Lemme ask you a question! What’s equal parts nervous and excited? No it’s not a man when he’s about to pop the question, or a woman having her first baby. Give up? Ok I’ll tell you…it’s me! I’m so excited to be a part of the Robert’s Arts and Crafts DT; however, with that excitement also comes nervousness since this is my very first DT ever. Plus, I’m following Bodacious Brie’s incredible butterfly masterpiece. At any rate, I definitely feel quite honored to have been chosen for this position.
We will be having an official blog hop to introduce ourselves soon, but let me tell you a bit about me before I get to my project for the day, and I won’t even copy it from my blog this time OK?!?!? Alright, let’s see…I’m a full-time student, full-time best babysitter ever (just ask my nephews…they love me), full-time single mom, and wanna-be full-time crafter. Purple is my all time favorite color ever, me and butterflies go together like peanut butter and jelly, Simon and Garfunkel, ketchup and fries…well you get the idea. I actually use both sides of my brain because I am whimsilytical (yeah I totally just made that word up). I am artsy, I enjoy the theater, and I love to write and am quite good at it. Totally right-brained huh? But then, I’m also great at math, extremely analytical, and an excellent communicator. Totally left brain stuff!
My crafting took a back seat for many years, but about five years ago, I discovered creative talent I didn’t know I had and that caused me to push the envelope even further on what I could do with that talent. Today I did this:
Yes yes…I know….it’s totally a summer page when it should be back-to-school right? The thing is…for us it’s still summer and we have a lot left of it still! I just can’t put my head around back to school yet; I refuse.
Roberts makes a page like this awfully easy to create, especially with things like free shipping on $50 orders or 20% off your total purchase. And I promise it isn’t as difficult to create as it might look. You will need some supplies of course, and some time…this certainly isn’t the fastest layout I’ve ever created that’s for sure.
12 x 12 sheet of paper for your page
DCWV Citrus Stack
Border Punch of your choice (I used a Martha Stewart one here)
Fundamentals 2 SD Card
Waterlife SD Card
Fundamentals 1 SD Card
Stamps (All stamps used were from K Andrews Designs)
Ink (Tim Holtz Distress ink in several colors, Memento Tuxedo Black)
Adhesive (foam squares, ATG, mono adhesive tape runner)
I don’t know about you but I LOVE one-stop shopping. Roberts is JUST that and carries everything you need to create my layout. So, now that you’ve got your supplies…here’s the process you might want to follow.
First you’re going to choose your papers. Except for the white paper in my layout and the green stem on the flower, every piece of paper used came from the Citrus Stack. This color scheme is a challenge for me, but I’m really pleased with the result. The entire design was inspired by one of the pieces of equipment in the photos. Look closely can you find it?
So first I took out my eCraft and cut Image 9 under the long stemmed floral category on Fundamentals 2. I cut this shape initially at 9 in green and then white. Then I cut it at 9.5 and then again at 10 to get the dimension shown below.
You will want to cut the head off the flower on all but your green piece so you can layer them. Once I had my flower cut, assembled, and stamped I adhered it to the page. One layer of the flower (the 10 inch one) is stuck down flat to the page, the rest are adhered with foam squares. Next, I cut one sheet of a patterned paper at 5 by 12 inches to serve as a background mat for the photos. Then, using a Martha Stewart edge punch, I punched the top and bottom edge of the paper. This was laid more or less at the bottom of my page and after I liked where it was I added the pictures.
Switching to the Waterlife cartridge, I cut the sun (Image 1 in the first category) at 4, without my pen in the trolley. By doing this, it didn’t draw the center piece and was just a sun shape. I cut the center layer from the same category and at about 2 inches then did some of the same layering effect as with the huge flower. The difference being I made both sun cuts the same size. Finally I reverted back to the oldie but goodie Fundamentals 1 cartridge and had it cut my “pennants” for me with no problems. These were cut at 2 and 2.5 I think. I’m sorry I don’t remember. I inked up all the edges and assembled them to look like a banner on the page, adhering them with foam squares for dimension. At the last-minute I decided to add some twine and I think it was just what this page needed to wrap it all up!
Good luck to all of you celebrating or getting ready for back-to-school. I promise to think of you when I’m chilaxin’ on the beach this weekend.