Happy Sunday, hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend.
I have been playing with pretty paper and things this weekend and I am so excited to share this layout with you. You have probably heard that Big Picture Classes has re-opened with a fresh new look and a fresh approach to online classes. I have been a member of Big Picture Classes for years (on their old site) and was a little disappointed to find out that you need to subscribe to their new site. I had told myself that this was not for me. But... and there is always a but LOL! I got an email giving me a free trial so I thought what the hell, its free I will just check it out. OMG! I am so glad I did. I love the new site, love the new classes.
On Friday night I dived into my first class, Interactive Elements with Stephanie Bryan. This was so fun and I got crafting straight away. I had a ton of photos from my daughters last horse riding session which was just perfect for this layout. I printed my photos using my Instax Share printer (which I love so much), used my cameo to create a cut file (thanks to tips from Stephanie) and set about to create my layout.
Its perfect, I love it. This layout came together so easy and quickly thanks to the class. I took so many photos, so sorry about the photo overload...
What I love most about classes is it doesn't always have to teach you something totally new. This class was all about using flaps and pockets and stuff which I have done before. I don't know about you, but sometimes I forget about techniques that I have used in the past so classes like this are great because they remind you to try things that you have forgotton about.
But what I also loved about this class was watching Stephanie put a layout together right before your eyes. It showed her thought process and little tips that I found so inspiring.
My thoughts about Big Picture Classes so far are very positive. I already have a ton of classes marked that I want to do and cant' wait to get started.
I often ask myself this question. How much time should I spend on a layout.
I often have an idea for a layout, it often involves a lot of time to be spent on it and its usually something I have never attempted before and so I start to wonder if it will turn out. What if I spend all that time on it and when its finished it looks awful.
So many times I have these thoughts and what usually ends up happening is that I put everything away and go and do something else. I mean its just a layout right. A few photos, a few words and an embellishment here and there and you should be done. Its easy so why try something complicated or time consuming.
For me its probably the fear of getting it wrong which is quite funny because if I never put it out there (social media) no would ever know so whats the problem. That's just it... what is the problem. Why don't we try something new, why not take that extra time to do a layout. Because its not just a few photos and a few words its our history, a memory and it deserves as much time as it needs to tell the story.
So I am trying something new, something that will take me forever (hand stitching starts out fun and then, well, you know, not fun anymore LOL) because this is a story about NYE and the first time that my daughter didn't spend it with us. It's about me accepting that she is growing up and I think this layout deserves some time.
As you have probably guessed I am getting right back into stamping. I am determined to use my stamps not just collect them or use them as decoration for my craft room (that was the old me LOL).
I recently came across "Give a girl a blog" (thanks to my friend Donna). She also designs stamps that are well worth checking out. I love them and decided to make a layout using some of her stamps.
I used the "epic" stamp to create a background on white cardstock. I then added some embellishments from KaiserCrafts "shine bright collection".
I wanted to add some pop in the stamped background so I coloured in several of the words. It helped them to stand out a little more.
I then added another one of her stamps "favourites from Today". It was the perfect choice of words. Going to Boon Tat street which we were in Singapore was a huge favourite and Alex buying us a beer... another favourite.
I loved how it all came together. I am loving the stamped background so much I might just have to do this same technique on another layout.