At first glance, this month's sketch from Lucy totally made me think shabby chic, and while I can create that vintagey style page, I only like to for certain photos, none of which I have at hand right now.
When Brian and I were walking through Varadero, we stopped for a cold drink at a small roadside counter, and the couple next to us asked us to take their photo, and then they returned the favour. You can see a bit of a mural behind us and I drew from those colours for this layout.
The papers are more By the Sea from Quick Quotes - I think that's the last of this, now, but it sure worked well for some of my Cuba pix. I flipped the sketch 180 degrees, placing my photo on the left side and the cluster in the upper right.
To create this cluster, I cut a piece from the flourish die cut (see in the large photo, the wave that runs below the photo? That was a flourish that would span a whole page. I trimmed the end and then used it elsewhere) and traced it onto my page. Then I filled it in with watercolour paint, and outlined it with black pen. I layered on the photos - these are just cropped down, not specially printed in a small size. Lots of times, your 4 x 6 photos can crop down to these specialized sizes and when you can do that you both save money, and probably narrow the focus of the photos. I layered the flourish, some chipboard diecuts and some punchinella into the cluster. In the background, you can see I washed on some light orange. To do a wash, you want a very wet brush, loaded up with lots of water and just a smidge of paint, to create a thin coat as you brush it on.
This is the lower cluster. I used a diecut from the collection as my title - a rare thing for me, I know, but this page will go into a travel album of our trip to Cuba and not every page needs a big huge title. You can see more punchinella forming a border, and grounding the photo area. Some stickles outline the diecut title and blue microbeads frame it. Crystal Effects highlight the waves of the flourish. You may also see on the watercolour wash some places where I used a linked circle template and just stamped through it to add more interest to the background. Some pen stitching and orange drops radiate from the circle, creating a sun-like effect.
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Thanks for dropping in and Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! We are blessed to live in this country, today and always.