I just happened to have received the perfect colour of cardstock in my Studio Calico January kit so that formed my background. I also had a hand-made embellishment sent to me from Pearl in Singapore, that I still had sitting on the paint tray in front of my desk, waiting to complete the perfect layout.
I also happened to have the perfect paint in the darker mauve shade & my last lovely LYB doily that I knew would be the perfect way to incorporate the white. The grid paper is Glitz Design that I misted with various complimentary colours from the palette choice, aswell as the back of a Glitz Design card.
I was impatient waiting for the misted paper to dry - which had got quite soggy with all the different colours I had layered on top of each other, so the trimmer was getting snagged up so I just decided to go with it & tear the paper instead. I recoloured Pearl's handmade embellishment but used it as a STAMPING TOOL before I adhered it to my layout, thus creating the weird shaped little "thingies" emanating from the doily (which I dabbed with a paper towel to create that blotchy effect).
I'm crazy about fonts & typography so was in my element creating this nice long title over here! Using a selection of thickers (that I don't think one can EVER have enough of!)
I hand-wrote the journaling "and days filled with passion & purpose" on a strip of photo-paper destined for the bin (an offcut after I had printed out my photographs) so it's nice & shiny. I cut freehand around it for an interesting organic look.
You'll notice that I often convert photos of my husband to black & white. This is because he suffers from Rosacea so often has a flushed appearance, so his skintone doesn't blend in too well with everyone else! I happened to have printed this photo in B/W before deciding to use it here, but B/W is also a good idea to use when dealing with these very pale, chalky palettes, as there are no distracting colours in the photograph to clash with the papers & embellishments.
Whenever permissable I combine a colour challenge with a sketch challenge "to kill two birds with one stone" so I based my layout on this Pencil Lines sketch & also managed to tie it in with a word challenge over at "Bird is the Word" that required that I use the word "Passion" somewhere on my layout.
American Crafts Cardstock & Thickers
Glitz Design grid paper, journaling card & frame stickers
Maya Mists/Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Making Memories paint & flocked journaling sticker
Handmade embellishment - Pearl Liu
Hambly Studios Doily transparency stickers
Little Yellow Bicycle mini-doily