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!
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.