Wednesday, May 1, 2013

You 2 -- Before and After

Did you ever have a project that you thought was done but then, several months later, when you finally got around to putting it into the album you realized that it was missing something? This is that project for me.

I captured this photo of Melissa and my niece, Sarah, in New York City and it instantly became a favorite. So much so that I decided to scrap it big...I mean 8x10 big.  This is not a size that I am used to scrapping but I was eager to take on the challenge.  The plum color in my niece's jacket made me reach for my Studio Calico papers. Here's my original layout (please excuse the dark picture):

To begin, I fanned out the Studio Calico papers I selected on my table and adding a few others. After choosing my favorites, I began cutting each into varying widths. I thought I had the paper with the buildings in a 12x12 size but I only had it on a 6x6 pad. To make due I cut the piece to fit above and below the pictures. No one will be he wiser. I added a rub-on from my stash to the left of the picture, created my embellishment cluster (using the negative of the "2" on the tag as part of my title) and called it a day a month or maybe longer. Anyway, when I finally got around to putting this page in my album, I realized it was missing something. So, I pulled out some more embellishments and added to each cluster. Here is what I came up with: 

I added washi tape and some journaling tags plus a few other embellishments to each cluster. I also used a Studio Calico chevron stamp near each cluster to draw the eye into the page.

Here's a closer look

The chevron points down to bring the eye to the picture on the top right corner.

The journaling reads: When you were younger, you couldn't be more different. But the older you are, the more alike you become.

So that's that. Better put this one in the album before I want to change it again.

Pattern Paper Studio Calico; Pink Paislee; Basic Grey
Stamps: Studio Calico; Technique Tuesday, Dear Lizzy
Inks: Stampin' UP!
Tools: Fiskars Border Punch
Letters: American Crafts Thickers\
Embelishments: Elle's Studio tags, October Afternoon label stickers; Crate Paper sticker; Jillibean Soup corrugated die cuts; Studio Calico Fab Rips and flower; Recollection washi tape; My Mind's Eye chipboard banner; Simon Says Stamp mini hearts


Mary Jo Rhoda said...

I have to agree that your additions add just a little more oomph to the page. It's a great page :)
And the colors complement the photo so well!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Great additions. Such a pretty page!

Susan (rainy) said...

It's a wonderful page. Love the additions.. and of course the pic of the beautiful girls.

Leslie Miller said...

I've redone cards many times, and I can't count how many cards I've wanted to redo but didn't. You're so good at scrapbooking. You knew just where to add those extra little touches that brightened the page and brought out the fun. Beautiful subjects for your page!