Friday, June 27, 2014

Let's Talk Process with Guest Designer Elizabeth Hellum

My Creative Scrapbook guest designer Elizabeth Hellum is here today featuring our June Main Kit and sharing a look into her design process!

Here's Elizabeth:


Good day to you, Elizabeth here!

Let's talk process. There is never a rhyme or reason to the way I create a layout. I normally just have all my supplies out on the table and then I go to town! Today I wanted to show you that process inside my head as to how I normally create.

We're going to use this layout as the bases for that thought process.

There are 6 basic things that has to happen for me to start that process.

1. Usually white cardstock as my background papers. I don't know about you, but I love white and love using it because it is a neutral color that makes everything pop. It is my go-to piece of paper for every single thing I create. Such as the case with this layout, I grabbed the texture white cardstock this time.

2. Usually the next step is something that gets me going. Sometimes its paper, sometimes its a photo, but most of the time its an element that does the trick. This time around it was the hashtag. They are all the rage these days and I love using them. I thought it would be pretty cool to create a layout using the hashtag as my title. I also wanted to use the 2 summer drink veneers as well, and so yep, those things became the bases for my entire layout! Once I got those three pieces out, I realized that it would go perfectly for our weekly girlie bible study times at Starbucks!

3. Usually for me I scrap using the white cardstock as my bases so that means everything else needs to pop against that. I collected things in the kit that would do that and then added those to the page. This meant papers, embellishments, mist, letter stickers, etc. After I collected those I just placed them on the page. Normally this process is very short for me. I do what I like to term as just puking it on there or throwing it on the canvas. Which means I just place the supplies on the page as I see fit. I don't second guess myself, I just roll with it and place them as they land.

4. Usually at this point I start adhering everything down except for the photos. Once I have everything in place, if I am misting like I did here I will do that and then let it dry. While that is drying, I will usually work on journaling whether it be by hand or by computer font which is what I did here.

5. The last thing for me is normally adding the photos. Very rarely do I create a layout with the photos on it prior to the last thing. I may have them in mind, I may not but they don't usually go on until the very last moment. To me, it is easier to add those in to my layout.

6. In the end, I am a very fast scrapper. I don't spend a great deal of time on a layout. If it isn't working for me I will usually just keep going and make it work. I don't like spending a lot of time on my layouts because then I start second guessing myself. I like to get to the blank canvas with all of my paints and paint. I don't think, I just stand there and create!

In a nut shell, I am kinda all over the place with my scrapping, but it works for me and I dig it! Hope you follow your process for you too!


Stop by again tomorrow for more inspiration from Elizabeth!

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