Wednesday, February 15, 2012

with a little dissection

i am reusing a blog post i did over at cocoa daisy this week because that's how you blog smart i've heard :) why do the work twice when i just have to copy and paste?

so, would you do me a favor and comment as to whether or not you've seen this post earlier in the week on the cocoa daisy blog? as a thank you, i'll pick on random commenter and send you the Birds on a Wire stamp from this month. i happen to have an extra :)

and we begin. how do you know? i start to capitalize, break into my proper english mode. i do know how :)


I'm going to take you on a walk-through of my Top Favorite Tunes layout for the February By the Numbers kit. I got the idea for this while I was laying in bed at 4:30, trying to fall back asleep. There are so many fun numbers in this kit and the add ons and I thought it would look cool to mix and match a bunch of them to make a layout. I couldn't fall back asleep so I finally crawled out of bed and went to work on arranging this. I didn't know what exactly I wanted to have my top ten be, but luckily the word "tunes" fit into the design well and I had my layout!

I started putting together various numbers, trying to balance the colors and styles, there was a lot of trial and error to get to this point, but I love how it turned out. I trimmed down this card from Jenni Bowlin so it would fit with the flower. I constantly have to remind myself it's OK to dissect scrapbook supplies, they don't HAVE to stay as they came to me. I can make them work with my design needs. Do you have that problem too?

I made a flag out of the felt strips from My Mind's Eye in the Embellishment Pack, just folded it over, glued it to the 7 Gypsies pin and cut  it into a pendant shape. Easy peasy. I used the flags to fill in any empty space I had in the design.

I was rather pleased that I had the perfect spacing to suspend the Birds on a Wire stamp between two of the cards, I'm not really good at incorporating stamps into my designs, so I jumped at the opportunity! I embossed the stamp with some silver metallic Zing from American Crafts to match the #5. I love the pop it adds to the middle of the design. I'm so happy Christine is adding embossing powders to the shop! So far we have Apricot, Aqua, Butter, and Leaf. She's adding more each month, be sure to add a few to your cart, they are really fun to play with!

My final step was adding the journaling. I hand cut the frame and wrote around the outside all my favorite songs right now. I love how the pop of pink goes so well with the Sassafras flowers. I think it ties the design together nicely.

I hope you enjoyed my design process, I wish all of the layouts I create came together so easily!

Comments are welcome until Monday, Feb 20th, then I'll pick a winner.

20 comments:

MandyKay said...

great layout! i love the journaling around the embellishments. And that stamp is too cool!
p.s. i don't capitalize my typing either unless its for another blog. lol

Lydia said...

Yes, I did see this earlier on the Cocoa Daisy blog. Love this page, however it really makes me want those JBS number tags and I missed out on the Embellishment pack. I'll be quicker next time! I'm also kicking myself for not ordering the birds on a wire stamp, so .... ;)

Jennifer said...

Cute LO! I did see that CD post ... BTW, isn't it hard to switch between capitalizing (or not)?? I can't *not* capitalize! ;)

Jill said...

I had not seen this post before, love the step by step and how you came up with the idea! Awesome layout.

*Paula* said...

Hadn't seen it before. Gasp!

Diana Albright said...

cocoa daisy isn't in my google feed (maybe it should be) so nope, i hadn't seen this earlier. i am glad to see you getting your creative on. cute LO... gives me ideas! :)

Ronda Palazzari said...

i heard it was smart blogging :P GReat post. Love the walk-through your brain. I read this over at CD!

Mandy said...

Agree with Ronda this its smart blogging! Love this layout! Yeppers I saw it CD :)

ginny said...

This is new to me - I love the layout!

nicolevb said...

nope not seen it before i would remember it because what a great lo
if i missed it shame on me
many greeting nicolevb from the netherlands

Deanna said...

Didn't see the post.
Fun layout
Thanks for the giveaway!

April said...

What a gorgeous layout!! I hadn't seen this post before so I'm happy you posted again. ;) Thanks for the chance to win!
- April W

Amy Sorensen said...

I did see your post on the Cocoa Daisy blog. Such a great layout and a cool blogging approach---the talking about your process. It's good to see how other people do it!

OhSuz said...

Saw this over @ Cocoa Daisy earlier in the week; loved it then & love it now! Thanks for sharing your thoughts behind your creative process & for the fun give-away!

Sue Sykes said...

love this, emily! I had just visited the cd blog yesterday and saw this!

Natalie Elphinstone said...

Fabulous as always!
I do subscribe to the Cocoa Daisy blog so I know this post will come up in my Blog Feed at some point... but right now I'm way behind and have just started at the top so I've seen it here first.
xxx

*Monica B* said...

I have not seen this blog post, so it is new to me! My week has been SUPER busy, and I haven't had a chance to read up on blogs. I do love your layout!

jaylen watkins said...

Very interesting blog with unique stuff and ideas.




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Mernin said...

I hadn't seen this post over at cocoa daisy...Thanks!!

pegg said...

I am starting to notice Cocoa Daisy kits from your posts. I will subscribe to their blog - hadn't seen this post before!