I've had a good flow of creative ideas going lately, where one project has naturally led to the next...and today is no exception.
In my last post, I wrote about using household items--postage stamps--to embellish a mini album. For today's post, I'll be showing you another project that I made with the help of household items. This time my project is a layout, and I made it with the help of a humble dinner plate and a stapler.
|Supplies: patterned paper, die-cuts, and alphabet stickers all by Lily Bee Design; label sticker by Jillibean Soup; border sticker by Doodlebug Design; ink by Clearsnap; twine by Crystal Palace (Panda Superwash).|
I only make single-photo pages when I want to showcase a photo that I really, really, REALLY love. This snapshot of my son and husband is one of those beloved photos. To give the photo the attention it deserves, I designed my page with clusters of embellishment that lead the eye around the page. It's sort of the design equivalent of drawing a big circle around the photo. In fact, I drove this idea home by using a big semicircle as a backdrop. Furthermore, I fashioned some of my embellishment clusters vaguely in the form of arrows, in order to direct viewers' eyes exactly where I want them to go. (Yeah, subtlety is not my strong suit, LOL.)
Some scrappers have fancy circle scissors or die-cutting machines that they use to create perfect circles. Me? I just trace around plates or other round objects to form my circles. I always keep one plastic dinner plate in my scrap room for just this purpose, plus I keep a second plastic dinner plate in my crop bag at all times.
One of the visual "arrows" I created was made by folding down the top, right-hand corner of the layout. I stapled it in place with a regular office stapler. For some reason, I've been a little obsessed with using staples on my craft projects lately. I'm sure you'll be seeing this technique used a lot on my blog in the near future. Oh, and I should mention that I did not use a full sheet of 12x12" paper to back this layout; I just used a little scrap behind the folded-over corner. Waste not, want not--that's my motto!
That's it for today's share. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a great weekend!