Today up on the My Mind's Eye blog is my monthly sketch challenge. This month i did a bright fun layout that played off some of the colors found in their Jubilee line. As you know, i love layers, so today i thought i would take you through some of the process of building this layout.
First for me is always selecting the story and accompanying photo. i have been wanting to scrap these pictures since i took them. i finally printed them out and set them on my table so they were ready to go!
Next i start selecting materials i want to use. This time the mixed bags from the Jubliee collection were calling my name. They are these little collections of paper cut into various shapes & designs that coordinate with each line. The beauty of these bags is that they really could go with any line and are a great item to have in your stash.
Now that i have some idea about what i want to use, next is laying down a foundation. i use both patterned paper and cardstock for my backgrounds. On this particular page, since i was layering so many items, i wanted a neutral white background. Here i am using watercolor paper. i selected a few of my stencils i wanted to use: And So On and Positive. i love the pie shape on And So On and thought it really mirrored the flair i picked for my page. i used the colors of the flair as my inspiration and used both archival and distress inks with a blender tool.
Once i had the big pie chart on the page, i layered the positive 6x6 stencil over the top. i used archival ink in black because it is waterproof, knowing i was going to add some acrylic paint on top. i dropped a few drops of fluid yellow paint on top and sprayed it, letting it drip down my page. When it hit the distress inks, it blended beautifully and ran down the page.
Once the background is dry i begin adding that slow build up of layers. i decided along the way to trim off some of the watercolor in order to have that woodgrain border and large strip at the top. Love how that simple touch accented my page.
i really love how this layout came together. It's bright, cheerful, and full of little details without them being overwhelming. The big black numbers and title really draw your eye around the page.
If you want to see the sketch and play along with the challenge this month, head over to the My Mind's Eye blog to read all the details.