I almost always create layouts with 4x6 pictures or smaller. Rarely will I use a 5x7. This layout is an exception. This photo is one that I had given my grandmother and when she passed away a few years ago I got the photo back. I finally am getting it in an album! It was different working with a larger picture but I love how this turned out. Banners are really popular now and I wanted to try some on this layout with some patterned paper. I free hand cut the banner ends and inked the edges for a more unified look. I also got out my Sew Easy tool and some embroidery floss and added a little stitching detail. Adding gems on the ends of the stitching gives an ending point to the stitching and also adds a little bit of sparkle!
To get this cool gem title I first stamped my letters in green ink (that way if my gems slid a little you wouldn't be able to tell). Then I used my i-Rock tool to add some gems. If you don't have a stamp set like this you could easily create this same effect using any stamp by adding gems over your stamped letters. You could space them out like these are or place them side by side. Either way is a fun way to add some sparkle to your stamped title!
The photo block on this layout gave me a little bit of trouble. I really didn't like the uneven edge where the vertical and horizontal photos met. This chipboard heart just happened to be just the right color and size to really tie the photos together. I 'luv' how it turned out.
- cardstock: Wausau Paper (Crinkles Cotton, Crinkles Cocoa)
- patterned paper: ? (I don't have the packaging- possibly We R Memory Keepers)
- stamp: ScrapAce
- ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint)
- marker: Zig Writer (Chocolate)
- tools: Imaginisce (i-rock), Creative Memories (corner rounder), Perfect Layers, We R Memory Keepers (Sew Easy Stitch- Straight)
- misc: Imaginisce (Hot Rocks Compact- Jewel), misc gems, Pebbles (Chips- Spring Green), thread, pop dots