Happy Earth Day from Scrap FX

by admin

Hello!

Michelle here!

Every year I make an Earth Day project. This year I wanted to play around with bits and bobs I have on my desk to keep with the recycling theme. I thought about using a photo but Earth Day was completely rained out here in New York City and I’ve already scrapped photos from years past so why not try a photo-less layout?

I'm loving the Scrap FX Kraft Flourish tags (2012041 K)! I was immediately drawn to the Spiral Dragonfly (Item 2007038) but I wondered what kind of project would show case it best... I wish I had a bunch more!!!

So this is me playing around and seeing what works (and what doesn’t). I’ve been really attracted to abstract art and deconstructed design lately so I’m forging forth with this with no real plan for this page.

I used Gauche Alchemy punchinella in clear and corrugated board in white, canvas shapes from Prima, woodgrain stickers from Sassafras Lass, Ledger transparencies from Maya Road, Crafter's Workshop punchinella stencil, Studio Calico mists in Gold and silver, nature themed vellum from K & Co, Dove Grey Stayz On ink and earth day stamps from Studio G.

What did I learn from all this “play”?

1. Strips of different textures and patterns look great on a page. To make layers you can stick to paper but throwing in vellum, punchinella and other transparent embellishments allow for  “windows” into the different textures and layers you create. Transparent layers add texture without a lot of visual distraction so I tend to use them under thicker materials like kraft paper.

Lots going on here visually so I decided not to add journaling.

2. When using a large embellishment like the Dragonfly chipboard it’s best to make it the main focus of the page. Here’s how versdion 1 of this page looked- not bad but a lot harder to focus on.

I started with a misted hexagon pattern for this but didn't know where to go from there so I just sort of felt my way around- playing has to some of my favorite pages in the past but this needed a more finished look.

3. Play leads to innovation. The worst thing you could so is approach a project with the “I can’t mess this up” mind-set. For this page I experimented with misting on the paper and left the chipboard alone since messing it up would have made me very sad. Silver mist looked nice but clashed with the rich browns so I switched to gold and you know what? I like them together!

"Hmmm. I have these gold Making Memories staples in my stash- they are SOOO PRETTY!!! Hey why not use them as a border element? EEE! LOVE!!! Will do this again!" That is exactly what I was thinking when I did this. The Dove Grey ink for stamping? I would NEVER try that in a "can't mess this up page" Play- it's what keeps a scrapper working late into the night.

Ok now you- you into your scrappy space and PLAY. Take some photos and link up your creation. We’d LOVE to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

7 Responses to “Happy Earth Day from Scrap FX”

  1. Every now and again I also just like to leave chipboards the way thay are! Lovely cretion!

  2. Thank you! Yes I think I prefer to leave the chipboard alone- the color is so neutral is goes with almost everything.

  3. I love that you took us through your journey of creation with you! this is an amazing page as always!

  4. Beautiful LO. I definately like version 2 better with the single main focal point. The misting and patterns look amazing.

  5. That was really interesting, thanks for talking us through your thought process (well some of them, anyway!). I really like the staple border, and the chipboard looks fab left bare, perfect for this theme.

  6. I love this! It’s so visually interesting. Would make a great canvas.

  7. toni-n-tn says:

    what a great design and so creative.