26 April 2014

Show us your stuff

Question:  You have a photograph that is (to be blunt) "blah" but it's the only shot you have.  The memory is important.  What do you do?  Do you put it in an envelope and hide it away?  Refuse to scrap it because it's so ordinary?  Over-embellish the page so nobody notices the photograph? Scrap it and never show anyone the layout?  I'm curious about what other scrapbookers do.

I have a photo like that.  I kept putting off scrapping it because I couldn't get anything to work.  I tried various Photoshop edits, including black & white, but the bw actually made it look more mundane...  I tried various colour combos. I tried different papers and layout styles... I almost gave up.  I ran out of ideas.

This week I committed to scrapping the photograph and sharing the result. I'm still not happy with it (or my layout, really, to be truthful).  But if I am to grow as a scrapbooker I think I need to faithfully record all of my creations and hopefully learn something from the experience.

I love joining in at Show Us Your Stuff because I love using handmade embellishments on my layouts.

This is the inspiration picture this month:

I was inspired by the colours, circles and layers, the single purple flower.

This is my layout (the one I'm not so happy about):

The handmade items are the crochet trim from Lime Tree Creations, and my handcut hearts from the leftover embossed cardstock.

Other materials:
Bo Bunny Jazmyne - Wellspring patterned paper
Bazzill Basics - Morning Glory cardstock
Cuttlebug Spots & Dots embossing folder
Prima Homespun Elegance - Vintage burlap flower
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Light Green
Doodlebug Simply Sweet - Limeade alphabet stickers


  1. Firstly. don't be so hard on yourself, I think you've done a great job! I think that green trim from LTC was a great choice of embellishment, it really pops.
    In answer to your question about what do I do with a photo that is a bit "blah", but has an important memory attached to it? Scrap it anyway and have fun! (I have done many imperfect photos.) Just make sure you journal the important details! (In years to come, people won't care what paper or embellishments you used - they will only care to look at the photo and read what you wrote.) Thanks for playing along at SUYS. :)

  2. Lovely page! Great choice of handmade embellies :) I scrap photos whatever they look like ... they don't have to be perfect to have a memory attached :)
    Thanks for playing along at SUYS :)

  3. Oh no, I hope you grow to love your layout...sometimes it purely is the memory that it provokes. I like it...your mix of colours & embellishments are just right :) Thanks for joining in the month over @ SUYS!

  4. I totally agree with everything Sue has said. It's important to record all the details, and often times, a photo is less than perfect, but is doesn't mean the story behind it is any less important. I think you've done a great job. Loving that green trim! Thanks for joining in at SUYS this month :)

  5. Every photo has a story! Thanks for sharing yours with us at SUYS in April!


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