Well hello there, Friday! I've been waiting for you! Before the weekend gets started, I wanted to share my second monthly layout for Simple Stories. I used the Life in Color collection, and I had lots of fun with my Silhouette Cameo. I found this awesome quote on Pinterest, and I found a fun font for it. I enlarged it to fill most of the paper and then tilted it diagonally.
I backed the open letters with lots of different patterned papers and then went over most of the paper with white gesso. I wanted to blend out some of the yellow and white stripes so they didn't compete or overpower the letters. Plus I wanted to prime the paper for the watercolors. I love how the gesso fades away patterns. I applied it mostly in the center so you can still see plenty of the yellow stripes around the perimeter of the page.
I really love this backing technique. It allows you to use lots of color and patterns in small doses. I wound up using a black pen to outline each letter to make them stand out a little more. I used my Shimmerz watercolors to create this, and I used my water brush mostly. I also used some of the clear stickers, and I did some machine stitching. I combined some chipboard pieces and some die cut florals as well.
Here's another angle of the page. I love these fun and bold colors mixed with pops of black. I wanted to show how you can make these colors stand out with a light background. I love how this red heart contrasts with the yellow.
I used a few papers behind my photo as well as some tissue paper from my stash. I added a few stickers and some grey tangled thread.
Here's one final close up...I used a few more clear stickers, chipboard and die cut stickers. I love those brush stroke stickers...so fun!
Thanks so much for stopping in...have an awesome Friday!