Sharmaine and Emily: Out of Their Element


Hello Daisies!  Emily (on behalf of myself and Sharmaine) on deck today to share with you our version of our new monthly blogging feature, Out of Your Element. Take a look at our galleries, you can see that we have some vast differences in our style (Sharmaine likes to use paint and mist with stencils and masks, I use a lot of black and white photos), but we also have a lot of the same design tendencies (We both lean toward small single photos, layers, playful titles, capturing our kids’ funny conversation, and professing our undying love for our husbands), we just execute them in a unique-to-us manner.

I took a stroll through Sharmaine’s gallery and noticed three things I wanted to try, three things I rarely do, three things that would put me Out of My Element: black paint, a patterned background, and DYMO labels. I also noted that Sharmaine does a lot of great layouts about nature and the simple day to day. I had this gorgeous picture of winter in Colorado I’d been wanting to scrap, so I lifted this layout, and here’s the result:


While working on the design, I realized I didn’t have enough ‘I’s to spell out my title! Sharmaine had done a blog post a few months ago about replacing letters, so I substituted the ‘1’s for the ‘I’s, and in the end it had even more significance because this photo was taken on 1/1/13. Don’t you love when things like that happen?

I like to use cardstock backgrounds, I’ve been doing it more often, but it was still hard to go with a patterned paper, I know my choice isn’t super patterned, but it’s a step outside my box, so I’m counting it. I don’t use paint very much, it scares me. To use black paint? That leaves even less room for error, but I like how it turned out, I decorate with black a lot in my house, so it shouldn’t be that hard for me to use… I think it balances nicely with the DYMO label journaling. I didn’t have any DYMO tape, but I did have the Impact Label font, so I computer journaled and cut it out to look like DYMO. I love the playful touch it gives the design!

Here’s what Sharmaine said about the challenge:

Emily is right, our page designs are pretty similar. My pages start out looking a lot like Emily’s but end up so different because of the further processes I play with. So I was challenged to keep my pages clean. I used Emily’s page “On a whim” page as a jumping board. I was inspired to use a fun family photo moment, straight lines, papers and few embellishments. I kept the photo pretty central to the page, used pattern paper background and Journaling, all the things I think make up an “Emily” page.



We found this feature a good way to stretch ourselves; push ourselves out of our comfort zones a bit. Scraplifting others has a way of doing that, looking even deeper at another designer’s style adds a whole other exciting level. You should try it.


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  1. sherry c

    Such a fun post! What a great idea – fabulous layouts, Ladies!

  2. Pam

    Love what you both did. I noticed the ‘1’ right away, Emily. I do that sometimes, too. You’ve inspired me to take a look at the gallery and scraplift someone.

  3. Jody Ferlaak

    Love, love, loVE! You nailed the black and the pseudo-dymotape, Emily! And Sharmaine, what a fun photo and great way your page turned out too! I want to scrap like both of you a little more now! =) This is like WifeSwap for scrappers, huh?! =)Cool.

  4. Cindy W

    What an inspiration…to go Out of Your Element!

  5. Marti Richards

    These are both fabulous! Love that you guys took on this challenge. I am laughing at Jody’s comment- Wife Swap for scrappers! 🙂 Now I am off to go find that label font!


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