Following another prompt from Type class and inspired by Ali Edward’s layout in which she placed photo and elements diagonally.
This Beach Boy layout is a photo from last summer and uses pattern paper from Fancy Pants Down by the Shore line.
I have realized I keep going back to the color combination of aqua/teal and orange/yellow to use for summer layouts or just generic boy layouts. For a minute I thought, I should change it up, but then I liked the patterns and words on the paper, so decided hey it works. I think in the scrapbooking world, sometimes there is so much product out there it can get overwhelming to pick what works for me. I think when I started in this hobby it was about having as much variety as I could with themes and colors. I am finding now I prefer less to choose from, more streamlined styles that can work for different types of stories. A lot of my theme stickers and elements sit unused in unopened packages. I prefer classic symbols and basic color combinations. Again, I am reminded that there are no rules in scrapbooking. Maybe this is why it does work for me, there is no standard to conform to. I never liked kits and have always tried to intermix elements from different manufacturers.
Having Making time to play and get creative with this layout that is completely in my comfort zone of scrapbook style is the best reminder of why I engage in this hobby, and why storytelling means so much to me.
For the layout, I figured out where the photo would go, then used pattern paper to colorblock around it. There was a strip of pattern paper with the words “sandy toes and salty kisses” on the reverse side of the orange paper, so I cut it out and turned it around. I added other strips of words and washi tape with words at the bottom. A puffy heart sticker was all this brightly colored layout needed for a finishing touch.
The chipboard alphas are from Making Memories that I’ve probably had for 10-12 years?! It’s amazing the great products I can find when I just look around my studio a bit!