Today, I'm continuing on with the sharing of projects I made using the Studio Calico Park Ave kits. After I made the Toontown, Disneyland 2014 layout, I was even more enamored with that colorful buildings paper. I wanted to use it again.
This time, I didn't necessarily want to use the building images so much as the pretty colors so I cut the paper into skinny strips. This is a good trick to use on papers where you don't necessarily want to use the paper for its design, but you like the colors.
I adhered the colorful strips randomly against the large b/w striped background paper. I like that the strips added fun pops of color to the otherwise, very neutral background.
One of the things I'm trying to work on is using colored ink more often when stamping. I'm a grey and black ink sorta girl. Those are my staples and I always have them out, right in front of me, when crafting. But, I mean, I have all of these inks and a few of these, so I need to start keeping them out + using them.
I stamped the "give me some sugar" phrase with the ABM Plum ink, created a colorful, stamped patterned at the base of the layout using the ABM Redhead and Mineral inks & stamped twice directly on the background paper, again, using the redhead and mineral inks. I like the way the colored stamping gives this layout just a little extra oomph.
After the finishing details like washi, sewing and journaling were complete I used pop dots to prop the wood veneer arrows up onto the photo. Because I'd already pop dotted (ha!) the photo, I only used a couple of dots towards the end of the arrows then laid the points directly on the photo.
I really like this layout. I love the colors. Also, using strips of patterned paper on my projects makes for a quick way to add visual interest without too much fuss.
So that's that.
I had a pretty productive weekend so I'm excited to be sharing some fun things here on the blog this week. I hope you'll join me!