Saturday, October 23, 2010

Our technique this month was to use warm tones on our project. I wanted to document a Florida fall which as my journaling states: “ pretty much non-existent”. I lived in Maryland for a few years and one of my favorite times of the year was when the leaves started to change. Such vibrant hues of oranges, yellows, & reds! So very beautiful. When I moved back down to Florida, I really missed that season change. The only thing that changes much around here is that it gets a tad bit cooler in the mornings and not so hot during the day. As I was thinking about this, I was going through some pictures and found a couple that I took in the fall last year (or it may have been the year before) and thought to myself – we may not have a noticeable season change, but I do have to admit that we have such beautiful scenery all around us here! These shots were taken down near a pier in downtown Pensacola. I converted them into black and white and love how dramatic the shots appear with the color change. 

I also want to explain how I created the large “flower” on the layout! I had a lot of fun making this. I cut several strips of paper from three different patterned papers from the “Ella Blue” collection and cut them down into 2”, 2.5”, & 3” strips. I then took my hot glue gun and glue all of them together by bending them in half – but not folding them in half. After gluing all of those together, I was ready to construct my flower. I punched out a 3” circle from scrap paper and starting gluing down all of the green & white strips of paper first on top of the circle. Then I flipped it over and hot glued down all of the brown polka dotted strips. And lastly, I glued down the blue strips. I took a oval chipboard piece and painted it green and the stamped the word “Fall” into it. I adhered small butterfly onto it and glued the chipboard oval on top of the paper flower. An easy embellishment that brought a lot of dimension to the layout.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: GCD Studios “Ella Blue”
Ink: Ranger Distress Inks, Distress Mist, Maya Mist, Ranger Paint Dabber “Lettuce”
Punches: Martha Stewart Border Punch & Butterfly Punches, Corner Rounder
Embellishments: Jenni Bowlin Alphabet, American Crafts Thickers, GCD Studios Chipboard & bling
GCD Studios Chip Art Tool


Jocelyn said...

Love this LO....the pics are stunning!!!! Thanks for the how to on the is awesome!!

We are having some Fabulous Fall colors just beginning!!!! You will have to come back and visit with me...and enjoy all those colors!!!

Have a great weekend!!! The family is coming home from Disney tomorrow!! Danielle said the weather was great!!!

Susan said...

Great flower tutorial. So simple but sooo fab!