Hi there! Happy Tuesday! Emily here with today's inspiration piece! If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I (along with a great many other people) have a little bit of a *thing* for maps. I collect United States map puzzles and vintage globes. I also have a large vintage map hanging in my living room. What can I say? I love maps! I came across this image of star "confetti" created out of old maps.
I LOVE the look of these stars, but I have to admit, it made me shed a tear (just a single one, of course!) thinking about beautiful vintage maps being cut up! Luckily for me, October Afternoon makes couple of fun map patterned papers, like True North and Shipwreck Coast in the Treasure Map collection and my favorite piece, Social Studies in the Daily Flash Milk Money collection. I gathered up my map papers and began to punch away! Ultimately I only ended up using the Social Studies stars.
Once the stars were punched out, I needed to figure out how to align them on my page. I started with them in the upper right hand corner and moved them around until I had a version of the triangle (or the music teacher in me wants to call it a "decrescendo!") near the top. I decided to move the entire shape down to the center of my page. I used foam dots to adhere each star to give the entire layout a little more dimension. I put my photo at the top of the page so I wouldn't cover up the map stars. Placing it at the top like that kind of throws good design principles out the window, but sometimes it's fun to go a little crazy!
Finally, I used my die cut machine to cut out a title and I added a few simple embellishments, stamps, and some blank ink spots.
I feel like this is a layout that is technically very simple but packs a pretty decent visual punch! Here's a look at the final layout:
I'd love to see how you are inspired by these fun map stars! Upload your project to the October Afternoon Flickr gallery, post it on our Facebook page, or connect with us on Instagram via #octoberafternoon. Happy Tuesday, and happy scrapping!