Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Carving Time layout (CQC108)

Hi all! Time for another "Halloween-y" color combo at colourQ! Sorry, I just HAD to use my made-up word one more time! :) And actually, you don't have to go Halloween with these colors at all, last week, several people did NOT go that route, and there were some GORGEOUS non-Halloween projects up! Woot woot! 

Here's my layout: 
I'll admit, I am not real thrilled with these pics, the colors became off because of the glitter on some of the accents (like the letters). I've got some more better "detail" shots below, also not lovin' the weird light filtering across the pics, I swear, they are not like that in person! I DID go "Halloween-y" ;) because I just CAN'T NOT do holiday stuff if there's the opportunity? Yeah, I'm kind weird that way... blame it on my Christmas birthday! I do! ;) 
You can see here how I arranged the photos...
The pic of each boy above, and their jack-o-lantern right below them.
I added names to the pumpkin pics.
I essentially arranged the page in 3 strips/sections, one per boy.
So my VERY Halloween page, I was desperately TRYING not to do my typical "border strips" pages. My go-to layouts are always, border strips either along the top or the sides, usually title on the strips, and then mat and arrange pictures in a boring fashion & add coordinating stickers. And, if I want to get ALOT of scrapping done in a hurry, it pays to stick with that, because I can do those border strip pages with my eyes closed! BUT, if I am trying to actually create a DYNAMIC layout? Well, then, I either need a sketch or to think outside the little box/rut my brain gets into! 
So, ok, sorry for rambling... I matted the orange (peach) paper with a black piece. I found some yellow in my stash that was almost an exact match for the daffodil color, but it was shimmery! oh yeah! Cut two 5" wide strips and laid them down about 2/3 of the way down the page (rule of thirds, look it up if you don't know what I'm yammering about, good design principle!) This is another thing where the pics are a bit weird, the yellows have far more contrast than shown, but the shimmer reflected the light more, and in some pics it appears to be the same shade of yellow. 
You can see the contrast between the 2 yellows much better in this pic.
I distressed all the outside edges with one of those edge distresser thingys. So, I decided to use the yellow strip as the place where the pictures would all "land." I ended up covering more of the page (and almost ALL of the yellow strips!) with this plan, but I really like this. I got ELEVEN (count 'em!) pics on this two page spread (SWEET!) and still had room for a journaling block? Yep, I'll be doing this technique again! Maybe it will get me out of my border page rut :) 
You can see in this pic better that the letters do match the paper!
The title was made with some glittery letters I had in my stash in the perfect shade! Most of the "decoration" on the page came in around the title with those glittery chipboard pieces. The photos are matted in the Saffron shade. At the end I decided to add the banner with the "lanternmania" sentiment to bring in a bit more of the Daffodil color that I had (almost completely!) covered with my pics. Threw in a few dimensional and pillow stickers to complement the page. I bought some of these Storybox kits from Creative Memories recently, and I've been using a TON of them on my Disney layouts (pics to come soon!) It's a journaling box, it's also a photo mat, LOVE that! And, generally, I really NEED lined paper if I'm doing hand journaling. So, I love these & that's what I used here. Added the boys' names to the first page, since I arranged the pics of their pumpkins right under their respective pictures. And that's it! Hope you like it & I hope you'll join us at colourQ this week! :) 
Have a stellar day! 
xoxo, Noelle
Journaling paper with lines.
supply list: peach, saffron, and black cardstock: SU!; shimmery yellow "daffodil" cardstock: Bazzill; glittery chipboard shapes: Martha Stewart Crafts; letter stickers & pillow stickers: K&Company; dimensional stickers: Jolee's; glittery orange letters: Colorbok; journaling box: Creative Memories; black pen: Zig
"Lanternmania" banner in the daffodil color.


Annette said...

awesome layout... that is the best part...carving the pumpkins.. Thanks for sharing..

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

This is totally FUN!!!!

Marlena M. said...

Wonderful, detailed pages. Beautiful Noelle! ;)

Noelle said...

Nephy, here's something else I have done with it, used pleated ribbon or trim peeking out so it looks like a "petticoat"... ;) It really is my favorite edger punch, it's very versatile & works for my boys' cards and pages as much as for feminine cards. Hope to see you again at another DCSG crop! :)