CP Gal Subject Gallery: Saving Time with Open Road & Grids - Stephanie Buice
Hi everyone, Stephanie here with a summery layout that models an assortment of exquisite details and 'open gallery' feel. This time of year is extremely busy for me! I'm running around here and there while never really feeling like I can ever catch up. So, I felt it a wonderful benefit when offered the chance to slow down for a while and take time out to let my hands be busy doing what I enjoy–scrapbooking!
I dug into the Open Road collection–a favorite summer line at the moment, and got right to work.
Here is my "Summer Days Are Here" layout:
Because time is a hot commodity at the moment, I really like using this grid style layout as a go-to for saving precious minutes during the busy summer rush. And because it is a familiar composition, finishing a layout is a breeze! I like that I get to use special pieces from various collections to help tell my story, too!
Never be afraid to dig into your stash of layouts and re-create some of your favorites. I think you will be pleasantly surprised not only at the amount of time you'll save, but of the fun you'll have with so much of the guess work eliminated.
This layout reminds me of the photo gallery walls that are now very popular in home decor, because of all the different elements and how they're arranged ever-so-evenly with an equal amount of surround space. Just like how they'd be arranged on a wall at home and how they may tell a story of your family, I used a piece from different collections to help tell the story of my picture.
The colors in this collection remind me of suntans and long days spent and enjoyed outside. The picture I used on this layout is of us at a ball game we went to recently. My journaling reads "There's nothing like a warm summer day at the ballpark... a picnic blanket, music and my honey; I'm loving life."
The different embellishments I chose were very significant to our day. The radio represents the music that was playing and the flowers for the beautiful landscape. One of my favorites is the Alabama license plate–how perfect! I think that sometimes, it's easy for us to just pile on the cuteness 'just because', so I like that this page allows me to really pull in a few strong storytelling pieces.
With so much going on, I feel it's easy for the eye to just wander without guidance. To help solve this problem, I placed strips of patterned paper and a tiny collage about midway through the page to draw the eye upward and call attention to the rest of the details.
I recommend going through your own stash of 'Crate' and select those pieces you've been saving for a special layout, and put them to use. This kind of layout is very forgiving allowing you to use embellishments of all different sizes, designs and textures.
I know it's summer and all of us have busy schedules, but don't forget to take time out to relax and have fun. This is an easy layout that can be accomplished in a variety of ways, so take a few minutes and try it on for size! I hope that the sharing of my creative process makes it a little less time consuming now that you've seen it done.