Inspired by...Bookish Basics!

Inspired by...Bookish Basics!
Hello, Friends! It is easy to be inspired by the book-living theme from the Bookish Collection, but it is just as easy to find inspiration from the basics, too! The colorway, patterns, and sentiments can help tell all kinds of stories.  

Traci Reed: Inspired by the NON-Book Embellishments

I love a great themed collection like everyone else, but I also love the challenge of going off-theme an making a collection fit my story as I did with the Bookish Collection and this layout of a recent good day/bad day trip my husband and I took.

There are a lot of sentiments in the Bookish Collection that don't have anything to do with reading, including this journaling card I trimmed down and used as a page flip, so I pulled them all out before I started so I could access them easily when building my page.

The story is about a good day turned disaster night, but I wanted to focus mainly on the good day portion, so I only dedicated this small corner to snark because I knew it would be in the same visual area as the journaling that corresponded to it. I used chipboard, stamps, tags, and one of the fun quotes (that I edited) to set the mood and create depth.

On the non-snark photo side, I used a lot of hearts and lovey-dovey words to keep the focus where it belonged, on the sweet photos. I also added some of the watercolor rub-ons to match the journal card sentiment and bring in more of that freeform look to such a linear page.

After my layout was done, I measured the space I had on the card to add journaling, then printed it from photoshop and used scissors to cut around my cluster. It wasn't the most elegant solution, but it worked!

Lastly, I made sure to balance the clustering on the bottom with some more on the top and added more sentiments.

All in all, I made a pretty dynamic page without touching the book embellishments at all!

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Rachel, Creative Team Blog Coordinator