When I was surfing the galleries, pages that jump out at me are ones with a very clear, very concise design message. As I look closer they also often happen to be ones that don't use a lot of scrapbooking supplies. What's a lot? Well let's say in comparison I think I use a lot of supplies, so these are pages that use less than I do. In particular certain pages also use much less traditional scrapbooking supplies. Instead their designers rely more on mediums like paint/ink/water-colours, on confetti, on haberdashery items and on paper replacements like vellum, tulle and gauze to make subtle, artsy creations.
With this less-is-more idea in mind, I design a layout to channel that "use hardly anything" ethos. Where I use patterned paper, I select those with a generic print like the chevron which has a wonky, painted vibe and the wood grain which resembles a piece of bleached bark. Where I want a shape, I go for simple outlines without patterns like the white butterfly, the gold star and the heart which could have been easily cut or punched out of cardstock. Last but not least I broke out my water-colour palette and use the most forgiving hue - yellow to create a soft background against which I float confetti sprinklings of tiny stars, hearts, ink droplets and paint spots.
Looking at the supply list, I didn't end up using much less than usual. What's different is the type of supply items I did use - generic looking items that provide shape or colour where I needed it without drawing too much attention to themselves, resulting in a layout that's a step towards the soft, artsy look I admire.
Supplies : Dear Lizzy (Daydreamer Red Rover, Polka Dot Party Savy Skirt, cardstock, 5th & Frolic Aspen Place, 5th & Frolic Accent & Phrase Sticker, Neapolitan Hazy Horizon), Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Sticker, Pebbles Lakeside Road Signs, Citrus Twist (Stamps, Chipboard Hearts, Chipboard Cloud), Heidi Swapp Mixed Company Buzz Words Glitter Sticker, Crate Paper Notes & Things Ephemera Pack & Standout, Kaisercraft Resin Flowers Orchid