“Outdoors” Scrapbook Layout

Hey Y’all! Misty (@mommyofkidz) with you today, and I’m sharing my newest scrapbook layout. This one is not all frilly and flowery like my “usual” ones. This time, I went “Masculine and Messy” and WAY out of my comfort zone!

My youngest son recently moved out of the house and has embarked on a journey to find out who he is without Mom. He will be 21 at the end of this month and has decided that he needs to do things on his own, which includes his newfound hobby…camping.

He is actually quite fond of camping and has found some favorite spots already. While out one weekend, he decided to send some photos to me of his peaceful surroundings and told me, “There, now you can scrapbook them.” LOL! BRAT!!! He thinks he knows me!

Ok ok…So he knows me…

Obviously, I can’t just ignore the fact that he willingly sent me photos! This was too easy! Of course, I set out to scrap them as soon as I could. I began with a cut file from Peartree Cutfiles that I cut on my Cricut.

I knew exactly which one I wanted to use, and it would be the starting point for my layout. Of course, I backed it as well, and then started planning the rest of the elements.

For the cut file, I used a few different cardstocks from the CutCardstock Store.
DCS Canvas Textured Scottish Highlands Green, DCS Canvas Textured Wedding Cake White, DCS Canvas Textured Vanilla Bean Brown, DCS Canvas Textured Ginger Snap Brown, and DCS Canvas Textured Flame Tree Orange were perfect choices to create the scene that I was envisioning.

Actually, several of these can be found in the Monthly Specials Section of the store!

Getting Messy

Once I finished backing the Cutfile, it was time to get messy! Nothing about being outside is clean. So obviously, this layout couldn’t be either! I pulled out the paints, sprays, and texture pastes and went to work.

I layered it on very heavy-handed to create an outdoorsy-looking scene for the foundation. It was a lot of trial and error, adding more splats, blots, and splotches until I was happy with the high level of MESS on the background.

If you have never tried painting your own background, I HIGHLY recommend that you do! It is so fun and satisfying! After the background was finished drying, I simply had to layer all of my elements onto the page and arrange them.

Finishing it Up

After adding the cut files and Photos, I grabbed a few other elements to enhance the outdoor vibe. I didn’t want to overload the layout and detract from the photos, so I kept the “extras” to a minimum. The texture and dimension of the layout helped to create visual interest.

I am not quite sure how I managed to create such a masculine-looking layout and not add flowers, but I did it! The colors, the elements, and the extras are all very masculine and perfect for showcasing my son and his new hobby.

Do you or one of your loved ones have a new hobby? Having a hobby is a great way to reduce stress and add joy to your life. Doctors suggest it helps derail depression and other ailments that could have a negative impact and will even “prescribe” a new hobby to a patient. All of my kids finally listened to me and have found a hobby that they love.

Do you have a hobby? Might I suggest scrapbooking? Head on over to the CutCardStock Store and start filling your basket with the best cardstock on the market!

Thank you for stopping by!

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