I’m Rachel Kaufman, owner of the kit club, inspirational source and online community, Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. Each month our kits are based on an emotion. As we’re coming up on our second anniversary this July, we’ve covered some amazing topics–everything from freedom and gratitude to loss and safety. Our kits help you explore every side of yourself-your inner struggles and triumphs, your relationships, and your goals and dreams. Not only does each kit use color, design and symbolism to help you tell a deeper story, but our industry-exclusive FREE Inspiration Page each month provides you with a multimedia support system: including awesome journaling prompts, a music playlist, quotes, photos, and evocative challenges to make your tender heart and creative mind and hands flow.
I’m so honored to have been asked by my friends at CK to share with you my creation process and what’s so unique about what we do! I’ve created a layout using this month’s theme and kit, ANTICIPATION. Check this out, leave a comment on this blog post, and you might win your very own ANTICIPATION kit!
Contents: Cardstock: Core’dinations; Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee; Ribbon, Pink Paislee, Prima; Leaves, Flower Centers and Lace: Prima; Cork, Pink Paislee; Alphas: Cosmo Cricket; Pen: American Crafts; Photo Credit: Tanya Sorkin Photography
The most important thing to me when I’m creating a scrapbooking layout is what I like to call ‘Visual Journaling’–expressing the idea, the emotion behind the subject of the layout with visual ideas that reinforce the written journaling. It tells a much richer story than just good journaling or just a pretty page. My subject for this layout was my occasional desire to fast-forward my life for a moment to I’d know what the outcome will be of certain decisions I’m making now or have already made. Do you ever feel that way?
Come and join me on my quest to imbue my layout with more meaning!
To reflect this month’s theme, ANTICIPATION, we specifically chose colors for this kit and patterns that are bright and hopeful. The combination of fuchsia and lime green are so fun, and I chose four of those patterned papers, along with a piece of blingy white Core’dinations Gemstones cardstock to set off the bright color and add light to the page, and black accents to draw the eye to the black and white photos.
I was inspired by a meaningful triptych artwork by Robbie Conal which you may recognize.
On the Scrapbooking from the Inside Out site each month, we provide a list of synonyms and antonyms for the kit theme. The word ‘waiting’ came up for Anticipation, so I immediately thought of this piece of art. The way the photos lined up made me think of these headshots I had done where I had pictures of me with different expressions. I printed them in black-and-white to mimic the artwork.
To reflect the idea of ‘forward’ I used the patterned paper in horizontal strips at the top and bottom of the page, including my fussy cut strip right under the journaling.
The ‘ups and downs’ in the design of that paper really seemed to me to speak to the ups and downs of life. The long journaling strips also reflect forward motion from left to right and move toward the title. I didn’t print them on long strips though – if you look closely, you’ll see that the strips are cut in half: that reflects my ‘sometimes’ feeling of fast forwarding . . . I really don’t want to miss a thing!
I also printed the journaling strips on photo paper, to make them glossy, like film or or vcr tape (remember those?) to circle back around to the “FF” idea. I angled my photos as well to connote movement, and raised the middle one to bring you back to the ‘bumps’ on the fussy cut strip, and the road of life.
I think my favorite thing on the page is the “FF” symbol. I am crazy about cork, so we had to include Pink Paislee’s cork shapes in the kit. As soon as I saw these embellishments, I had the desire to cut up the circles and make a varied-size scalloped border somewhere . . . until I got to this page. The sheet had some squares on it…and an idea was born . . . cut one in triangles and voila!
I’ve also included a lot of small circular elements that are like ellipses (…) to reveal a sense of anticipation and motion. I punched out some tiny black circles using a standard size hole punch and layered them over the fussy-cut strip, and cut the little circles from Prima lace trim to add some depth and texture to the die-cut paper at the bottom.
In case you’re wondering, everything you see here except the journaling pen came from the ANTICIPATION kit. No add-ons needed, just one huge, perfect kit with exactly what you’ll need to Explore Your Inner World. Each kit is a unique, stylish creation that takes you to new places in your heart and your crafting.
Would you like to win your own beautiful ANTICIPATION kit? This kit’s retail value is $46.95 and it can be yours!
Leave a comment here and tell us what you’re anticipating, and you’ll be entered to win this kit. And come join our community online. We would love to welcome you and join you on your journey to explore your inner world. What are you waiting for?
P.S. Don’t forget to download a free font today as part of Free Font Friday. You can download the CK Noah font here.