Summer Lovin’ by Michelle H.

by MichelleL

Hello Michelle here.

Today I want to share a scrapbook page and detailed photos of my blog hop project, a camping minibook.
First up one of the most troublesome pages I’ve made in a while.
I had a really hard time coming up with a design concept for these photos (which I love and was very excited to work with.)
The page is about Lola’s first visit to an outdoor art event called “Figment” in New York City.
I couldn’t decide if I should try to match the colors in the photos (purple and green- see why I avoided that?) and I had already used my dinosaur chipboard on a previous page.
I was at a loss.
I decided to use what I had on hand and have fun with shapes.
I added:

  because they are neutral embellishments that add fun to any page theme.

I also cut up some Cream lace tags for some texture and tonal variety without introducing a whole new color and further complicating my design.

The camping minibook was also problematic but for a whole different reason.
I LOVE the scrap FX manila book accessory pages  but got the meters to inches size translation wrong and when I went to print my photos they were too large or too small for my planned layouts.
An improvised design is more fun for me anyway.
So I made the experience more about exploring water colors and layering techniques- something I find scary in large scrapbook pages as splashing water all over paper or taking stickers off a page usually leads to a ruined project that was almost finished.
I used mini oak trees on the top of the second page
Making the photo print size mistakes actually helped me in the end. I was forced to think creatively and wouldn’t have thought to cut the “outdoor” title square in two and lay it out diagonally otherwise.
I used the scribble circles  design here along with some gesso to cover an unfortunate water color “accident”.
I really love the “Let The Good Times Roll” title as a finishing thought about our trip.
I finished the title with a white Sakura Gelli Roll pen. I also used diamond buttons I painted with green gouache paint which is just as soluble but more opaque than water color and a memories mini word.
Thanks for swinging by!
Have a great week!

3 Responses to “Summer Lovin’ by Michelle H.”

  1. TracyM #6773 says:

    FUN layout Michelle – such cute photos and your shapes theme has worked really well with all the layers!!!

    I really appreciate that you have shared your creative struggles … I struggle too and it is refreshing to have professionals like you confess 🙂 Your improvising has resulted in a great album!!!

  2. Wow looks like your life is so much fun right now don’t you just love summer? Cannot wait till it finally gets here! Just love that fun and bright page and the mini book is to die for you have a knack for pulling random elements together in a very eye pleasing way!
    Love all you do and your very graphic style!

  3. fantastic mini album Michelle, love your colourful graphic style…