Still haven't blogged this Colour Combos Galore layout from last month so here it is! Can I come too?
I haven't missed a CCG challenge for months - they are all just too nice to say no to!
I am not going to be using sketches as much as I used to in future - for the time being anyway - I just feel like doing my own thing for a while & have plenty of ideas of my own that I am dying to try out.
That beautiful printed paper is from Echo Park's "For the Record" collection - SUCH a nice line, am going to miss it (although I still have quite a bit left!). I used plain cardstocks alongside it to compliment it.
As opposed to selecting "Black & White" or "Sepia" when I am editing my photos I prefer to control the saturation slider myself - here I went almost all the way to "Black & White" but stopped a bit short so the skintones have a slight blush to them.
I used the reverse side of the Echo Park print (which is a text print) to matt the photo, but gessoed it to keep it really pale, then placed two pieces of Webster's Pages Vintage Inspired Netting underneath the matt, before gathering it up at random intervals with some hand-stitching.
It was difficult to get the photo, paper matt & 2 sheets of netting to adhere to the page so I hand-stitched all the layers together onto my page with embroidery thread, finishing off with a big bow framing the photo on one side.
I also fringe-cut the printed paper matt then curled it around a pencil, gessoed it to give it some stiffness, tore each side & held them down with a resin bloom, just to add some interest to the focal area.
I computer journaled all down the left hand side (scroll up to read if you like) This did take a bit of pre-planning & lining up so that there was a nice variance of lengths jutting out along the left-hand side but nothing you couldn't do either with a little patience. I always print my journaling on to photo paper as it's thicker than computer/bond paper, with a far superior finish.
I hand-journaled a teeny bit for the date etc (see above) & heavy inked in pink instead of matting again onto pink cardstock, thus keeping the layout "light".
I embellished with my staple American Crafts Thickers, combined with some Prima bits - namely pearl/diamante bling swirls- cut into 2 pieces to mimic the trail of the butterfly (scroll up to see) & lastly added a few lines of green & white twine all down the left-hand side - to accentuate the journaling, as well as some Maya Road resin blooms (to hold down the torn sections of the photo mat but they also serve as 2 points of my visual triangle, with my butterfly as the 3rd.
Cardstock - American Crafts
Printed paper - Echo Park "For the Record' - Newsprint
Tulle - Webster's Pages Vintage Inspired Netting
Ink -Memento Dew Drop "Angel Pink"
Journaling Pen - Shachihata Artline 200 FINE 0.4
Embroidery thread - DMC
Twine - Martha Stewart
Butterfly - Prima
Bling - Prima
Resin blooms - Maya Road
Alphas - American Crafts Thickers Fabric Chipboard letters DOLL
Gesso - Paper Plus