Beware! Long post coming up…
Last year I was lucky to get a layout a month completed. So far this year I've completed five, including one double - and all since our return from
Bali on January 17th! Boy, am I on
a roll. So here are three of the Bali related
|I turned the sketch 90o to the right|
The first is my entry for Sketches With A Twist. The challenge this month is to use the sketch provided as well as texture paste. I bought some texture paste late last year wanting to try it so this was the nudge I needed to actually do it.
|Washi tape strips|
|acrylic heart behind the flower with sequins and bead centre|
I had some washi tape on my desk that I hadn't yet used either so that was what prompted me to choose the colours for the layout. First, I used a template from The Crafter's Workshop (Tile Texture TCW237) to put the texture paste through. While I was waiting for it to dry I covered a scrap piece of white paper with lines of washi tape to make the arrow. Once the paste was dry I put it all together. I added some patterned papers from my stash (TLC and Basic Grey), the Bo Bunny flowers, some white sequin leaves and a clear flower bead for the centre, an acetate heart (Breezy/TLC) behind the flower, more washi tape strips, a white brad and a white clip, some white foam letter stickers and Kaisercraft mini letters for the title and it was done! Cool - I love it and it's now the title page for my
album. And, surprise, surprise, there's not a single die cut on it - I never once
pulled out my Big Shot!!
This is my double page layout. I love the panoramic photos. It helps that the rice fields and terraces in
are so photogenic (can you say that about a landscape?). I didn't even use a
sketch for this one, and only two die cuts that I had already cut out that were
in my stash! Embellishments are all bits and pieces from my stash as well so I
have no idea where they're from, but I love how it all came together. I think
this is one of my favourite layouts.
Beside the Tirta Empul layout (which you can read about here), my other
Bali layout is one I made with
the February Wrapped in Paper monthly challenge kit. I certainly wasn't enthusiastic
about the papers in the kit and wasn't sure what photos to use them with. As
you have to use at least a little bit of each one, in the end I decided to use
the words (My Girl) for the title, which meant it had to be about Kyaa. It became
My Bali Girl though and I included photos of Kyaa and some of the activities we
tried while we were in Bali.
Everything on the layout is from the kit, and for once I didn't add anything to it. The papers and matching embellishments are from the Butterfly Kisses collection from Kaisercraft. The butterflies are printed on the paper and partially die cut so you can pinch the wings up. I'm not sure whether all the papers are the same, or I just happened to get a dud version, but the cuts were completely off from where the printing was. I certainly wouldn't have purchased this paper if it hadn't been in the kit. Anyway, I struggled with it a bit as to how to use it, but in the end it just kind of fell into place and I'm pleased with the result. Certainly not colours and papers I would have chosen, but I always find that it's amazing what you can come up with and how you can turn something you don't really like into a layout to be proud of. It's currently on display at Wrapped in Paper, so if you're headed that way this month I'd love it if you voted for me if you like I too.
Till next time, happy days.