The day that I finally sat down and attempted my first scrapbooking page was a fairly momentous one within my little bubble. After starting out selling used postage stamps for charity on eBay some 12 years ago, I progressed to buying and selling for a profit and fell into crafts. At one point my eBay page was turning over some serious $$ and morphed into my own dedicated website. For some reason I decided I wanted to purchase a local cafe (to start paying some bills, rather than spending everything on new craft stock all the time) and since that time I’ve had a huge quantity of leftover stock going unused. I should sell it …. there is literally tons of it in my storage shed and it’s become a sore point with my husband these days …. but I can never seem to find the time to catalogue it etc. So for now, I’ve started picking through it and using it myself.
For my first foray, I chose a lovely photo I had taken of my husband and two eldest children while we had been out to dinner at Palm Cove celebrating the (rather unexpected) news that we were going to have a fourth child. The photo was taken in the moment that the boys were told.
Palm Cove beach is a lovely spot in FNQ – popular for weddings and holidays, it has an amazing laid-back “resort” style vibe with shops and cafes along the waterfront and a pier that has some great fishing.
I wanted to make the photo stand out because I loved it so much, and I also wanted it to have a tropical vibe because of our location. To be honest, the colour selections probably could have been better. But it was my first attempt … I was trying to pull out the blue from the corner of the picture, and make it pop from the page.
For this page, I literally just cut the photo to size and put it on a black cardstock mat board, then layered it against a blue cardstock mat board. Then I stuck it to the page. The page is from Kaisercraft’s Tropicana collection. Then I stuck on some flowers (from Bo Bunny & Kaisercraft) and wooden palm tree fronds and bird (Kaisercraft) which had been inked a little bit. The only thing I got slightly fancy with was the title. It’s a chipboard title from Words or Whatever which was inked with blue and black Distress Inks (Tim Holtz). Then I sprinkled some American Crafts embossing powder over it, pointed the heat gun at it and voila.
So my first scrapbooking page was certainly not a complex one. It’s pretty simple, but it’s effective too. If I were going to do it again, I would probably choose a background paper that was pale blue to allow the picture to shine. But I was hell-bent on using this “tropical” paper. But the layout itself is an easy one to reproduce. You don’t need hundreds of layers to a page.
For so long I had collected all these tools and supplies but stopped short of actually using them, not knowing where to start. Making something simple like this is a great way to get the ball rolling. Flowers are your friend …. they work on many layouts and are easy to use.