Happy Saturday All! We’ve all heard that a photo is worth a thousand words, and it can be, but I like words. Honestly, I am all about the words. I love titles, word art and heartfelt journaling more than any other part of scrapping, so it only makes sense that I love photoless layouts, right? With the start of the new year, it seems that there are more photo-less layouts in the gallery, so I thought I would share some of my current favorites with you.
My first choice by Roboliver is a wonderful example of scrap therapy, you know, working through emotions and/or problems by creating a beautiful layout and throwing everything you are feeling at the canvas. Scrap therapy is a fabulous tool, one I often use, and Roboliver uses it well. Her open and honest journaling really touched my heart. Dealing with a loved one’s seasonal depression can be overwhelming, so approaching it with a positive attitude is not easy. Yet Roboliver’s layout makes it apparent that she does just that, as detailed in her words and through her color and element choices. Sure, she’s got a sad little star and a lemon, but she’s also got bright, happy colors and the phrase, you got this, because she does.
My next choice, I’m a Work in Progess by Julie Fish is another great example of a photoless layout. While this one is not scrap therapy in the same manner as the previous layout, it’s purpose is just as meaningful. By using her artistry to highlight her goals, Juli is creating a concrete image to help motivate and inspire her as she works towards fulfilling them. I love the sets of yellow chevrons that point to her statement piece, “I am a work in progress,” and I think the balance of her composition speaks to the “balance” she is seeking through self improvement. I also love that she added a heart and the plus sign background paper, because it makes me think that while Julie may be a work in progress who sees room for improvement, she is also a happy, positive person who likes who she is right now.
As some one who squirrels way too much, I totally love Did You Say Squirrel by Jaye. Her choice of word art perfectly supports her journaling, which is very entertaining and relate-able. I love the chaotic jumble of letters that represent her jumbled thoughts, the messy paint on the background that echoes the “glorious mess called life” word art and the pink twirling ribbon that caught my attention and made me squirrel for a minute like pretty things often do. But my favorite part is the word strip, It’s Okay, because really it is. A little squirrel now and then never hurt anyone and actually helped create an extremely lovely and fabulously fun layout.
While it is usually great journaling that pulls me into a photo-less layout, I find beautiful composition, like that of my next pick, You by AliceM, equally compelling. I love how the floral clusters anchor the top and bottom of the layout and play up the colorful pops of patterned papers. The floral clusters themselves are well done and remind me of a spring bouquet. The paint splatters are messy and fun and the lace doily is pretty and sweet. The softness of her elements and papers is a wonderful juxtaposition to her tough word art, Hell Yeah and Bring It On. There may not be a lot of words here, but the ones she does use makes her message loud and clear — she is both beautiful and strong and not afraid to go after what she wants.
When I saw Be Kind by Jacinda Prattley, I immediately fell in love with it. This is my favorite kind of photo-less layouts, one with a stirring message for our kids. As parents we try to instill the best values and qualities we can in our children through our own words and deeds. By turning her beautifully written message to her kids into a equally beautiful layout, Jacinda has created a lasting lesson and treasure for her children. I love that she used the word strips throughout her journaling to emphasize certain points and ideas and “signed” it with hugs and kisses. The shadow on her pocket card is wonderful and her judicial use of only a few elements allows her journaling to rightfully take center stage.
My final choice for today, Dear Future Me by Jenn McCabe is a beautifully written and composed message from the artist to her future self. By writing to her future self, she gets to create a list of sorts on the things she is currently doing well or things she needs to be doing to improve herself. Her letter is an introspective affirmation of her past choices, both good and bad, and the way they have shaped the person she is and hopes to become. She also created a fun cluster full of images and word art to support her journaling and give her layout a more relaxed, playful feel that highlights the main theme of her overall message, be happy and enjoy the moment.
That’s it for me. I hope you enjoyed today’s picks. If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these memory keepers. Thanks! 🙂