Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The island of misfit toys

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!


alisonm said...

Wow, do you ever start with a piece of paper you like and say, "what will work with this?"; especially something that has been in your stash for awhile? I'd be interested in your take on that!

The Lonely Scrapbooker said...

I think I have two of this paper too, it came in last December's SC kit. But I've never been able to figure out how to use it, given its unusual colour/pattern and shape. Now I have an idea! The layout looks great. I love the brads and the flowers.

I'm actually doing a "destash"--to get the stuff I KNOW I'm not going to use out, and also to create a "sharing stash" for all the new scrapbookers I'm trying to cultivate.

What do you do with all your layouts?! (You said you had more than one from that outing to the sculpture garden).

GLOANN said...

Jennifer, I'm always inspired by your kind of layout designs. Love them. they're my fave kind to do. I do some fancies, but these are the ones I come back to again and again.