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Two Groovy Chicks

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So have you entered the competition yet? Make sure you do before the drawing on Sunday.

Today I have a fun 8.5 x 11 layout to share featuring my niece Bethany and my cousin Megan (aka Tilly). This was inspired by a cool layout over on the Studio Calico blog, although the end result doesn’t look anything remotely like the original layout that inspired me – but isn’t that the beauty of inspiration?

I wanted to contrast the kraft cardstock with a bright and busy pattern paper, and this flowery design from Toga worked fantastically – plus it gave me the opportunity to cut out this really cute birdie from the reverse of the paper.

The circular photos were a way to create an element of fun and whimsy amidst a sea of bubbly, layered embellishments to create a layout with a young, girly feel. I loved drawing around a die cut cloud to create the subtle impression of a shape. I could have cut some out of patterned paper, but I felt this would have been too heavy for the layout, and after all, aren’t clouds supposed to be light and airy? The bird was too cute not to use, but as this was a bold colour, it caught the eye and drew attention away from the photos, so to maintain the balance of the layout i created a visual triangle by adding a flower gem on the flourish and a red button. These three red elements create a triangle which has a central point of the main photo, thus bringing the attention back to the girls, where it belongs. I created another similar visual triangle using darker colours: the heart on the green background, the Friends stamp & the dots stamp. I should note that I don’t always do this intentionally, i just do what feels right. I’m happy with the finished piece, and I hope you like it too.

Products Used:

Kraft Cardstock
Pattern Paper – Toga
Fiskars Circle Cutter
Brown fine tip pen, brown colouring pencil
Studio Calico Stamp
Friend Stamp – Studio G
White gel pen
Card Candy – Card Craft Creations
Bubble alphas – KI Memories
Bubble alpha – doodlebug designs
rub ons- glitz designs
Circle punch
die cut shapes (unknown)
Heidi Swapp teardrop gems
woodgrain stamp – Heroarts
Brown Archival Ink

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