Hi Creative Friends,
Gwen with you popping onto the blog today. I have a new share with a file I’ve been meaning to work with for a while. It’s called ‘Quad Frames’ and when I designed it, I had in mind the grid design scrapbook pages that I love the simplicity of. Funnily enough, though, my first page working with it turned out to NOT be a grid design at all!
As I mentioned above, the idea for the page actually started with the cut file ‘Quad Frames‘, I had this one on my list for a while now to create with and had planned to make a grid design page. I also had on my desk the latest collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios which I am crushing over right now, and this picture of my husband, daughter and myself in a helicopter flying over the Grand Canyon! I have had this photo in my pile to create with for years now and just couldn’t get the colours to work, until ‘Unforgettable’ came along, it was a perfect match.
The Quad Frames design was cut as large as I could on the 12 x 12 cardstock. I then pulled out some Shimmerz watercolor paint. I’ve coloured each block of the design in a new colour and initially was thinking of keeping the blocks and doing something in a tone on tone look for each square. Pink elements on the pink block, green elements on the green block etc.
It was at this point that I realised that the photo was just too large (width ways) for that to work and I didn’t want to reprint smaller or crop it any further, so I changed plans. I decided on a vertical design with the photo in the center of my page. I mounted it on a pretty floral paper and stitched around the edge. As always I’ve added stitching here too. This same paper I’ve used for the outer edge of my page and added stitching around the edge as well. I do this a lot because I feel it really pulls the elements of the page together.
Next, I stuck down the cut file keeping everything really centered and then added my photo on top. I’ve then gone ahead pulling out lots of elements from the collection and adding pieces working from the top to the bottom of the page down the centerline.
I’ve just kept auditioning elements until I was happy, being careful to consider how the eye will be directed around the page and how all of the elements tie together.
I’d really loved the sentiment ‘Living the Dream’ because this America trip was a dream come true for me, I had always wanted to go to Disney Land and the Grand Canyon for a white Christmas and it was so good to be able to go and do that and give that gift to our daughter. Lots of journaling on the back of this page for this one!
And that was the page done! I love how the cut file frames the design for this one and that even though the page wasn’t what I had initially thought to do, I still love how it turned out.
Thanks for popping by today,
Until next time,