Some of my favorite projects or designs happen when I’m working with a certain restriction. They require me to think outside of the box and flex those problem-solving muscles that bring out the magic. Other times I’ll just have things sitting around from previous projects and they’ll look so right together that I can’t toss them out. I’m all for repurposing and reinventing when it makes sense. So this week’s Scrapbook Sunday is brought to you by your pretty little scrap pile of leftover papers and all the photo edges sitting by your paper cutter.
While I don’t condone hoarding, I do think it’s smart to hold on to the prime stuff. Maybe it’s a card you received from a friend with a great font that you might want to cut up and incorporate into a journaling spot or a well-designed flyer you found at your favorite coffee shop with an unusual color story—they are just interesting enough that you want to save them for the perfect page.
For the page above, I used a striped envelope from an earlier Happy Mail package, a piece I cut from a poster that has the prettiest shade of electric red on a soft pink background, and the top third of a photo from Smith’s first month. I also pulled pieces from the September Messy Box and a prior Messy Box.
I didn’t have another patterned paper that went with the cut up poster, so I used some floral stamps and the ink pads from the A Beautiful Mess shop to create a patterned journaling card. I then added some foam alpha stamps that I rubbed across my black ink pad to help them stand out against the floral pattern.
For my non-photo pocket page, I just created a grid-like collage from photo cut-offs and scraps of papers that I liked, and then cut up a journaling card to continue the patchwork feel. I left a space at the bottom for journaling and added a simple title with alpha stamps and a wooden embellishment that I inked in black.
I love the pops of red and black with minty blue here and there on both of these pages. I also love that I was able to incorporate strips of photos that would’ve otherwise ended up in the trash. Do you already have a box where you save your scraps? –Rachel