New: Footsteps Bundle
This bundle is a new release to you, but I made it quite a while ago. I regard it as one of my better flops. I think overall it looks fine, and most people will not regard it as a flop, however the creative process fell flat and I was distinctly uninspired to work with it. You may notice that most of the elements aren't in any of the layouts, because I only just made them so that I could release this bundle.
Several things combined to make this a difficult project for me. First, and I think always most important, is the color palette. I usually start out at the beginning of kit creation feeling the same about my color palette. Obviously, I choose my own color palettes, and I don't intentionally choose one that I dislike. However, on a few occasions, this one included, I have come to actively dread the colors I've picked. It's kind of weird. If you like these colors, enjoy this kit, because I won't be using this color palette again.
Not only did I pick a color scheme I didn't like, but I also decided that I would try and use a minimal style. I think you can probably tell from my usual layouts that this isn't my natural inclination, and while stepping outside your comfort zone is valuable, I think mixed with the fact that I already disliked my colors made things come to pretty quick halt.
Finally, the photos I was trying to scrap in this project came from our trip through Vietnam. And frankly, I didn't really enjoy our time traveling there. We had nice time staying in Hanoi with my family, but once we started traveling down things seemed to conspire against us. It's a strange thing to admit, because I honestly never thought I would actively not like somewhere I visited. Obviously some places are easier to like than others, but in all my travels I'd never actually not liked somewhere. But it was with a giant sigh of relief that I left Vietnam. Every time I look at these photos I mostly just feel relieved that I'm not there.
It seems this project was more or less doomed from the start.
Now that I've finally finished it up and released it to the world, I'm feeling something of a cathartic release. I can see that the pages I made aren't terrible, and I can be glad that I have something to remember those weeks we traveled down the length of Vietnam.
(If you are a Vietnam lover, never fear! I realize that lots of people have a great time there. I do have an actual "Vietnam" bundle, which I used to scrap photos from our time in Hanoi, which will be coming at some point.)
Hi There! I’m Marisa Lerin and you’ll see me around at Pixel Scrapper a lot. I started this site in 2010 soon after I discovered a new love in digital scrapbooking. Pixel Scrapper has gone through some significant changes since that time and it’s grown into this lovely community site you are seeing now. I am daily surprised by the turn of life’s events that has led me down this path. If you're new to the site, welcome! Here are a few tidbits about me that I hope will help you get to know me better!
I’m originally from Minnesota, USA, but spent a good chunk of my childhood living abroad (in Bolivia and Hong Kong). I returned to Minnesota to attend university, got married and then moved overseas again (Korea, then Jordan and 1 year of traveling). My designs are heavily influenced by these many nomadic years. I am currently back in the USA, now living in the great state of Oregon!
I have no official training for what I’m doing, since I decided very wisely (haha) to study physics in university. I am always learning new things about digital scrapbooking, and this community has been immensely helpful for that!
If I manage to stop digital scrapbooking you will probably find me watching TV, reading or baking. I also enjoy writing for the blog here at Pixel Scrapper where I talk about whatever happens to be catching my fancy at the moment.
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