I set up a challenge for myself to scrap the final layouts from our trip to New Mexico. There are already 4 completed pages and a divided page protector in our Places We Go album. I had saved room for 4 more single-page layouts to complete the section. So I formulated this challenge: Staying in the style already established, prepare 4 page backgrounds, select photos, and finish scrapping this trip!
The papers I chose were kraft cardstock and two collections from October Afternoon, Sasparilla and 9 to 5. The first collection has an obvious western theme, while the colors in 9 to 5 would work well with my photos from New Mexico.
Here are the four backgrounds I created, inspired by Shimelle and her Starting Points series. I wasn't going at this completely blind; I knew what photos I would eventually be working with, so I just glanced through them and went to work.
Then I distributed the photos onto the pages where I felt they would work best. I had more than enough pictures, so I was confident I would find the right matches.
The next step was to crop the photos, mount them onto white cardstock and add them to the backgrounds. After this step, I also had a good idea where my title and journaling were going to go on each page.
I was going to add my titles and journaling, then go back once more and add the embellishments. But once I got going, I just wanted to complete each page. So I went with it.
Done! - and happy with the results. For me, working this way is very satisfying because I can establish a flow. Really get into the groove. How about you - does this process have appeal? It didn't to me at first, but now that I've tried it several times, I really like it!
I'll be taking a blog break for a couple weeks, but I have some new layouts scheduled for the end of the month. See you then!