Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Digital Scrapbooking, A Fall Layout

My scrapbooking represents a lifetime of caring for and being around kids.  From being the oldest sibling to being a grandmother.  I was a stay at home mom, the one who's house was always full of kids.  At church I was the Director of Children's ministries and the children's choir director.  When my kids both started school I went back to school and became an elementary school teacher.  My students were always asking me to draw something or show them how to draw something, my classrooms were always filled with color and art.  Then I became a grandma, it is awesome being a grandma!  Later I went away to learn to be an animator, and guess what at school I seemed to collect big kids.  Even now we always seem to have those big kids hanging out.

So you could say my designs are highly influenced by life with kids.

Now on to this layout.  I started with the picture of my oldest son and two adorable grandsons taken a few years back.  They were at a pumpkin farm in the fall which brings memories of that farm and all the brilliant colors. I choose my Digital Kit, "Fabulous Fall Owls" to create the layout.  I wanted to use all the wonderful colors in the papers so I made strips for the background, added the photo, frame, and embellishments.  The hardest thing for me with this layout was the title.  I had it all done then the title did not seem to fit anywhere.  I made several versions of the title and finally settled on this one.  In the end I love the layout!

When I design my kits I usually start with a color palette.  Then I use that palette to make papers/backgrounds.  As I am making the backgrounds the rest of the kit comes to life, my mind thinks of things like, "oh, a bear in a cute little dress would go with this" or "this will make an awesome little boy kit".  Other times I have a theme in mind for the kit, but the first thing I do is define my color palette.

You can find the "Fabulous Fall Owls" kit here.  I loved this layout so much I made a quick page of this layout you can also find it in my store here!

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