Scrapbook Therapy: Messy Cluster

With all things in life- we sometimes can make a mountain out of an anthill. I love scrapbooking. It is fun. It is therapeutic. But most importantly, it is a hobby. And one that is basically paper, scissors and glue with a little bit of glitter thrown in. So WHY do I spend an insufferable amount of time trying to make the perfect Messy Cluster. You know what I mean, that pile of papers and embellishments that appears to have just fallen on the page. The whole point is that its supposed to be messy, unorganized and organic. (Yes, I used the word “organic” while discussing scrapbooking. Somewhere a hipster just got his wings.) Yet – I will debate and agonize over each piece of paper, each layer, each color and each angle.  With this layout, I was determined to get off the practiced mess carousel and literally just let the chips fall where they may and achieve an actual Messy Cluster.

The Layout: For the focal layers, I cut three rectangle shapes from the Peebles Happy Day Collection 6×6 paper pad, inked up the edges and at the last minute decided to stitch around them in coordinating thread. Then I cut a longer rectangle from one of the 12×12 patterned papers and grabbed an embellishment from the ephemera pack. Then I piled all of these pieces in my hand, shuffled them around and dropped them on the page. Whether it was luck or I secretly have an inner dealer in me but the papers and embellishment fell in a way that not only highlights the picture but the color and graphics of this bright and happy Peebles collection.

To build on the Messy factor, I decided to use literal white space with haphazard mist splatters. Then I added a  collection of die cut and stamped florals clustered (not so messily) that mimic the patterned paper strip on the top. So all things considered you get a fun layout with a Messy Cluster (almost). Scrapbook Therapy is all about baby steps people!

Hello Life Cover

Hello Life 3

Hello Life 2

Hello Life 1

Thanks for stopping by for scrappy group therapy. More to come. Celia.


Title: Hello Life. Cardstock: American Crafts (White); Bazzil (Desert Coral); Neenah Classic Crest (Solar White).  Patterned Paper: Pebbles-Happy Day (Garden Walk, Sunday Paper, Blooms, Hello There, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: WPlus9 (Spring Blooms); Papertrey Ink (Mini Blooms, Bigger Blooms). Die Cut & Punches: WPlus9 (Spring Blooms); Papertrey Ink (Mini Blooms, Bigger Blooms); Memory Box (Norland Flower, Bitty Blooms); Essentials by Ellen (Wild Garden); Stampin Up (Hello You, Itty Bitty); Recollections (Starburst); Fiskars (Flower). .Embellishments: Pebbles-Happy Day (Tag Frames); Studio Calico (Stickers); American Crafts Thickers (Dots); Misc. (Gems). Inks: Stampin Up (Pumpkin Pie, Peach Parfait, Calypso Coral); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ripe Persimmon, Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, Chipped Sapphire); Momento (Tuxedo Black); October Afternoon-Sprinklers (Twilight). Picture: September 2011. Layout Completed: June 2015.


3 thoughts on “Scrapbook Therapy: Messy Cluster

  1. I think you just described the internal and eternal turmoil of the artist. You have tapped into the continuum of souls striving to express that which is inexpressible, to sum up oneself through whatever means are available, when words fall short.

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