Friday, February 11, 2011

Diamonds in her pocket

Hhhmmmm, it's off-kilter and I'm in two minds about that.
One - It's another whimsical touch to a quite whimsical layout...... but
Two - despite this, I'm a bit of a straight lines kind of gal.
What do you think?

I followed this sketch from the My Mind's Eye blog. I don't do a lot of circles in my layouts, mainly because I don't feel confident to make them work. So I had to come up with something a bit more me.

Everything on this layout, apart from the white cardstock in My Mind's Eye. Apart from the alphas too. It's making something like this which causes me to realise I don't seem to have any MME alphas. I know they make them. How come I don't have any?! It's on my shopping list now :-) In the meantime I used AC Thickers and Sassafras glitter alphas.

I did get to use up lots of my 'scraps' of MME papers though which always makes me feel like I'm achieving something. It's a mixture of So Sophie, Lost and Found and Alphabet Soup. But they work so nicely together no?

The two little doves punched in the corner came about as a mistake too. I punched them out of a new sheet of cardstock to use in another project (which I'll show you soon) and then realised I actually did it quite neatly and I might as well use the card just like it is. Adds an interesting touch I think.

And as for the masked/circle/cloud/journalling thingy...... I felt quite happy with how that turned out. Looked even better before I added lots of stuff to cover it up. I showed it to The Man who gave very encouraging words like 'did you do that from scratch?' and 'you should do a tutorial of that for your blog' and I thought to myself 'maybe I could'.

Then I sat down to read my copy of last months Scrapbooking Memories (Australian magazine) today and saw they had a very similar tutorial in that. Slightly different - hers was just monotone and she used Glimmermist instead of ink like I used, (in fact, it was quite like the technique I used for this layout) but still.......

So I would appreciate your thoughts on this matter. If you would still be interested in finding out how I did it let me know, but if you're lucky enough to own a copy of Scrapbooking Memories Vol 13 No 2 then you can look it up on page 24.


  1. Fantastic page Natalie! I love how you've done the circle and the banner looks amazing. Gorgeous take on the sketch. :)

  2. I saw that article, but I always like to see how different people do different things, and I love you tutorials and LO's so if you want I think you should share :)

  3. Trying something different is a good thing in my book, if you don't like it then you don't have to do it again and if you do, well, then you can try it again! Lovely layout of course.

  4. Loving the whimsy and the kilter. In fact your shapes reminds me of a boat with those little cloud/waves in the background. Just lovely!

  5. My new favourite of yours I think :-) love all the cute elements, especially the banner and cloud circle! :-)

  6. Great layout and you stepped outside your comfort zone with it. Love the layout being so soft, muted and girlie.

    Leslee in MT

  7. This is just gorgeous!!! LOVE how you did the circle!!!

  8. I love this layout. It is full of great ideas I might give a try sometime. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  9. Hi Natalie, I came a cross your blog today and it will be bookmarked in my laptop. Great source of inspiration, I would love to see tutorial on your page, I am on the other side of the world and did not come a cross the article you mentioning.

  10. I love your take on the sketch! Your banner and the punched doves are just lovely!!!


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