Friday, April 18, 2014

Brotherly Love - A Cherry On Top Becky Fleck/Page Maps Sketch Challenge #65

 Check out the sketch this layout is based on over at A Cherry On Top by clicking here.  This one is due on Monday since it was posted a day sooner.  They've been posting them on Tuesdays and making them due the Tuesday following.  The best part about their sketch challenges is that you get 100 cherry points just for participating.  Every 1,000 cherries gets you a $5 discount (to redeem your cherries, you have to have double the cost in your cart, so 1,000 cherries or $5 off means you have to have $10 worth of product in your cart) and they work alongside coupons.  I have a HUGE order to make very soon with them and after cherries, coupon codes and gift certificates it will be FREE for me!  The order will include 90% of my wish list items from CHAW 2014 and a few bits from mid season releases as well.

I REALLY love this month's Cocoa Daisy kit and felt like the colors worked well with the photos.  I even tore open an item that came in the mail today (the green alphas that spell out 'brotherly' in my title).  I stuck to the navy and green in this layout and am very happy with how it turned out.  The sketch called for a few different elements, but I modified them to fit my needs and even added extras of things that only appeared once in the sketch.  I also used photos that worked for me.  I tend to take lots of close up photos which means I have to compile a collage of photos on my phone and pull out my Selphy in order to print them out (or think even further ahead and collage them prior to submitting an order at Costco) and I tend to try and print photos in bulk.  95-99% of my photos are 4x6 which is why you see that a lot in my layouts.  The 3x4 photos in my last PL spread was done on my Selphy but that was just to get me started.  Since then, I've set up all of my pictures in PicFrame a few days ago to print 3x4 size and will do a batch print when the time comes.  So, for now at least, 4x6 is the way to go.  The photo on the right was cropped down to 4.75 inches, I believe.  I would have left it at 5 inches, but it really limited the space I had for journaling.
 I LOVE how my title turned out (no pun intended).  I didn't plan on layering the navy alphas (bean board alphas by Jillibean Soup) but when I was picking things up to glue a few layers down, they naturally laid on top of each other and I liked how it looked enough to play around with it to get what you see here.  Later on, while trying to find some elements for my embellishment clusters, I punched out some hearts using a small heart punch from Stampin' Up using the bokeh paper (that I mentioned previously is an exclusive paper in the kit) and they didn't work where I wanted them to as the scale was too big.  For kicks, I stuck it inside of the O thinking I would hate it and I actually fell in love with it.  It might be my favorite accident, yet.
 The hard part for me was finding hearts that weren't flat and were the proper scale for the clusters.  These dark wood heart veneer from Studio Calico (the Atlantic collection, I think) were the perfect size but because they were really dark so when I applied ink to them, it turned the ink really dark as well.  I ended up coating them with some white pigment ink (it's the only white I have beyond my Dylusions mist and honestly, I didn't even think of that until just this moment) and after making and cleaning up a huge mess, I let them sit for a couple of hours while my family and I went out to dinner (we couldn't decide what to do with the meat we had taken out and the boys were too cranky to sit and wait for something to be cooked by that point anyway so we went with the easy route).  When I came home and sat back down to finish up the layout, they still weren't dry.  I ended up coloring them with a bright green copic and because I didn't want to ruin my brush tip if I couldn't get the ink to come off (I knew it was going to transfer since it was still coming off on EVERYTHING at this point) I used the chisel tip.  I was able to scribble the excess white ink off, but you can still see a minute trace of something on the tip so this is definitely not something I would recommend doing unless the ink you are coloring over is 100% dry.  I didn't want to wait as this was the final element of the layout to be added and was too lazy to pull out my heat tool so I braved it out.  The geotags are from the Studio Calico Essentials line and the puffy star stickers (the dots in the next photos as well) are from a Studio Calico kit that I got on sale.
 I originally intended to take the scalloped piece of paper and spread it across to the end of the page (under the journaling) but my journaling ran a bit long so I had to change my game plan.  The last piece ended up above my banner cluster in the next photo.  I used another scrap piece of the exclusive Cocoa Daisy bokeh paper and stamped the date using the October Afternoon 2010's date stamp with Stampin' Up's Night Of Navy.  The journaling was done in the same color marker.
This was the first (and easiest) cluster to come together.  I purchased a grab box from Scraptastic last fall and in it were a bunch of cut aparts (love them!!).  The blue ikat chevron banner is from that purchase.  The green banner on the left was made using more of the bokeh paper (can you tell I love that paper?) and the right banner was a cut apart date label that I cut the corners off of from the April Cocoa Daisy Day In The Life cards.  I was originally unsure how the white word paper would look against the green one (they are almost identical with only a slight difference in the text starting point when you compare the full 12x12 sheets) but the difference in color really makes them look nice layered together.  I originally thought this was going to be the toughest element for me to tackle, but as soon as I threw out the idea of needing to replicate the banner (I don't particularly care for them) on the sketch and try my own thing, it really was the easiest part to decide on.  I like that they are still banners, so they still follow the spirit of the sketch while working for my style.

I know I ended up taking several liberties with this sketch, but in the end, it still follows the feel of it and I think it turned out great.  I can definitely say the trend of navies is really keeping me inspired to not just buy it all, but to actually use it.  Navy is one of my favorite colors.  Blankets, cars, phones, jeans (almost all of my jeans are a really dark denim...the type that warns against bleeding and to wash them on their own when you first get them), decor, just about anything that could have navy in it usually did for most of my life.  Not until recently did I start finding myself attracted to other colors (teal, purple, and grey...ironically my HS colors and I hated my high school while attending it...have become colors I find myself really drawn to over the course of the past few years but I still have my deeply rooted love for navy) and I was worried about not liking much from this year.  I think the color of the year was supposed to be purple, but I think navy is taking hold and I LOVE IT!  In this instance, the bright green really makes the navy pop.  It doesn't look sad, dismal, or depressing but rather cheerful and happy.  Just what I need in my navy.

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  1. I love how your title turned out too! And your photos are super sweet. Thanks for sharing :)