Mount Whitney

I’ve been slowly taking time to do a mix of scrapbook and project life pages.  It was part of my New Year’s Resolution to be better about documenting my year – ‘better’ being the operative word. 🙂  Eventually I’ll get around to snapping photos of my other pages from *cough* January.

I have lots of photos from my husband and I hiking up Mount Whitney but I like the idea of an ‘introduction’ page sans photos.  (I also love paper and hate covering it all up, part of the reason I like Project Life layouts so much!)  There is a journaling card tucked into a flag in the upper right hand corner.  I purposely made the flag, using an Avery Elle die cut, out of vellum so you can see that something is written there but have to pull it out to read the story.

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We hiked Whitney in September and the tree and papers I chose are meant to represent that time of year.  Whitney is the highest mountain in the contiguous 48 states and so my mountain scene stretches from the bottom to the top of my layout.  I used a mix of Lawn Fawn dies and patterned papers for my grass, tree lines and mountains.

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Selecting paper is probably the most difficult part of this layout because I was trying to create a sense of depth while maintaining balance.  Let me explain.  The further an object is from you the lighter it appears and by using cooler colors you ‘push’ objects into the distance.  Additionally, the mountains are of a single color card stock, this not only makes the composition as a whole appear less busy but also creates a sense of distance because there is less detail to it.  Now to talk about pattern.  When a quilter chooses fabric they do so with an eye for the size of their pattern and color of the ground.  Paper works the same way.  There are 6 different patterned papers on this layout and to appease the eye I made some specific choices.  The acorns of the background paper are mid-sized.  No other patterned paper in the layout is the same size.  For my mountain scene the grass is a plaid paper dominated by green with very little white.  The paper immediately following has the largest scale and brighter colors as it composes my mid-ground.  The final patterned paper has the smallest pattern with the most white space.  All three of these papers also follow the rules for distance, getting cooler as I move back to create depth.  The mountains follow this same logic, the closest mountain cut from darker card stock and the further from lighter.

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This scene would not be complete without some ‘life’ in it.  I personally prefer photos with people in them.  Sure, scenery shots are pretty, but my memories are about the people in the location, not the location itself.  This little guy is from The Greeting Farm.  I just adore their rubber stamps, not only do they stamp well but they are fun to color. 🙂

Hopefully that was insightful!  I’d love to hear from you and get feedback!  Have a wonderful day!

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