Thursday, May 30, 2013

OMG! How do I use that?

Large alpha papers are NOT my favorite type of paper.  They are either too busy for my taste, or they are a pain to cut out.  This paper was no exception.  This paper was in the SC Orion add-on.  I took one look and was convinced that this would not go well!  Here's the paper...

For this challenge, I cut this paper apart.  My plan was to make a title out of the letters, but the real challenge was how large the letters were.  I figured that my title needed to be short and sweet.  To start the layout, I added a pattern to the background with modeling paste and then misted it in gold. 

I then started working on a layered banner that was inspired by a tutorial by Wilna Furstenburg.  I love how the banner turned out!

The end result reminds me of those vintage postcards that have the location spread across the top. 

Go check out Adrienne's take on this challenge.  Hope you all have a great Thursday and happy scrapping!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

OMG! How do I use that?

Have you ever laid your eyes on a sheet of patterned paper and immediately loved it?  It happens to me all of the time!  Unfortunately, sometimes my infatuation is quickly replaced by a nagging question..."OMG!  How do I use that?"  Do I cut it, ink it, layer it, use it as a background, use it as my focal point, etc.  You get the idea!

Upon opening my April SC kit, I saw a wonderfully bright, chevron patterned paper from Glitz and I knew I had to do something with it.  After weeks of looking at it, I still could not commit to how I would use it.

Enter Adrienne.  We were chatting on the phone when I brought up this lovely sheet of paper.  Come to find out, she hadn't used it yet either!  This paper was to become our new challenge.  We agreed that we would both use that paper in a layout and post the results on our blogs on May 8.

So here it is...

Because the paper was so colorful, I chose a black and white photo.  The fabric strips at the bottom were all white to start, so I used Mr. Huey's (navy and seafoam) to stain the smaller pieces.

I used mostly neutral embellishments and layers to tone down the brightness of the paper and break up the pattern.  Below is the whole layout.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  I had fun completing this challenge with my friend.  Hop on over to Adrienne's blog to see how she used this fabulous paper!