Sometimes you have to climb out of your comfort zone and venture into unfamiliar territory when it comes to your scrapping. Using colours that you are not crazy about or scrapping photos that are not your usual, is sometimes a good thing! You are forced to look at things a bit differently! Cariena scrapped some photos of a friend of hers' granddaughter. Cariena does not have children, so scrapping little ones are not something she is familiar with. The theme and the photos forced her to think a bit out of the box.
While scrapping the page, a few thoughts arose......to chalk/ink the edges of your papers or not? If you look at the photo above, you can clearly see the difference between the inked and the uninked piece. Of course it all depends of what kind of scrapper you are - if you don't have a lot of time, but want to get the page done, inking is totally optional. If, however, you do have the time, use it, and ink your paper's edges! It just gives a more finished look!
The next question is - do you HAVE to sand the edges of your photos? The answer - of course not! But, as can clearly be seen by comparing the sanded and un-sanded photos, the one that is sanded, does seem to "pop" a bit more off the page than the un-sanded photo! Do you sand or not?
Don't like the look of a paper or if it is too bland? Ink it up! Stamp an image and heat emboss it with Clear Embossing powder to create a resist effect, or purchase resist papers that already has a motif on it!
Are your photos mismatched when it comes to size? Don't be deterred! Use the empty space to stamp or write your title! These sentiment stamps are always handy! The size is perfect for cards and Scrapbook Layouts alike!
If you have a space that needs some filling and you don't have a shop close by or loads of embellishments that suit the page? Cut your scraps into flags of varying sizes and create a fun banner! People tend to get really intimidated by cutting the flags, and they want them all perfect. That is really not necessary! You can just cut them with your free-hand and utilise all your left overs to fill the space!
And there you have it! A fun page with not too much detail and very little embellishments! To create this page Cariena used 5 patterned papers, one cardstock, some wax cord, a few blings, a border punch, a Tim Holtz die (the label) and a butterfly cut from a scrap piece of paper, embossed with Clear UTEE, a stamp and a button! Why don't you go through your stash and see what you have that you can use to create a simple, yet effective page of a theme you are not entirely comfortable with? You might just surprise yourself!