OWH Spring Break Blog Hop!

I am so happy to be a part of the Spring Break Bloghop at Operation Write Home!  These blog hops have always been a ton of fun as we get to welcome you to our individual blogs and speak to how OWH has touched our lives.  If you are arriving at my blog first, you need to go to the beginning at the OWH Blog.   I don't want you to miss out on all the previous blogs!  
I was introduced to Operation Write Home a year ago and have been touched by the remarks from men and women overseas who really value the cards that are made.  How awesome is it to be able to send home birthday cards and holiday cards that are handmade?  Especially from overseas?? I love watching the videos of thanks from our heroes and how much they really appreciate something that may seem so simple to us.  I continue to support the efforts of OWH by encouraging my fellow card makers to send in their handmade cards.  Eventually, I will get around to it too. :)
Speaking of cards..  I made a super sweet springy card using a die cut from my Silhouette SD:


Patterned Paper - 'Dear Lizzy' line by American Crafts
Flower - Prima
Brad - Making Memories
Stamp - Heidi Grace
Signo gel pen, Silhouette SD, ribbon from stash

I love to make cards and I also love to create layouts.  I thought that since some of you may be visiting my blog for the first time, my specialty seems to gravitate towards layouts using lots of negative space.  So I wanted to share with you a class that was given at the All About Me challenge blog.

It's Okay to be Negative
A class by Melissa Elsner
I remember the first time I heard the term negative space, I thought "what could be so negative about space?" My art teacher explained that it was the area not drawn/painted/printed. She wanted us to learn the power of the blank space you leave around an image - and so made us draw an object by drawing only the shapes of the negative space.

Ever since then I have been fascinated by negative space. I like art that leaves the eye with a place to rest and the depth the design can convey when the canvas isn't completely saturated. The same can hold true when creating a scrapbook page.

Take a look at some of these pieces of art using negative space:

I love this photograph that successfully shows that what isn't there is just as important as what is there..

Here is a layout where I utilized most of the negative space of my paper:

Use the patterned paper and embellishments to help anchor your photo or journaling spot. And as you can see, you can use a colored cardstock as your background. You don't have to use just white. If you are a fan of lots of patterns and embellies, this may be a challenge for you but I encourage you to give it a whirl.
And don't be too hasty to leave just yet!  I have a prize for someone!!  I've got a lovely kit to offer up which will give you enough materials to make three springy cards!  Lots of Amy Butler papers and die cuts are used from the Silhouette. I will draw a winner on Monday morning! :) Here is a photo of the cards you will be able to make with the kit:

 Just leave a comment telling me what you look forward to the most this time of year! Now.... head on over to Fabre's blog next!!  Enjoy the hop and I hope you come by again!!

hugs, Melissa