Monday, June 18, 2012

Mosaic Photo Inspiration

Over at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog, their newest challenge is to use the following photo to inspire a layout or card.
Mosaic by Natalie Warne
I loved this mosaic (and still do) when I pinned it on Pinterest a few months ago. I just love how the colours are happy and vibrant and how much movement there is.  It took me a while to organize how I wanted to translate that across into a layout.


I chose a photo of my son and I on a tire swing from last summer. The shot was taken mid swing and I wanted to capture the movement in the photo and relate it back to the flow and movement in the mosaic. I also wanted to pull inspiration from all the curves in the mosaic, so on my layout I used papers with circular patterns, I cut them into rectangles to contrast the shape a little bit and tried to "swing" them behind my photo. I also tried to layer them in a similar manner to the very centre of the mosaic.
Lastly, I created a small "mosaic" of  spiralled twine circles to follow my circular theme.
I didn't want my title to be all one colour, but I didn't have a colour that really matched the rest of my layout so the yellow "swingin'" Thickers were inked with a couple different Distress Inks to customize them as best as I could.

Here's a quick and easy tutorial on how I made my twine spirals ----> HERE!

I hope you head on over to our Challenge Blog! I can't wait to see all the different projects!

Supplies that I used:Patterened Paper and Brads - My Mind's Eye, Fine & Dandy (True Blue)
Twine - The Twinery (assorted colours)
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmelad)
Alpa Stickers - Thickers (Sunny - Reef, White)

Tutorial - Swirly Twine Spirals

Here's a quick and easy tutorial on how to make Twine Circles!

All you need is some cardstock, adhesive and twine!

First cut out any size circle from the cardstock.
Any size will work, although I find the larger the circle the easier they are to make.

Cover one side of the circle entirely with adhesive.
Any adhesive will work, whichever you prefer. I used my ATG, it was sticky and held the twine really well and didn't come off on my fingers.
Place the end of the twine in the center.
Eyeball it, it doesn't have to be perfect ;)
Start spiraling the twine around on itself, working out towards the edges.
The first couple twists are a bit fiddly until you get a good circle established, but then it's smooth sailing after that!
When you reach the edge of the circle, cut twine and trim any excess cardstock
Tah-Dah! a super cute twine circle spirally thing!

Click ----> Here to see them incorporated into a layout

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Paper Girls Challenge #9 - Subway Art

I feel like I haven't posted anything here for a while. Life has been busy and crafting has had to take a back seat for the last few weeks.  With new work schedules, finding child care, slicing off my knuckle and trying to keep the house straight it's been crazy busy. 
For me, scrapbooking and paper crafting is my "me" time and for the last few weeks, without that time I have felt like something is missing.  I can't really say I've been in a bad mood or grumpy, but just felt out of sorts.  Last week when I was able to scrap a few layouts again I finally felt relaxed! It was awesome to spend some time being creative and I was able to put together a layout for The Paper Girls' Ninth Challenge!

One of our amazing Team Members, Erica, challenged us to use Subway Art. I went and opened up my Silhouette SD and created a template of different fonts and cut out words associated with a trip we took to a local farm last fall. I used the negative template as a stencil and made my own patterned paper with Distress Inks. At first I only had the coloured words but felt that the paper looked a bit empty, so I went back with my stencil and using black ink filled in the rest, leaving a pop of colour in the bottom corner. To add a bit of dimension I outlined a few of the letters with Diamond Stickles.

When it was all said and done here is the finished layout!

Be sure to head on over to The Paper Girls Challenge Blog to see the fantastic layouts created by the PGCB Team and to check out the details so that you can enter your own Subway Art layout for a chance to win a prize!