This Layout started out simply enough. A fun picture of my daughter wearing her bathing suit in the snow, along with a great quote in attempt to play along with the CHA challenge at Two Peas. It quickly took me on a wild ride as it became a life of it's own! Let's take a look at the adventure...
Time to add the quote: "A sweater is what you wear when your mother is cold." My cousin Mary always says this, although I'm not sure it originates with her. But, I do love it, and think most mothers can relate. I had a vision of it filling the entire page as I knew it would be the focus of the LO and not a specific title:I don't have an electronic die machine, nor did I want to use an entire pack of letters on one layout, so I decided to go with my own handwriting. Silly me. After sketching the title out in pencil, I painted on a base of white:
I added a bit of washi tape to act as a background for the photo:
Then, I decided to put some of my watercolor pencils to work:
A baby wipe made a great blending tool without getting the paper too wet:
Once blended, I wanted to add some definition to the lettering:
Except, I decided it was too harsh, so I started to play with some Gelatos:
Oh goodness me, I don't like that at all. It's too messy, the handwriting just isn't right - so, I decided to cover it up with tissue paper and gel medium:
Oh my - what's a crafty girl to do?
I am determined to save this in some way and not completely waste all of the materials. So, time to hit the trimmer:
I end up with a nice rectangular packet of layered papers. I decided that I like the look of the edges coming up with the layering:
Then, I placed the piece on a background of white with the quote written smaller:
I decided to sew and layer some other pages behind the packet for added texture. But, I am not sure about the handwriting. It didn't work before, not sure why I think it will work now!
OK, this is better, a nice little computer print-out of the quote:
Time to embellish:
Brad added, Twine Tied, Ink Splattered:
I think I have tortured it enough, I shall call it finished:
This certainly is not my favorite layout, but it will do. I captured the quote and learned a few things along the way...
- I may need to take a lettering class
- A quote or sentence on a page could still use some sort of title to focus on
- Baby wipes blend watercolor pencils very well!
- Do not glue something down with glossy accents if you are not 100% sure
- Lots of white space is out of my comfort zone - and, I am not sure I like it
Do you ever have to completely regroup while crafting? What are some of the best crafting "lessons" you have learned along the way?