Brains Are BeautifulPosted: August 11, 2011
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This is one of those layouts that started as a beautiful idea in my mind…….and evolved a great deal. I created 3 tags, and I was *thrilled* that I actually stamped images that didn’t look like a toddler had done them. I think I need help with stamping techniques…I am not a natural stamper.:)
I had printed these 3 pictures I did of my sweet, brilliant Brynne reading on a summer evening. I planned to put each photo on a tag, but when it came to designing the page, it just didn’t look right. So, I changed things up a bit. Actually, I am very pleased with how the design turned out.
I started by using a cool idea/technique that Shimelle used in her last video. She combined paint and glimmer mist, and it looked fantastic. I combined paint in “Chewing Gum” from a Jenni Bowlin paint dabber, and some pink glimmer mist. I really like the result.
I had seen some lovely flowers that looked as if they were made of tulle, by Maya Road, and I decided to try and make one of my own. I cut about 8 layers of tulle that had come in one of Pink Ninja kits, and also 2 layers of a dryer sheet, to plump it up a bit. I then laid down a Prima flower, and cut the layers around it. Before stapling the middle with my tiny attacher, I twisted and turned the layers a bit to ruffle them, and cut the edges to make them less even. In the middle, I cut two small pieces of pink checkered ribbon, and frayed the edges a bit, put them in a criss cross, and stapled them, as well. I also found a bit of blue flowered fabric, frayed that as well, and attached. I saved a bit of that fabric to pull up through the holes in the button I then hot glued to the center. It was a bit of work for the flower, but I like the look. so it was worth it. 🙂
My husband had shown me how a newspaper is laid out (he is a former newspaper editor), how the eye naturally wanders, in a backwards Z. I think the design of this page follows that a bit…but it is just how things felt natural as I was adding them. I tried to keep the majority of my layers in the left corner, because I had seen a lovely design on a favorite scrapbooker’s page, where she had done just that. I liked how it kept just a bit of white space that way.
And of course, as I wrapped up the page, and decided on a title, and “Brains are Beautiful” just worked. My Brynne is SOOOOOOOOO stinking smart, and I thought this would be a fitting tribute to her beautiful intellect (as well as physical appearance, of course!) I truly believe with all of my heart, that being smart is one of the most beautiful attributes someone can have. ❤
I am SO excited for Shimelle’s online crop tomorrow. I missed my fun crop time with friends a week or so ago, and this will be an excellent time to do just that…..crop with friends!! I hope that you’ll join in cropping too (if you are a scrapbooker, of course), and if you do..let me know, so we cheer each other on. 😀
Sparkle on, Gnomies! ~ A