Friday, 22 January 2016

SUMMER reflections

I am so pleased to be a Guest Designer for Show Us Your Stuff this month - very exciting!

I was sent this mood board:

And this is the layout I came up with:

I've mainly used January's like for ever kit and add ons, with a little added ribbon and lace from Crafty Ribbons and some extra enamel dots from my stash.

I took the colours from the mood board - red and white from the umbrella, yellow from the centre of the flowers and aquas from the water.

I altered the mistable alphas from the 'twenty sixteen' kit... a little more on that later on.

I adore these star paper clips!  The photo is awful BUT it captures the moment well.  I was too hot to do anything other than sit and drink water.  I was listening to pod casts and was obviously a little bored as I took a reflected selfie in the laptop screen.  (I'm not good with selfies at the best of times!)

I coloured a few hearts in with my Derwent Inktense pencils and tucked a layer of lace under the photo cluster.

The ribbon is hand dyed.  It is plain white grosgrain but I have added some Heidi Swapp Colour/Color Shine.  It works best if you wet the ribbon through first.  Then when you add your colours they spread and mix and mingle giving lovely effects.  I also find to get the best variations in the colours screw the ribbon up before adding the colour and leave it screwed up until it is dry. 

Now the sensible thing would be to use the same supplies to dye the alphas too... but I didn't!  I used a few Shimmerz and an Inktense pencil from Derwent.  Again I wet the alphas first and painted the bottom half and let the colour wick up to give an ombre.

I did go back in at the very bottom with the Inktense pencil to darken the colour - but you don't need much as they are very pigmented.

I'd like to enter this at:  More Than Words - Personality and Selfie (Personality in the journalling and also, if I could describe my personality in colours it would be white with pops of bright colours!)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Fantastic LO - fresh and fun colours.

  2. Fantastic project! So fun and cheerful! Thanks for joining along with MTW :)

  3. Fab LO Laura.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend. Sue

  4. Laura I love this layout, thank you for sharing your work as a guest designer at Show Us Your Stuff this month.

  5. Oh I REALLY like how you have taken your photo, that's pretty COOL... AWESOME page!
    BUT! to be eligible for 1 of our FABULOUS prizes, we also ask that you include our picture of our challenge board please in your post... That would be great.. :)

    1. Thanks for the heads up... I have added it now.

  6. Fabulous creation and very clever way to take your selfie too. LOVE it. Thanks for playing along with us at More Than Words.

  7. What a lovely layout Laura; so bright and colourful (which makes it cheerful :) ). What a great interprettion of the mood board as well :)

  8. What a fun bright layout! Thank you so much for playing along with us at More Than Words!! :)

  9. Awesome page !!! Lovely bright colours and a different kind of selfie, love them all Laura !! Thank you for joining us at More than Words challenge !!

  10. I love this! Simple but absolutely stunning - and so clever! Thanks for joining in our very first More Than Words challenge!

  11. Fabulous!!! I love your style! Thank you for playing along with us at More than Words!

  12. Gorgeous LO. Love that tiny pop of loveliness in the top lhs. Hugz

  13. Fabulous! Thank you for playing with us @ More than Words!


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