Hi friends! Emma on the blog today to share a fun page I created using the amazing You Rock collection. I’m a huge fan of all the boy collections but this one is just awesome and quickly became my No. 1 (which is saying something, I didn’t think anything could top Totally Rad!).
For this page I set myself a challenge to only use the black & white (or shades thereof) pieces in the kit. I really love setting myself little challenges! I find I create much more efficiently when I limit what I use – and although I generally stick to a collection or kit, often there are so many awesome pieces included that I don’t know where to start – so I find breaking it down even further (i.e. black & white items only) gets rid of that anxiety that sometimes kills my creative mojo. Sounds crazy, but it’s true 😉
Here’s a look at how I started my process – I just went through the collection (what I have left of it anyhow!) and picked out all the black and white pieces I could find. At this stage I have no idea what type of page I’m going to make but I actually managed to pick out my photo beforehand and stick to using it (I’ve a habit of changing photo’s mid-layout, haha). I also grabbed a few mists and some acrylic paint just incase.
I find that once I’ve restricted what goodies I’m able to use then I can actually put a page together rather quickly! Here’s a look at the page I created:
I started with white cardstock and added a few mist spatters (I used Heidi Swapp Color Mist in black and tinsel) then I set about creating a layer of pattern papers underneath my photo. That cross pattern paper (b-side of Random) is my absolute favourite; I love it! I’ve been hoarding it like a crazy woman and keep every little scrap piece for “just incase”, haha. I used a large section of that as my basis and layered the other patterned paper underneath that. I popped the black chipboard piece underneath my photo on the LHS to give it a little dimension.
I also popped a few off-cut papers at the top right and bottom left of my page and machine stitched (in black) on the opposite corners to frame the layout and minimise some of that white space.
Once the base of my layout was done I was able to embellish! This is without doubt my favourite part of the process and I can spend ages moving one little thing around on the page until I find a placement I like. I went with the chipboard “HEY” and a word sticker for my title and popped it at the bottom left of my photo – there’s actually a bunch of boots/shoes in the background of the photo and this hides them perfectly haha.
My journaling was actually the last thing to go onto my page and I had originally planned to have it sitting on the bottom right of my photo but turns out putting it there would mean I’d cover up some of the mist splatters and given they take me ages to get right (yeah…I’m particular about my splatters, lol) I decided to move it to the bottom right of my page – so I just added more black stitching on top to hold it in place (and make it look like I’d planned for it to be there all along! 😉 )
Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today, I hope this might inspire you to try creating your own “mini-kit” when starting your own page! I’d absolutely love to see your take on a black & white theme! Take care, Em xo