Happy Sunday Stampers! This week I'm participating in the Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop...whether you're starting this hop from my page or just came from Pam's, welcome!
This month, our theme is florals...
...and here's my project:
I have to admit I struggled a bit with this page layout. I knew exactly what picture I wanted to use but I had a hard time putting all the elements together in a way that made me happy. Finally though, I worked it out. I think that's kind-of the way things go with scrapbooking...sometimes a page goes together easy-peasy and sometimes you have to just keep working it until you get it just right. :)
I started this page by cutting all the pieces for the bouquet. I had a left over piece of watercolor paper that already had a Crumb Cake wash on it. I used an Aqua Painter with inks from Melon Mambo, Berry Burst, Highland Heather (new color!) and Gorgeous Grape (new color!) to add color over the Crumb Cake. It looked like this when I was finished:
To cut the flowers, I used one of the dies from the Bouquet Bunch framelits set, moving it around on this piece of watercolored paper for each new set of flowers. This is a quick way to end up with a lovely bunch of different colored flowers! The stems were cut from Soft Seafoam cardstock (a beautiful new color!) and the filler stems were cut from Mint Macaron (a returning InColor!) I didn't assemble the bouquet just yet because I wasn't sure where it was going to end up on my page, but I did wrap the stems in linen thread and tie the bow at this stage.
I tried several colors for the 8-1/2 x 11 base page but ended up using Crumb Cake when I had the idea to use my favorite piece of paper from the Wood Textures DSP as part of the background. This paper is 6 x 6 so I had to piece a couple of them together to fit across the page, then trim one edge. The one thing I didn't like though was the hard line between the DSP and the Crumb Cake so I softened it with a piece of our new Polka Dot Tulle ribbon.
Another thing bothering me was the lack of any kind of texture on the Crumb Cake. I ended up brushing the piece with my Crumb Cake pad, then lighting stamping the crosshatch image from Timeless Textures.
For the title piece, I used the Happy Birthday framelit. I cut the image three times, cutting off "birthday" from each one. I again used the crosshatch to lightly stamp one of the pieces, then used Fine-Tip Glue to layer the three pieces, with the stamped one on top. By adding height and dimension to the piece, I was able to use it on the same color but still have it stand out nicely.
Once I had each element, I started playing around with how to lay it out on the page...I ended up flip-flopping the flowers and photo a couple of times to see how they worked out best. When I settled on the most pleasing layout, I adhered all the pieces and added the journaling. I still felt like something was missing and added the little bit of linen thread-wrapped tulle in the upper right corner at the last minute.
Although I prefer it when a page comes together easier, this one made me smile in the end so it was well worth the time I spent on it...and that's what we really want anyway, right? :)
Be sure to visit each blog below to see all the beautiful pages created by super talented demonstrators from all over the world! Happy hopping!
I'll be back on Tuesday with another fun project for you!
Until next time...happy stampin'!