Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My Scrapbook Process: Polygon Crazy!

It's Challenge Me Tuesday over at Practical Scrappers.  Today's subject is layouts and cards with 5 or more sides. I used the new My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart (Be Amazing) collection to create this page about our Upper Peninsula vacation last summer.
Step #1: A background of hexagons spanning kraft cardstock. I chose this design because my photo subject, the Mackinac Bridge, spans the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas.

Step #2: A selection of patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad to mat my photo.

Step #3: Layered matting, so the photo will raise up a bit and stand out against the background. Raised adhesive also helps!
Step #4: Photo and title in place, with a few strips of patterned paper added to give the letters a shelf to rest on.
Step #5: Here's the scary part. I'm going to write my journaling, in my handwriting, directly onto the kraft cardstock. Must not be in a hurry, and must spell everything correctly!
Step #5: Here's the fun part. Embellishing.



Voila! All finished. Initially I jotted down a list of ways I might use hexagons. Here's a few ideas that didn't make it onto this page, but are being saved for future layouts:

  1. Mount title letters onto hexagons
  2. Cut out individual hexagons and scatter them around the page
  3. Use some hexagons along the edges as a border or partial border
  4. Cut hexagons in several sizes and layer them
  5. Place the photos at the top of the page and fill the bottom with hexagons
  6. Stitch around the hexagon shape (I sort of did this with my twine border)

Next week's Tuesday challenge is posted over at Practical Scrappers. Reader submissions are always welcome! 

25 comments:

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  2. Great layout and loved the step by step directions!
    Is it me, or did the background paper change from the first picture? The hexagons seem upside down at the end.

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  3. This is absolutely gorgeous Sue! I have those very buttons on my desk right now and I was going to pair them with some white cardstock. You have me doing a rethink :)

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  4. Love your layout! The hexagon background it so cool and adds a great look.

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  5. love it the color pop.. great page thanks for sharing..

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  6. Hi sue. Love this. I just did a layout w hexagons too. They r fun. =)

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  7. Love everything about this...the MME and the stitching around the hexagons...love it!

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  8. Love the stitching, clouds, buttons, everything! Beautiful page!

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  9. Love your hexagon based page, particularly the stitching around the hexagons. Really sets them off!

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  10. Wow! GREAT layout! and I love the step by step tutorial!!

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  11. I love this layout Sue! I have the same patterned papers and have been mulling over how to use it. You've made it look so easy. Just a beautiful layout and photo. Love the little clouds!!!

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  12. Wow! This is a great layout. I love how you outlined the hexagons with the twine.

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  13. Incredibly lovely! I LOVE how you outlined the diagonal hexagon motif with the twine around the edges! I would like to pin this to my hexagon board if you don't mind- it's such an original and classy take on the hexagon trend!

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  14. LOVE the hexagons! Great to see you in action, Sue! :) Love to see how others approach their layouts, that there's more to it than just making something pretty. You did a great job with hand journaling on the cardstock. I think it looks great.

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  15. This turned out fantastic! Love Penny Scrap-aholic.blogspot.com

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  16. Such a fun layout, Sue!
    love all the little touches like the stitching bordering the hexagon paper :)

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  17. Love everything about this layout. So trendy with the hexagons. The stitching really sets it off and the colors go great with that awesome photo. Makes me want to go there even more!

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  18. Lovely layout - I like the hexagons spanning the page to represent the bridge span.

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  19. Wowsers! What a cool use of that hex paper -- i really love the stitching, too. Not to mention the gorgeous photo! Great all around.

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  20. A favorite! The hexagons caught my eye, love the colors & add in a great photo...fabulous layout!

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  21. Fabulous layout & such an awesome pic - love it!

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