The Grand Entrance color kit from The Memory Nest gave me a few grand layouts for today’s Design Team post! The kit is inspired by this color palette:
I felt adventurous playing with these colors since it wasn’t a color palette I would have ever put together on my own. I played with this color kit during LOAD514 and these layouts are the ones I’m most proud of for the month.
This layout makes me giggle, because the layout is about something different from what you might think at first glance. We were challenged to scrap about a favorite time of year. While I have lots of holidays that I love, for some reason on this day, this commercial pop in my head.
Since it was school page, the yellow notebook paper in the Grand Entrance kit was a no-brainer for the base of this layout. I had my eye on this damask style red paper from the minute I opened the kit. I decided to take a chance and see if it would work here. I was hesitant that it might be too bold, but adding the black letters and accents from the kit made this layout sing for me!
The challenge with this scrapbook page was to talk about what you thought the perfect age would be when you were a kid. For me, I always wanted to be 24. No big milestone years, just 24. I dreamed of being independent, living on my own, working at a great job and traveling. And, darn it if I didn’t get to do all those things when I was 24.
For this layout, the gray and red in this paper made for an interesting base with being too busy. I love the contrast of the muted gray and the bright red. I even think the little elephant and balloon accent works symbolizing the “sky is the limit” feeling of that age for me. I added a few more touches of red with the chevron paper and brads from the kit. Adding the butterfly at the top and the flower at the bottom, gave me the visual triangle I needed to move your eye through the page.
This layout was a little tougher. The subject was easy enough. What board games did you play as a child? Easy to answer since I make my children play them with me! The hard part was the paper. I really, really like this multicolored vine paper. It’s perfect for this kit since it has EVERY color in the original inspiration piece. It’s a fun vibrant pattern and I kinda didn’t want to use it, but I’m trying to get past that, right?
I mean that’s the whole reason I started this site, right?
So I bit the bullet and used the paper.
Notice I did use it on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ page. This left me with some good size pieces to use on additional layouts. (Hear that? That’s me breathing again!) Also, I used one fairly small picture on the page, so I can bask in the glory in the patterned paper whenever I peruse this page in my scrapbook.
No one else will be looking at the paper, but you and I will know what I’m really looking at when I see this layout!
If you’re ready to make a grand entrance with the colors and patterns in this fabulous kit, be sure to visit to Leslie at The Memory Nest. She is wonderful and treats her customers like friends. There is a boatload of paper in the Grand Entrance kit for only $12.99 and you can find it here.
See you there!