A few weeks ago, I came across a monthly challenge hosted by DCWV (Die Cuts with a View). I love challenges because they often give me that extra little push to get a layout or card finished, and often even challenge me to try something new!
In this case, I have had a layout sitting partially finished for over a year now! Actually, if I’m being completely honest, “partially” is a bit of an overstatement. The truth is that I had my paper pack chosen, my pictures mounted on white paper, and…well…that was about it! Since the paper I had picked out was the super bright and cheerful Cotton Bloom Stack from DCWV, I used this as the little (???) kick in the rear that I needed!
So I grabbed the sketch that was provided for the challenge, and went for it! Although the sketch was great as is, I decided to have a little fun and try turning it 90 degree clockwise! It actually worked a bit better with my pictures (the emphasis changed a bit), to I stuck with it! This is actually a great tip if you are working with a sketch that just doesn’t quite fit for the project you are working on – try rotating or even flipping it and see what happens! It took my brain a few minutes to comprehend where all the embellishments would be, but the fun thing about sketches is that anything goes – they really are just designed to be an inspirtation, not necessarily a specific map that cannot be changed or altered!
So with the help of some buttons, the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge, some Trendy Twine in Kraft, and my handy-dandy- scissors for some fun fussy cutting (need some tips and tricks for handling fussy cutting??? Have I got a post for you!), One+Sun=Fun was created!
This was T on her first birthday enjoying some fun in the sun with her Oma and Opa!
Now, it kind of feels like a layout isn’t complete right now unless there is a little hidden element somewhere in there, so let’s see if you can spot the difference:
Oh wait, I’m not quite finished:
So, a little hidden spot to place some jounraling and an extra hidden tab for another picture and I was ready to clean up my scrappy space…just remember, clean is in the eye of the beholder!! My goal was to try to create as much dimension as possible without having the elements stick up, and I think it was pretty successful!! Oh, and I think I finally understand why banners seem to be all the rage right now – what an easy way to use up scraps and tie all of the colours together on your layout! I think I see more banners in my future!
As for other things in my future, I think I will take on the July DCWV challenge as well for another layout I have had on the backburner for awhile! How about you? Care to join me?