This page almost became something else.
Two weeks ago on the Paperclipping Roundtable, each panelist shared a scrapbook layout and I was going to share this one. But we ran out of time, and as the host of the show, that means I opted out of sharing.
Paperclipping Members got to actually watch me assemble this page start-to-finish, but what they did not know was that there was one major turning point in the middle that I did not share when this page almost spun in a wildly different direction.
To keep the video a reasonable length, I did not share that part of the process. Instead I was going to share it on the Paperclipping Roundtable.
But to keep the Roundtable a reasonable length, I had to cut that story yet again.
Since some of you asked, I decided to share that part of the story here.
Because of the way I’ve set up my organization — especially with the kits I make for specific stories I scrapbook — the supplies I choose and how I use them tend to tumble out of their storage spots and onto my page so I do very little thinking, hemming and hawing, or auditioning of scrapbook products to use these days.
That die cut phrase above and the rectangular pink and purple embossed chipboard pieces tumbled out for me. The phrase might as well have walked itself on top of that pink — they just came together like peanut butter and chocolate came together for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
But then there was a divergence.
Tim Holtz shared his March tag and I realized I had the supplies he used, so I decided to give his techniques a try and make it my background.
But then when I placed the chipboard rectangles, photos, and die-cut word phrase on top, I realized that visually, my Tim Holtz-inspired creation told a very different story from what I genuinely feel and observe when it comes to Trinity’s life in ballet.
My color-filled piece looked more like me than Trinity with its tie-dye, almost-hippie look that definitely does not speak to the perfectionist rigor and technique of a ballerina in a ballet school where everybody would prefer to be an hour early than “only” fifteen minutes early, and where walking in late is 100% out of the question. Nor does it match the pristine style of her ballet story album overall.
What did I do?
Since my result of Tim Holtz’s challenge reminded me of myself, I put the pieces into the kit I have for pages about myself.
Then I returned to my kit for ballet stories, and let the supplies tumble out for me once more. The rest of the page fell together as usual.
Like peanut butter and chocolate.
And that is how this page became what it is now, and not that alternate destiny it might have been had I been worried about time and a slow scrapbooking process…had it not been so easy to get back on track with supplies and a story that matches my daughter’s personality and experience.
Fortunately that other “might have been” layout will someday be. It will just have a story on it that actually matches its rebel, day-dreamy style. And I can’t wait to put that story together!
Have you ever realized the design of a page you were currently making did not match the mood of your story? Did you change directions like I did? Or did you leave it be and move on?
Tell me about it!