Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Much Joy

This is the first of a double page 8" x 8" layout I did using buttons as an embellishment. The title reflects both aspects of the day. Firstly, how the children in the photo's do bring 'much joy' when you are around them and secondly, look how 'much joy' they are having from the simple things in life. Hence the journalling, which reads 'Good old fashioned fun & games @ York Museum' - Not a DS or computer game in sight! I used Bazzill embossed cardstock for the background (Oopsy Daisy in white); strips of 2 x 12 cardstock from My Mind's Eye (Wild Asparagus); Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock (Phoenix); Buttons Galore buttons and Bazzill Bitty Blossoms (Neutrals and Garden Mix).I wanted a 'fun' layout to capture the essence of the photo's, so I used the flowers and buttons to add the colour and kept the background fairly neutral. When teaching techniques to 'newbies' it is important to offer layouts that can be adapted to any photo and with the change of flower and button colours, this layout works with any colour scheme. The strips of patterned papers come in other colour and patterns, which lends itself to plenty of layout options.

The layouts were both quick and easy to do (as the patterned papers are already in strips of 2x12), just cut them to whatever size you want, ink the edges and stick to your background cardstock. I used the red dotted swiss card to mat my photos, cut some swirls in green card (to add the flowers to). The options on adding the buttons to the flowers are plenty. I opted for sewing them to the flowers on the first layout and just sticking (double-sided tape works well) them on the other layout. You could use other mediums, such as twine, wool etc. to give more texture to the layout.

I think flowers and buttons are really versatile embellishments you can have on your layouts as there is so much you can do with them - give them a try!

1 comment:

  1. Great layouts the colours are fab, the buttons finish those flowers off really well.

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