You know how sometimes you have supplies that you really want to create with but for some reason, you just can't??
Besides the giraffes (my favorite!!), the colors and design of the Heidi Swapp Mosaic patterned paper really grabbed my attention. I absolutely knew I wanted to create a project using that paper in a big way.
(Side note: A couple of processes go through my mind when I have a patterned paper like this... 1. How can I cut it up to enhance the design? and/or 2. Should I leave it as is and use it as a background?)
I played around with the idea of cutting up a few geometric shapes from the paper to randomly arrange them around the page. That could've worked. I kept the supplies out on my desk for a few weeks. I'd come back to it and move things around but nothing stuck.
And then I thought, "why not just fall back on my favorite go-to technique?"
Enter paper strips.
Paper strips are SO easy + they make such a big impact.
I've done a version of this layout before. Here.
Once I had my mind made up, this layout came together quite quickly.
I laid down the paper strips and thought about sewing them but that wasn't really the direction I wanted to go. Then, I looked over and noticed a tube of Color Theory gold acrylic paint out on my desk and went with it.
(Another side note: I think I need to experiment more with paints and the like. I always like the result but hate the clean up.)
Once the paint was dry (actually, the paint wasn't dry. I'm impatient), I decided on my photo and title placement. Then I brought in those wood veneer hoops, which were from this add-on.
Once everything was laid out, I wasn't left with a place for my journaling. Of course.
Cue the labels. Found a pack of navy blue labels from an older kit and just randomly placed them around the wooden hoops.
I then played around with a few stamps from Kelly Purkey, Ali Edwards and Studio Calico to finish the layout off.
I think, overall, this layout took me 3 weeks to complete.
But I love the way it turned out. It's one of my favorite photos. I love this story/memory and am happy to have this layout put away safely in our Disneyland 2014 album.
WooHoo! On to the next unfinished project...
But first, tell me, what's the longest you've spent on a single project?