There was a time when I didn’t dare attempt a layout without putting vellum on there somewhere. The semi-translucent charm of a paper that you could layer and layer to achieve amazing …well… layering effects was the essence of very page I created. Looking back through old layouts today and I wondered. What ever happened to vellum?
Take this layout. So simple. Multiple photos. Two colours of cardstock, a few stamps, and layers of vellum was all I needed to accent what I wanted to say. This page is 6 years old and I still love it today.
Or this page. I created layers and layers of flowers with different coloured vellums and embellished with a few buttons for contrast. This is a page that looks better IRL. I scanned all my pages 5 years ago and the scanner made this one look dark around the embellishing. Once again, I still love it. It’s classic. It has everything I love. Pic, story, and classic embellishing.
At this point in my browsing I almost, almost, started shuffling through older supplies looking for my vellum stash. I know I have it in a variety of pretty colours, somewhere.
But on with the layouts. No time to browse supplies. I love this one. Not much has changed with the boy, he still has this same fun, cheeky attitude. Except these days he is more likely to say something like “You know I can’t touch your ghost chips” or “I’m internalising a complicated situation in my head”. And I love this page enough that I’d be happy to create it today.
So what DID happen to vellum? It somehow became uncool. Perhaps some of the see-through effects started happening digitally. That first layout could easily be created digitally, right? Perhaps something that wasn’t so mainstream 6 years ago. But how do things become uncool? Is it just a time thing?
I especially ask this as my 12 year old casually says “Shot Mum” as I pass him his forgotten lunch as he walked out the door this morning.
Roll of eyes. “You know. SHOT. Oh my GOD Mum it means thank you. Don’t you know anything?” Distinct frustrated attitude followed by a look of oh-my-god-you-are-so-uncool, mother.
Apparently not. “Thanks” isn’t cool anymore. Kinda like vellum.