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“You Were Missed” Start to Finish Layout

I look forward to Shimelle’s Starting Points each week and LOVE playing along. Now, I don’t always get them in during the time frame but they are always there to refer to in the future as well. This week, Shimelle started with a strip, border and a bit of layering.

I wanted to start my layout with a bold and bright color but I didn’t have any patterned paper that was a nice solid that would work. So I grabbed a sheet of Tim Holtz Distress Core’Dinations and thought it would be perfect to pair up with some Dear Lizzy Neapolitan.

I modified Shimelle’s directions just a bit as I didn’t like the back side of the Dear Lizzy Heart Song paper for this layout to be the border. I cut the Heart Song at 4″x12″ and inked the edges in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  I then cut a 1 1/2″x12″ strip from Dear Lizzy Sunny Skip and punched it with the EK Success Diamond Lace Punch.  I also inked it up with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

Next up was to determine which sheet from the Dear Lizzy 6×6 pad would work with this project.  I will admit at this point, I had NO CLUE what photos I was going to use.  I grabbed the grey with white polka dots (Dear Lizzy Sea Breeze) and left it at it’s size from the paper pad.  I also cut out one of the partial mason jars from Dear Lizzy Twinkling Lights and the star Polaroid from Dear Lizzy Dreamy Days.

The watercolor scrap came from the tear away strip on the Dear Lizzy Sunny Skip paper.

Next up, I grabbed my Corner Chomper and used the 1/4″ corner to round the gray with polka dots paper and the small Polaroid. I inked up these layers with Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black.

Now time to have some fun. I grabbed my Chalkboard Glimmer Mist and sprayed a bit here and there. It really doesn’t show up much in the picture except to warp the paper but you will see that all went away eventually. I then grabbed Steel Gray paint and splatter around the page. Not too much, just a bit here and there.

Now I had to choose some photos. I went through my box of photos that I have had for awhile and found a few different possibilities that went well with the papers and colors I was going for but these two of my brother and I on my wedding day were perfect. I cut both of them down to 4″x4″ before adhering them to my page. I made sure to not adhere all the way to the edge on the right hand side as I had an idea that I was hoping would pan out in the end.

I grabbed the Dear Lizzy Sunny Skip paper and cut out the “four”, “4” and “09” as they were the day of my wedding. I inked the edges of them in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink before playing around with them to get them perfectly the way I wanted them. The “four” is layered on the Polaroid and then has some foam tape placed underneath for dimension {and to be level with the Polaroid}.

At this point, you can also see that I started adding some labels from the EK Success Label Punch from scraps of paper I had from the Dear Lizzy 6×6 paper pad.

Now it was time to grab some embellishments and start clustering. I grabbed brads that matched from My Mind’s Eye {original Lost and Found collection}, Making Memories Flutter collection and then random others to create groupings. I also threw in a 1″ punched circle to add some more dimension and so that little green brad wouldn’t get lost.

I had the idea early on that I wanted to add a banner sticking out from the photos. So I chose two different papers from the 6×6 paper pad that matched together and then cut a piece from each at 2″x6″. After that, I then turned the paper so I could cut the strip into 6- 1″x2″ strips. I knew this would be perfect to be able to tuck under the photo at various lengths. I grabbed my EK Success 3/4″ square punch and snipped the ends at an angle so that I could have the nice banner shape.

Since I loved how it looked, I went through and inked the edges of each banner in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink before adhering them down. I really wanted to get the sewing machine out for this but since it is dangerously buried in the RV somewhere, I digress.

Now onto creating the title. I didn’t have enough of the larger Basic Grey brown letters so I decided to let the focus be on the word MISSED and then used smaller cream letters from Basic Grey to create the first part of the title. I then hand-wrote my journaling with a Bic Ultra Fine Marker in Tuxedo Black.

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