Sketches with a Twist had a layout sketch somewhat out of my comfort zone this month, but the twist to use die cuts certainly wasn't! I use die cuts on practically every layout these days so that part was easy. The sketch itself was a little more difficult and I did flip it. I'm not entirely convinced by my final product, but here it is. I think it looks better in real life than in the picture though.
I used photos from my father-in-law's 90th birthday party celebrations recently. He was so happy, with a smile from ear to ear for most of the evening. I tried to portray that happiness in my layout by using star die cuts and silver glitter paper (Stampin' Up!). The die cuts were made with the following dies-
Other products I used were Stampin' Up! papers, the Crafter's Workshop Numbers Collage (TCW210) template, silver ink, silver gel pen, and Chipboard monogram numbers from my TLC stash. I thought it was great that there was a 9 and a 0 next to each other in the template and I was able to draw around them with gel pen to highlight the resulting 90.
One of the "problems" I encountered when making the layout was that I wanted to copy the framed pictures idea from the sketch but didn’t have a frame the right size. So, I improvised.
I found that the largest square Fleur de Lis die that I had was the right height for my pictures but not the right width. So, I cut one out of scrap paper and folded it either side of the centre until it was the right width.
Then I cut the square out again from the paper I was going to use. Using the scrap paper die cut as a template I cut the centre out of the square and put the two sides together. Voila, a perfect rectangular frame!
All in all, this is not my favourite layout, but ultimately it's another page done for the scrapbook!
Till next time, happy days!