Hi folks, Laura here. Well, this was one of those layouts…
One where you question why you thought it was a good idea in the first place!! I love the concept, the cut files, the papers… I just didn’t particularly enjoy the process. Hugely ironic then, that the subject is patience! Let me walk you through it.
I still haven’t created a piece of artwork based on my 2018 word of the year Patience. I started off playing in Silhouette Studio with the Blocks font. I love this alphabet! I created the definition and synonyms of my word by copy and pasting the letters I needed.
I cut them on a dark subtly patterned paper breaking away from my usual choice of plain cardstock. I also cut just the outlines on some brightly coloured papers with small patterns. Large patterns would be no good here as only a small amount will be showing.
Next came the job of sticking the dark alpha on top of the coloured shape… 113 times (if I counted correctly!)
Next, I played around with the layout. It took a few attempts and a bit of shuffling to get the spacing right. Instead of adding pencil lines to ensure I glued the alphas on straight I saw an opportunity for adding details. I tore some white and gold dot washi tape in half and stuck it across the page. I used the straight edge as a guideline to glue on my letters.
After I had them all stuck down I realised I didn’t have the word patience anywhere on the layout. Oops! I made an overlay using a 12×12 sheet of acetate so I could put Patience on without obscuring any of the definition. I first tried to cut the letters out of my favourite rose foiled vellum but it really didn’t look right. Before I took them off (and stored them safely for another layout) I poked holes around the edges. I hand stitched the letters tying my threads as neatly as I could on the reverse. The only issue with working on acetate is that you can see the front and the back of your work.
I sealed the knots with matte medium and trimmed the ends as close as possible. It’s not perfect but I’m happy with it. I worked out that my gold sharpie works well on the acetate so I’ll add some personal journalling and the date after sharing the layout.
Thanks for looking!