Friday, 26 July 2013

A Photo Collage Layout

Happy Friday Folks!

Do you ever find yourself wanting to use a bunch of photos from one photo shoot on a layout, but can't seem to narrow your photo choices enough?  I had that issue while choosing the photos for this double page layout.  In the end I decided to create a photo collage in Photoshop Elements, and to include two other larger photos to balance the layout.

Each of the smaller images in the collage are 2" by 3", making the entire collage 12" by 6". 

I have used Teresa Collins He Said She Said - He Said collection here.  This line is perfect for a masculine layout, and the pops of red really complimented these photos of my nephew in his Ben 10 shirt.

The left hand page.  You will notice here that the two photos from the very left of the photo collage are actually on the left page, but when you view the layout as a whole this is barely noticeable.

The right page.  The title was a combination of Thickers (did you notice I used upside-down "p's" for my "d's" in "boddo"? - I had already used up all my "d's"!), sticker alphas from the collection's sticker sheet, and "boys" was cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  

Some close ups of some of the layering.  I loved all the little phrases in this line.  And I don't think I can create anything at the moment without including some of those cute enamel dots!

I always make at least one card with leftovers from a layout.  The "He Said" journal tag was cut from the Quotes paper and then run through my printer for the sentiment, and I then added some die cut and fussy cut phrases, and some more enamel dots.

The moustashe was also fussy cut from patterned paper.

I find that fussy cutting patterned paper gives me so many additional elements to use on layouts and cards.   Are you a fussy cutter or do you find it hard to cut into those pretty patterned papers?

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Getting Inky with Mixed Media Cards

I had some spare time for a small project recently and grabbed my gesso and some mists and stamps to play with a couple of mixed media cards.

I keep an old novel at my scrap desk and tear pages from it now and again to use as my background paper, and that's where I started with this card.

You can pick out some of the layers here, the book page, textured gesso, stamping with various stamps,  inks and then adding some embellishments, chipboard and rub ons.

The second card was for my nephew who had his 15th birthday coming up.   Being a teenage boy's card, I wanted to create something a little grungy, but without being too dark.  It's still a birthday card after all right?  

I was too impatient to wait for gesso to dry on this project so I simply started with a plain grid patterned paper and went from there.  A few mists, some doodling, and stamping helped to bring the paper to life.

This closeup really picks up the shine from the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Black Magic).  So pretty.

The chipboard is "Chicken Mesh Wire" by Twiddleybitz.  I randomly snipped two pieces out and embossed with silver embossing powder to keep the metallic look, and then adhered it by stapling it with my Tim Holtz tiny attacher.

Even though I'm mostly a 'clean' project kind of girl, it's so much fun to get inky when I can!