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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ideas to Inspire with Kiwi Lane and ADORNit

Hey there!  I've been away from my blog for quite a spell, and I've kind of missed it!  I was actually scheduled to participate in Kiwi Lane's January blog hop, but had to move to February's instead because of an unfortunate accident involving a glass of milk, my laptop and a very clumsy and repentant 4 year old... it was just sad.  And expensive.  So for Christmas (well, more like New Year's) we got a new computer.  And I've been relearning everything!  If you know me at all, you probably know I don't like change.  I'll do it, but I don't like it.  This whole new computer debacle is the same deal- I'll get a new one, but I'm not going to like it.  Let's just say I feel old and computer clumsy and leave it at that, shall we? Uhm hmm. :)

Moving on...

This month I was sent ADORNit's Sunflower Splendor collection to work with.  As soon as I saw the papers and stickers, I was in love with the tones of yellow, blue, red, brown, green and gray in this collection and I knew they would compliment some photos of our corn maze meanderings a few October's ago while visiting family in Georgia.  So I got to work framing my layout with Kiwi Lane templates and this is what I came up with: 

(Yup, horrible picture.... I just think getting good photos of the templates is rather difficult.  That's where PhotoShop would come in, but this new computer seems to have eaten my new program.   See?  My dislike of computers is not single sided... ;) )

And after a little tracing, cutting, inking and adhering (seriously, it took about 30 minutes once I had it laid out- I just love my Kiwi Lane templates!), I had this: 
Supplies: cardstock (American Crafts, Bazzill); patterned paper, wood, stickers (ADORNit); ink, dimensional adhesive (Glossy Accents by Ranger); stamps (My Mind's Eye, American Crafts); glitter glue (American Crafts); circle punch (Marvy Uchida)

I just love the fall tones with the blue!  I thought the printed sunflowers needed a little bit of extra bling, so I used some glitter glue along with a dimensional adhesive to add some sparkle and shine.

I am also in love with ADORNit's laser cut wood shapes- they're fantastic!  I considered using ink on them to change the color, but decided to keep it natural, as it was a good match to the dried corn stalks and hay in my photos.  And the natural wood is a perfect compliment to the Sunflower Splendor collection! 
(What's with the blues being different in every photo?  Seriously!!  This photo ^^ has the truest color, if you were as confused as I am by the inconsistency of color.  One day I'll have my new computer figured out and I'll find where Photoshop is hiding... one day...)

I should mention that the glitter glue and Glossy Accents I added to the small sunflower on the title was not completely dry when I took the photo and thus looks warped.  It did dry a few minutes later and is flat, sparkly and pretty. :)

I love the look of stitching on layouts, but I tend to shy away from it since it takes a while.  I'm all about short cuts, so I found a stamp by My Mind's Eye that could pass for some long stitches and, with some dark brown distress ink, made some fake stitches around the blue background paper and the kraft paper on the opposite page.  Doing the stamped stitches around squares on each page, but different sizes, adds continuity and draws the eye over the pages.  

I hope you enjoyed looking at my layout today- and I hope you found something in there to help you be inspired!

Templates used:
Chevron 1A & 1B, 3A & 3B
Tiny Nature 1T, 3T, 5T
Winter 1