Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Twenty Twenty Scrapbooking: A New One

Hey folks! I hope you all had a bit of a break over the weekend. We had a perfectly egg-cellent time, with a visit to the House of Little E, and we're going out to meet up with friends this afternoon after leaving our boy to the airport. He has four weeks of term to do and then that will be his first year of Law over. It's very hard to believe. 

I haven't had a lot of time for scrapbooking over the weekend, and I'm betting I'm not the only one, so I thought now might be a good time to do another Twenty Twenty page (specially since this one features chocolate. Sort of.) Remember the idea? Twenty minutes to plan, twenty minutes to produce and twenty minutes to add the polish. This is what I finished up with:

Working from this as a sketch, without any of the planning? You might be done in half an hour! 

This is how I worked:

Twenty Minutes to:
- Make it easy for myself with a sepia toned photo: there are no colours to match, so I simply chose something soft. In the back of my mind I'm thinking I want it to look nostalgic, but not old fashioned. It's a modern look for an old photo, and keeping that thought right from the start helps me work quickly to make my other choices.
- Choose a coordinating piece of patterned paper. I looked for clues in the photo, because using what you can see to guide you cuts down on decision making, and I found something with a pattern which echoes the shapes you can see in the window. 
- Use a pre cut Project Life journaling card as a readymade photo mat
- Add a title. Truthfully? These are the only letters I had left in this pack, so I couldn't use a clever, long title even if I had wanted to - the font worked so nicely and the black stops the whole thing from looking washed out, so I'm not sweating it.

This is where I got to:

So, I took another twenty minutes to:

- work on my journaling. I typed it out on strips and after moving them around, I had to concede that the best place for them is where I had already placed the house. So I peeled it back off the page, telling myself the resulting mess would be covered by the strips. The more pages I make, the more I realise the ones I want to go back to are the ones with the story. So if that means upsetting the design to fit in the words, I'm going to do it. Where are we without the words?
- add more black with a Slice cut butterfly. For a fast page I think it can be tempting to grab lots of very themed product because you don't have to think about it. The butterfly is a bit more subtle. It has a nostalgic feel; but as it flutters about, it gives a nod to the idea of going backwards and forwards in time, looking at old photographs
- introduce more dimension with the button, which also echoes the flat smoothness of the aprons. At this point I rejected the idea of a brown seam binding bow because it would cover up those words, so I added twine for a "shop" look instead, to end up with this:

So, a final twenty minutes left, then, in which I:
- decide it was looking a little flat. So I grabbed the patterned paper sheet I cut the butterfly from and used it to make a border. TIP: Although it's always tempting to diecut very close to the edge of a sheet to save paper, if you leave a margin, then you'll have a border of paper left. Like gutting in reverse. With that in mind, I carefully trimmed the layout down slightly so the border would show.
- think I need a little more black. That's the very end of that alphabet, with the full stops acting like enamel dots.
- remember that I'm trying for modern vintage - so I added the pink washi tape to freshen it up and draw the eye to the story. So that I end up with the page I showed you at the beginning:

So that's my page in an hour. And as it's a local photo I'm going to use it as a reminder about my Jot Challenge for issue 5 Be a Tourist in Your Own Town. If you took any good out and about photos this weekend, you could put them to work and join in too.


  1. Wonderful: the layout, the process, the journaling. I love reading about how you think it all through. (Typepad's been down for four days now, so no posting until they finally get my blog back up and running.)

  2. Gorgeous...love the butterfly up top....yummy soft colour palette too:):)

  3. Total success! And in just an hour! Love the design, the colors and the photo! As I have been feeling pretty uninspired lately but with DT assignments looming, I need to try this method... off I go with a timer :)

  4. Lovely page, and what a treat to see it come together. And what a find that old photo was - they look quite spiffy out front of the shop.

  5. I love every single thing about this, so beautiful!

  6. I always like learning other people's processes and I like your page too. Agreeing too that the pages I am drawn to are the ones with stories :)

  7. I do love your 20 20 20 approach to scrapping and this is a fabulous result.

  8. I always enjoy reading about process and even better when you let us see it as it happened - love the balance and delicate colourway. I remember Fry's chocolate cream bar - if only because it always seemed to narrow my airways so that I choked!

  9. I never thought much of a Fry's Chocolate Cream - too "posh" for me I suspected!
    I love the 20-20-20 technique (though I'm more of a 60-60-60 girl) and you've quickly created a quirky and interesting page.

  10. Any page I make is more along the lines of 20x20x20 hours instead of minutes--I agonize over every aspect. I love that you have the combined vision, skillset, and stash that you can execute a page in less than an hour.

  11. I love the 20-20-20 process and really, really love the layout. Over a recent scrapbooking weekend, I did lots of quick layouts to complete an album of Henry's graduation day pictures. It was fun and a great feeling of accomplishment!
    It is hard to believe that the boys are almost done with their first year of college!

  12. I love how you have showcased that fabulous photo! Fry's chocolate cream - takes me back!
    This is a gorgeous layout and I really ought to try out your 20-20-20 concept - might be good for me to speed me up

  13. I really enjoy these posts Sian. So interesting to follow your process and such a softly pretty page. The top section would work well as a card too.

  14. What lovely muted colours. Ah, I remember Fry's chocolate cream. Reminds me of Christmas for some reason!

  15. Interesting to read your process and the layout is fab. I loved Frys chocolate as a child, it was a real treat :)

  16. I really like what you've done with this and enjoyed reading about your processes.

  17. Simply stunning Sian....a very pretty and stylish layout. I love reading your process x 20/20/2o truly works x

  18. Absolutely lovely Sian,I sent you an email re crochet but not sure if I got the right address x

  19. Great layout. I did a twenty twenty page at the weekend because of time restrictions and it's a layout I'm really happy with :)

  20. I like that you told us how you did the page. It looks great and not the least bit like it was in an hour.

  21. need to try that! haven't made a layout in months, so might just be the right thing! i'll try and go convince my brain to stop over thinking!


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