This layout has been in the works for, I don't know, 2 weeks? First I chose the photos. Then, I sketched it out at work (the kids were supposed to be silent reading, so it wasn't like I was shirking my work duties or anything!) It took me a while to figure out which of the beautiful patterned papers I was going to use from the Scrap-tures April kit. I was going to stick with the blues, but they just weren't a perfect match for Ailis' shirt. Once I chose this lovely piece of paper from the Stella and Rose line by My Minds Eye, I had a problem - how to use both sides of it? I cut it, flipped one piece over, then stitched it together. I sketched the sun, tree, and clouds on scrap paper, then traced them onto other paper. The sun and tree top were stamped with the Stella and Rose acrylic stamp set that came as the kit add-on, then I brushed Perfect Pearls (also in the add-on) over the stamping. If you dip a paint brush in water, then in the Perfect Pearls, it makes an irridescent paint, and that's what I used for the outline of the clouds. They looked too white at first, so I sponged them with some blue ink. I had a pretty hard time deciding what to do with title and journaling, so I just kept it simple with a couple of stickers, brads, and stamped embellishments. I really love the end result, and in this case, I think all the extra effort was worth it! (Plus, I adore these photos of Ailis, she just looked soooo cute in this outfit! Not sure what was up with the red socks, but they definitely tie in with the red in the pp, right?)
I've scheduled a couple of posts as I know I am going to be crazy busy this long weekend with moving (have I mentioned that I'm MOVING???!!! Yes, I know I'm stressing, but it's almost over, big sigh at the end!) but I want to wish everyone a happy Easter, eat lots of eggs and junk so that you can start fresh on the healthy eating plan on Tuesday, haha! It's been snowing here in Burns Lake off and on for the last, I don't know, week or so, and if I ever had regrets about leaving before, I sure don't now! Buh-bye snow, I don't want to see you again until at least November!!!
Supplies (from Scrap-tures kit): My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose patterned paper, brads, stickers and stamps, Bazzill cardstock, Ranger Perfect Pearls
Other: CTMH White Daisy cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Shabby Shutters and Broken China), Ranger Perfect Medium, and Creative Memories pen