I'm submitting this layout for multiple challenges issued by Studio Calico (http://www.studiocalico.com/) design team for National Scrapbook Day. The self portrait challenge by Emily (here http://emilypitts.blogspot.com/2009/04/take-picture.html), the embrace the white space challenge by Tina C (here http://abagofchips.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/04/nsd-2009.html), and using 3 or more patterned papers challenge by Nic (here http://nicolesamuels.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/calling-all-scrappers-who-love-sc-kits/). Go take a look at the Studio Calico blog, especially on Saturday, May 2, for all the great designs and the fun for National Scrapbook Day! Leave everyone some love - I know it's really appreciated.
The idea behind this layout is that I need to step back, relax, and just breathe to embrace simple creativity amid the cacophony that is patterned paper, ink, tools, pictures, and embellishments that surround and envelope me in my scrap area. My pic separated from the craziness of the paper by the expanse of white space is supposed to represent the need for me to separate myself from all the "noise". I now understand the idea that "less is more". I have way too much available to me and it sometimes stunts my creativity. I love challenges where they give you a limited number of items to play with - you can be so much more creative that way. The text on the layout is: "shhh..calm down embrace the white space just breathe..."
I'm not a HUGE fan of the pic of me on this layout but I guess it shows a bit of scrapbook stress on my face (LOL). I printed this out at one of those Kodak kiosks in Target. I spent a long time trying to really bleach out the picture, sort of overexpose it, using what limited resources they present you on that machine. It was the only pic I printed out and the poor woman took one look at the pic and seriously gave me a look of pity. Not sure if it was for the "poor" quality of the pic or the poor quality of the subject. Ha ha!
Details: Paper - The Paper Company, DCWV; Cricut; Lumiere; Lasting Impressions brads.