Coming up with my theme for today I was browsing my favorite inspiration site, Pinterest. I was hugely inspired by the triangles that are popping up everywhere in knit tops, quilts, posters, jewelry, and fabric patterns. Instead of using them as an embellishment I wanted to translate them into a scrapbook page background without being too literal. I have a love affair with stripes and wanted to merge the two. Instead of using stripes as a background I would translate them to long acute isosceles triangles:
For this layout I wanted to use bright bold colors to represent my trip to Spain last summer. After I found the perfect papers to represent the trip, I made the triangle background by printing and cutting out a template triangle on printer paper. Once all my triangles were cut out, I adhered these to a piece of plain 8.5 x 11 cardstock and trimmed 1/4 inch off all sides so I could matte it on a piece of white cardstock. I then stitched around all the edges.
Next, I grabbed my photos and arranged them how I liked I realised the colors in my background were a little too bright and competing with the bright colors in my photos. This is where White Spray Mist is your best friend, at least it is mine. :) I gave it a few sprays lightly misting the colors to tone them down a bit. Still I worried (I know I worry too much) the photos would be lost so I popped them up on pop dots to give them that extra oomph they needed.
If you are still hungry for more triangles here is a layout by the talented Emily Spahn:
A little Blurb from Emily: I fell in love with Teka's page immediately. I knew that I wanted to flip her sketch to have the triangles going vertically, with a little blank space at the bottom for my title. I had originally planned on creating long, acute triangles like Teka used, but after seeing this image on pinterest, I decided to go with smaller right triangles instead. The most challenging part of this layout? Having to recall some geometry skills that I hadn't used in years in order to make my triangles the correct width! So while my final layout looks very little like Teka's page, her fabulous triangles were my original inspiration!
Don't worry digi scrappers we haven't forgotten about you! The talented Marnie Flores made a page with the downloadable template below:
If you would like to play along, please, be my guest! Here is a sketch for you to use:
If you prefer, you may download a layered template here. If you would link it up in the comments, I would LOVE to see.