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Jan 20, 2012

Remember 2011 Layout

TGIF fellow scrappers! Today was one of those Fridays that I refer to as 'Fiesty Friday'. Everybody was hyper at the office...not much work got done & we were all for the most part simply happy! Not sure if we're all burnt from the amount of work we've been having lately or we're all anticipating our supposed first 'snow storm' of the season or if there's just something in the air--but it was a great Friday!

I was also able to wrap up this page that I'm submitting for several challenges.

The first is for the Once Upon A Sketch (OUAS) January 15th challenge. The challenge was to journal about New Year's. Either 'Hello 2012' or 'Goodbye 2011'. I decided to journal about the one memory that most stood out in my mind for 2011--so I guess I went with 'Goodbye 2011'. I absolutely love this one photo me & my husband took while vacationing in Puerto Rico. The time, the place & the meaning behind it--just meant a lot to me. I've already scrapped it once before. You can see my first take of it here.

This is also being submitted for Case #2 going on over at C.S.I. I'm really enjoying their Alice in Wonderland theme.

Finally, this page also fit the requirements for the Bird Is The Word (BITW) 'Remember' challenge.

Here's the sketch provided by Nadia over at OUAS. I'm a fan of circular elements--so this sketch got my cogs & gears going as soon as I saw it. :-)

This is Case #2 for C.S.I. The colors for this case took me a little out of my comfort zone. I tend to be more of a 'grungy girl' & lean more towards the brownish/vintage colors & I don't tend to mix too many different colors on one page. However, all these bright colors just seemed to work/blend well together!? Who would've thought!

Ok, let's start with the close ups. The circle frame chippie is by Dusty Attic. I gave it the iridescent paint/embossing texture that I'm quite fond of when it comes to chipboard. I first painted the chipbard with metallic teal/green acrylic paint. With a white Sharpie paint marker I highlighted the edges of the flourishes on the circle frame in order to define them a bit more. Next, I inked the frame with embossing ink & heat embossed it with Kaleidoscope clear embossing powder by Stampendous. This particular embossing powder gives off this shimmery iridescent texture that is so very pretty in person & hard to truly capture with a camera.

The yellow butterflies I cut out from a Hambly overlay that I've had in my stash since before time. I finally found a use for it! :-) I wanted the butterflies to look as if they were flying out from behind the photo.

TIP: Want to try out a dimensional way of matting your photo? Simply rip & tear scraps of paper with your hands & layer them!

I ripped & tore several pieces of two sided paper straight & in angles. NOTE: This works best with two sided paper that has one light side & one dark side. I inked all the torn edges with Tea Dye Distress ink. I then layered all of these torn pieces one on top of the other in different angles & curled the edges on some of them. As I adhered the layers I tried to alternate the sides of the paper I used (dark versus light). This gives the effect of having many pieces of paper matting the photo when in reality it's just bits & scraps that are just layered one on top of the other.

One of the main reasons I love this photo so much is that I find it sweet & romantic. Sweet & romantic = tulle in my book. Tee-hee. There's something about tulle that 'softens' a page. So for the first time, I've incorporated a bit of tulle in my layout. I kept it simple. Just took a piece of tulle, tied it with a knot & then adhered it to my page. Done.

I also made the New Year's resolution to use up the tons of ribbon I have in my stash. So once again I've intertwined a piece of ribbon amongst all of my floral embellies.

The brick wall I traced with a fine point black marker and a Prima brick mask.

The random yellow misting was done with Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist.

The gate stamp is by Prima. As I tend to do--I stamped my image on a transparency with StazOn Jet Black ink. This way I can place my image anywhere I wish & I don't have to worry about stamping it on crooked. I have total control of how my image will display! Yay!

A close up of the other cluster of embellies. The resin bird is by Prima. You can see my second tulle accent here as well.

I also used two small white doilies on either side of my matted photo. Since they're white like my background they add a soft subtle touch. hidden journaling. Ta-da! Turns out that one of those torn edges on top of my photo is actually a pull out tag where I hid a bit of nostalgic journaling. Journaling reads:

This was it. This was the defining moment of 2011 for me. This is the one memory I do not want to forget. One the eve of our 4th wedding anniversary we took a 'classic' photo during our vacation to Puerto Rico. One that I hope our future son or daughter will maybe one day try to reproduce. It's timeless. It's's us.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend & a big thanks as always to those who stop by for a visit.


Nadia Cannizzo said...

*sigh* I am truly speechless and in awe of your work. Nothing else I can say. Thank you for playing along with us yet again :)

Cindy Gay said...

Just beautiful Kay! Love the rolled paper layers.

Janet Perafan-Babar said...

Lovely Kay! Love your design from the sketch, beautiful work!

KellyCreates said... the fresh colors on this white of my FAVE pages of yours!!! And the photo ROCKS :)

phamil said...

AWESOME page, I just love the yellow and turquoise colors together, and all of the different techniques and details...WOW, just absolutely stunning page! Thank you for joining us at OUAS!!!

Jasmine S said...

Simply stunning. The colors are just magical and your interpretation of the sketch is just fabulous. Thanks for joining us at OUAS.

Georgia Heald said...

Breathtaking! Those colors against the white look spectacular! Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS =)

Sonia said...

Hello Kay!
Amazing Layout!, GREAT Job!.. Me gusta todo en tu página, las mariposas, las flores en fin todo. Gracias por el "Tip" de los papeles "Rolled Papers Layers... Love it.
He buscado un digi stamp asi "Brick Wall", que buen idea, gracias. Me gustaria si no es pedir mucho hicieras un tutorial, te lo agradecere mucho.
Fui a ver el otro layout, me gustaron las dos ideas con la misma foto.. y mas que es en PR.
next time you visit PR don't forget I want to meet you.

Bente Fagerberg said...

This is a gorgeous take on our sketch. Love the bricks on the diagonal and the yummy colours. Thanks so much for playing along with us at OUAS again!!

Trudi Harrison said...

Stunning take on the sketch. The colors and details are breathtaking

Natalie Elphinstone said...

I love your bright happy pops of colour against the black and white background. So glad you shared with us at OUAS

Keren Tamir said...

This is really beautiful!! I love all the tecniques and layers. You managed to combine the CSI files which I find difficult with so many colors!! thanks for joining us at BITW

Helen Tilbury said...

Hi Kay! This is so lush!! Love the close-ups!! Thanks for playing at Once Upon a Sketch :)

Maiko Kosugi (mai*) said...

Stunning Page!
Love your details.
Thank you for joining us at OUAS!!!

Gwen Wruck said...

Hi Kay, Such a pretty layout, I love your take on the sketch and I just love all the beautiful details!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Bird is the Word!

Lolô Artesanato said...

Gorgeous Dear
tks for playing along at BITW

Anne Pennington said...

Kay - this is exquisite!

Sonia said...

Kay ya te habia dejado mensaje aqui regrese aunque algo tardecito je je! es que pedi si tenias un tutorial, me parece es de esta forma de Brick backgroun, creo que era eso...

Wendy said...

Hi Kay - I was wondering if you would like to guest design for us at Bird is the were a featured winner on the REMEMBER challenge...Vibeke is unable to design and I thought I would give you the opportunity if you are interested. If so, please email me at