Life without patterns

I had pretty much convinced myself that I couldn't create anything without patterned paper. And really...why would I want to? With all those amazing papers in the stores (and on my shelves), reverting to solid cardstock just seemed so...well...boring!

But the class I'm teaching at Michael's -- Scrapbook Design & You -- encourages students to start out using only solid colors and add patterns in later. While I don't completely agree that this is the easiest way to put a page together, I thought I should at least give it a try. If nothing else, it was an interesting challenge.

The only papers I used on this were Bazzill cardstock in four colors (Hollywood, Dahlia, Love Potion and Glacier, if you care about the names).

But I have to give a shout out to my friend Martha -- if it weren't for those Martha Stewart Butterfly punches, I think I would've struggled. Hmmm...maybe my next challenge should be to create a page without using punches. Naaah...too hard.

I'm a big fan of doing the title on a curve, especially when there's a handy-dandy circle just calling out for a title. One last butterfly topped with a few Making Memories pins and some sheer ribbon...yep, that'll do it.

This was my first layout using the new pink ATG from Scotch. After trying it at CHA, I convinced myself it was a must-have, and I found it at Michael's last week for a little over $20 (after the coupon). It's taking some getting used too -- this thing is gi-normous! But once I get my technique down, I'm sure I'm going to love it.


Michelle said...

This looks amazing!!!! Sometimes we don't need those pattern papers!! The circles, colors and butterflies add so much interest, with your photos being the focus!! I LOVE how you did your title!!!

1 Alice said...

Beautiful layout!

I'm a SDU teacher too and I have been demoing MS butterfly punches/circle cutter for the last 3 Saturdays in a row at my Michaels. The minute I saw this layout on TwoPeas, it reminded me of SDU.

How are your classes going? Mine start in September.

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ScrapMomOf2 said...

Oh, I love my BIG yellow ATG!! BEAUTIFUL layout! Truly stunning!

Lida said...

Your layout is so beautiful, love all the little details!

Shemaine Smith said...

Love your layout Robyn!!! All the elements are just perfect!

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