This month the Flying Unicorn Creative Team are Guest Designers at CSI (Color Stories Inspiration). I always love playing along with the case files!!! More often than not, I find myself being stretched!! Be it with color combos, evidence or testimony!
My first project is for Case File # 214.
First, I need to mention, that since this is a major case file, it has a sketch to follow. And apparently when I sat down to work on my layout, I totally forgot about it. Ugh! Thankfully, Debbi at CSI, still accepted my layout....she's so gracious and kind!! AND, I was so inspired by this layout created by Kim Jeffress, that I found on Pinterest, that I just had to do a scraplift. No wonder I forgot about the sketch!!
This layout will be going into a vacation album, that I am working on for my Daughter. I had already decided that I wanted to make this album fun, interactive and enjoyable for the entire family.........hence the Mickey head!!! LOL
I knew I wanted Mickey's head in the background, but I wasn't sure how to go about it. So I took out my circle cutters, and cut three circles, two measuring 4" and the other 7". I played around with placement of my circles, on the white cardstock until it looked like a Mickey head. Once happy, I traced around the circles with a pencil. I liked the intersection of the crossing 'face' and 'ear' lines.....so I made sure to leave those in. Then I took out my Crafter's Workshop Stencil Echoes, placed it over my traced design, and pounced on some yellow paint, making sure to stay within the circles. I did reposition my stencil, to get a bit more coverage within the shapes.
Once dry, I traced around the shapes, first with the tip of the spray nozzle from Dylusions Postbox Red Mist, and then with 13 Arts Black Ink in a fine line bottle, letting each dry in between. I made sure my lines were wiggly and not perfect! I also added a few dots and sprinkles here and there. If you look carefully, you can see that I didn't erase my pencil lines....I'm okay with that, it just adds more visual texture.
I matted my pics on papers and journaling cards from Simple Stories Say Cheese Collection.
I diecut a star out of Prima gold vellum and placed it just under the left of my matted pics. Over top, I added a gold foil diecut from the Say Cheese Collection.
Then it was time to start embellishing, and my stash was the perfect place to start!! I found little wood arrows, pearls, gold foil hearts, rhinestones, and a few carefully chosen words. The red, black and aqua hearts and stars are from Say Cheese.
Although I could have used the 'magic' diecut as my title, I felt it needed more. So I went back through my stash, and found these black with gold polka dot alphas.......they were the perfect complement!
I wanted to mount the layout on black cardstock, but it seemed too stark. So I cut my white cardstock smaller, matted it on a piece of yellow pattern paper, cut that smaller and then matted the whole thing on black cardstock. I like the look, and feel that it finishes off the whole layout. In the end, my layout is very similar to Kim's, but just different enough to make me happy!
If you're interested in seeing more of this album's pages, please let me know....since I am still working on it, I can do a few layouts on video, and/or do an album overview.
I really wanted this layout to be simple, because I wanted the focus to be on the picture of my two grand-sons! So I decided to start by punching some circles, from the various 49 & Market Papers, and I just layered them together.
The mat for my pic, is a larger circle, that was punched with the corner punch from Martha Stewart's Geometric Frames. I got this idea from Lisa Nazario-Gregory, many years ago. It's always been a fave of mine, and the great thing about it, is that it can be done on any size circle!! Here is her original tutorial.
I added a bit of stamping within the circles, and just to make them more prominent, I went around each with a dark brown marker. The pinky bursts around the pink, are the selvage edge of the webbed burlap ribbon. I felt I needed a bit more color around the pic.
I kept the flowers to a minimum, and added a cork sticker for my title.
I went around the edges of the layout with brown ink, and decided to add a few smears on the paper as well.