What a month it's been! It's only football but I feel as if I've been put through an emotional wringer : exhilaration at feats of physical brilliance, disbelief when the unexpected underdogs triumph, joyous celebration as your team makes the winning goal and ,inevitably, disappointment as dreams of going the distance are crushed. So my focus hasn't really been on scrapbooking and I'm not exactly brimming with creative ideas. I decide to take it easy on myself and create a layout closely following a sketch from Russian challenge blog Paperdvizhnik.
To soften the angular blocks and the long diagonal line of the sketch, I add some fussy-cut organic shapes from a Fancy Pants floral pattern paper, tucking them along the slanting edge. Shaping the flower petals and the leaves to create slight ripples and layering them also allows me to add a hint of dimension to this otherwise flat page. Having added these botanical elements led me to include an illustrated, bird-on-a-branch button which I can't make work with anything else in this month's kits, but seem to fit nicely here.
While not feeling particularly inspired on the creative front, I did successfully try out a few new techniques this month. Here I experimented with text transfer using a blender pen. My Puskin font title was printed, then photocopied using the mirror image function and finally transferred onto the page using a Chartpak blender marker. Although the blender ink lightened some of blue of the background, it wasn't a problem with the blue-sky paper and I love how clearly the words transferred.
When I started scrapbooking, being too cheap to buy alphas at S$15 a pop I resorted to printing out my titles and journaling. However this meant I designed mainly 8.5"x11" pages as anything wider didn't fit my printer. The funny thing is now that I regularly receive Thickers as part of my Citrus Twist kits, I almost never use them; having become captivated by the variety of font styles and sizes I can achieve by printing. So I'm thrilled by the ability to transfer printed text because now I can added custom titles to 12"x12" layouts too.
Citrus Twist July Kits : Webster's Pages (Our Travels Journey Begins, Sweet Routine Around the House), Studio Calico South of Market Herringbone Vellum, Fancy Pants Burlap and Bouquets Fresh Bouquet, Teresa Collins Something Wonderful Enamel Dots and Shapes, Citrus Twist Stamps, MME Market Street Ashbury Heights Label Stockers, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Cats Cradle, Crate Paper Open Road (Layered Borders, Highway Thickers), October Afternoon Public Library Tidbits, wood veneer. Previous Kit : Heidi Swapp Mixed Company Ephemera