It is Sunday Funday and I am really excited to be here on the blog to share some more layouts with the November kits. Recently I was invited to a fundraising crop for a local Christian school on Oahu and I got to spend almost 12 uninterrupted hours with some friends killing my November main kit! I often read social media posts by other friends preparing to leave for a crop and one of the biggest challenges is deciding how much of your scrap space do you "move in" to the area around your table at a crop. As a member of the Clique it has been years since I have had that problem. Naturally, I always have some Clique Kits already packed and ready to go- with everything I need already there! All I have to do is pack my photos and my basic tools and I'm off! One of so many benefits of using kits, wouldn't you say? It was hard to choose whether to do a Geek Lab, Locker Room, or Art Studio post...so I thought why not just do all three. LOL
Geek Lab: Using a title cut file
For this layout I used a title cut file as a focal point against the Maggie Holmes paper with the colorblock triangular design as a background. This design of patterned paper just calls out to be used as a background, in my opinion, because it already creates interest and moves your eye around the page. Even though the layout is quite simple, I was pleased with how it came together.
Art Studio: Mixed Media background
Next I have an 8 1/2 x 11 layout- and wanted to point out that even some partially "themed" kits, like the November kit with some of the fall and gratitude themes are not at all limited in how they can be used. Living in a season-less climate it is even more important to me that I do not get pigeon-holed by supplies that are intended for a specific holiday, season (with subsequent weather), or topic.
For this layout I wanted to use one of my add ons from the Clique Kits monthly releases in the shop. I started with a couple of stencils-the Crazy Blessed one was an add on from a November kit about 2 or 3 years ago from Jillibean Soup, and some textural media, which I then painted on with this Prima watercolor paint. The photo and background did not really need a lot of embellishment, so I focused on adding some stamped journaling and some snips of a pineapple washi tape from my stash. One of the yellow patterned papers in this months Traveler Notebook kit was perfect peeking from behind my photo adding a subtle tie in of the yellow pineapple float in the photo.
Locker Room: Steps to Designing with Texture
Monochromatic layouts in my opinion are usually soft and pretty, but the hard thing is they risk being boring if one is not careful. The key is adding texture, and using dimensional elements in clusters.
Step 1. Look for simple monochromatic patterns like this simple black and white wavy line paper and combine with other monochromatic elements to give the composition unity- such as the foam thickers word I used as a title.
Step 2. Use dimensional paint like Shimmerz to add some more layering and depth and stitching -either by hand or by machine to texturize even further.
Step 3. Multiply the impact of a monochromatic embellishment by going BIG with repeating the element. In this case instead of using 2 or 3 of the black and white Prima butterflies from the CK shop I decided to cover the whole side of the page with them.
Thanks for spending some time with me on this lovely Sunday. I hope that somewhere in my 3 in 1 post you found some helpful tips and inspiration!