Hi there, hope your week is going great!
I'm on holiday this week so I have plenty of time to scrapbook and reorganize my craft space (I'll probably share a few pictures later this week). I just received a bunch of photos + some gorgeous new papers from My Mind's Eye and the Dear Lizzy collection, they're lovely ♥
This week-end I started an online class taught by Shimelle Laine (by now you know how much she inspires me)called The Hitchhiker's Guide to scrapbooking (it's on Two Peas in a Bucket) and it is all about inspiration, how to find it and in the middle of that, how to find your own style. I'm lovin' it so far, I've been through the pdf and videos like crazy (it's just like buying a new magazine, I need to read it all right now) but i need to go back to each one, take on the challenges and all.
One of the great tips in the class is to use starting points to scrapbook, I find it a great alternative to sketches (I just can't follow a sketch, I feel way to limited with this process), but using starting points just gives me the kick I need to start and then it's all up to me to make the layout mine.
Here's the starting point I use for my last layout (it's actually a direct scraplift of one of Shimelle's LO in the class)
Sorry the picture is a bit blurry, my camera is down so my phone got to do it for now. So the base of the layout is 3 squares, one 12x12, then 10x10 and 8x8. I used two different shades of blue cardstock and one yellow polka dot pp. Then I added one horizontal strip to link it all, with one border on top and below. From there it was all up to me, and here's the final result:
In my album, this LO will go directly next to the When in Rome Lo (you can see it here) so I needed some harmony between the 2, but I ran out of all the papers I used on the first LO, so I used the embellishment as a common link (the washi tapes with a circle and a butterfly on top are similar in the 2 layouts).
So that was the last layout of my trip to Rome, and I'm pretty proud that I used only old supplies to make this one, the temptation is always HUGE to go & play with the beautiful new one but I have just so much papers and letters I never used...