I usually browse Pinterest in the evenings and I almost always come away with more pins than I can count that I want to base a layout (and this article) on. But this week, inspiration seemed to fail me. And when it came time to write this article, I didn’t have any pins that I really wanted to use. So I turned my process around and started with a photo that I wanted to use. It’s a difficult photo to scrapbook because it has a busy background and is a somewhat blurry cell phone photo. I started searching Pinterest based on colors in my photo – browns and creams. And when I saw this scarf below, I immediately had an idea.
This scarf is from Zulily and is a simple brown scarf. But it features a beautiful silver pendant with it. And the pendant turns this simple neutral scarf into a much more sophisticated and elegant accessory than it otherwise would be. And that’s what inspired me. I usually scrapbook with a fairly simple, clean style. But what if I added a bit of extra bling to an otherwise neutral background? Well, here’s what happened.
All supplies from Designer Digitals | Cardstock: Thankful Hearts Mini Kit (tan cardstock) by Pattie Knox. Kraft Paper: Patterned Krafty Paper Pack No. 02 (paisley prints) and Krafty Spots Paper Pack No. 01 (spotted paper) by Katie Pertiet. Journaling Spot: Frosted Winter Journalers by Katie Pertiet. Embellishments: Doily Edgers No. 03 (partial doily), Crocheted Doilies: Red No. 01 (full doily), Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01 (frame) and Maybe Tomorrow Element Pack (epoxy and staple) by Katie Pertiet. Brushes: Musically Inclined Brushes and Stamps (music notes), Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 01 (glows), and Worth Repeating Expressions No. 01 (word art) by Katie Pertiet.
I started with multiple pieces of kraft paper to mimic the color of the inspiration piece. But I double and triple-matted my paper and used patterned kraft paper instead of just a simple piece of cardstock as I normally would. I added my photo and journaling spot on top of the paper and decided to add even more embellishments. I layered multiple doilies under the photo and added musically-themed brushes above and below the photo. I loved the simple elegance that the doilies and brushes added but went even further by adding in some star glows behind the photo as well. The final touch was to add the word art as the title directly on top of the photo. Deciding to create this layout with a different style than I ordinarily scrap with was a great exercise in working through a block for me. It’s the exact opposite way I usually work but I love the result.
I love spending time on Pinterest and I always find something to inspire me. I hope that you are inspired by this design as I was. Let me know where you find inspiration and maybe I’ll use it in a future column. You can also follow my Pinterest boards here.