Hello Lovelies, Theresa here! Today I am sharing a layout I created using the June sketch as my inspiration. Have a look at the layout I made, and then I will share how I made it.
This is the June sketch. Notice how I have mirrored the sketch, as the people in my photo are walking towards the right of the layout.
My photo for this layout is from my daughter Natalie's fifth grade graduation from elementary school, so this is definitely a celebratory layout! I was inspired by the transparency in the June Horizons kit, so I layered it over white card stock. The key with transparencies is how to attach them to your layout, and in this layout I have used the We R Memory Keepers staple board.
Our sketch called for layering the photo on top of other patterned papers, so I cut several pieces from the Horizons kit. Notice how I have pulled the navy, as that is one of the colors in Natalie's dress. I also cut some of the floral die cuts from Bella Blvd. to form tags. Those colorful papers and tags provide a great contrasting background for the glitter alphabet!
I have kept my journaling very simple, only the who, what, when, and where written on a shipping tag. I also added just a few tiny puffy hearts from Pinkfresh Studio The Mix.
The sketch called for a rainbow effect coming from the photo, and of course there are many different ways to achieve that. I chose these felt flowers to cascade across the layout. They are from Freckled Fawn and I had to have them when I saw them in the shop here! They are so fun and colorful, and I used every last one.
One last little detail is the tag I added to the top right corner. This was another opportunity to attach the transparency to the page in a clever and pretty way. The word strips also make for nice journaling: Natalie and I always say I Love You More to each other so it seems very apropos to include that here!
This was definitely a fun layout to create and I have loved sharing it with you today! Thank you for joining me! Have you been using your Horizons kit this month? We would love to see, be sure to post on Instagram and tag us!
Hello, lovelies, Theresa here with a lovely mixed media layout using watercolors today! Our product focus this week is a favorite of mine, and so I pulled some watercolors, a bit of water, and a giant brush to work with. Here is the layout I want to share with you.
Watercolors can be so incredibly satisfying to work with, all it takes is a willingness to let them do what they want to do on the page. Let the outcome be the outcome. Here I used a wide brush to create strips of color starting a bit beyond the center of the page. At first I made the stroke with wet paint, and then a second time with a very dry brush to create the brush strokes. When that was dry, I adhered the butterflies in the June Horizons kit following that line.
I had some beautiful photos of our daughters, Emberlynn and Natalie, from our recent trip to Savannah, GA. We were visiting the Children's Museum there, and this door invited us to see one of the spaces they rent out for events. The girls are so lovely there, framed by that gorgeous farm door!
I created my title using some of the Jillibean Soup alphabets that are in the Market shop. They coordinate beautifully with the other elements of the Horizon kit!
I created a very vertical title here, and used space in between the letters to add my journaling for the layout. I stamped a simple dotted line above each line using an old dotted line from my stash. Then I wrote a few sentences about how happy I am that these two will be friends for life.
I love the light, airy feel the butterflies give to this layout! They were my favorite product in the Horizon kit, to be sure, so I made a point to use them first. I did take them apart - they were the loveliest layers of gold and acrylic and silver, but they came apart fairly easy and I was able to peel the adhesive off. To attach them to my page, I simply added the tiniest strip of pop dots to each one.
I also added just the simplest of floral cluster on the right hand side of the layout, which is layered on top of a doily for a bit more texture. I also noted the who, where, and when underneath the photo. Here is another look at the layout.
Thank you so much for joining me today! This was such a fun layout to create and share with you. How are you using your Horizon kits this month? Be sure to tag us on Instagram! We would love to see!
Hello lovelies, it's Theresa here to share a mixed media layout with you! Our product focus for the month of June is watercolors, so I grabbed my Kuretake set and a stencil, plus my June Clique Kit called Horizon and got started!
My favorite feature of watercolors is how they flow along the page, and when you use them with stencils they make the design of the stencil pop! I began here with plain white card stock and laid down my stencil pattern using ordinary modeling paste. My favorite is Liquitex, but any brand will do beautifully. My stencil is from DecoArt #201606, and I have laid it down in a diagonal direction to lead your eye across the page.
Once the stencil is laid down, you can add your paint. You may need to gesso your page first, to get the paint to flow. I also like my watercolors to be more on the watery side, so when you turn your paper they flow beautifully around the design of the stencil. This also makes them more translucent and dimensional on your page. I typically start with the lightest colors first, because you can always go darker but you can't go lighter! On this layout I began with the reds and I laid the paint down on the flowers of the stencil, and then misted on more water and turned the page in different directions so the paint would move. You can control it somewhat, but it also layers beautifully when you begin adding other colors. The best way to approach it is to be open to an uncertain outcome and embrace how it turns out - you will be pleasantly surprised with this technique!
I also wanted a bit of shimmer on my page, so I accentuated the dots from the stencil using these shimmer paints from DecoArt and FolkArt. These are favorites of mine that I highly recommend keeping on hand! Now that my background is set, I can go about adding the photo and the embellishments.
I decided to place my photo in the center but slightly offset to the right of the layout. This photo is of me and was taken several weeks ago while we were in Savannah, GA at the Children's Museum. The museum is an outdoor museum made from an abandoned building that only has the ruins of the walls left, and the walls are just incredibly beautiful with so much texture and color and layers. I felt so inspired being in this space, and the sun was shining so beautifully, it was a perfect photo opportunity so I gave my husband the camera and asked him to take this. I am so glad I did!
My title felt right on top of the photo, and I wanted to use the glitter alphabet in the June kit, so I added a touch of patterned paper behind it. I also love the pop of black and white here. Every layout needs a bit of black! I have repeated the black and white using the washi tape, at the bottom of the layout as well.
Other little touches of black are in the flair and the journaling. Notice I also added a few paint dots and sequins around my page as well! There is so much to look at on this layout.
The ephemera pack is just divine, so I also used a few of the floral embellishments around the photo. I didn't want a lot, just a few simple pieces to repeat the colors and add more dimension to the floral stencil I already had in place. Thanks so much for joining me today! How are you using watercolors with your Horizon kit?