Monday, April 20, 2009
Layout of the Week
On a recent visit to the store, I noticed a much anticipated order had arrived. We finally had in stock custom paper for the local elementary & middle schools from Scrappin' Sports. We have carried custom paper for all the local high schools for a while now, and I love it too, but since I have an elementary aged child, this paper is particularly exciting to me. So I grabbed a sheet for my stash and started thinking about what to use it for. When I came across a couple photos from Delaney's school art fair in February, I knew what to use the Sexton Mountain Elementary School paper for. Since this layout is for the Delaney's art fair, I tried extra hard to use some crafty techniques in this layout.
I used a non-textured 12 x 12 sheet of white paper for the background of the page. Next I used scissors to cut a diagonal chunk (none of my paper trimmers will cut 12 x 12 on a diagonal...something to add to my wish list....)being sure to include just the words in the design that I wanted to show. I liked the white print of the school name showing on both the top & bottom of my piece. On my white mats and Quickutz (Diesel font with matching shadow) letters, I used a tooth brush and black & red acrylic paint to spatter paint the paper. After the paper dried, I mounted them on black backgrounds. I used a silver gel pen to write captions on the black photo mats. The black embellishments on the page are Vera accents by THICKERS. After putting all my elements on my page, I thought it needed something more. For the finishing touch, I took a paper towel, scrunched it up & dipped it into my black paint. I used the paper towel to "sponge" black paint around the edge of my layout.
I'm really happy with the way this one turned out. I like all the creative flairs, especially for an art fair layout showing the awesome wire Ferris wheel sculpture that my 2nd grader designed from scratch and created with just a little help from Grandpa, Dave & me. She was very excited for me to create a special layout for one of her projects.