I hope you all had a fantastic National Scrapbooking Day this past Saturday. Oddly enough I think this year is the first year that I have really celebrated. I, of course, was working on some PL spreads. No complaints here. It was really great to catch up on some more weeks.
While looking at the photos that I had of this week, I noticed a lot of blue tones, so I grabbed a bunch of blue toned paper and got work. Once again, this week didn’t get away without any mustard yellow color thrown in there, which is totally okay in my book.
Something that I have really taken a liking to is placing an embellishment over journaling. I like how it gives the spread some layers and interest. The journaling is inside of the pocket, while the embellishment is placed on the outside. To read the journaling you have to take out the piece of paper – I love that this adds more interactivity to the spread.
I mentioned last week that I had a plan for fixing the issue that arises when leaving some pockets with clear space. Although I haven’t quite implemented it yet, using a piece of paper that is laser cut or somewhat see through will act as a filler for both this week’s spread and next weeks. When I am creating next week, I will just need to find an embellishment around the same size of the heart. Problem solved. What’s more is that by using a piece of paper that doesn’t quite fill the entire pocket helps achieve more clear space and also leaves enough room to embellish next week. It’s a win-win solution.
Here is the result for the right side of the spread. I think my favorite part is how all the colors create a cohesive feel to the spread. I have always been drawn to colors and interested in how creating different color schemes can evoke different feelings or moods. I think this week’s scheme brings forth the coldness of a Minnesota winter but also the warm of the holidays and of a new year.
As I am super far behind on my PL album, I am aiming to keep only necessary elements to my spreads, making sure that my spread isn’t getting overloaded with information. As a graphic designer, simplicity is something I am always thinking about and trying to achieve in my professional work as well. Admittedly, it’s a little harder to pull of while scrapbooking because I years down the road I want to remember everything, but it’s a fun challenge. I think it’s getting easier each week too – yay!
Before I go, I should mention that this week, I used some of my favorite photo editing apps to title some of the photos. Not only did this help create more room on the spread for filler spaces, the like wooden star and striped paper combo in the lower left-hand corner, but it was also a huge time saver. And let me tell you, times-savers are welcomed around here any time. What about you – what are some of your favorite PL time savers?