Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Opening Day at ScrapbookerPhD

Technology seemed to be leaving me behind. Was I the only one without a blog? Not anymore. Welcome to my blog: ScrapbookerPhD. It's my foray into the world of publishing, selling, and creating unique scrapbooks, cards, and other handmade crafts. Any project that I work on starts with an inspiration. This can be anything from a piece of patterned paper, a sticker, a photo, or, even, glitter. 

Recent Project.

Magazine Submission: Winter

A recent magazine call for submissions included the theme of winter. I knew that I had the perfect photo for inspiration, a photo of my German Shepherd Dog, J'Fa, in the snow during a storm in January of 2011. The photo was crisp and clear, showing J'Fa focusing on his snow-covered toy. 

Since I live in the south, this type of snowstorm is rare, and I wanted my layout to showcase the feeling of freezing. I used three different snow-related patterned papers (DCVW, The Stack 8 and The Paper Studio, All Seasons II), and digitally cut the penguin (Silhouette). Mr. Penguin is sitting on top of a glittery snowball with the phrase, Below Zero (Cricut, Graphically Speaking). The January Silhouette title rounded out this layout. 

J'Fa Winter
I had many supplies left over from this layout design. For example, I only used small amounts of the patterned paper. This is where I let my imagination take over. How would I change this layout if I had more photos? What do I love about this layout that I could enhance? How can I meaningfully use the rest of my supplies? 

My inspiration for a follow-up project was the penguin. I fell in love with the penguin, and I wanted to use another style of penguin (Cricut, Create a Critter 2), and a snowman (Cricut, Create a Critter 2). I loved the pop of glitter in the original layout, and I wanted to use it again. I knew I wanted the snowman to be cut from that glitter paper. A small left-over journaling card was a great find in my "random" stash. 


What do you think of the transformation? Does it work? What would you do differently? 
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