is good....and even a bit challenging for me :)
I created this layout using Studio Calico's kit, Playground.
And although the layout looks simple, using this particular piece of patterned paper was actually quite challenging for me.
I wish I'd photographed it prior to doodling, but if you look in the upper right-hand corner (paper with the tricycle), you can get an idea of what the sheet of patterned paper looked like before I started:
I wanted to use the entire piece of paper, but felt that the pattern needed to be "grounded" first, so I added some doodling with my superfine black sharpie, and defined the boxes. See the doodling around the boxes? I added doodling to the "Yesterday, Today, Forever" boxes (cut from Studio Calico pp) and the Jenni Bowlin labels.
I'm a collector of clear stamps. Yes, I admit it. I'm not in denial.
But on this layout, I actually DID some stamping!
First I stamped the outline of each letter. Then I stamped it's "solid" version. I cut out each letter and then added a small piece of cardboard (trick i learned from maryangella) to the back of a few letters to add a little dimension.
When pop dots add too much bulk, try using the cardboard trick. Sometimes that's all you need to give elements of your layout a little dimension.
I also used this stamp (by Studio Calico) all over my layout.
And if you haven't tried misting, it's pretty fun. I cut three of the striped "boxes" out of the patterned paper and filled them with white bazzill that I sprayed with blue Maya Mist, metallic yellow Maya Mist, and lime twist Glimmer Mist. I also used the mists for my journaling.
And for fun, I cut my pictures the same size as the striped boxes and outlined them with a black sharpie as well.
That's all for now.
Oh before I go, here's a picture I snapped of Christopher earlier this evening.
Only in Miami...
can you splash and play in your swimming pool...
at the end of October.
Oh, and that white bucket underneath the slide isn't full of toxic waste.
My pool guy put it there.
Remember my pool guy?
Well, I asked POOL GUY...aka HUSBAND
to fix the slide.
And apparently POOL GUY, aka HUSBAND
calls propping WHITE BUCKET
Fortunatley, pool season is almost over. I'm hoping by Spring or maybe next Summer...yeah, probably next Summer, I'll be able to show you pictures without