Hold On!

Hey there scrappy friends! As you know, we recently celebrated National Scrapbooking Day at the beginning of May, however the Facebook group “For the love of pretty paper” unfortunately had to postpone their celebrations due to illness. They have been holding theirs this weekend instead and challenges are open until midnight on Sunday 9th June. There is also a free paintbrush cut file for you, designed by me, if you visit the group you can grab a coupon for it.

I was invited to sponsor one of the challenges (which of course I did) and asked to produce an example layout using a sketch and “bright colours”. Challenge accepted!

The sketch was not my usual style at all so it was a real push to use it but I absolutely love how it turned out in the end. I’m still trying to complete my Lanzarote album (before we go on holiday again…) so I tried to find suitable photos / topic in this project because the colours were already bright.

I knew I definitely wanted to pick out the blue of the water and there isn’t a lot of blue left in my papers so I started with the mixed media background. I using the smooshing technique with some Dylusions ink sprays and then when that was dry I used texture paste through a stencil with lots of circles on to represent the water droplets and bubbles in the pools.

I knew I wanted to use my “scribbled circles” cut file for the circular elements and I knew I wanted to squeeze another couple of photos in too. Once I’d worked out how many I’d need, I resized the circles into 2 much smaller sizes, chose a few bright colours from the Simple Stories summer themed collections I’m using and set my Silhouette to work on the scraps.

The tricky part then was adhering the photos inside the scribbled circles because they are quite narrow when they are shrunk down! I shifted the circles around a fair bit so that they looked right with the direction of the flow in the photographs and then started embellishing.

You know I like a border so I had pre-chosen a paper that incorporated all the colours in the other papers and the blue of the mixed media. It really helps to ground a layout when you use a white background.

I brought in some like from the papers with these glittery Thickers and then used a couple of asterisks as embellishments around the page. Does anyone ever use those as part of a title I wonder?

A few stickers and enamel dots and I was ready to journal. But of course I had to journal over the the texture paste which didn’t go well! Never mind, I love it apart from that and it’s another layout in the album and more stash used up.

With love and lots of bright colour xx

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