Today I wanted to make a layout about a friendship that is very special to me, and my roommate at the recent CHA Trade Show. I hope Jen doesn't blush too much when she reads this. But let me tell you something...everybody needs a Jersey Girl in their life.
The only good picture I have of my friend is a black and white photograph. Black and white photographs are great to work with in that you can choose anything to go with them. But they can also get lost pretty quickly unless you set the stage to allow their contrast to stand out against the colorful background by providing some black and white elements to the project.
Since my photo subject is a girl, I chose pink papers and flowers for a feminine touch. I am using a 'box print' cardboard screen print as the base for my page, and a glittered, spot lacquered specialty paper for decoration.
To start, I cut the glittered paper into a large focal point shape.
The box print and my journaling paper has a bit of aqua to it and I want to carry touches of this throughout the remaining elements. To accomplish this on the specialty paper I applied a bit of Glimmer Mist in turquoise and pink, over a bird/branch shape.
Because of the lacquered areas, I rubbed in the over spray with a paper towel to work it into the areas of the paper that aren't lacquered. The paper colors nicely in those areas. Although the product would have dried on either surface, I wanted it to be more vibrant on the more absorptive surfaces.
Now I need something to make my photograph really pop against the colored background. I chose a black felt self-adhesive frame for my photograph. The large oval element will nicely frame a trimmed 4x6 photograph. I can place it over the photograph to trace the shape.
But let's face it - the matte black felt just isn't pretty enough for this feminine layout. So I applied some Tattered Angles Glimmer Glam over the frame portion of the felt and allowed it to dry. Now it pops not only with the black felt against the glittered background - but with its own chunky glittered sheen.
Now I need to add some aqua to the other elements of the page. My friend truly is a jewel, so I had chosen a pretty crystal adorned vine branch to frame one side of the photograph. Besides the crystals, there are skeleton leaves. These I chose to color with a turquoise glaze.
I also want some white elements to balance out the photograph. I chose glittered alphabet letters to spell out her name, and chipboard letters for the title with a white edge. I also choose a pretty uncolored lace - but added the same Glitter Glam to it, following the pattern of the lace. I love that you can customize these embellishments with paint, glitter, or ink.
And here is the finished page layout. You can click on the photo for a larger view:
- 813109 Box Prints Screened Cardboard
- 533823 Holiday Lights Crystal Spray Vine
- Flirty Little Secret Specialty Glitter/Lacquer Paper
- 810047 Black Chipboard Times Alpha
- 860264 Little Boo Glittered Alphabet Stickers
- 514464 Black Say It In Crystal Swirls
- 880347 Voila Self-Adhesive Felt Focal Point, Black frames
- Say It In Crystals shapes, clear
- Flirty Little Secret, framed print
- Holiday Lights Birds, aqua
and from Tattered Angels:
- Glimmer Glam, Luscious Lavender
- Glimmer Glaze, Tidepools
- Glimmer Mist, Viva Pink & Caribbean Blue
And now, to add to the fun...simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you like most from the new products - for your chance to win a prize! We will randomly choose a winner on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010. Open to North America only, but check back every five weeks or so for a worldwide drawing!!
From the entries received on our last technique post, using Random.org's random integer generator -- the winner for our previous technique post drawing is:
Please contact me so we can mail out your lovely prize at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prizes will be held for 7 days only. Please contact us promptly, but be aware that shipping orders from CHA are underway and we are swamped with orders. Yay!
Best of luck to each of you! And I look forward to chatting with you today and every week with TNT.
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Sally Lynn MacDonald