Saturday Scraplift: Elements with Meaning

When I was teaching English, discussions with my students about literature always included the details an author uses to support, extend, and enhance his meaning. When I’m scrapping, I’m always thinking about which elements will help to convey the message of my page, and part of the fun of this hobby of ours is the search for exactly the right brush, button, or sticker. When Audrey (adrianita) posted this gorgeous page over a month ago for the Color Challenge, it immediately went into my favorites because I loved the downward arrows that echoed the setting sun and her two-toned title that pulled colors from her sweet photos. It’s absolute perfection! Three of my fellow Creative Team members eagerly volunteered to lift Audrey’s page, and I think you’ll find lots of inspiration in their designs.

Audrey’s page:


Grace (GraceJ) scrapped a photo of a caterpillar and journaled about the anticipation of seeing a chrysalis appear. I love her allusion to the very hungry caterpillar and her use of the butterflies in the background to suggest what form the caterpillar will eventually assume. Even her positioning of the photo on the page is intentional so that the butterflies take flight from the caterpillar.

Credits: Christmas Gardens Solids Paper Pack;  Painted Butterfly Layers No. 01; Watery Wings Brushes and Stamps No. 04; On the Edge Flourishes Brushes and Stamps No. 13; Almost Spring Element Pack; Collageables No. 02; Darling Baby Element Pack; Spring Fields Element Pack; Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 04; Sun Porch Element Pack; Hamilton Mini Kit

Tammie Lynne (tammielsmith) featured a photo on her page of the beautiful scenery in her part of this glorious country – certainly makes me want to visit! Notice how she borrowed Audrey’s use of arrows but reversed their direction to suggest the rising elevations of the mountains. She even turned her title 90 degrees to continue the upward motion of her page.

 Credits: Vintage Mini Mix No. 12; Hinged Photo Frames No. 06; Floresta Scrapbooking Kit; Monthly Memories Vol. 02: Foundations No. 08; Vintage Mini Mix Kit No. 02; December Woods Element Pack; Tightly Kerned Titles Brushes and Stamps No. 05

Agnieszka (Arte Banale) also lives in an area of stunning beauty, and I always enjoy hiking vicariously with her (goodness knows, it’s the only kind of hiking I do!). The arrows she used go in both directions, underscoring the up and down nature of roaming the mountains. Her main color palette mimics the shades of nature, but I love how she pulled those pops of red from her photo.

Credits: Adventuring Scrapbooking Collection; Pinned Wood Veneers No. 01; Cut Ups: Traveler No. 01; Hand Scripted Traveler Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Destination Quotes Brushes and Stamps No. 01; Watery Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 07

I hope you’ll play along with us this weekend by lifting Audrey’s lovely page, and while you’re at it, consider what elements will best convey the message of your design. Can’t wait to see what you create! Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the August Challenge Participation thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!


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