Lately I have been drawn to lots of pinks, purples and girly products, but when I saw the So Sophie Savvy line from My Mind's Eye, I decided that it was definitely time to break out of my rut. I love the serene blues and greens, and the reds and oranges give an unexpected zip to everything!
I started off with this gorgeous double sided die cut paper and this interesting photo of my DD. I love how her face is in focus and off center, and the background is blurry. Even though she has her mouth open, you can see how happy she is. The first thing I did was grab the die cut for the title, then I noticed that the throw away strips on these papers have a wonderful coordinating sort of bracket design. So I cut one that coordinated with my colors scheme here and put it under the photo. This photo was from a gorgeous afternoon that we spent on the porche relaxing and playing Zingo and eating popcorn. So I wanted to evoke that same calm feeling in the layout. (I so rarely really get to RELAX that I wanted to really remember the feeling.) These pale greens and blues are just so soothing. I inked everything, added some distressed 'lolipop flowers' and some stitched stems and voila! so easy!
Then I decided that the back of this die cut paper was too good to waste, and I remembered a thread on the message board where people mentioned using both sides of a patterned paper. So I thought I would try that here.
Since I had stitching on the other side, I had to cover that up. And since I had not planned to use the back, I didnt realize that this side of the die cut had a direction (it had letters) and the way that I had used the other side was upside down for this side. Therefore I had to cover up all the letters. Easy peasy, I just cut a paper down to the size of the square of letters and glued it on. Keeping the die cut border but making the paper totally different.
I used a page maps sketch here for the photo and embellishment placement. I also threw a bit of the red in because she was being silly and fun in these photos.
I don't usually make two page layouts, but I really wanted to use all of these photos together and it seemed a little crowded to try to fit them on one page, so...
I wanted to make a smaller 'page within a page' but I only had one sheet of each patterned paper, so I used two similar colored patterned papers to create the background. I like the final effect. I think it doesnt even look like I would have preferred the whole thing to be one color!
I misted the background cardstock, just because I mist everything these days. As I was playing around I overlapped the scalloped borders at the edges of the main picture, and liked the way they looked so much that I left them that way (woven into each other at the corner).
Finally, I went pretty much all read, and used a lot of the brightly patterened wavy paper to evoke a party feel for this birthday photo. On this page, I wanted to use the Happy Day die cut, but it was a little too small and not the right color for my title block. So I traced it onto a different paper, but made the line a little outside the original, and cut it out. Then I used markers to draw a border around the outside of my new tag, just to give it a little something.
I also made this card with some of the leftovers. Stamp isdigi from Sassy Studios. Inside it says "but we still love you. Happy Birthday"
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Oh my...love all the layouts and what a great choice of products! Bravo!
beautiful products, beautiful work! Great reveal :)
Wonderful reveal! Love the pics of your dd!
Wonderful reveal! Love the little lady LO!
These layouts are fabulous!
awesome job! I love the way the red blended in with the green
Wonderful reveal Meg! Love your layouts.
Beautiful projects and fabulous reveal Meg!