I think Rudolph is going to be on TV this week. Wow, do I remember watching that show every year as a child. I want to sit my boys down to watch it, at least partially to get extra enjoyment out of the Yeti when they see Monsters Inc. again, but also to see that classic place, the Island of Misfit Toys.
I'm drawn to that island because the concept applies to my scrapbook supplies, and I have a feeling I'm not the only one. C'mon, in your stash, should there be an island of misfit (and forgotten) supplies? What would it take to get them off the island and put them to use?
This applies because I drew inspiration for a layout from some of those misfit supplies in my stash, specifically some brads I got a couple years ago from K & Co. and Autumn Leaves. I was putting my Big Brads in a new storage container, and they all didn't quite fit, so I pulled three and decided to make a layout. They were green, so I looked for green photos. I had some photos of my older boy in my particular at the Sculpture Garden (Lord, I got a lot of layouts out of that visit!), so I took them, grabbed some Kraft paper, and looked through my green patterned paper.
(Side comment: my productivity has increased since I sorted my brads, buttons, and paper into colors, I don't create all-encompassing color drawers like Stacy Julian--that's too messy for anal ol' me--but it helps to look through many supplies by color since that's how I scrap.)
I found a piece of shaped paper from Pink Paislee that I somehow ended up with two pieces of. I think it's Christmas paper, but that's OK. I trimmed the shapes and used them to bookend the photos. I left enough space for journaling and a title, and added some blooms to fill space. Confession: I never measure right the first time, so I always end up peeling up a photo or two to retrim them. To avoid damaging the photo, I turn the layout upside down and peel the layout off the photo.
Here's the end result:
So yes, this entire layout started with those three brads in the lower left. Funny!