Everyone have an awesome Easter?
Good. Me too.
I thought I'd ga-head and share a couple layouts I was able to put together recently.
I'm not gonna go into all the products I used for them because I feel like in both of these I was testing out a lot of new things...
I wanted to do a layered style "matting" around my photos with some fun combinations of patterned paper. And I was a little heavier with embellishments than normal... but I will speak on a few of the products I was excited to use as we go along...
This photo was one from the 52 portraits project from back in January. I've been trying to get these printed as I edit and post them online so I have photo materials "at the ready" when I sit down to create a layout. It's so nice to have them on-hand vs. trying to scramble and print them to a specific size on my printer at home (which is on it's last leg and not printing the best quality lately anyway). I find that this method is a real time saver recently. I get them printed in a variety of sizes - which help to dictate the overall design. Vs. the other way around. (i.e. creating a sketch and then printing the photos to size for the sketch).
Here are some close ups...
Ok - in the photo below... see that little gold ink spatter? Yep - it's the Mister Huey's color mister spray inks from Studio Calico. I didn't own any of them and decided with my last "cart-o-scrap" at 2 Peas In A Bucket - it was high-time I try this stuff out. Officially - I'm in love. I have 5 or so colors now and I wanna use them on every layout. Again - super late to the party on this technique... but ehhh.. at least I'm consistent.
The little aqua and white chevron in the photo below was cut out from some duct tape I found on Amazon. Love this stuff. I love wrapping presents in brown kraft paper and using it like gigantic washi tape to hold it all together. :) Fantastic.
Ok - layout #2.... this was another just "around the house" photo... but I totally love it.
I know - can you believe I let him do this in the house? It's his dad's influence. Sooner or later I realize that he's going to pickup a harder ball and put it through the sliding glass doors that he's swinging toward.
I know this.
Again - my aim here was to play with a bunch of patterned papers - without it being overly pattern-y. The chevron "arrows" were just cut from some patterned paper.
The shipping tag above is also just a plain one from Staples. The stamp is from a great little site called "Cats Life Press." I have several stamps from their site.
On another scrapbooking note - I've been itching to register for this new workshop by my beloved Cathy Zielske over at Big Picture.
CLEAN & SIMPLE : The Workshop
I need another commitment like I need a swift kick in the pants - but how can I resist? It's CATHY!
She's my scrapbooking love guru. She's the reason I fell so madly in love again with this hobby 5 or 6 years ago now. Plus - I feel like the weekly homework assignments will help keep me accountable for cranking out new work... while giving me a design objective to tackle as well.
Check it out.... it starts on Thursday.