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Start to Finish: Road Trip Fun {with hand cut titles}

This week I want to share with you the first layout that I created for my recent road trip to Austin where I met up with some crafty friends from Twitter {hi Christy and Lydia!} This layout is also part of my “Inspired by Shimelle” challenge kit that I created and this road trip helped me finish the kit out as well. The rest of the layouts will be shared in my post tomorrow.

I started with an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Teresa Collins Celebrate paper(cut down from 12″ x 12″). I then went through my pile of scraps from the full kit and just randomly cut pieces of various lengths. I really wasn’t picky at this point since I knew I could always cut off more if needed.

Although it’s a bit fuzzy, my next step was to layout the strips in a pleasing pattern. I did go ahead at this point and punch the edge of the backside of the Hambly paper with the EK Diamond Lace punch.

Time for photos! I grabbed my 4″ prints from Persnickety (LOVE THEM!) and trimmed off a bit more of the white mat around them to make it a scant edge. I then placed my photos how I wanted them on the page and decided I needed to add a bit of a die cut to the left side to balance the die cut edge on the other. I grabbed a scrap of Kraft cardstock and used the Nestabilities Scalloped Circle Large. I use the third from the smallest for my die cuts and like to have a few of these on hand especially from Kraft cardstock.

After I had that adhered down, I knew it was time to start working on my title. I had seen Ashli {soapHOUSEmama} do a lot of hand written and cut out titles and although I hadn’t seen the video by Revlie {check it out here}, I went ahead and wrote out my word with a Red Letraset Marker on the broad end. BAM! It’s thick and bold! I went around the edges of the marker quite quickly with a Copic Multiliner 01.

Next thing I did was add some glossy accents inside the lines. I learned from this since I am not a patient person, to wait and add the glossy accents after you have already cut the title out and adhered it to the page. Makes so much more sense now!

Now, while I was waiting for things to dry, why not add more wet media? Grabbed my Pinstripe Mister Huey and went to spraying in a triangular pattern across the page.

I didn’t think it was enough so I went and added a few flicks of the sprayer on the page as well. I’m liking all the dots! They make me happy.

Here’s a close-up of the randomness.

Now, that top corner needs some help. I like the spray already there that is kind of going off the page but I thought a banner was in order. I grabbed the last bit of that woodgrain tag I substituted in. It made a perfect banner. Added a strip of 7 Gypsies washi. I then also punched a piece of the Pink Paislee Quatrefoil paper with my 1″ circle punch and layered a Wood Veneer Asterisk on top.

Next it was time for some more Washi love and some pen work throughout the layout. Loved doing this! 🙂 Wrote in my journaling at this time as well. I am loving this Copic Multiliner and need to get some of the bigger tips as well. Added some more Wood Veneer Asterisks to the layout too! 🙂

Some closer detail of the pen work.

And details of the pen work on the banner. Makes it pop! I popped up the banner with foam tape.

More details.

Now it’s time to put on the title. I decided to pop this title up with some foam tape. Had to cut them in tiny pieces to fit under the letters.

Seriously this is one of my most favorite layouts and it share 5 photos on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ layout! LOVING IT!

If you are interested in any of the products that I used in this layout, I have provided links below. Also, remember to check back tomorrow for more of the “Road Trip” layouts that finished up my Inspired by Shimelle Challenge.

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