Normally, I’d show you one pattern from the gallery and do a little tweaking for a new look. This time I have two patterns for you. One will show off the new dies, the Layering Ribbon die and the Daisy Row Set dies. Both are column patterns.
The first pattern makeover is Pattern #217
The original pattern used four 2×6 spaces for individual photos. In the refreshed layout one photo fills three of those spots and a title in the fourth. Two additional photos are stripped to fill the pattern spots. I did consider doing one full page stripped photo, but I really wanted the first oversized spot to stand out, and I had plenty of other photos I could include.
The second Pattern is #134
The original page was full of photos. A patterned paper provided a lovely mat in the large 5×6 spot.
The refresher included the featured dies in several spots and a full sized photo in the large 5×6 spot. Also included was a journal block with a technique for dressing it up that I’ll explain a little later.
To change up the look on both pages I’ve used oversized photos. When you have dramatic photos it’s nice to show them off.
For the double page layout I’ve used greens and greys as accent colors for the Graphite Grey Grid Paper. The colors were just right for a monochromatic feel and the outdoor photos from Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Page One has the title.
Page two includes journaling and all of the dies. The daisies on the ribbon and on the 1×2 tile are embedded, while the single flowers are mounted on top of the 1” tiles.
To center the single daisies on the 1” tiles I applied the adhesive to the back of the daisy, fit it into the 1” tile negative space and laid the tile down on top of the tile below. Rubbing the daisy to set in place I then removed the outside 1” square that has no adhesive, leaving the daisy behind, perfectly centered.
The Layered Ribbon die technique used here is a double layer of one color for the base ribbon piece topped with the same color to cut the flower strip of the ribbon die and then inset with the light grey flowers. A subtle texture effect is achieved that stays with the overall color scheme.
What I did to make this journal block stand out was to take a copy of the park’s map and turn it to black & white. Then once placed in the journal block I reduced the opacity so it made a nice background for the story. Next, print, cut and mount!
I think you’ll like the richness of the Graphite Grey for your layouts so be sure to try it. If you have photos from trips to any of our National Parks it is a good choice as it compliments them nicely. Think about your great summer getaways and see how many ways you can incorporate these tips & ideas.