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Using the French Quarter Die Three Ways

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Feature Die:French Quarter
French Quarter Die-Graduation page

French Quarter Die-Graduation page

Our French Quarter Die reminds me of New Orleans and the wrought-iron balconies and rails in the French Quarter section of town.

I was young when my parents took us to NOLA for a few days on our vacation. I remember being disappointed that the French restaurant we had lunch in did not serve French fries. Oh, to be eight again! While I still enjoy French fries, I have to say, that we’ve tried many other culinary delights over the years courtesy of my daughter Hannah. Always one to enjoy cooking and baking, her dream was to attend culinary school…and she did. These pages remember her graduation from Culinary School.

The color choices are a Brick Red 12×12 Mosaic Moments Grid, along with Black and White to reflect the Traditional Chef’s Uniform and Die Sets ABC and D were used to complete the project.

Die Sets A B C D

Die Sets A B C D

In this layout I will use our French Quarter Die as an accent piece. It seemed to be the perfect choice for a culinary layout. Our Pattern Gallery feature is Pattern #221, one of many of our Row Patterns. I’ve used it for both pages, but on the second page flipped it for an almost mirror image, making a few adjustments with the lower 6-2×2’s to use as a single title spot. The top right 3×3 photo remains whole instead of dividing it into two sections to follow the page pattern.

French Quarter Die-Graduation page  Pattern Page #221

French Quarter Die-Graduation page Pattern Page #221

Die - French Quarter

French Quarter Die

 

Using the French Quarter Die Three Ways:
  • The first way in the center row section is with a double underlay. A 2×2 background tile is cut from a black and white hounds tooth patterned paper that reflects the traditional chef’s uniform. The second background tile is a white square cut with EK Success 1 3/8” square punch so that the center design stands out prominently.
    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages Step one: use Stick It! to adhere white tile to back of flourish

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages Step one: use Stick It! to adhere white tile to back of flourish

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages step two: White tile placed on backside of tile

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages Step Two: White tile placed on backside of tile Step Three: add patterned paper as final layer

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages Step four: add to page!

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages Step four: add to page!

  • The second way the French Quarter Die was used was to create a spot for a brief journal spot. The center motif is carefully trimmed out leaving the frame work intact. A white square placed beneath allowed for journaling.
    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages  Step One: carefully remove center motif, SAVE.

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages Step One: carefully remove center motif, SAVE.

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages add white tile and patterned paper to backside of frame, add journaling, or add 3/4" tile for another option.

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages add white tile and patterned paper to backside of frame, add journaling, or add 3/4″ tile for another option.

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages Step Two: Repeat the steps adding white tile and patterned paper layers

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages Add to your layout

  • The third way was to use the trimmed out motif for another tile embellishment. This time trimming away three of the flourish sections leaving one with the center square whole. It was then mounted in the corner of a ¾” white square, that was in turn mounted on a black 1” square. This gives the illusion of the motif being a part of the base black tile. These tiles were set in the corners. The additional 1” tiles in these clusters are also ¾” white tiles on 1” black tiles.
    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages Step One: trim away three sections of center motif, mount on white 3/4" tile and then onto a 1" black tile

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages Step One: trim away three sections of center motif, mount on white 3/4″ tile and then onto a 1″ black tile

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages new 1" corner tile mounted on page

    French Quarter Die-Graduation Pages new 1″ corner tile mounted on page

    French Quarter Die- Graduation Pages page embellishments

    French Quarter Die-
    Graduation Pages page embellishments

The title block was designed using the Block font. The word was repeated by using separate text blocks lined up touching edge to edge. I wanted to play up the black and white contrast and the pattern the words created. A Julia Child quote that Hannah likes was placed in the center of the graduation graphic in red.

French Quarter Die-Graduation page  Graduation graphic Title

French Quarter Die-Graduation page Graduation graphic Title

In the top left spot of page two the hounds tooth paper was used as a mat and the photo was cropped (a 3.5” x 5” which was what I was typically printing at the time) to an appropriate size for the height of the space. That left a large section to add an embellishment. What better item to use than large white buttons like the Chef’s jackets adorn?

French Quarter Die-Graduation page  punched button embellishments

French Quarter Die-Graduation page punched button embellishments

Using EK Success’ two-punch set to create buttons, white Scrapper’s Floss for thread, glue dots, embossing tool, and grey chalk to add dimension. A white button top was roll embossed for a turned under appearance and black solid bottom to create a shadow effect. A glue dot on the white back kept the Scrapper’s Floss secure and added to the “lift” of the button that attached to the black under section.

If you haven’t tried a Row Pattern lately, now is a good time to explore the Pattern Gallery and find one that will suit your subject and give it a try. Many have 2×2 square spots that will also allow you to incorporate any one of our Cornerstone Dies. Have fun trying out new things!

Andrea Fisher

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