7 January 2011

Snow Layouts

Hi all

I know there haven't been many posts recently but I have been at the boys house. It was epic. Three days of no internet ( he lives in the middle of nowhere!), laughs, smiles and plenty of cuddles. Lush to just enjoy each others company outside of the school mahem.

 So.. this holiday my mojo really came back and with some lovely new supplies and I I have made several layouts. I'm going to share two of my favourites. Both have pictures of us in the snow but I tried to move away from the typical "snow" colours and christmas. As a result, they document the fun we had rather than the fact that there was snow. So...
This picture was so cute so I edited it in Picnik to get a vintage feel to it. That was really the basis for my layout. I stuck to a fairly neutal pallette starting with the lovely embossed cardstock. I don't often use large pieces of patterned paper so this was a fun challenge for me taken from a sketch. I loved the checked paper from October afternoon but wanted to grunge it up so I sanded the edges, punched holes down one side and then cut into it to make it look like notepaper.

I have been wanting to use the large tag for ages and it looked great poking up from the picture. I then added a collection of embellishments on the right, with handmade flowers, cut outs, chipboard and ribbon. I also found in my stash a lovely hambly lace overlay which I think I have falled in love with. It gave just another detail on the vertical paper.
This has turned out to be my favourite layout for a long time. I decided to really let the picture stand out so kept the layout minimal. The patchwork idea I took directly from a sketch. It was very easy to do as I chose double sided paper from the same company so they coordinated. This was a layout where the sewing machine really got a work out! I stiched all the patchwork together, the border and the butterflies.

The large letters pull the design from being too linear. At this stage the layout looked good but not finished. I therefore cut out several butterflies and circled the title. I then had the mad idea of using small circles as a border. Sticking them on took forever! A few strips of patterned paper and ribbons complete the layout.

I loved making these two so hopefully a few more layouts will come soon. Back to school on sunday. grrrr a few more posts till then though including some of my lomo shots that came back from the printer today! epic!

Thanks for stopping by

Loves xxxxxx

5 comments:

Laura said...

I adore your patchwork layout! Gorgeous butterflies xx

Karen said...

These are both lovely layouts, Abi. I especially love the second one. The photo is wonderful, and deserves the attention on the layout.

jennifer said...

These layouts are both so beautiful, I love the colours and the layered elements of the first one, and the little circles around the border of the second LO look really good - worth the time I think! xx

humel said...

Oh Abi, these are gorgeous! I do love your layouts, there's so much to discover in them :-)

Rachel B said...

Gorgeous layouts, I love the stitching on the second layout :)