I bought two add-ons this month, #1 Pep Squad, and #2 Debate Team. I should have bought #4, Thespians, and will be in line to pick it up with all of you because I simply must have it now, lol.
I used 10 Instagram photos on this layout. i thought it would be fun to do the banners across the top with the stitching, and then layered my photos and some pennant pieces across the two pages to make a banner from the pictures. I really like the story of this layout.
Obviously a fun technique on this layout was the use of the Sew Easy tool. This is the first time I used the pennant head and it was much easier to use than I thought. I'll be posting a quick tutorial on how easy it is to use this particular head in a curved path. I love it and will use it again. I also previously bought the banner head, and will be using that one too. I almost used both of them on this layout.
The growing season has been terrible this year and I'm also not the best gardener, I'm still learning, lol, so things like these wee carrots are the best I've done. Morgan thinks it's FABULOUS though, so I can't complain. She even ate some, and almost got a serving of Vitamin A for the day. ha!
I tore off the perforated heart strip but as I was designing the layout, realized how well it matched the colors in my layout, and Morgan's shirt too, so stitched it back on the bottom. I actually like the added texture of having it adhered on top of the base paper with the stitching.
I liked the birdhouse and birdies (they are misted with Bonny Blue and Warm Calico), and thought they could use a bit of skyline to balance against the pattern of the base, so I went with clouds. I'm a bit obsessed with clouds lately. I also wanted the title to stand out a bit more.
This layout is fairly simple but that's because it's all about this photo. I adore this photo. I mentioned in my sneak post that I need to go back and purchase the Thespian add-on, and that's because last Halloween I took a zillion photos and love them all. I need to do a mini album. Ooh. This is a personal challenge. Mini Album. Halloween 2010. Thespian Add-on. Stat. As soon as the new Studio Calico albums become available, GAME ON. :)
A technique I used to do all the time but haven't for a long while is to tear my paper. It felt good to utilize it for this layout. I also distressed the fabric paper by stripping away some of the threads from the edges to make the fabric stand out. I also went a la Jen Johner and made a pink photo corner, but I layered it under my photo rather than on top.
And that's it! I wish I had more time to play but August was a busy month and family was the priority. I can't wait to have more time in September. The kids are *almost* back to school. woot!