//Scrapbook Layout / Hot Chocolate 5K with Mom

My mom happens to be an experienced runner. She has run a marathon, a half-marathon, a crazy thing called Ragnar Relay, and countless 10Ks and 5Ks. I am decidedly not a runner, though I dabble. Yet, we signed up for the Hot Chocolate Run in Chicago together and she actually kept pace with me the entire time (which was beyond kind of her given that I think she could've finished about 15 minutes sooner, no matter what she says). The race was special because I got to share it with her when I know how close running is to her heart. It was also special because I managed to finish under 45 minutes--a personal record for me!! So while it was absolutely freezing, I would have done it again in a heartbeat (and not JUST for the cocoa at the end *wink wink*).

This layout actually began with that blue polka dot patterned paper you see in the middle. I was punching circles out of it for use in another project and I didn't want to just get rid of it because that's a lot of paper left over. I noticed that the circles were fairly evenly--though unintentionally--punched around the border so I layered it over another piece of patterned paper as a giant mat. Then I started grabbing things from my various Studio Calico kits--just whatever caught my eye! I'm not necessarily big on making sure everything matches, so I pull out a ton of items and see what I actually end up using. It may not be the most efficient process, but I find it to work for me.

The "Hot Chocolate Run" title element in the corner was created using a chipboard frame that I backed with some patterned paper and then stuck alpha stickers on. The middle utilized layering of different papers, including a cool book page I received in one of my kits. I know I had a lot of elements that had words on them, so I was worried about it looking too cluttered. But the gaudiness of it kind of appealed to me haha.

I received these bobby pin embellishments in one of my kits and frankly, I wasn't too keen on using them because they just wouldn't be something I would normally reach for. I was determined not to let it go to waste, however, so I used on this layout and think it was actually quite perfect! It's a small touch that is subtle but adds visual interest.

When I had put everything together, I didn't like how the top lefthand corner was kind of bare and empty. I had this kraft tag and used some washi tape and enamel dots to make it pop and stuck it in the space. I think the washi tape in that corner was a good idea because it completed a visual triangle of the pink tones on the page--and I do enjoy a visual triangle.

Sidenote: visual triangles are something I use on almost every page I create. It's an easy way to lend balance and harmony to a layout and also to get more color in there (because we could always use some more color in our lives, amiright?!). Sometimes when I don't know what else to add to my layout, I take a look and see if a triangle can be completed anywhere and oftentimes, that's the answer to my problem :)

Also, I'd just like to say how smitten I am with those enamel dots! Every time they come in a kit, I get so excited because I think they are the perfect finishing touch on almost any layout. If you're interested, these are the ones I use.

1 comment:

  1. I keep hearing about Ragnar (some of my former coworkers are on a team) and I almost did the hot choco run. Hehe. Your layouts are always so pretty!

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