Happy Sunday stampin' friends! Today I'm participating in the Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop...if you're arriving from another blog participant's page, welcome! If you're starting from my page, make sure to visit all the other links at the bottom of my blog because there are some super talented stampers in this hop and you won't want to miss a single one!
This month we're following a sketch...
...and here's my project:
I think of all challenges, sketches are the easiest for me...lol, but I may have gotten a little carried away with this one! As you can see, I did follow the main sketch using several patterned papers from the Tranquil Textures designer series paper collection. It didn't feel quite finished to me though, so I added a few extra elements! :) Using texture on both cards and scrapbook pages is one of my favorite things. Since I was using the Tranquil Textures DSP, I thought I'd also use some of the cutout pieces from the coordinating Under the Sea framelits.
If you've been following our hop for awhile, you've heard me mention that I don't do well with "white space". I know it can be very effective on a page--I see lots of pages done with white space that I LOVE--I just don't like it when I use it. You might look at this page and say, "But Dena....you have white space on this page!" Yes, and no...if you look closely, I started by sprinkling some Night of Navy ink off an aqua painter over the entire 12 x 12 Whisper White cardstock before I layered anything. Just those few little flecks of color are enough to satisfy my need to fill in "the space".
The next step was to create the paper layers shown in the sketch. I chose Tranquil Textures for a couple of reasons...the colors and textures have an ocean feel and they coordinated nicely with the photo I chose to use for this page. In addition to the layers, I used a piece of the DSP to cut the letters for my title. Using DSP instead of cardstock to cut them adds another dimension of texture.
Once I had the papers cut and layered, I laid my picture over the top and realized that there is a lot going on in this picture--lots of colors, lots of faces--it was a little lost in front of the colors and textures of the papers. I decided to mount it on a piece of Crumb Cake to help it stand out because, after all, the photo should be the focus of any page! :)
My very favorite new framelit from our new catalog is that netting piece from the Under the Sea framelit set...I LOVE what it adds to a project! I cut it twice from Crumb Cake cardstock and tucked one behind the layers in the top left corner and the other so that it connected the photo layers with the title. I also cut out a couple of sand dollars from Very Vanilla and added them to my layout. They are subtle but add another touch of texture.
To finish it up, I added a few iridescent sequins for a touch of sparkle.
I hope you enjoyed my project...be sure to click on the links below to take a quick trip around the world to see what other talented demonstrators have done with this sketch! And be sure to join us again next month for another fun scrapbook hop!
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Until next time...happy stampin'!