Welcome to Song of My Heart Stampers' new blog series, 31 Pages In 31 Days! Every day during the month of August, I'll be posting a single or double page scrapbook layout for your inspiration. I am running a Scrapbooking Summer School on four consecutive Thursday nights in August, and I've issued them a challenge--complete thirty-one pages in just thirty-one days, and they'll receive a bonus pack of Designer Series Papers at the end of the month!
YOU CAN PLAY ALONG with us by challenging yourself to complete thirty-one pages, too, and posting your progress here on Song of My Heart Stampers. I also have set up a 31 Pages in 31 Days Facebook group, where you can even post pictures of your pages to inspire and encourage others who are taking the challenge, too!
Today's inspirational layout is a sweet Strawberry Slush polka-dotted page with a really retro feel to it.Strawberry Slush is an amazingly hard-to-describe shade of hot pink with just the barest hint of coral, but it's cool rather than warm, and looks best paired with white, not cream, and aqua blues. Fortunately, we have a gorgeous array of aqua blue tones ranging from Soft Sky and Pool Party to Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo! I'm loving all the turquoise shades in the department stores right now. and can you guess what color my toenails are? That's right, Coastal Cabana!
This layout is for five to six smallish photos, but you could easily adapt it to two or three by changing the mat size. I used the mat-within-a-mat technique on this page, creating one large 8.5 inch square mat and interior, then adding smaller photo mats layered on top within that framework.
I used a blender stamp from the Crazy Mixed-Up Love stamp set for my focal point, and played up the hearts from that in my border of punched hearts. My border was originally just evenly spaced "negative" punches to let the Bermuda Bay colored mat from behind show through, and I had planned to discard the actual white hearts... but then I had the idea to layer them in between, and I liked how it looked.That hard, clear shiny stuff is Crystal Effects--love it!
Scrapbooking isn't dead!
I hope you're enjoying my blog series, and I invite you to leave a comment and become part of the conversation here at Song of My Heart Stampers. Scrapbooking is NOT dead--far from it! It's evolving, and people are looking for ways to make it work for them, but I'm actually seeing a little bounce back from the digital world to return to more traditional forms of papercrafting. It's encouraging to me to see people trying new things, and if they're not working, maybe try doing old things in a new way. So if you're "still" scrapping the "old-fashioned" way--stand proud! You're not alone, and you'll find plenty of inspiration here from me and Stampin' Up.
See you tomorrow for more 31 Pages in 31 Days!
Thank you for your inspiration. I have gotten a little behind, so I am trying to catch up with your 31 pages in 31 days!
Posted by: Judy Bailey | 08/06/2013 at 09:05 AM
Love the color combination and the hearts!
Posted by: Jana Turbyfill | 08/06/2013 at 10:15 AM
I love this page. The accents are great additions to the page, they make the page as far as I am concerned. This page will be great for a my little grandaughter.
Posted by: Kathy Neverman | 08/06/2013 at 11:14 AM
Absolutely love this color combo!
Posted by: Jena Schultz | 08/06/2013 at 01:58 PM
Oh, my gosh, your layouts are fabulous! I am enjoying each day of this. There are so few demonstrators who share scrapbooking ideas, and searching online and adapting sketches with SU paper is not nearly as much fun as just casing yours!! Thank you!
Posted by: Leslie Solomon | 08/06/2013 at 06:28 PM
Love the effect with the hearts! I cannot wait for your class tomorrow!
Posted by: Cristy Butzen | 08/07/2013 at 06:43 AM
cute page, love the ribbon & doily!
Posted by: Ilene B. | 08/07/2013 at 07:50 AM
I can hardly wait to see each day of the scrappin pages! I really like Eastern Elegance myself and to think I can use the squares collection... well I just needed my demonstrator to put that in my head...how cool is that?! Fancy pages everywhere!
Posted by: Barb Pohl | 08/07/2013 at 10:03 AM
Love those aqua tones and they look especially nice in this combo. Great page!
Posted by: Carol | 08/07/2013 at 02:40 PM
Great colors! The strip of hearts is a nice touch!
Posted by: Cheryl Tumbarello | 08/08/2013 at 10:07 PM