Happy December! I am here today to share with you my layout from the Stick it Down Single Page Sketch. When I saw the sketch I was puzzled, I wasn't sure how I was going to pull this off. So I looked at the other design team layouts and thought I would follow suit and use a cut file. As I cruised through the Silhouette Store and added about 12 wreath files to my cart it had then occurred to me that a few months back my friend sent me a home decor image of someone who folded papers around tied twine to form a wreath for a decoration. So I went with that in my head and came out with this:
I absolutely love how this layout turned out! I may even frame it for the holidays and then add it to my album after! For this layout I cut strips from multiple paper packs ranging from 2.25-1.25 inches wide and then varied the height of the flags from 2-2.5 inches long. I then laid the papers out how I thought I wanted them to go.
Once I was satisfied with the basic layout of the papers, came the hard part. I didn't feel like they popped enough off of the light background so I used an old school technique and inked each flag. First I had to decide which flag was to be flat on the page and start there, and work in sections. I would add pop dots to the back to add dimension and then added in a third height by doubling the pop dots.
Once the wreath was complete I simply used a bow template and enlarged it to make a BIG paper bow. I used gold glitter washi for the center and then decided to add glitter Stickles around the edge of the bow. Once I began the with the Stickles I couldn't stop. So I added simple clear glitter around each of the flags for some fun and festive sparkle and shine.
Here is the bow template I used. I just made it the size of my 8.5x11" paper in word and printed it out. Then I easily fussy cut it out of the red grid paper and assembled.
Once the Layout was dry I added in the year and the banner title. I played around with some enamel shapes and rhinestones but I didn't think they added anything to the layout so I took them off... I know I am shocked too!
And that is my layout and process for the December Sketch. You can see the sketch below and participate by making your layout and adding it to the blog here. Be sure to post it for prizes and giveaways! Can't wait to see what you make!
For this months Single Page Sketch on Stick it Down I decided to really think out side of the usual. As soon as I saw the sketch I was slightly confused by what I was going to do, then I saw a bag of 2018 confetti and "ta da" so here is my take on the sketch you can find here on the Stick it Down blog.
For this layout I started with the Simple Stories "Congrats Grad" paper pack, I didn't like the bottom where it said "way to go" (I thought it would be too clashy with the giant 2018) so I tore it off. I love to tear my paper and have that rough edge, I fall back on that technique a lot. It makes me look "whimsical and creative" while still being a straight arrow ;) I used another 12x12 paper with stars and dots for the top but it felt too busy so I tore that one too and added my go to grid paper in the center.
I used a very basic font on my Silhouette and created the "2018" and the shadow and cut them from a complimentary glitter paper from The Paper Studio Glitter paper pad. I love this paper and use it a lot, it does not flake, it is easy to cut or punch, and it adds just enough shimmer for me!
Instead of using the banner as the sketch shows, since my inspiration was a packet of confetti I decided to make a shaker banner. I used the bottom of my graph paper and drew out an outline and then used my fuse tool to trace the banner. I stuffed it with some micro beads, congrats / grad confetti, seed beads, and glitter, and adhered that over the top of the "2018."
My daughter was promoted with a high GPA and they provided her a cord to honor her status and I wanted to incorporate that into the page so I took some similar colored embroidery floss, braided it and frazzled the ends beyond the knots and voila. I wrapped and used micro glue dots to adhere this to the number 1. I love this ultra personal touch on the page!
Finally, because I cannot just leave a page "flat" I punched some stars from the glitter paper and adhered them with foam dots and found a stash of rhinestones to make the top of the page more interesting.
I am loving that I am keeping up with current events and getting the stories down when they are fresh versus trying to catch up the past stories. I will get there, eventually, but this is really keeping me happy!
Thanks for stopping by!