This week she asked us to mix and (not) match bold, bright patterns and colours. Now, I'm not exactly afraid of bright colours or bold prints but I might only use a bit of one and then mix it in with something smaller, softer or more neutral. So this was a biggie for me this week.
I knew exactly where to look for my first bright print. I'm such a sucker for BasicGrey (as if you didn't know) and pick up almost everything they produce. But June Bug was always just a bit too bright for me. And I've hardly used any of it. So that was going to be my first choice.
This was the paper I picked out - get the sunglasses out-
And then I wanted to really follow the prompt and went to my older paper box to find a print from another company (I keep all my BG separate from everything else. Yes, control freak, what can I say?). And there amongst all the softer prints was this one from Tinkering Ink. I've never really known what to do with these overpowering flowers so I cut them out and decided to use them as a border along the side.
I then decided that if the base was going to be so bright and powerful, I should just continue with going a bit over the top and create some blingy corners and a cluster using some really really old stuff. In fact, the only new stuff on this layout is the veneer camera and person, and the tapes. Even the kraft cardstock is the B-side to some Kraft Kuts papers from Fancy Pants that I had to have but have never used.
The strong colours and lines support the theme of my journalling about the year ahead which I realised as I was going along and helped me pull everything together in a way that makes sense to me (even if it's a bit higgeldy piggeldy for you).
Now this may not be my favourite layout of all time, but it was great to cut into these two old pieces of paper and not worry about whether they go together or not. Personally, I think they really don't go together but I don't even notice that anymore now that the layout is finished.
Thanks Pam for another stretching challenge and for getting me to jump over my own shadow :-)
Don't forget to share your bold creations over at our Flickr group (here) using the tag WM#74.