Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Quote - Start to Finish

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...

After trimming down my photo, and selecting background paper, I was off to a pretty good start:
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?


  1. I think your layout turned out great! You are very creative.

  2. This is an absolutely stunning layout and I SO love watching your progress!

  3. Loved seeing your process, how it was not perfect, and how you made it work! Glad I'm not the only one....

  4. I think it's so cool to watch how you actually do your layouts--even if they turn out differently from how you first imagined. So cute!

  5. Wow! It looks cool either way!

  6. OMGosh! I love how you lead us through the process - so cool! TFS :)

  7. Very creative. I loved watching your process unfold. I had a complete disaster once when I decided my completed layout looked too clean. So I messy painted it. Disaster!

  8. I understand where you are coming from. I love seeing the white space on other's layouts, but I'm not a huge fan of it on my own. But this really came out beautiful...love seeing your process!

  9. Hahaha! Oh can I relate to your dilemma with the layout! I love that you showed your creative process...too many times I think I'm the only one that ends up scrapping (as in throwing in the trash) my ideas until I'm happy with it. In the end your layout is just perfect. I love it. Love the ink splats and the slightly messy look!

  10. Oh yes...can I ever relate to this layout process. I trash many ideas. I love your end result. Nice job :)

  11. I love these "work as you go " layouts...Thanks for sharing it with us.

  12. I, too, love that you shared the process... even the parts you didn't enjoy or like the look of. Personally, I think you were onto something with the larger letters. But isn't that how it usually goes? We all see things differently. Love the final layout too. I commend you and admire you for being so brave trying out so many techniques!

  13. I love the baby wipe trick! Never would have thought of that! I love how you made lemonade out of lemons. Although, I thought your original looked fine. But I love the end result, too. Great job!

  14. I love how you salvaged your layout gone wrong. I thought the original was cool so I wasn't expecting such a drastic 180, but I love that you figured it out. I love the splashes of black on the final layout. Very dramatic!

  15. It is a great save!!
    And you know what, the original was working for me, too.
    But I love the simpler feel of the new one and I think it's amazing!

  16. I really like the end result - great save!! I hardly ever actually trash a O but there are a few that I have called done and moved on from but definitely didn't come out the way I pictured in my head :P

  17. I really love how the page ended up, and how great you thought to take pics along the way to tell the story. Love this!

  18. Oh my--- you seem to create just like me!!! And yes, white space is WAY out of my comfort zone. WAY OUT. I almost never leave any on my pages.

    Love, love, love your page. It looks fabulous!!! Truly a great job. I am your newest follower. Waiting to see what you do next :o)

    1. Thanks for following Anita! Great to have you :)

  19. Thank you all for the sweet comments! And, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

  20. Thanks for all the nice comments! You all make me smile!


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