Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Project Life {February 2016}


Continuing with self-imposed challenges, I'm really trying to focus on using items in my stash that I can't seem to let go when I pare my supplies down. I had an idea in mind to use my letter stickers as a way to create filler cards for my page, but turning them into cards I was happy with was another story. I wasn't keen on the direction I was headed, but after a supportive boost from a friend, and I kept at it.

Something that's been a little mantra for me is that, less is more. At first I was going to use those pink and red tile stickers as full 3x4 cards, but it just wasn't working for me. Realizing it was making the page too busy, I tore them into strips, cut down the black and white letter stickers and layered both against patterned paper. Once that was done, I felt good moving forward with the rest of my page.


For the other cards with alphabet stickers, I adhered the letters, applied a coat of gesso, and added some color with watercolors. Then I gave it a white wash with watered down white acrylic paint. The final touch was adding some tiny droplets of pink ink.


I printed my photos at slightly smaller than 3x3 and then popped them onto white cardstock so that they looked like Polaroids. I printed my journaling and trimmed it down and added my alphabet border strips with gold paperclips. In the end I was able to use three small alphabet sticker sheets and most of one 12x12 sheet. Now to find ways to use the rest!

Supplies:
patterned paper - 6x6 Becky Higgins paper pad {Everyday Edition}
alphabet stickers - Basic Grey {Scarlet's Letter}, My Mind's Eye {Sky's the Limit}, ABM Messy Box
mini flair - Rainbow Hearts and Hello Life (designed by Jana McCarthy) - Feed Your Craft
other - transparent gesso, watercolors, white acrylic paint, gold paperclips
journaling - Traveling Typewriter

13 comments:

  1. Such clever ways to use your alpha stickers, Elise! I love what you did with the Basic Grey (?) alphas. I have a load of those in my stash (and no, I can't bear to part with them either, LOL). :)

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  2. You always have the cleverest little ideas Elise, and like you trying to use the stash up that never seems to get smaller. I do love how those tiny alpha stickers turned out.

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  3. Super-Dooper Creative! I can't seem to part with any of my alphas either. I'm definitely going to try something like this soon. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  4. Giggles! It was actually lovely to hear about your struggle and how you overcame it. WELL DONE! AND it looks fabulous. Really like those 'torn' bits of alphas against the dotty red paper. AND that 3x3 polaroid idea tickles my fancy....thanks for the idea:):)

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  5. I love this spread! It is so creative and clean at the same time! <3

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  6. Way to go with those alphas! #love #justmightcopythat

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  7. Your sense of estheticism is such a treat for the eyes Elise!
    Gorgeous pages and very inspiring work!
    Thanks ;)

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  8. Yes, less is more! Love the clean design of your pages!

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  9. I really love the look to your pages.
    You rock the less is more look...mine just look less, lol.
    Great way to use your letter stickers!!!

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  10. Love the faux Polaroid look! And this color scheme is perfect for Valentines and winter.

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  11. Oh, I love those gessoed ones! They all look great! Love you style, Elise!

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  12. This is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I really love the alpha card & the pola look of your photos!!!!

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