Welcome to week twenty three in my weekly layout series.
A trio of photographs from the Grand Canyon this week. When I was flipping through my file of photographs these three grabbed my attention because they all signified something beyond the control of us. And I captured them all during one day at the Grand Canyon.
That got me thinking about what story was there to tell here? I came up with the title – the sun and the moon and Mother Nature.
I used the colours of the photos to choose my papers and embellishments. Orange cardstock and Basic Grey PB & J papers. I like both sides of the papers – one was a solid blue and the other a narrow chevron.
I pulled out a few star buttons and also some natural leaf and flower shapes. I wasn’t sure which I was going to use.
My intention was to use a grid like I almost always do but to have the embellishments lighten up the shape of the grid. That’s why I picked a few sequins out too.
I then tried the papers in various combinations along with the title. I haven’t used a computer title for ages and enjoyed playing with various fonts and colours for this layout. I decided to use the font ‘showcard gothic’ and in an orange colour.
I liked the second one best. Something about the busy-ness of the papers and the graphic style of the chevron. I also liked the flower print which might not be an obvious choice but it did fit with the mother nature aspect of the title.
I adhered the photos to the papers. I admit to ‘gutting’ the middle of the orange and the flowers papers. I hate to see a whole sheet covered up!
My planning hadn’t quite taken into account the two open spaces next to the bottom photo. I wanted to add some embellishment and my journalling so I had to make those two areas less busy.
I used the reverse of one of the papers – the smaller chevron. And then added the orange and the flower paper.
I did try the star button and the sequins in a random pattern but it just didn’t work with the graphic look so I went instead for stamped stars on the right side and journalling on the left. The row of buttons look okay as they are in a straight line. I also used the two photo corners. I love these and wish I could remember who made them. I like a corner, it adds something without overpowering the design.
The finished layout is nothing like I set out to make. I have gone with my usual graphic but the busy background is a departure for me. I also loved going back to the computer for my title and should work this into more layouts.
Can’t believe we are almost half way through the year.
Weekly Layout is a series of blog posts that I am doing every week in 2012. I am walking through the process of putting the page together with a bit of background to why I picked the design and embellishments for the page. I hope to develop my style and push myself by taking on this challenge. You can see previous weeks here.