Ever get stuck in a rut with your layouts or need to break free from scrappers block? Challenges are a great way to refresh your creative mind and to utilize different products and techniques. Try this handy challenge that the Digital Creative Team put to work this week. Create a short list of specific product types or techniques and then create your next layout around that list.
For example, the Creative Team challenged themselves to combine the following three items on a layout: any type of acrylic element, ribbon, and the Monochromatic papers by Kim Hill. Each person had to begin their layout with the same types of products yet each layout is unique. See for yourself, the results are simply amazing!
} A little acrylic goes a long way as Angie shows us in this adorable layout. The acrylic sun beams against the red background and the ribbon tie is a perfect finishing touch.
by Angie (nun69)
} Jackie expertly chose to use only a splash of the monochromatic papers and layer the translucent acrylic lettering over bold patterned papers.
by Jackie (CamsMomma)
} The rich earthy tone and texture of this monochromatic paper makes for an excellent backdrop and is accentuated beautifully by the stitched cluster of ribbons.
by Tracy (ICanHasCherryOnTop)
} A stunning page by Janell, she combines acrylic alphas with font lettering for a dramatic effect, and the acrylic frame adds a gentle highlight to the sweet photo
by Janell (janello)
} A great pairing of eye-catching colors here, Amanda uses acrylic letters to create a large, fun title and ribbons help anchor the bright paper behind the photo.
by Amanda (mkcdaisy)
} Cassandra shows that monochromatic papers work wonderfully with a simple page design. The ribbon and acrylic bookplate are placed just-so to allow the viewers eye to flow across the page and not distract from the great photo.
by Cassandra (Mommybruno)
} Different pieces can work well together as Egle shows us, by combining different acrylic products onto one page. The date bar, brads, accent and alphas all compliment the 'white space' page design by not weighing down as other elements may have done in their place.
by Egle (FairyMouseMom)
} The bold red swirled monochromatic paper is the perfect inspiration for a themed layout. Ribbon stretched horizontally helps to keep a balance and the acrylic corners subtly anchor the photos in place without seeming to heavy for the whimsical design.
by Laura (Art_Teacher)
These are some of the products used in the above layouts...
One of the great things about scrapbooking is that there are really no rules! It's all about your own creativity. Sometimes, though, we get stuck in ruts and find ourselves conforming to society's rules, especially about gender. Blue goes with boys and pink goes with girls....right? Wrong! We encourage you to break the rules and use whatever colors and embellishments you choose to use to create the vision you want. The Digi CT has several layouts to show you where we used designs for one gender to scrap the other. Just look at these and break out of your scrapping box!
In this layout, Art_Teacher (Laura) used blue and orange, common colors used for boys' kits to highlight her expectant cousin's photo, creating a vibrant, energetic, "glowing" feel. All the blue papers came from Danielle Young's "That Boy" page kit.
nun69 (Angie) used the blue and orange combo, also, for this sunny layout of her daughter. She used elements from Danielle Young's "Half Pipe" and "First Down" kits, which many people would think of mostly for boys.
This layout by FairyMouseMom (Egle) features pink and brown, commonly used in layouts for girls, to showcase her son playing with her brother's dog. The colors really bring out the photo, even if they are not the ones you would expect to see.
Keling (Sara) said, "With no girls around, it's becoming easier and easier to use non-traditional colours with photos of my boys, especially when they better express the mood. Not sure your photo will work with non-traditional colours? A B&W or lightly sepia-tinted photo will always work!"
Mommybruno (Cassandra) scrapped this photo of her mother using the "Happy Friends: Boy" kit by Jeannelle Paige. She felt it suited her mother's tomboyish personality.
m1218p (Marci) used the "Summer Spunk" kit by Amy Bleser. She said, "Most designers seem to be aware of the need to make a kit 'adaptable' for either male or female. So, along with the pink, I found gold and lime which are perfectly good for a boy page."
mayerkt (Karin) also used Amy Bleser's "Summer Spunk" kit for her adorable layout of her son, Liam.
bamablue (Glenda) used "girly" pinks to draw attention to this sweet photo of a friend's son getting ready to play "best man" at his mom and dad's wedding.
janello (Janell) used Danielle Young's "That Boy Page Kit" for this layout of her precious baby daughter. She said, "This was fun because I am really used to working with boy kits, and so I thought it would be fun to try to use one with pictures of my new daughter. I really like the way it turned out. I wouldn't have thought to use this kit for Maya without this challenge!"
ICanHasCherryOnTop (Tracy) used Danielle Young's "Drama Queen" kit to scrap this cute little guy. She said, "Don't be afraid to use the girl kits for boys, or boy kits for girls!...I was glad we did this, I doubt this page would have been as cute with a typical boy kit."
Guest Digi CT member, milmomma (Brittney) used blues and browns to scrap her friend's daughter. Not even "boy" colors can keep this beautiful girl from looking feminine! To help the photo match, she sepia-toned it.
Guest Digi CT member, Shannon, used soft peach to scrap her sister-in-law's boyfriend. The pastel color really makes the photo pop!
I hope you are inspired by these non-gender specific layouts and you are ready to see how versatile your scrappy supplies can be! Don't think of kits in terms of "boy" kits and "girl" kits. Think about whether the colors or elements inspire you and then find ways to use them creatively!
The layouts in this article used designs from the following products in the ACOT store:
Summer is a time when most of us spend more time outdoors than usual. Kids playing in the yard at dusk, frog-catching, hiking, and family camping trips. There are few better memories of childhood than those endless summer nights. Cloud 9 must have realized that when they created Max's Backyard, a line devoted to the outdoors!
Our Guest Creative Team member, Jess (ScrapGoo) used the line to create this layout about one of her favorite places. How cool do those rub-on stitches look?
Jess also used the line for this cool layout about her cat, Aslan, enjoying the great outdoors. How fun are those cut-out butterflies?
Kathy (katarria) used these papers for a travel-themed layout about her trip to San Antonio, Texas. Her chipboard title and pop-up leaves make everything come together so well!
Kathy also used this line for this layout, from a family trip to StoryLand. She figured this paper was perfect for a layout about her own childhood and liked the dimensional aspect of the pop-up chipboard!
Diane (Dianedi) matched the butterfly paper from Cloud 9 with butterfly photos from the Museum of Science. The paper leaves acted as an embellishment and added dimension to her layout as well.
In this layout, Diane's title is great and the colors of the paper line go perfectly with these cute photos of her kids playing outside. The sparkly leaf paper and border stickers are a fun way to add charm to this outdoorsy page!
We decided this time to highlight Julie Bullock. She has some wonderful kits and they are so easy to work with. Lets take a look.
First we have a Christmas in July page by Keling. She has shown great use of Julie's elements and ribbons.
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