds!)
All of this got me thinking about how many sheets of patterned paper I have that truly grabbed me when I saw them, but that have been sitting in my stash because they're not "easy" to use and so I'm not quite sure what to do with them. Do you have any of those lying around?
Here's my challenge to you. Grab one of those sheets that intimidates you just a bit, and force yourself to look at it creatively. Maybe you need to view it as a collection of elements (as I did with the "Dream Big" paper) rather than looking at the whole sheet. Perhaps it can be trimmed here and there to make a perfect... something for your layout. Maybe you can take that sheet full of text and play off the theme like we did with the Studio Calico "My Dear" paper.
Whatever you choose to do, please share your layout (or other project) in our Write.Click.Scrapbook Flickr group. I can't wait to see what you do with those papers. I fully expect to be inspired. :)
Oooo, and remember to come back tomorrow when our August gallery is revealed, along with some other fun stuff related to our theme. Don't miss it!