Inspired Blueprints has a fresh dose of inspiration for you weekly here on their blog. Their sketches provide a great starting point for getting going on your layouts & if you do use one for inspiration you can upload it to their gallery here.
There are 4 sketches each month, split over 2 teams, so I create 2 layouts a month for them.
Earlier this month I was sick, along with 2 of my kids, and my husband was away on business, and various disastrous events meant that I had to combine the layout for Sketch 78 with a Colour Combo at Colour Combos Galore, so you've already seen that one but so you can compare it to the sketch here it is again.
I think it was a great sketch & I love how my layout turned out!
My latest layout for Inspired Blueprints is based on Sketch 80, which was quite an unusual sketch but I loved it!
The reason I have been so excited to share this layout with you is because it is created ENTIRELY out of my new kit from Little Black Dress!
Firstly, my kit arrived here in 10 DAYS - that is a phenomenal record!!
Secondly, I am SO EXCITED as it's THE FIRST TIME I have actually used a kit properly!
Never before have I liked everything in a kit enough to use ONLY THE CONTENTS OF THE KIT and it made it SO QUICK & EASY!!
I know there are a lot of kit clubs around & I have had encouragement from some of you to sign up with them, but honestly there isn't another one out there that I fully believe in as the perfect fit for me so finding Little Black Dress has been like an epiphany for me.
I completed this layout in 1.5 hours instead of my usual 3.
Now that is a HUGE time-saver in my book!
All my favourite things were right there on my desk, inside the packet - the kit contents - oooh I'm in love!
My only additions were a bit of red paint for opposite corners of the photo matt & the ink drops that I splattered on the music sheet paper.
For the long thin photos I printed out a collage in Picasa but left it in one piece, as opposed to splitting it down the middle, as there didn't seem any point.
I cut out a central 1cm slit instead of splitting the printed papers behind the photo, then I rolled the 1cm strip around my awl so that it curled up into a tight paper roll - quite a cool effect I think.
I added a strip behind the central section & roughed the edges up a bit.
Creating the tag embellishment cluster was definitely fun!
I started with the sweet little birdie tag & offset it on top of the red tag, then offset it again on a pretty red print card then threaded the grey ribbon through & cut it into V shapes (as is a very popular trend right now).
Before sticking these down I threaded the baker's twine through the centre of that lush embroidered ribbon, gathered it up & knotted it top & bottom, created a bow at the top & flattened out the centre section so that the tag could lay nice & flat on top of it.
1. I fussy-cut the cherry design out of a sheet of Jenni Bowlin paper & adhered that first.
2. Then I added the embroidered ribbon gathered with twine.
3. Lastly I laid my offset tag on top & added a button to the bottom corner in place of a pop-dot to raise the tag up for some dimension.
4. At the top of the card I threaded the baker's twine through a cute little star-shaped button provided.
Backing paper - Crate Paper Portrait Collection - Pearls
Black & white spotted paper & centre strip print (reverse)- Jenni Bowlin Studio - Haven Accessory sheet
Music Sheet paper, bird tag & fussy-cut cherries - Jenni Bowlin Studio - Haven - Cherries Ripe
Title sticker - Glitz Design - Cardstock Stickers - Love Games - Journaling
Alpha stickers - Glitz Design - Teeny Alpha - Burnt Orange
Red paint - Making Memories "Red Wagon"
Mist - Memories Mists - Pale Ale
Twine, ribbon, buttons, braid & all tag elements - Little Black Dress Kit Club - August 2011