If you haven't already discovered the truly delightful printed cardstocks from Webster's Pages, you must logon to their website at https://www.websterspages.com - breathtaking! I am thrilled to introduce this fabulous paper company to you in this post. I stumbled upon these treasures at the 2010 Creative Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention. I was so overwhelmed with the creativity and the sheer beauty of these papers that I could hardly contain myself and couldn't wait to work (play) with them.
As I mentioned in earlier posts, paper selection was extremely important for Jaime's Memory Book project, since I was so pressed for time. The right paper would help me tell the story of each of her girlfriends more efficiently and more completely.
To scrapbook our dear friend Margot Datz, I needed to find something truely special. Margot is a masterful artist, illustrator, author, muralist -and she is a brilliant hostess. Her lucky friends marvel at her colorful, creative summer dinners which she hosts on her magical porch lit with hanging lanterns and flickering candles which highlight the colored glassware and the festive tablesettings. I chose a cheerful pair of coordinating papers from the Garden Gala Collection by Brandin O'Neill of Webster's Pages, which seemed to capture the essence of Margot's entertaining style.
The colorful lanterns, parasol, birds, and flowers actually feel like dinners feel on Margot's porch. Looking more closely, Margot's name on the upper left-hand corner leads the eye around early photos of this special friendship: Jaime acting as Margot's birthing coach, attending to her at her baby shower, holding her new baby at the beach.
You'll notice that the added embellishments are minimal...I added a few paper flowers and a couple of appropriate phrases (stickers) over the photos. What I did that makes a huge difference, is the matting of the photos in a contrasting cardstock. The matting not only makes the photos pop, but they enhance the look of the overlapping -an important element when it is desirable to include multiple photos on the layout. For the right side of the double-page spread, I continued this trend, but with a different color of matting.
I also highlighted the upper-right photo by placing a gilded frame around it. I added a few stickers (also from Webster's Pages) and added a personal message from Margot to Jaime on the inked journaling block from K&Company. If you look closely, you'll notice the word "HAPPINESS" imprinted on the paper in the lower left. -Sometimes it's these subtle messages -already a part of a great paper's design- that helps the designer tell the story without having to alter it too much.
I also used Webster's Pages from the same Garden Gala Collection for a couple of other girlfriend layouts. Martha Yukovitch is a light-hearted, fun-filled and extremely talented woman and these papers with bright and lively flowers fit her bubbly personality.
The layout of the left page is designed to create order by placing the photos equal distance from each other -in contrast to the free-form layout of the right page.
Again, a couple of strategically placed stickers and a few paper flowers complete the page. It is apparent that I was mindful of the colors of the photos as I paired them with the paper. The blue of Martha's playful gown is repeated in the blue of the flowers on both sides of the layout, pulling them together. The dark red of the flowers on the left page is repeated on the "Party Time" sticker as well as on Martha's name on the opposite page.
This page was challenging because Martha and her husband, Gerry, provided me with the fabulous dialogue bubbles as well as the wonderful journaling card, and my design had to accomadate the tricky size restrictions of the pieces and still work with the rest of the layout. I framed the photo and matted the journaling card, then softened the corners with a pretty corner punch by Martha Stewart.
I hope you have enjoyed post and are as excited about the joys of using beautiful patterned papers in your scrapbook designs as I am. Cherish your memories and enjoy Websters Pages and all its possibilities!
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