Use Art Inspired Colors and Motifs for Scrapbooking Museum Outings

in 3 Photos, Blocked, Paper, Stamping

Understanding that photography is often not permitted in art museums, Christy Strickler makes it a point to capture a photo with a sign or art piece outside the main entrance and to select a few postcards from the gift shop. She pulls motifs, colors and design elements from the featured art for her page.

Christy says, “In this case, we visited the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and toured an exhibition of Amos Ferguson’s work. As an artist, Ferguson liked to paint with house paint on scrap pieces of wood.This influenced my choice of plain wood letters in the title. I used a pencil eraser to stamp circles, then added centers using a pin and paint. These mimicked the design seen on the bird and in many of Ferguson’s paintings.”

NAGB by Christy Strickler | Supplies: cardstock: Bazzill; alphas: Pink Paislee; other: acrylic paint


How to make this layout

  1. Use photo taken outside the museum and two postcards. Mat each.
  2. Place photo and postcards in a blocked arrangement — you won’t have your entire block filled yet, but the empty spots will provides homes for journaling, title, and embellishments.
  3. Add title and journaling to fill an area of your “blocked” design. Use alphas for title that are inspired by a color or texture from artist’s work. Christy used wood letters since the artist liked to paint on sheets of wood. Handwrite journaling
  4. Choose embellishments inspired by your photo and postcards and place to fill out block and create flow and emphasis on the page. Christy stamped a border with a paint and a pencil eraser to mimic the artist’s work.

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  1. Such a great idea to use photos from outside and postcards. I really like how you added the circles to mimic the painter’s designs.

  2. Love the natural wood letters and the fun stamped circles using the pencil!! Awesome layout, Christy!

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