Monday Inspiration by Beatrice: Highlands Collection

Hello and Happy Monday! I hope you are ready for the start of a new week, relaxed and refreshed. I’d like to take just a few minutes of your time to inspire you with some layouts from Snickerdoodle Designs’ latest release, Highlands Collection.  Originally part of the Coordinated Collection at the Studio, the collection is now available, and on sale, at Karen’s other shops.

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I really think Karen described this collection perfectly:  “Rich and rustic with a masculine flair, the Highlands series is perfect for scrapping vintage photos or creating a scrapbook of your own or your grandparents’ recent travels.” I already have some photos in mind. I love the palette and, of course, the masks and blendables are available to add a unique and artistic touch to your layout. I found a number of layouts and it was difficult to choose but I’ll show you just a few here.

I love the large blended photo and the way it’s positioned at the right hand side in The World Waits by franlk. Placing the blendable on the opposite edge creates balance. The large cluster in the bottom corner is so pretty. The flat elements, such as the stamped letters and passport, make an excellent foundation for the flowers and leaves placed on top. The shadowing is outstanding.

I really enjoyed reading the journaling in Wemyss Tartan by kythe. That’s an amazing photo of all the different clan plaids. The grouping of three photos is engaging and the simple white framing sets them off classically. I like the way she blended the plaid paper with castle paper, retaining the plaid as the primary paper to support her theme. The lace edging and simple, vertical cluster with pops of purple complete the layout just right.

I like the scene Zanthia created in her layout, Highlands. It looks to me like she combined a mask with one of the blendables in order to place the large photo in the center of the page. Building her cluster around the stacked suitcases works well, especially as the suitcases serve as a seat for the perfectly extracted child. I also like the second cluster she built around the lamppost.  As the world map suggests, the world definitely awaits for this little boy.

I really like the doubled lace border in Highlands by kabra. The map ephemera makes the perfect frame for her photo. I like the way the photo is duplicated and the copy placed at an angle. Her signature clusters are large and well balanced, placed at opposite corners. The addition of the simple bundle of leaves beneath the photo is the perfect added touch.

Norma is one of my favorite layout artists and I admit I sometimes have trouble deciding which of her layouts to showcase here. However when I spied this one I knew I’d add it because the subject is Karen and her husband on a recent (or not) trip to Scotland. I like the way Norma masked the photo of Karen sitting on the wall. The blendable placed at the bottom edge adds just a bit of color. I’ve spent a little time trying to figure out how she created the splash of color along the top and I’m not quite certain if she used one of the other blendables or masked one of the papers. Regardless it makes the perfect backdrop for her pretty cluster. Adding the framed photo, complete with large cluster, is an elegant addition to her layout.

And that wraps things up for me today. I hope you have enjoyed the layouts I’ve chosen. Thanks so much for visiting the blog and have a great week!



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