What’s Your Motif? Ideas for Using Machines in Flight on your Scrapbook Pages

by Amy Kingsford

Wander by Chris Asbury | Supplies by Anna Aspnes Designs; ArtPlay Palette SaltyLiving_(bg paper); ArtPlay Palette Wander (cloud transfers, word transfer); ArtPlay Palette Globetrotter (text overlay); WarmGlows No.3; SkinnyLined Overlays No.2

Use rockets, hot air balloons, and airplanes on themed scrapbook pages and to represent growth, energy, playfulness and even ascendance.

Chris Asbury recently took a trip to Las Vegas and stayed in the Paris Hotel. The “Paris” hot air balloon is the hotel’s signature and displayed outside the hotel. Chris says, ” I liked the image so, and I wanted it to appear to be floating in the sky surrounded by clouds.

A little bit about flying machines

    • The Wright Brothers are credited with the first successful flight of an airplane in 1903.
    • Rockets were made as far back as a thousand years ago in China.
    • The first hot air balloon sent into flight with humans aboard carried two men 5.5 miles and stayed up in the air for 23 minutes.
    • Airports in the US alone cater to about 29,000 domestic and international flights each day.
    • The longest paper airplane flight was 27.6 seconds.
    • The Lockheed-SR71 Blackbird is the fastest manned jet in history–flying at speeds of of nearly 2,200 MPH.
    • The longest time spent airborne during a single hot-air balloon flight is 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes.
    • A typical rocket used in today’s space program produces more than a million pounds of thrust and travels at 22,000 MPH.
    • The first hot air balloon ride around was recorded in 1999 and took just under 20 days.

Ideas for using flying machines on your scrapbook pages

Embellish travel-themed pages.

Ashley Horton paired the airplane motif with other travel-themed elements to tell the story of her children tuckered out after a long day at Disney World.  A strong sense of theme is established right off the bat, providing viewers with visual information before they’ve even begun to read the story behind the page.

Catnap by Ashley Horton | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Studio Calico & American Crafts; Thickers: American Crafts; Teeny Alphas: Glitz Design; Font: Eurostyle; Wood Veneers: Studio Calico; Remarks Stickers: Amy Tangerine (American Crafts); Embroidery Floss: Janlynn; Other: Staples

Embellish play pages.

Christy Strickler paired a simple white airplane die cut  and playing card embellishments to provide context for her story about the flight simulator game her son enjoys playing at the arcade.  Her placement of these elements also creates a visual triangle of white which guides the eye through the page.

Flying Ace by Christy Strickler | Supplies: Cardstock: Colorbok; patterned paper and trim: Webster’s Pages; buttons: Basic Grey; other: miniature playing cards, jeweled stars, die cut alphas; glossy accents

Embellish museum outings.

On “Rocket Seat” I combined a hand-painted die-cut in the shape of a rocket with a hand-painted frame for a custom look.  I painted the rocket with white craft paint and outlined it with a black sharpie paint pen.  I accented it with small alpha stickers that read U.S.A.   This makeover helped the embellishment to stand out on the page while giving the viewer visual cues about the story behind it.

Rocket Seat by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Studio Calico’s June Kit, Kreatorville Krafts July Kit, Rocket Age Element Pack by October Afternoon, Handmade Frame by Kreatorville Krafts, Bingo Pieces by Tim Holtz, Brads by Making Memories, Alpha Stickers by American Crafts and Basic Grey, Cardstock by Bazzill.

Add drama with one plane and loop-da-loop swirls defining a flight path.

On “One Day You Will Fly” I set out to create a dramatic feeling both in the story and design. I used a bold title to draw the viewer in and evoke emotion, and I paired it with a toy airplane embellishment and loop-da-loop brushwork that imply daring pilot moves.  The dramatic vibe is completed with retro-treated photos and  journaling about my son’s favorite place on earth: the Air Force Base Museum.

You Will Fly by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Artsy Layered Template No. 11 by Anna Aspnes, Bike Like Art Play Palette by Anna Aspnes, Wild Art Play Palette by Anna Aspnes, Air Time by One Little Bird Designs, A Wonderful Day Mixed Media Elements by Sahlin Studio.

Add energy with repeated airplanes and stitching defining a straight flight path.

Kelly Purkey took the popular “burst” design and made it her own on “Lucky.”  She added hand-stitched rays extending from the circular foundation of her page. They define straightforward flight paths for the repeated airplane die cuts which are popped out with foam dots and grouped together by color.

Lucky by Kelly Purkey | Supplies: Cardstock – American Crafts. Patterned paper – Studio Calico, American Crafts. Stickers – My Mind’s Eye, American Crafts. Buttons – Basic Grey. Pen – American Crafts. Punch – EK Success. Other – Thread

Add whimsy with flourishes and plumes suggesting a playful flight path.

Adryane Driscoll created a simple and whimsical scene on “P.S. Don’t Forget to Write” by combining this photo of her son on his favorite airplane ride with plume brushwork.  This pairing brings a fun sense of movement to the page.

Scrapbook Page of Airplane Park Ride with Whimsical Flourishes

P.S. Don’t Forget to Write by Adryane Driscoll | Supplies: Anna Aspnes: Layered FotoBlendz No.1, Warping Frames No.1, Hipster Plumes No.5, ArtPlay Palette Blossom (transfer), ArtPlay Palette No.8 (squiggle under title), ArtPlay Palette Santa’s Elf (edge overlay); Holliewood Studios: Art Journaling No.1 (postcard); J Kneipp – Far From Here (airplane)

Extend a sky scene in your photo onto the canvas.

On a page about her first time flying in an airplane, Tara Mckernin combined an over-sized photo of an airplane surrounded by sky and a background paper with a small but impactful hot air balloons.  The balloons floating upward at top left, extend the scene in her photo to the canvas.

Up by Tara McKernin | Supplies: Up and Away from Paislee Press;
Font: Traveling typewriter.

Add pattern and dimension with folded paper airplanes.

On “Rebel Yell” Jennifer Matott used the airplane motif to create both a playful and masculine backdrop for a photo of her son.  She accented her background with splatters of paint and stamped paper airplanes.  She added three folded paper airplanes that add color, pattern and dimension.

Rebel Yell by Jennifer Mattot | Supplies: All papers, stickers, and letters are from the July “Communication” Scrapbooking From The Inside Out kit; Stamp: Lawn Fawn; Ink: Faber-Castell Gelatos mixed with water.

Turn a hot air balloon into a photo frame.

Audrey Tan combined  a pretty background paper, soft brushwork and a variety of detailed embellishments to create a whimsical and dreamy setting in which she can imagine what it would be like to fly through the sky in a hot air balloon.  Audrey kicked the whimsy up a notch by framing a circular photo of her family inside a hot air balloon graphic to complete the fantasy.

Flight of Fancy by Audrey Tan | Supplies: Anna Aspnes: Skinny Lined Overlays No2, Warm Glows No1, ArtPlay Palette Ablaze, Find My Way Overlays No1, Magic Sprinklez No2, ArtPlay Palette H2O, ArtPlay Palette Jardinier; Julianna Kniepp: Hello Beautiful, So Sweet; Webster Pages: Paris Couture; Dido Designs: Fly Like A Bird; Fonts: Pineapple Delight, Border Line & Lauren Script

Combine airplane embellishments with clouds and stars for unity.

Lynnette Penacho embellished her page about actually flying an airplane with clouds and stars and one pieced airplane. She combined the pieced plane with a large cloud to make a foundation for one of her photos.

Flygirl by Lynnette Penacho

Symbolize a carefree attitude

Debbie Hodge embellished a page about her high-school son’s homework procrastination with a hot-air balloon. Combined with the title, “Whimsical Procrastinator,” it evokes a carefree attitude.

Whimsical Procrastinator by Debbie Hodge | Lost World by ViVa Designs; Believe in Love by Cinzia; Air Time, La Belle Vie by One Little Bird; Flossy Stitches Brown by Katie Pertiet; Distressed Edge Overlays 9 by Anna Aspnes; GeoSlab703, Lavanderia, Grutch Shaded, Century Gothic fonts

Symbolize growth.

Katie Scott‘s use of the hot air balloon motif in her page “High Hopes” was small but symbolic.  She used a variety of stickers to reinforce the story behind this fun collection of photos which track both her son’s physical growth over a year as well as the growth of his love for “everything rockets.”  One of these stickers features a hot air balloon along with the words “I’ve got high hopes for you,” which she also used as the starting point for her journaling.

High Hopes by Katie Scott | Supplies: Supplies: cardstock; Basic Grey “what’s up”embellishments, stickers and papers, sharpie marker.

Symbolize ascendance

Debbie Hodge scrapbooked photos of close family gathered on the evening of her father’s death, telling stories about him, remembering him affectionately. She embellished with hot-air balloons and a bird, both of which connect the ground to the heavens. The hot-air balloon is the highest element on the canvas and represents the idea of ascending to the heavens.

Telling Stories by Debbie Hodge | Supplies: Well Traveled, Restoration by Gina Cabrera; Retrouvailles by One Little Bird and Vinnie Pearce; Journey Back by Vinnie Pearce; Rimmed Framers 1, Tied Fasteners, Krafty Canvas 1 by Katie Pertiet; Interlude by One Little Bird; Flair Box 3 by Paula Kesselring; Odstemplik, Another Typewriter fonts.

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