//Scrapbook Layout / My Greatest Adventure

I managed to do my first offish scrapbook layout in what seems like forever. I've been art journaling lately more than anything because most of my supplies were away in storage, so it feels good to be back in the saddle.

I posted this layout just recently on my Studio Calico member gallery page in response to a challenge by Studio Calico member Brooke in which we were to use washi tape as the main design element on our layout. For those who don't know, washi is decorative paper tape and I've used it in the past to adhere photos or other elements to my pages and I especially used in all throughout my art journal. Despite this, I've never really considered how to use it in a big way.

I started this layout by choosing the photos I wanted to work with. I don't generally keep a lot of prints lying around, and those I do are often of my dog...don't judge me. However, I had these prints of my boyfriend, Josh, and I from Easter of this year. I knew that eventually wanted to create a layout with them but I didn't want it to be Easter-themed (I don't know how successful I was in that given that the colors ended up being quite "Easter-y," but hey) so I figured this was as good a layout to use them on as any. I also knew I wanted to work with this star paper by Bella Blvd and given the yellow of my sweater in the photos it made an obvious choice. I took Mister Huey spray in gold to add a very subtle gold sheen to the paper.

I took a 4" x 6" Project Life card and used a punch to round the corners before layering it with my photos to create a vertical line that draws the eye. I chose mainly to work with pinks/corals, mint green, and yellow, so on the PL card I added a yellow sticker that says "You Are My Greatest Adventure"and a few pink gemstones. To finish it off, I took a wood veneer phrase banner (from Studio Calico's Penny Arcade Project Life kit) that says "Darling Dear," tied some embroidery floss through the hole at the end, and mounted it above the sticker on the card with some adhesive foam.

I put that element aside and went to work on the main design element the challenge called for--the washi tape banner I had finally decided on. This took some time, but it was a task I completed while watching TV, so it doesn't exactly call for intense focus or anything.

I began by taking the three washi tapes I chose to use on the page and tearing off strips that were a couple of inches long. I also took a strand of white embroidery floss about 18" in length and--while keeping the floss taut--folding each piece of washi tape in half over the floss, essentially creating little flags. I tried to get the tape as straight as I could while folding it over the floss and didn't think too much about which colors went where because I wanted to avoid creating a patter with the washi designs. After I was done putting the flags on the floss, I used scissors to cut a small "V" into bottom which created a more interesting design on the tail of each flag.

I used crepe paper fringe (from the Penny Arcade Scrapbook Kit) and the banners across the middle of my page and placed the photo element that I had earlier set aside right on top, adhering everything down with a tape gun. I also used the same washi tapes in strips of varying lengths behind the bottom photo to add additional interest to the layout.

Once the main portions of my page were completed, I moved on to the smaller design elements. I received small wooden chips in my Hello, Hello Scrapbook Kit from Studio Calico. When I had first opened my kit and saw these wooden discs, I really didn't know how I would use them but I was intrigued and knew that I had to try and incorporate them somehow, so you can imagine how pumped I was to actually find a use for them! Anyway, I used a Dear Lizzy roller stamp and my Color Theory ink pad in Well Red to stamp the message "I Love You Lots" multiple times on the wooden disc. I personally like the look of partial stamping and faded stamping with this technique because it reminds me of library cards and as a giant bookworm nerd, that hits me right in the feels. I finished off the disc with a couple of hearts I punched out of patterned paper and gemstones, coloring the left edges of the hearts with the Well Red ink pad to give the hearts some dimension. I adhered that over the bottom photo and tucked in a small flag that gave some detail of the photos (and which I also embellished with more washi tape because in reality, can you really have too much washi? No. The answer is always no.).

To finish the page, I used sequins to create a puddle of sparkle using the Color Theory sequin pack in Coral Bay, randomly layering the three different sequin shapes/sizes that are provided until I was satisfied. I still felt the page wasn't done so I took a wood veneer deer (also from the Penny Arcade Project Life kit) and, not wanting it to stand out too much from the sequins, used Tim Holtz Distress Ink reinker in Spun Sugar to "dye" the wood veneer and then adhered it on top of the sequins.

In the end, I think I met the challenge by using the washi tape as a banner (and in other little places) while still allowing the layout to flow in a pleasant direction. The eye is drawn horizontally across the page with the banner, but also vertically with the photos. Then there are the visual triangles (something I try to keep in mind while working on layouts) that were created with the use of sparkle (from the sequins and gemstones) as well as the wooden pieces.

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