As I announce my 3rd-term appointment as an honored member of the Design Team for the international on-line scrapbooking sketch club Let's Scrap (hooray!), my attention goes to Ormolu, one of the site's favorite sponsors. I'm always amazed when someone is creative enough to come up with an entirely new approach to scrapbooking. Ormolu has done exactly that.
I first wrote about Ormolu on Enikö's Playhouse in July 2011 in a post about Photo-Journaling. At that time, I had been following Kaitlin, the owner's blog for about a year. I was drawn to her clean, no-nonsense graphic designs and was thrilled whenever she posted a free download for her followers. I hesitated to purchase her beautiful (and eco-friendly) tags, journaling blocks, and buttons because I thought my style was a little too eclectic for her modern graphics, but I continued to pyne after them.
Truth be told, I have "tried on" a myriad of scrapbooking styles, and love them all equally (minus cutesy...not such a big fan). My style is constantly evolving & morphing, and I find that I'm becoming a bit more modern and a lot more artsy in my scrapbooking lately. So I decided I was ready to take on the Ormolu challenge! Here's what I created with some of Ormolu's fabulous downloads: I finally got my hands on some Basic Grey Ledger cardstock...so perfect for this kind of treatment! I knew I wanted to scrap these three photos of my darling Rigel that captured the sheer joy that radiates from this playful little boy. I stitched them together in Photoshop in a number of ways and in different sizes to see what would work best. I decided I liked the Photo Booth look the best and went to work gathering my supplies. In keeping with Ormolu's strong graphic style, I opted for a minimum of embellishments that would accent my focus and support the story. I also wanted to meet DT Elaine's new challenge on Let's Scrap in which she posted a great seaside color scheme. I was to incorporate at least 5 of these colors on my layout- I wanted a more mono-tone look, but several of these colors were already on the printed tags I wanted to use, so I added the rest with inks, Washi embellishments and a great ribbon that was already printed with many of the colors.
It's a huge time-saver to gather and lay out the materials before getting to work. (Honest...you should try it!). I loosley based my layout on an old card sketch from Let's Scrap, but ended up skewing the elements in ways that worked best for my project. It's always fun to see what elements inspire the finished product.Lately I just can't seem to get enough of Washi tape! I'm simply crazy for the texture and for that semi-transparent/ semi-opaque quality. So you can imagine my glee when I found 12x12 sheets of adhesive Washi paper on the MY Craft Channel's daily "featured buy"! (BTW, I've found some excellent deals there on occasion-worth a peak)So cool!!! The sheets can be torn, punched out, cut into strips, crumpled...whatever creativity dictates...FABULOUS! So I thought this aqua blue graph-paper graphic would go really well with the Ormolu products & would also fit with the requirements of Elaine's challenge. I also carefully peeled off the circular cover of my latest MTe Washi tape acquisition (it's also adhesive Washi paper with a relief map design!) & used it as an embellishment. Doesn't it look great against Ormolu's wonderful "giggle" design? I'm also nuts about tags...Ormolu happens to have an amazing assortment of tags. (I think my favorite may be the kraft paper reverse tags.) Here, I used this simple one so that I could imprint it with the date & location with my Heidi Swapp roller date stamp. (Must remember the who, what, where, when & why of good storytelling!) I love adding dimension to my scrapbooking layouts, so I popped up the tag with adhesive foam strips. Ormolu has recently expanded their line and now also carry bakers twine, but I got this lovely teal one from Butterfly Papercrafts. As you can see, I stamped on some great little details with the perfect colors of archival ink, added some hand-written journaling on a wonderful Ormolu paper strip, and added Washi tape from Tippy Tapey and a little colorful ribbon. And there you have it! I LOVED working with the few Ormolu products that I had on hand, but I really need to place an order pronto! I think this layout -which I LOVE, by the way- could have benefited from one of Ormolu's cool flair buttons!
Until then, I bid you adieu...I hope you check out Ormolu and I hope you challenge yourself to try a slightly more modern style now and then. Seriously, aren't you just a little tired of Shabby Chic?
Passing the love, Enikö