Laura Rumble – A Pod and a Plump of Whales cut file

Hey guys, Laura here with a rare double page spread.

I went about this layout in a totally unconventional way.  It started with a whale doodle in ProCreate using the symmetry feature which took a life of its own and became a cut file.  Mrs Pretty My Page then suggested the whales would look good as a group.  This then led to a discussion about collective nouns and another cut file.  We named the circle of whales A Plump and the group A Pod.  (The digital and pre-cut versions of both files can be found here.) Groups of whales can also be called a gam, a herd and a school – but we don’t have cut files for all of them!

I got a bit carried away (imagine that!) after testing cutting the designs.  I immediately pulled out patterned papers in watery blues and greens and set to backing all of the whales.  When I had done that I started playing around with placement… then realised that I had no photos nor had I recorded the process for my DT video.  Doh! But you can see the rest of the video here.

I fished out some photos – quite a few different ones actually – and tried to match them to what was essentially a finished layout bar the photos and title.  I discovered I’m not great at scrapbooking this way and looked through literally every photo I have trying to find the right ones.  

I considered a punny ‘I whaley love you’ title with lovey photos; ‘whale hello there’ with peeping photos; photos from the Sea Life Centre (hammerhead sharks didn’t really match though); In the end I plumped for ‘having a whale of a time’ with happy photos.  I did choose a set of happy photos from the beach to tie the pictures in with the whale theme as best as I could.

Each colour and pattern I used was repeated on both pages of the layout in equal amounts.  My title was multi-font for just that reason.  When it came to embellishing further I really struggled. 

I tried adding things but it was just too much for me.  Even clear sparkly sequins didn’t work (and they usually work with everything!)  I guess the glitz comes from the gold mirri card and the interest comes from the gam of whales, so nothing more is needed.

I will not be scrapping this way again in a hurry.  I will be back later in the month with a layout that starts with the photos!

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