Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In Midair {Start to Finish}

I was looking at the April mood board challenge by Life.Paper.Scrapbook. that was recently posted, and immediately I was inspired by the colors and the images of the pencils, triangles, and chevrons.


I had a die cut sitting on my desk and thought that the photo I chose would be a nice contrast. From there I picked a sheet from the 6"x6" Maggie Holmes {Styleboard} pad. It has the same colors as the mood board, just muted. I cut some squares of wax paper for layering, then picked out an alphabet, some wood grain sequins, two threads and two spray mists. I knew this wouldn't be a layout heavy with supplies, so stopped there.


While I select items, I'm already beginning to think about how they'll go on the page. I assembled my layers in the center of the page. Next I lined up my title, found out that I didn't have any more of the letter "t", and so changed it from In the Air to In Midair.


I knew I'd be sewing a frame around everything so instead of sprinkling the sequins, I decided to include them in the frame. I used glue dots to adhere the sequins and then hand cranked the sewing machine over them. After each set of three, I removed any glue that was stuck to the needle and continued on. My stitches got a little wonky in one corner and I usually remedy that by making multiple passes, but wanted to keep it to just one row of stitches so came to terms with my mistake and moved on.

After the sewing was done, I added some small drops of mist and then put the layers back into place. I wanted a little more dimension so found little aqua gems to add to the areas of mist droplets.

I've mentioned before that I've been using my stamps a lot more and I badly wanted to incorporate them onto this layout. I decided I'd stamp onto scrap paper and cut the images out. That way if I changed my mind about them, I didn't have to use them.


At this point the layout was done, I just needed to decide on the stamped pieces. I usually leave my projects in process to let them marinate and then I'll return with fresh eyes to make sure I like how everything has come together. In the end, I decided to keep the stamped pieces.

Sorry for the lengthy post, I think it's a good idea from time to time to evaluate my process and in doing so, I get to share it with you crafty people. :) Do you stick to the same process or does it vary?

13 comments:

  1. What a beautiful photo! Gorgeous layout, too. :)

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  2. Great colors. I love the stitched border with the sequins around the pic. And the pic itself is super cool too!

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  3. I loved seeing how this came together, Elise! Absolutely beautiful in every way!

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    1. Forgot to say this would be perfect to link up to Mum's the Word at Paper Issues. If you link up, and link back, you could win a Doodlebug prize pack. :) http://www.paperissues.blogspot.com/2014/04/new-issue-mums-word.html

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  4. Awesome photo! Love all the layers and the stitching. Just beautiful. :)

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  5. Fun to hear about your though process and how everything came together! Beautiful page!

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  6. absolutely gorgeous - that photo is stunning! It was great to read about your process too :)

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  7. So so so beautiful!! Love this layout!!

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  8. I love to hear your process ! Please, do it again ! Gorgeous layout !

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  9. I am now eager to use the inspiration of your layout to go wrap some thread around a diecut and doily. It looks so fresh and crisp and soft! awesome!

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  10. Your layout is really pretty.
    I love the softness to it with the colours and the embellishments you used.
    Where did you use the stamp? I have been searching for it

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! It's the orange concentric circles that are stamped images. :)

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