I've wanted to start an "art journal" forever but it seemed like double effort since I tend to experiment with color combos and materials on most of my projects.
Some pages work out. Most fail the awesomeness test.
Michelle's Page Awesomeness Test
- Are the colors, patterns and item sizes vibe-ing with (or BETTER yet- against) each other?
- Does this page make me wanna do a karate chop while yelling "DAUM! That's HAWT!"
- Does this page do something different from the ones I've done before?
- Do I feel like I used up all my energy and ideas making this?
If the answers are yes- we are good to go.
If not, I redo the pages at a later time.
But, while educational, that way of working is getting incredibly inefficient.
A solution was needed.
Enter K & Co's Smash line.
I've actually had 2 of these books in my stash for over a year without ever opening them up!
Then I got the "Eco" Smash book as homework.
Fill 5 pages using only products available in the store.
The book was to be displayed to hopefully entice shoppers to get their own.
What I came up with:
|Sorry for the crappy iTouch photos.|
These were meant to record the page as a sketch for my next project.
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The book on display:
So how did this help my with my scrapbooking?
1. I made a page made in about 2 hours (a third my usual time).
2. The Smash pages helped define color combos, embellishment placement and photo sizes.
|A Flair For Buttons Sunburst White/Color and Woodgrain Days of The Week pins. LOOOOOVE!!!|
3. It helped me define what I actually wanted to say.
I had 3 theme ideas and 6 photos all jumbled up in my mind. This is actually a huge sticking point for me in a lot of pages and I avoided it entirely this time.
|Scrap FX Kraft journaling notes item #2012191k|
When I first got this in a kit a year ago I really hated the colors. Not anymore!
I also found some graph pattern vellum online. I did a little jig for joy when I saw the listing! You'll be seeing a lot of it in all my pages.
GRATUITOUS TODDLER SHOT!!!
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How do you kick start your creativity?