Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Crate Paper | She Sells Sea Shells

Summer days are here, and the Oasis collection from Crate Paper is perfect for documenting summer memories!  We recently went on vacation to the beach, so I have a lot of photos to get on layouts.  The inspiration for this layout, started with my photo and a tongue twister that went along with the photo.

I wanted to use the She Sells Sea Shells tongue twister, since our daughter was holding up a shell she found on the beach.  I cut the title on my Silhouette Cameo from one of the papers in the Chasing Dreams collection.  I wanted a more subtle pattern for the background paper, so I could back each of the words with a patterned paper from the Oasis collection.  After looking through the Oasis papers, I couldn't find one that I thought would work for the full background, but fortunately the papers across the CP collections coordinate really well together.

Once all of the words were backed, I machine stitched with a zig zag stitch and a straight stitch.  I like the look the mix of stitches adds to the title.  I placed the photo in the center of the layout, and then started my embellishing, to create a collage look inside the circle.  I used a mix of the Oasis Ephemera Pieces, Chipboard, Stickers, Puffy Stickers and Buttons inside the circle created from the title.  I love having a mix of different kinds of embellishments filling in a shape.

I had a lot of fun with this layout design, and it came together really quickly!  It's important to balance your embellishments, when you're creating this type of design, so make sure you pay attention to the size, color and type of embellishment you're using when creating a collage look on your projects. 

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