Saturday, August 27, 2011

Your Smile Makes Me Happy!

I don't normally use a lot of Prima Marketing products in my layouts, but when I saw the beautiful trim in the layout below at my LSS, I had to have it!  I just had no idea what I was going to do with it.  I took it out the other day and noticed that the packaging that the trim came in was just as beautiful, and I decided to use it in my layout as well.  

I had a hard time trying to come up with a picture that would coordinate with the ribbon, but then I remembered a family photo shoot from a couple of years ago.  We hung a quilt of my mother's over a swing set and then took everyone's photo in front of it.  I love the way the photos turned out.  I made a mini album with all of the photos for my nephew who was going into the army.   I can't believe I never took photos of the finished album after all of the time I spent on it! Anyway, I thought that a photo from the photo shoot would go perfectly with the Prima trim.

The product packaging is the beautiful strip to the right of the trim.  I used Crate Paper patterned paper, rub-on, and sticker; Sassafrass and Studio Calico letter stickers; Making Memories Slice for the large butterfly; and my favorite Martha Stewart butterfly punches.

The photo is my niece Olivia (again! - can't help it, she is very photogenic!)  I just love her smile in this photo!

The rain has started pouring here in front of Hurricane Irene predicted for tomorrow.  We brought in all of our lawn furniture, bought bottled water, and have meals planned tomorrow that don't require electricity.  Hopefully it won't be too bad.

Stay safe, and have a great Saturday everyone!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A technique, a tip, and a layout

Some time ago, I wanted a sample all of my mist colors on one piece of cardstock as a reference.  I sprayed my first four colors (in rainbow order, of course) and the resulting piece of paper looked something like this:
So, pretty, right?  I immediately thought that it would be fun to cut some die-cut shapes with my Slice out of this tie-dye looking paper and use it on a layout.  I had an idea for a layout using this paper this past week.  I cut the letters S-U-N-S-H-I-N-E out of the paper and also a sun.  I used the Handwritten Fonts Slice design card and I love this fun font.
So there's my technique.  My tip?  One of my mists was clogged when I was trying to spray the paper.  I tried running the tip under hot water, took the whole top off and ran it under hot water, tried pumping the tip madly....nothing would work!  I finally grabbed a toothbrush and just brushed the spray hole gently.  The mist immediately worked perfectly!

For my layout, I love this photo of my niece Olivia.  I love the bright colors of her dress, her curly locks and her amazing smile.  I thought my bright, sunshiney, tie-dye letters and bright sun looked great with this photo.
I used BasicGrey's Hello Sunshine line for this layout.  The patterned paper perfectly tied in the tourquoise, greens, pinks, and yellows of the photos and the letters.  Isn't she a cutie?

Have a great Saturday everyone!