Sunday, 28 April 2013

Passing the Page...

I'm delighted to take part in this special event to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Julie's blog :) What a fun idea! Have you ever played the game Chinese Whispers? I remember it from my own schooldays and time in Brownies and Guides, and still use it myself now in my teaching and small groups - it's one of those perennial games!

What a good idea to apply this concept to scrapbooking :) I was fortunate enough to be sent a beautiful page from Sandie to use as my starting point. My post will make more sense if you've seen her layout first - but then, you should really see her inspiration before that - and so on, and so on, so in fact if you haven't started this blog hop with Julie herself I think you'd probably do better to go there and follow round in order :) You should find yourself visiting:

Julie @ Letting the Days Roll By
Alison @ Life in the Slow Lane
Fay @ Stitch...Stick...Sew...
Ruth @ Chatty Crafty Arty Pig
Jemma @ Just Jimjams
Miss Smith @ Curiouser and Curiouser
K @ K's Crafty Corner
Missus Wookie @ Missus Wookie's Wanderings
Sandie @ Itchifingers
Me! @ I Speak Melsh, naturally!
Alexa @ Trimming the Sails
Jo @ Curly Scrapbooker
Jacky @ Scrappyjacky

If you do need to go back to Julie's I'll wait for you here, OK?

Done that? Good :) Shall we have a look at my layout then? Here you go:


So, how did I get to this from Sandie's layout?

Well, first I tried to 'see' her layout as a sketch, to get a general shape for mine. This gave me a photo towards the top left hand side; journaling below it; something running up the left of the whole layout; something towards the top right; something towards the bottom right. I also looked for any details that gave me particular inspiration. I liked the photo mat with the wider border on the bottom edge (Sandie used this for her journaling). It was when I saw the cute little birdie's caption though - 'Bend when the wind blows' - that I knew exactly which photo I wanted to use, and the whole layout suddenly came together from there!

I went with the larger border for the photomat, but used it to anchor part of my title, adding my journaling underneath but straight onto the page.

In place of the chipboard embellishments or stickers Sandie had used, I made three little paper windmills with a pretty double-sided paper from the same range as my background (My Mind's Eye, Fine and Dandy).

A strip of paper down the left hand side provided my 'vertical' element and gave me a base for the first part of my title.

I've been treasuring this gorgeous paper in my stash for ages, but not only did it have a lovely printed pattern in one of the locations my mental 'sketch' had identified, there was a bicycle as part of that pattern! How very suitable for a page about our trip to Amsterdam :)

I have to say, I don't think my page looks anything like Sandie's lol... But it was definitely inspired by hers :)

And now, shall we travel on to Alexa's? I'm so keen to see her page! I wonder what she took from mine? :)

PS If I've planted this song in your head, I can only apologise. It stayed in mine for several days after I made the layout...

34 comments:

Amy said...

Mel, this is such a gorgeous page - I love the colour in it and the papers are gorgeous ... I also really like the left hand vertical sub title - that's cool.

Jo.C said...

Love the vertical title. This is a great page x

furrypig said...

I can see why you kept that paper for so long Mel it is so detailed, but you have put it to great use here. Fab picture of a windmill xxx

debs14 said...

Great page! But this is very spooky ... Last night we had friends round for dinner and conversation turned to the nonsense songs that there used to be in our childhood, and how our kids would think us crazy if we sang them nowadays. We were trawling our memories for them and this song was the first one we all remembered! So to see your layout today is such a coincidence!

Chidkid said...

Oh my... what memories.. loved the LO AND the video clip.. thanks for the trip down memory lane!

alexa said...

So fascinating, Mel, to read (and see) how you've interpreted the page from Sandie before you! This all hangs together so beautifully, from the bird/wind theme to the physical repetition down the left-hand side of the photo. Love it!

scrappyjacky said...

Love how this all works together....a great take on Sandie's 'sketch'.

Fay aka Beautifullily said...

Your page is so peaceful, much how I imagine the windmills to be.

Sian said...

Very cute windmills! It really is a lovely page - such a pretty, warm feel to it. Pass the Page is fascinating..

Miriam said...

This is fabulous Mel, I love the colours and that hex paper is perfect. Well done.

K said...

Dont even need the video playing "I saw a mice, where?, there on the stair, where on the stair? right there.
I grew up with that song :)
Lovely colours

Sandie said...

Mel you have done a beautiful lift from my page! I love how you used the words of the song as a vertical strip and made paper windmills as embellishments. You have put a big smile of my face today, telling how my wind quote inspired you.
I love the video clip too - it adds another layer to your post.

Jimjams said...

Love the close packed vertical words and the windmills - a lovely sunny page!

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

Pretty page. I can definitely see the connection with the cardstock lettering, and the addition of pinwheels is inspired.

JulieJ said...

It's a fabulous page and I'm so please that your hoarded paper has made it into a page. So this is where the hexagons really started, after the first appearance way back with Jemma.
I love the split title and little windmills and the colours are lovely. That's a page to be proud of.
Thanks for joining in the celebration.

JO SOWERBY said...

I loved that song and at last I see where the hexagons came from, it was you lovely Melsh. I love that paper with the hexagons on it, it's so perfect. The papers you've chosen are lovely in that lemon shade and the small windmills are perfect for the layout. What a gr8 title too, that mouse had big feet didn't he to wear clogs,
Jo xxxxxx

Candace said...

love the pin wheel with thw windmill photo. Great colours too

Gail said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! I love how you did part of the title vertically. Love that paper.

Abi said...

So much I love in this page. The colours, the sweet paper windmills and the hexagons!

Angelfish said...

A little mouse with clogs on....I don't need to play the clip, it'll be in my head all day too!
Great background paper and you've used it so well. Not always easy with such a large (and lovely) patterned area.
Fiona x

PurpleJet said...

Love the hexagon paper and it was interesting to read how you interpreted the page from Sandie.

Missus Wookie said...

Oh I LOVE those letter stickers up the side of the page - thought they were stitches or similar at first. Such a nice effect, gorgeous paper and so nicely used. Fascinating reading how we all picked up bits and pieces to be inspired by.

Mary B said...

thanks Mel I am now singing it too :D

I like you page great pinwheels and hexagons they go together well.

Ginger said...

oh this is wonderful Mel! love it! I like the bike :)

Karen said...

Love the windmills and the hexagons, and love how your page inspired the next few. (Obviously, I didn't do these in the exact order.)

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a fantastic layout! I love the colors.
Rinda

yyam said...

Love the added stickers for the title. And the pinwheel. :)

Sandi Robinson said...

I did a Chinese Whispers scrapping challenge for nine months through 2011...only wish I had got to see all of the LO's from everyone!! Thoroughly enjoyed it!! I love your LO here...gorgeous colours & particularly your use of alphas along the side of the photo! I'm off to check out the LO that was your inspiration now! :D

Alison said...

I too thought the vertical title was stitching at first...a fab take on Sandie's sketch!
Alison xx

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Lindsay Coleman said...

Great photo, love the hexagons & the pinwheels x

Becky said...

Beautiful page and the song is going round and round in my head lol!

Twinkle Star said...

Fab idea, love your take on the layout. Thanks for emailing re: the big swap, have emailed back.

Hugs, Estelle xx

DebiJ said...

Well I have to say I watched this sweet video & that song is stuck in my head..hehehe. My friends daughter is working in Amsterdam so she will get a smile out of it too!
So to your wonderful page.It is really fabulous! Love your background including hexagons, fab alphas, lovely windmill photo, & your pin wheel just tops it all off!