Tuesday, August 25, 2015

See Yourself Clearly


I haven't been making many full size layouts lately as more energy has gone into various mini albums and it actually has me wondering if I could let layouts go because I'm feeling pulled in so many directions. But this layout, this one needed to be made and it needed to be big.

I was one of the fortunate 100 that received a doodle from Brandi Kincaid and her take on the 100 Day Project. Along with my doodle, she was gracious enough to send me a surprise that just floored me and I'd been thinking ever since how I was going to document it. I finally made myself sit down and just start.


Brandi had written me a very sweet note on the back and so I didn't want to put her artwork directly onto my layout, instead I took a photograph of it and printed it on a piece of muslin fabric I cut from a bag. This is actually the second time I've done this and just love the results. Because of what she wrote, I paired it with a blurry selfie that I snapped a few weeks ago and had in mind making up a quote about seeing yourself clearly. I headed straight to Google to see if I'd come up with something unique or if it was something that had already been said. Come to find out the phrase I was toying with was similar to a quote from Ellen Degeneres, so I opted to use that.

I stamped the entire quote onto my paper and hoped for the best. My pencil lines got slightly skewed so some letters don't line up quite right, but I was more than halfway done when I realized it. Also it took more space than I thought it would and so I had to change everything about my page design.


The background paper is from an old Fancy Pants collection but everything else is from Crate Paper {Wonder}. The stamps are Stepping Stone from Hero Arts/Studio Calico and Alpha Tabs from Sweet Stamp Shop stamped in Glass Slipper from Studio Calico.

11 comments:

  1. Great layout. Love the alpha stamps. The open alpha is perfect for the quote. The top reminds me of an envelope flap too which fits the layout too. Plus Brandi's doodle is fabulous.

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  2. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity, Elise! Loving the stamping and the muslin drawing. Such a great way to preserve a treasure, yet still keep the original on hand. Beautiful work with the Wonder collection too. It's one of my current favorites. :)

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  3. This is so, so beautiful, and I'm humbled to have a piece from me join you on the page. I love the almost movement to the stamped quote - it gives so much life to words and the layout as a whole.

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  4. So pretty. The printing on the muslin bag is so clever. I love the design, and everything you chose, from the stamps, to ink, to everything else, is just perfect. Michelle t

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  5. i'm so pleased you made this one big. It's incredible. love it.

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  6. Awesome!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing Elise!

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  7. Love this....so very clever. So funny that I used the quote that Brandi sent you in my PL recently. How clever to print in on muslin.

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  8. Great quote! This page is beautiful.

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  9. So how do you take a photo and print it on fabric? This is so awesome in so many ways Elise! Love this:0

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    1. Thanks so much! I cut a piece of muslin fabric and used washi tape to adhere it on all sides to a piece of regular printer paper and then fed it through our laser printer. Thankfully it's thin enough to go through without issue. :)

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  10. Beautiful layout !!!!
    love the added art on the muslin, looks great and adds texture.

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Thank you so much for taking your time to comment, I truly appreciate all your kind words!