Friday, 24 June 2011

Colour Combos Galore/Sketch Inspirations {Can I come too? Layout}

Still haven't blogged this Colour Combos Galore layout from last month so here it is!  Can I come too?

Another gorgeous Colour Combo from Colour Combos Galore again & a sketch from Sketch Inspirations

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


dstandard said...

Helen this is just gorgeous!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE that butterfly and your journaling is so cool! I also love your digital framing on this - totally beautiful as always!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

So beautiful, love your journaling, and lovely picture too!

Marelize said...

Oh, I love this Helen! The netting looks gorgeous under the photo mat like that and all the layering looks fantastic!
Have a wonderful weekend! xx

Cathy said...

Such a beautiful page Helen.. ADORE all the textures and layers framing your lovely photo and love your beautiful butterfly!! Have a wonderful weekend :)))

Diana said...

Ok this is what they call Creativity with a capital C. Holy guacamole lady you are amazing!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeeee that photo, the way you journaled and loveeeeeeeeeeeeee the butterfly!! And thank you soooooo much for your sweet comment on my blog today!! I sent you an email about it... I hope you got it! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Jolanda said...

wow,Helen this is amaizng!!very pretty work!!
I love the journaling,great idea!!
Have a nice weekend!

Yolande (pronounced you-land-a) said...

Totally gorgeous! I love the way you have built up your photo mat with patterned paper and net..and the embroidery looks absolutely fab and is my fave part of your layout. Love that beautiful! The pearls and that lovely photo are fantastic too..great job with this colour combo.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Lynette Jacobs said...

Helen, I love all the texture and layering...very pretty layout.

Carin McDonough said...

Gorgeous layout and your journaling is beautiful, definitely bought a lump to my throat! :)

Debbi Tehrani said...

Beautiful page, Helen, with so many wonderful details! Love how you did your journaling strips! Fantastic job with the sketch!

BrigitteG said...

Gorgeous work Helen !! love the colours and your take on this challenge !!

Mitralee said...

Journalling made me teary! I am going to try printing on photo paper too....

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

wowee!!! this is sooo pretty Helen!! I love all the distressing and journalling (something I dont do enuf :P) tfs!!!!

Pearl said...

Well done on not missing a challenge yet for CCG !!! ;) kudos to you for that !! sweet details here , as always !

Unknown said...

just so beautiful I love the distressing and texture!!
xx carla

Sara said...

I stumbled across your blog today... it is fabulous.. all your scrapbook layouts are beautiful and charming!! Im getting all sorts of inspiration! Thank you for sharing!

Heather Jacob said...

hey Helen .. this is spectacular .. love it ...

I am smiling from ear to ear I have my BLOG back !!!! yippee... Blogger sent me an email 3 hours ago and said they are very sorry for the mistake .. I'm a winner !!!!! big hugz to you for all your love and concern .. it pays to trust .. HUH !!!!

yyam said...

This is so pretty! Love the soft romantic feel to this! Just lovely Helen! :)

Jessy Christopher said...

Such a beautiful layout! Love how u framed the photo with beautiful layering ;)

Eila Sandberg said...

All the wonderful comments on your gorgeous page make me smile. I so totally agree with each and one of them, this is a glorious page! and thank you for explaining how you created it, mwah! The matting itself is just superb, gosh it's totally yummilicious!! Been rather hesitant to using netting, not quite sure how to use it, but here it looks just outstanding. Cheers! xoxoxo