This time it's for the Layout Challenge #21 over at the MME blog. The sketch is as follows:
They have great sketches at MME! Am a fan :)
Visit their blog to see the fabulous creations from the DT. The Lush2 collection is exactly it - Lush! The papers are so rich, rich, rich in texture and i just love how they feel! Would actually feel like crying if i cut them up. But the DTs have made great projects with the collection that would make you hasten cutting the papers up hahaha!
Anyway, here's my humble take on their sketch.
Title: Celebrate My 2 Boys
In the original photos, my boys were wearing red, so i opted for them to be in B&W for this layout, to match the colors of the only Stella & Rose papers that i have :) I mainly used the Hazel papers for this, and some Gertie and Mabel, and some from the old lines.
Here're some close ups.
In this one, i've to add the (darker) 'S' to the Hattie die cut "My Boy" by writing and imitating as much as i could the style of font used. I've actually cut out the phrase from a bigger diecut with lovely doily-like patterns around it as i couldn't make the color, although blue, connect with the rest of the papers that i used. I then layered it on some papers and used the frame from the "Silly-Playful-Happy" diecut/title that is in the middle.
Also in the above photo, you might notice i've also randomly pop-dotted some circles i've cut from the Hazel Lovely Adorned paper. This is mainly to cover the white space in between the doily paper i used as border; at the same time to give dimension and some layers to this area. Plus, great practice for fussy-cutting too hahaha!
Here's another fun thing i did. i wanted to somehow incorporate the word "celebrate" in the layout, but i don't have the proper font or color or alphas available. Can you guess where i took the "celebrate" letters from? :)
Yes, it's from the label "Stella and Rose" on these lovely-lovely papers!
I've cut part of the "o" from "Rose" to form a "c." Then i took an "o" from "Rose" on another paper and glued it on one of the "l's" in "Stella" to make the "b." Put them all together and so i got to "celebrate," and i really did feel like celebrating once i put them all together (done in the wee hours of Wednesday morning). It's like Tim Gunn's "Make it work" moments :)
In the photo below, is another story. i've initially wanted to mat the photos on tags. But when i was putting them together, i felt like they were loose on the page. Being a newbie, i grappled how to go around it - arranged and re-arranged everything. So i thought to and told myself that this doesn't have to be an award-winning, prize-topping layout (although 3 collections from MME would be a lovely birthday gift!). And from then, i relaxed and just had fun with it.
And so came the idea for the t-shirts! Hahaha! i folded the ribbons down to where i covered the staple with a piece of paper, and voila! --- a collar! Then i added a strip of paper on each side to form the sleeves. I find them cute and so apt for my boys. The shirt-tags look like they're hanging on a closet, ready to be worn.
Have misted parts of the paper using stencil pattern that i thought matched one of the Hazel papers (the Mother "Ledger" paper), although i didn't get to use it in this LO.
Patterned Papers: My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose Hazel, Gertie, Mabel
Titles/Die cuts: Stella & Rose Hattie, Mabel; Quite Contrary; So Sophie
Distress Ink: Tim Holtz
Glimmer Mist, Screen: Tattered Angels
I definitely had fun with this layout and would like to say a big THANK YOU! to My Mind's Eye for providing such a wonderful sketch. This challenge has taught me so much how to work with what i have on hand. Love-love-love MME!
Would love to hear what you think about the LO. Comments and suggestions are most welcome.
Thanks for looking!