Scrap Style Smack Down!

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Hello from New York scrap happy people!

When life gets too stressful I retreat into my scrap room and play with paper.

I’ve been struggling with a massive time crunch lately due to working unpredictable hours and a 3 year old who is active and needs Mom’s attention more than ever.

I had 2 hours to scrap two pages this week (I know!) so for the first page I chose a favorite photo and a sheet of paper that I could cut into easily and quickly. I also chose to go the 8 by 11 route since smaller pages are easier to light and shoot.

This is one of my favorite Lola shots ever. Look at the perfectly round head! Triangles (as you know) are a favorite of mine so I popped them up and layered in some vellum. 35 minutes of stress releasing play and into my scrapbook it goes. Why work in a hurry? Because taking time to do something you love makes you happy. Happy Moms are better Moms!

I used the following pieces for this page:

A Daughter Is A Gift Of Love wordlett #2012308 

Cedar Tree and Ornaments chipboard #22012258

I often struggle with larger pieces since I tend to want my photos to take center stage in a layout- the itty bitty present in the Cedar Tree design is so cute! I’m saving the other pieces for a Christmas page. To make the vellum stand out more I added faux stitching with gel ink on the sides.

I wanted to keep the contrast for this page soft but making the title white would have made it illegible so I went for grey Prima chalk ink and added a bit of pop with white gel pen. The small pointed edge of Prima chalk ink pads are great for chipboard details by the way.

I’ve really missed working the details in my pages so this week I chose a simple sketch from Skissedilla and limited my techniques to sewing the edges of my paper layers and spray misting the paper to bring down the contrast a bit.

I’m still struggling with adding detail so even my “complex” page is super simple but I really had fun messing with the details here. I actually misted the background! It’s been a while since I sprayed a page because I haven’t found out how to keep the paper from warping.

For this page I used the following Scrap FX chippies:

A complete STUNNER, this chipboard started my love of this brand way back in 2010. Flourish Circle model #2010287 

A detail shot:

This flourish makes layering easy- imagine the posibilities! You can easily hang jewels from the many circles and curls in the design or pop in a flair pain as I did. I had no problem highlighting the outside with some gel ink. Adding Stickles to the inner circles would have been my next step but I liked the contrast the naked chipboard gives the page.

So which page won the smack down for me?

I think I love them both too much to make a final decision but the color and detail in the snow page is rapidly gaining on me.

Perhaps it’s time for another style flip flop- I’ll never get a final “look” if I keep changing my mind!

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

2 Responses to “Scrap Style Smack Down!”

  1. I love both these pages Michelle!! The first one is so adorable and girly! Love the picture of Lola. The wordlet you chose is perfect and love how you decked it out! The second is a fav not only because you used a Skissedilla sketch – woot! woot! but the layering and use of neutrals is spectacular as well. I love the use of the flourish to highlight the photo! Both pages win in my book too!

  2. hmm…I like both but I love the 2nd one only cause that flourish is divine! Plus all the subdued layers and the wooden pieces are calling my name :):)