So, I've been on quite a Shimelle Laine kick, watching every free video of hers I could find, signing up for a few of her classes. Most recently, I watched "The Perfect Collection", where she teaches you how to cut up an entire collection of paper to make multiple layouts. I love collection kits, and the concept was a little scary at first. Being able to actually use up the paper, is very liberating, though!
I used my August Counterfeit Kit as my first attempt. This was probably more difficult than using a coordinated paper line for a few reasons. First, the patterned paper base color varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some of the papers were cream based, and some leaned more towards white. This can pose a problem when putting the sheets together in one layout, because they can tend to look "off". That made putting the layouts a little more challenging.
Secondly, I had over 100 photos to choose from. I had trouble deciding if I was just going to scrap them randomly, or if I would just stick to one theme, like vacation 2012. I decided to go with random photos, but then I had to go through a ton of photos trying to find one that fit my pre-made starting point.
I don't do two page layouts very often, so I was not able to us all the starting point examples that Shimelle gave in her video. On her website, if you do a search for "starting points" you will find many many examples of different ones to use while putting yours together. I liked having this flexibility, but not having to think too hard coming up with my own starting points.
It was definitely a learning experience, which I hope to repeat soon. I want to scrap all these layouts first before I move on.
Here are the eleven "starting points" I came up with. I will post the layouts as I complete them.