I rarely start with patterned paper when I scrapbook; typically I start with photos or a story . . . or a challenge, which is why I recently found myself thumbing through my huge stash of paper looking for inspiration.
The first topic in last fall's BPC Art +Science of Scrapbooking workshop was Ideation, and left-brained Jennifer Wilson and right-brained Stacy Julian each issued a layout challenge. Stacy's challenge was to find a piece of patterned paper that reminds me of a place
or space, then find photos to support that memory and create a layout. Since I'm predominately left-brained, this was a tough task for me. However, I finally chose a yellow/orange/green
patterned paper because it reminded me of
the colors of the buildings and the lush gardens in Gardone Riviera,
I flipped through my Places We've Been Category Drawers and pulled out a photo that worked perfectly!
I slipped a tag in behind some of the paper layers for hidden journaling and am thrilled with the way this turned out . . . even if it isn't the way I normally start.
As I was scrolling through the classroom gallery a little later, I remembered a piece of paper I had in my stash that reminded me of camping . . . which brought to mind photos and memories of camping in Palo Duro Canyon when I was a kid. In one of my Storage Binders, I found two Polaroid photos taken from the edge of the canyon, and this FUN snapshot of me wading in the river that runs through the canyon.
I printed two additional photos that I had in my scanned family photos file, including this one of me and my two sisters climbing our favorite hill in the canyon.
When I was all done, I realized I had covered up a good bit of the original paper that inspired the layout - it's the green background paper.
However, I did make sure my favorite part of the background paper was visible . . . I even colored it to match my layout.
I don't think I'll be making a habit of starting my scrapping sessions by flipping through paper to find one that evokes a memory, but I have to admit I really enjoyed how this challenge made me step outside my comfort zone. Have you started a layout with a piece of patterned paper lately?