May 21, 2012
Hi Everyone! For this month’s dissecting design feature, I thought I’d walk you through the creation of my favorite layout with the May kit. It’s a two page layout, which I hardly ever do anymore. I had so many pictures I wanted to include, that I decided to go for two.
I used two different colors of cardstock to add interest, but to make the spread seem unified, I covered each sheet with white gesso, leaving a little bit of an edge on the gray sheet. Then I added a few different colors of paint spatter. I laid the pages side by side and did the spatter coming from one direction to join the two pages. Once that was dry I used my star stamp to make stars across both pages.
Once my base was finished and dry, I played with my photos, moving them around until I found an arrangement that seemed pleasing to me. They ended up in sort of an upside down pyramid shape. I added a frame cut from patterned paper to hold my date stamp.
Because of the way I’d arranged my photos, the space of the far right side of the spread seemed like the ideal spot to place my journaling. I typed it out on ledger paper and cut it down to the right size. I decided to separate the journaling from the photos with a border cut from another sheet of patterned paper.
With the journaling in place, I added my title. Because the layout was turning out to have a messy and haphazard style, I decided on hand-lettering for the title.
Finally, I just had to add a bit of embellishment. I cut out the flower from patterend paper and played around with placement, finally deciding that I kind of liked it upside down, coming from the corner of my photo pyramid.
To emphasize the spring theme, I then added a jumble of string, crumpled up like a nest, a little feather, and a butterfly.
I really like the way this one came together. I really felt like I was “in the zone” when I was making it. That doesn’t happen very often for me, but I sure love it when it does!
Thanks for stopping by the blog! Hope you’re creating a lot of spring memories, too!
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