Simple is best. I am still being drawn to plain white cardstock with black ink. I think this doodle and adult coloring trend may have something to do with it.
It’s how I’ve art journaled for the past year, using a blank drawing book and black precision pen (that writes more like a fine tipped marker.) I love the boldness and clarity. Maybe its part of my trying to see what messages really ring true for me through scrapbooking. I feel like I’m in a state of expression. Just trying to be myself, sometimes fighting to be myself, in a world that sometimes feels very foreign. And I say world in the most complex way, not literally the earth, but more “my world”, my surroundings.
The process for this layout was a little out of character as I selected the embellishment first then thought of the layout. I saw the journal card first with the muted red and spaced out lettering. It reminded me of a photo I had printed of us against a brick wall. I like the black/white/red combo. I wanted to get some thoughts down and I wanted it simple and handwritten. I continue the habit of trying to hand write as much as possible as I think it is more personal. More reflective. In this case I wrote first and drew the lines after.
I still love photo corners. I’ve always used them. They were never out of style for me. For one, they don’t mess up my nice, heavy weight square prints, so if I want to remove the photo for some reason, it would be easy. In this case, the corners are almost an embellishment.
The puffy dot is from ShopEvalicious.
After I photographed the layout, I thought about adding stitching to it. A few imperfect lines of small, white, straight stitches should do the trick.
One thing I am undecided about is what album to put it in? Technically the photo was taken in September 2015, but the thoughts are from January 2016, and I’m using an 8.5×11 album for 2016. What would you do?