This sketch is so much fun! I really had a great time creating the layouts for each day.
Let's look at Day 2 and my lemon-y layout.
First, here is the one-page sketch I used for the starting point of each layout I'm sharing this week.
You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements by clicking here.
Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts and Bazzill; Patterned papers: Little Yellow Bicycle, My Mind's Eye, Pebbles Inc, October Afternoon, Simple Stories, Sassafras Lass, and Kaisercraft; Lemon cut files: Amy Newhouse from the Silhouette Design Store; Banner: Little Yellow Bicycle; Alphabet stickers: Simple Stories and unknown; Word stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Studios; Embriodery floss: DMC; Computer font: Avenir Next Condensed
My Silhouette got a workout with all the layouts for this week!
Variation #1 - Changing the shapes to fit your theme.
I knew right away with this sketch that I wanted to use these pictures of Drew's lemonade stand and create lemons for the shapes border.
I love all things lemon! Make me a lemon cake and I will be your best friend for life. I also love the look of lemons and use them to decorate part of my dining room and kitchen. I've got lemon-brain so I couldn't wait to create paper lemons.
I used a combination of several types of lemons.
The first are lemons that I cut with my Silhouette. They have a cardstock "rind", a patterned paper inside, and then a white cardstock overlay.
The second are full lemons that I cut out of a patterned paper.
The third are small lemon slices that I punched out of a patterned paper.
The die cut lemons were kind of bulky for something that is going to be tucked behind the background and photo. So, instead of actually placing them behind those things, I cut them to fit as a border. The edges of the lemons are right on the edge of the red background piece. That way everything stays nice and flat on the page and I don't have weird lumps behind my photo and background piece.
To help accent and highlight some of the lemons I added hand stitching, glitter, and some Nuvo Drop droplets. If you want to see how to make those, check out my latest YouTube video. There is a tutorial for these droplets at the 18:58 mark.
Variation #2 - Adding in extra photos.
I had a few photos that I wanted to include that helped tell the story of Drew and his lemonade stand. They are close ups of the lemonade, the cupcakes, and Mr. Drew himself. I love adding little detail photos that support the theme or story.
I wanted the photos to be small accents to the design so I used a circle punch to punch them into circles so I could arrange them into the design with the lemons.
I used foam adhesive to adhere them and added a small word sticker in bright red to help them stand out.
Sometimes when I'm playing around with a lot of shapes in a design, I like to think about added a few shaped pictures to it. It's a fun way to highlight a few smaller, detail photos while still following that shape design.
Variation #3 - Using a large photo in place of two smaller photos.
I used a 6 x 4" photo in place of the two 3 x 4" photos. This might be the easiest of all photo substitutions there is!
The 6 x 4" photo is the same size as the combined measurements of the two 3 x 4" photos so I didn't have to adjust anything.
Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!
Variation #4 - Changing elements to fit your theme.
I swapped out the banner strip for an actual banner.
The colors of the banner almost perfectly matched the banner we made for Drew's lemonade stand. How could I not use it?! It was a perfect fit so I didn't have to make any adjustments to accommodate it.
Variation #5 - Changing the size of elements to better fit what you want to use.
I used a 6 x 4" card instead of cutting a rectangle piece like you see on the sketch. I love using cards when I can just because they are so easy. There's no cutting so they are ready to go and they always have such cute designs on them.
Variation #6 - Mixing up the title and journaling placement.
I used a card that had a little design in the bottom right corner so I worked it into the design of my title. I also added a few little lemons and Nuvo droplets.
For my journaling, I used strips instead of the block and wrapped them around the design of the title and card.
That's all for day two! (Now I'm craving some lemon cake!) Be sure to check back tomorrow for day three.
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