This is Karen. I am back with another Mix and Match for April. This month I wanted to try something slightly different. Even though I have a relatively good idea of what I like and don't like on my pages, I've learned over time, that even my favorite ideas feel stale sometimes and it's worth trying to mix things up a little. I also want to make sure to mention that sometimes a small, subtle change can have a big impact so it doesn't have to be a drastic change each time.
Here's my page for this month:
For this month, I wanted to see what would happen if I broke up the text on to two pages instead of having it all in one page. I still kept the same amount of journaling but I split it across two pages. Once I decided to do that, I wondered what would happen if I also put a really wide photo that stretched across two pages. So I created a 4x12 photo, broke it into two 4x6 halves, printed them and then glued one on each page.
I absolutely adore the new Hello World! line and I knew I wanted to use the papers with this page. My next idea was to pull all the pages I liked and a bunch of other yellows and blues from older lines and then punch circles out of all my pages. I used lines as old as four years in this page. I can never reiterate enough how well the colors match across MME's new lines and older ones.
Once I had all my circles, I lined them all up so that there was a relatively even distribution of color all along the page. The next step was to stitch along some of the chunks of circles to add some texture, visual interest and mostly for fun.
I also started thinking about my title and how I would display it, I knew I would break it into two sections across two pages, but I wasn't sure what color I should make it. I went around and around and then finally settled on white. I figured this way it would stand out but not steal the thunder from the circles or the photo. I also thought I could then use smaller colorful alphas to make it more interesting. The left side ended up like this:
And the right side is quieter but still mostly white.
Here's how the full title looks across the two pages: See how the white is subtle but stands out?
With the washi on top and bottom and the circles and the split title and large photo, there was already enough going on in this page so I didn't want to add too much more. Instead I decided to add some subtle small embellishments and those airplane and arrow enamels were calling my name, so I made a little cluster on the top right.
And then added tiny ones on each page on the bottom to create repetition and a visual triangle.
Some fun stitching on top and bottom and I was done! Here's a side look to see some of the fun texture the circles add:
And here's another look at the whole page:
The journaling is all about how I am having to travel for work quite a bit and my feelings around leaving my boys, etc. You can read the full text here.
Thank you for letting me share another layout with you. I liked experimenting with small changes to my page this month and I really like breaking up the text and enlarging the photo. If you've recently experimented with doing something that's new to you, I'd love to see your pages so please leave me a link in the comments. Thank you and see you next month!
Hey there! Missy here with you today. I’m so excited to share my first layout using the Hello World collection! It’s one of MME’s newest lines, and it’s just perfect for travel photos. One of our favorite places to visit is Las Vegas, and I always love taking pictures from the plane as we fly over the mountains and Lake Meade. It’s just an amazing view, and so I decided to scrap a few photos from the air.
I began with the “Beauty” Bonjour paper because it is pretty neutral. I wanted to add some mixed media to my background, so I used a stencil and some gelatos to create the plus sign shapes. I also used some distress paint and watered it down onto some plastic packaging and smudged it all over the background. I love a messy look, and that technique creates it. I chose a few patterned papers to layer under my photos and then used some smaller paper strips and various embellishments to finish it off.
Supplies Used: Hello World—“Beauty” Bonjour Paper, “All Aboard” Suitcases Paper, “Discovery” Here and There Paper, 6x6 Paper Pad, “Beauty” Rub-Ons, “Discovery” Sticky Notes, “Beauty” Enamel Shapes, “Adventure” Decorative Brads, “All Aboard” Flair, “All Aboard” Wood Veneer, “Travel” Stickers; My Colors Cardstock—Antique Gold, Deep Blue; Niche—“Fancy That” Foam Stickers, “On Trend” Chipboard Stickers; Other—Liquitex Gesso, Faber Castell Gelatos, Tim Holtz Distress Paint, Brother Sewing Machine, Coats Thread, Sharpie Pen, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, October Afternoon Date Stamp, Archival Ink, pop dots.
I LOVE these shiny gold alpha chipboard stickers from the Niche line…they are perfect for this page! I combined the with some of the stickers from Hello World to create my title. I always think big and shiny when it comes to Vegas! I also added in a few of the Wood Veneer and Enamel Shapes.
Here you can see more of the mixed media work as well as the layering. I also used the rub-ons in the collection…they go on so smoothly! That glittery gold arrow is from the Niche “Fancy That” Stickers.
Here’s a look at the bottom cluster on the page as well as my journaling. I love to journal right onto my page if the design allows it. I added a fun brad next to my writing for a pop of that pretty red color. I love the Flair in this line, too….just adorable!
One final look at a few of the embellishments…the wood veneer may be one of my favorites in this line! They are all so cute and they stick very well. Here you can also see some of the new MME cardstock…there are a ton of gorgeous colors. I used the Deep Blue here and the Antique Gold in my paper layers under my picture.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope this inspires you to pull out some travel photos and make something awesome with this new line!
I absolutely love the Fancy That collection. Baby pink is my favorite color and when paired with gray and gold... sigh...
Now I don’t have any weddings coming up so I challenged myself to create something with the collection that was not wedding related. I came up with a couple of cards. By using a couple of journal cards from the collection I was able to whip the cards quickly and easily.
Of course being a tea lover I had to create a tea one I love the added touch of the gold hearts.
Next up a celebration card. The gold dots made me think of glitter or bubbles so I went with that as a theme and die cut a couple of wine glasses.
I can’t wait to play with this collection even more!
Products Used: Fancy That: 6 X 6 pad, 3 X 4 Journal cards
You made it—we’re halfway through the week already! Valerie here with you today with a new layout. I finally got a chance to play with the new My Colors Cardstock by My Mind’s Eye. The colors and textures are absolutely gorgeous. It cuts “like butter” in my Cameo machine too.
SUPPLIES My Mind’s Eye My Colors canvas cardstock (Pale Blossom, Snowbound, and Atlantic Shore). My Mind’s Eye Hello World stickers and wood veneer. My Mind’s Eye Niche “Hello World” foam stickers. Other: Silhouette Cameo (font: Pea Devon Caps ), American Crafts phrase stamps, and Studio Calico Mister Huey.
Sorry, but I had to do it. It’s seems I can’t avoid white cardstock these days, but thanks to Puerto Rico’s colorful, fearless choice of building colors, I added some pink and aqua colored cardstock into the mix. The colors coordinate so well with my photos, don’t you agree?! It’s also been awhile since I’ve strayed away from square or rectangular photos. Cropping the photos to a diamond shape was a little tricky, but well worth it. Love the end result!
I added in some wood veneer embellishments from the Hello World collection and some Niche foam stickers. They add just the right amount of dimension. The wood veneer is self-adhesive. So yay! There was no fighting with the bottle of glue I usually use for wood veneer—the tip always has to be unclogged.
I highly suggest giving the new My Colors Cardstock a try if you haven’t already! And I highly recommend a trip to Puerto Rico, too! As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out our projects.