M&E: Layout Using all Packaging

Last Saturday was (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day, and I participated by taking part in the Creative Crop over at Big Picture Classes, which included 12 challenges. That means I’ve got 12 layouts to share! I’m going to only post one a day, however, so that I have time to write a bit about each of them.

This page was inspired by Mou Saha‘s Challenge to use any cast-off object on a layout. I took this challenge a bit further and made a layout almost entirely out of product packaging.

M&E: Layout Using all Packaging

I’m trying to do more layouts of memories from 2009 and 2010, because I didn’t scrapbook very many contemporary layouts in those years (but I did scrap a lot of my childhood). I chose this photo of Eliza and I doing yoga to document Eliza’s and my relationship circa 2009.

M&E: Layout Using all Packaging

For the background, I combined the cover of a paper collection (a page that shows a sample of all the papers in the pack) and the background of a chipboard embellishment sheet.

M&E: Layout Using all Packaging

The only non-packaging products I used (other than adhesive and a pen) were the “M” and “E” letters, which I left in the chipboard background. I cut little blue strips, circles, and the flower from the back of sticker packs and freehand drew an ampersand on sticker packaging as well.

M&E: Layout Using all Packaging

I really loved these little flower outlines, from sticker packaging. I used several of them throughout the layout.

M&E: Layout Using all Packaging

The back of product packaging often has designs or close-up examples of what the products look like. I cut out a lot of these designs and used them as embellishments and to frame my photo. I also used a bit from a mailed advertisement.

M&E: Layout Using all Packaging

The journaling spots were written on the back of sticker backing as well. The journaling reads:

Spring 2009 When we lived at the loft, it was just me & E during the day. I had school sometimes and worked from home, but most of the time it was all going to the coffee shop across the street, playing with toys, learning & taking walks. Oh, and visiting friends. I miss her now when she’s at school. She still loves to hang and do the things I love to do, but she’s becoming her own person. Written Spring 2012.

Have you ever used packaging in an unexpected way?