Monday, 11 June 2012

DT Inspiration - October Afternoon

Hi everyone,

It's Michelle back again to post up some inspiration.  The last couple of month's have flown by and I've enjoyed creating with my latest design team kit.

For my first post, I'm going to share with you two layouts I have created with October Afternoon papers and embellishments from the Sasparilla Collection.   

This collection has a fun boyish theme but could definitely work with other photos as well.  I decided to scrap a photo of Liam on his 8th birthday posing with his sister when he was about to blow out the candle on his cake.

The background paper has unfortunately sold out in the shop (OA Stagecoach) but again wood grained papers are so popular in the scrapbooking world at the moment and I just love using them instead of card stock as they create interest without being overly busy.  I got lots of cool embellishments in my DT kit and one of them being the OA Sasparilla Flower sack which at $4.90 is really great value.  I wanted to do something slightly different than just layering these as embellishments on the page so I  folded a few of them in half to create a cute little banner at the top of the page.  I have also used them on either side of my photo to balance and interest as well. Of course, my page wouldn't be complete without tags, a banner and layering of patterned papers!  And did you spot those cute little people wood veneers... Gosh they are soooo cute!  They are sold out at the moment but I know that Adrienne has more on order... Studio Calico has a couple of other options including cameras and frames.. they are still available here

Products used:
OA Sasparilla Stagecoach
Studio Calico - Huey's Mist White
Studio Calico - Wood Veneer People 

For my second layout - I challenged myself to use up the scraps from the first layout above.  Often I find this helps me decide how to create a layout and even makes it easier as a lot of the decision making on what to do is taken out of my hands.  I also wanted to create a multi photo layout as I think it is ultimately easier to just stick one photo on the page but at the end of the day.. that wouldn't get many photos scrapped would it?   

I also wanted to challenge myself to use the comic strip side of the Dash Dalton patterned paper.  To be honest, I first thought was I LOVE the denim side of this paper and there was no way I was going to use up the cowboy comic strip which was very busy.  But I didn't want to take the easy safe route and I wanted to show you how to use a busy patterned paper without overpowering your photos.  This layout idea came to me with a play on the theme of the comic strip of cowboys and riding horses etc but instead of riding horses I chose to use photos of Liam 'riding' the waves at Hahei beach last summer.  I then just cut out little segments of the comic strip and tucked them underneath my photos so you can see parts of the pictures but not the whole thing.  Then layering other papers and embellishments around and under the comic strip to create two little photo stories.   Keeping the other embellishments to a minimum and having white space on the layout helps to ensure the layout isn't too busy.  

Products used:
OA Little Flyers - Farmhouse

I hope I have inspired you to get creative with some OA products and have a great week!



Megs said...

OMG I wish my layouts with scraps could look that good!

belinda leen said...

great work Michelle! can see some Jessy Christopher inspo in bottom lo perhaps?

Annelie Maddock said...

Very cool, you always ROCK the October Afternoon!!

April said...

Awesome work!!

Heidi said...

Oh Michelle you so ROCK OCTOBER AFTERNOON, these are flipping GORGEOUS

Tanz_20 said...

love the denim in these what a great way to use fabric scraps.

Rebecca Mosher said...

Love your pages Michelle, especially the last one. All the differant elements go so well together. Its almost CAS, but there are so many details to it. Pinning! :D


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