The succulent plant motif has shown up in home decor, fashion, stationery, web design and scrapbooking supplies. The motif is not only trendy but it also carries popular associations (i.e., prickly, southwest, timeless, and minimalism) that can support a story angle.
See how our creative team is using the succulent motif in their scrapbook page storytelling this week.
Shanna Hystad says, “This story is about my daughter Hailey’s adventurous spirit. It is also a comparison to how I was at that same age.”
“The succulent motif fit the story because the photos I used were taken in Arizona and included beautiful succulents. I created plant cut-outs with watercolors and blue mist. I bent the leaves up so that they popped off the page. I also used a cute cactus embellishment that matched my color scheme perfectly. I am not much of a mixed media girl but it’s fun to play with new mediums.”
Deborah Wagner says, “My son was so tired of me taking photos of him that he sat on the curb and covered his head with his sweatshirt.”
“Succulents were a good choice because they were a fun way to illustrate how prickly my son was about my picture taking. At first, I thought the southwest and succulent motif was not a good fit for a page about a trip to Washington, DC, but I ended up loving how the cactus, lizard, and other succulents paired with the photo and title. This page was lots of fun to create.”
Lynn Grieveson says, “This is my daughter on a photo walk with me in Australia. She grumbles when I try to take her photo now, but we had lots of fun taking photos of textures together.”
“The succulent motif was a good fit for my page because it suits the hot, dry climate of Australia AND the urban, teenage theme of the page. Pretty flowers definitely wouldn’t have worked as well!”
“I used cactus patterned paper along with paper that is reminiscent of the textures we were photographing. The prickly succulents and the cactus paint transfer are layered under the photos.”
Karen Poirier-Brode says, “This layout celebrates two recent events: my son’s graduation from Community College with an AS in business and a friend’s baby shower. Joe has health challenges that made this a long journey. My friend has been trying to have a child for over 10 years. The quote that compares hope to a cactus pushing us forward to our dreams summed up my feelings about these recent events.”
“It was a perfect opportunity to use the trendy cactus motif. I sometimes wonder about why I choose to do paper pages when I’m busy as they take so long for me to put together compared total digi pages, but I do love getting my hands dirty and playing with supplies.”
“On this page, I created a number of my own embellishments. I used my signature paper clip with a small photo for one embellishment and I pieced together cacti I made from cardstock and flowers.”
Dawn Farias says, “The story of my page is about having made our marriage work for a good while already, LOL.”
“The succulent motif was a good fit for my story because it lends a humorous tone to my story. Here I’ve used cactus cutouts to highlight the “stuck with me” part of my page title.”