THANK YOU to all who subscribed to my YouTube channel over the past week as I joined Christine for her Crafting in Black & White series! I am blown away!
I still haven't been able to resurrect by Cocoa Daisy videos so those might be a while coming. In the mean time, I was able to re-load and re-edit this little gem! I have LONG been a Simple Stories fan and was thrilled to find the 12x12 sticker sheet for Posh in one of my Cocoa Daisy kits. It prompted me, on a rare papercrafting spending splurge to invest in more of the collection. The colors are so me and, well, do I need any more excuses? The Simple Stories collections sell themselves really!
Essentially, that background was created by deconstructing the geometric multi-colored piece and trimming of 1/4 inches to leave the exposed white "troughs". It was then reconstructed on the white cardstock and machine stitched around the edge of each color. For a little added interest and dimension, I "ruffled" or distressed the edge. This was the foundation of the layout that I then built on top of with ephemera, stickers and a strip of another piece of patterned paper from the Simple Stories Posh collection and a floral digital die cut that I bought in the Silhouette shop.
You can follow along with the process of how I created the layout in much more detail in the above video on my YouTube channel. It is sped up quite a bit as the unedited video is 33 minutes long - no need to sit through every minute of that when 8 minutes gives you exactly what you need! Help me out here; what is your ideal process video length? 8 to 10 minutes is what I strive for. Would you like longer? Shorter? Or perhaps it's just right! I want to know!
That little envelope at the top is symbolic of the envelope that Mia waited and waited for! The envelope that bore good news; news of admission to the middle school specialty program she had applied to. The picture on the right is of her reading her acceptance letter. The picture on the left is of her rushing into the house to tear open that envelope and find out the news within. I struggled with the header of this layout. I wanted a darker patterned paper to balance the navy blue in the middle (letter stickers) and bottom (patterned paper). I also needed to balance out the trimming error that I made which left with with a 1/2 inch border up top but only a 1/4 inch border around the remainder of the layout. I used the patterned paper that I had intended to use, just in a different manner. With lots of fun stickers and ephemera!
You will see lots of this in my layouts lately; elements not fully attached. I am really enjoying the loosely attached elements. Perhaps minimally attached is the better way to stating that. Again, it adds depth to the layout and a different layer of visual interest.
That tag is just decorative. It bears no journaling as I am known to do. I cherish the idea of my children thumbing through their albums someday and finding all the little stories and hidden notes that are scattered through out. Alas, this layout has no story. The pictures tell the story really. The whole process, beginning to end, of her applying, taking the test and getting in is a rather lengthy story. One that is probably best journaled on the back of the page. I have yet to sort out how the story will be conveyed.
And that, my papercrafting friends, is my Simple Stories Posh layout and process video to share with you! Please leave a YouTube thumbs up if you liked the process video. Thanks for stopping in today, it's always a great day to shine!