Thursday, December 28, 2017

12/28/17 - Happy Chinese New Year

A photo that printed out  too small became the perfect size photo for a Travelers' Notebook spread!
I've had this photo printed out for probably about 6 months now but felt that it was too small for a layout. In the past I have created 12x12 layouts w/ one photo, but as I get older, as I try out new techniques, and grow as a creative individual, I'm finding I'm not liking creating large layouts w/ only 1 photo on them as much as I used to... plus there is the need to start thinking about saving space! My layout/project numbers are continuing to grow but my house isn't!
I haven't completely stopped creating 1-photo 12x12s, I'm just trying to do less of them.
Which leads to today's 4.5 x 8.5 Midori Traveler's Notebook page :
"Happy Chinese New Year"
Top - "Celebrating the Year of the Rooster"
Bottom - "Our 1st year checking out the festivities.
Downtown Riverside"

One of the reasons I didn't like the size of the photo is you have to look really hard at the bottom three photos to really figure out what's going on.
Once you figure it out, the images stand-out more though, which is why I decided to assist the viewer w/ my caption up above: "Dancers, Drummers and Dragons! Oh my!"
All of the patterned papers I used are from a REALLY old 6x6 paper pad I had in my stash.
I won it from some scrappy contest I entered and only used a few pieces of it.
The paper pad is from Kaiser Craft and it is titled "Lush".
Most of the pad and punch outs are "Asian" inspired; in fact one of prints actually includes the word "Asia" on it.
I never had a need for the more Asian-specific patterns... until now!
This is another time when hoarding items comes in handy!
The rooster I printed off of the internet on regular copy paper.
I then hand-cut it out and outlined it w/ a fine-tipped sharpie creating the perfect final embellishment piece!
I decided to journal directly on the notebook's kraft BG paper since I haven't yet tried that... (see?! trying new techniques and growing as a creative individual)... and I love the way it turned out! 
This is one of the last of my 2017 layouts... it's crazy that the year is almost over and that one of my last layouts is from a photo taken at the beginning of this year, LOL!
Dec Challenges:

>>Anything goes Challenge
Daily Challenge 6: Use a camel hump style curve on your project today.
(see top piece next to tag)

6 items
-Tag (cut in half and used in 2 places)
-Green BG PP
-"Chinese" patterned PP pieces (2)
- Patterned circle

22 Stickers
-Alphas (19)
-Self Adhesive Enamel Dots (2)
-Journaling Label (1)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using red and/or green stickers

- Tag (cut in half and used in 2 places)


  1. Love this! LOVING the colors and that rooster!!!!!

  2. too funny but pretty awesome! The January 2017 photo got scrapped! Thats what I love most about scrapbooking - you can always go back and relive that exact moment!
    Great post on your thoughts about layouts getting larger but your house isnt! It's so true!
    I also really admire how you use what you have!
    Have a wonderful New Year friend!!

  3. Love it! And great idea adding that caption to emphasize the three smaller photos!

  4. Love the small size...great to just to document life in general :)


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