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I was so incredibly excited when Elle sent me the email to ask if I would create layouts for her CHA booth this summer using her new collection, Penelope. To say this collection is beautiful would be an understatement, and the designs and colors matched my style perfectly, as well as other embellishments already in my stash. If you haven't checked them out on the Elle's Studio blog, I thought I would share them with you here too.
This was my favorite layout from the four, and funny enough, when I first pulled out the multi-colored hexagon paper, I set it aside as one I didn't plan on using. It was so vibrant that I was intimidated by it. However, once I began to choose my photos & came across this lovely, colorful shot of my friend Sarah & her daughter, Emily, on a merry-go-round, I knew it would be perfect. I initially had the photo sitting directly on the hexagonal paper, but the photo was no longer the focus, so I decided to tone-down the patterned paper with a cover of vellum from Studio Calico's Darling Dear collection. To keep from having any tape showing, I sewed the vellum to the white cardstock & before I closed it up, I threw some kraft and gold-glitter confetti on the inside to create a 'shaker' layout of sorts. I backed this with the green stripe (such a beautiful green too!) I used the extra hexagons I had on hand to cut a colorful banner, then accented the layout with a title cut from my Silhouette and gold POW! paper, as well as embellishments from American Crafts and Basic Grey. This layout definitely brings a smile to my face.
I love the amount of negative space on this layout, Funny Face, as well as the cross design. I have been saving this black and white ribbon from an older Studio Calico kit for ages, and it was perfect for adding the perfect amount of contrasting black to the layout. The big 'E' comes from a 12"x12" sheet that can be cut apart, and I used it several times for these layouts. The 'Love Her' tag may be my favorite from the entire collection. I think I may need at least a dozen of those! Perfect for layouts about my girly!
This layout was a labor of love. When I saw the large scale kraft chevron (amazing!) paper, I immediately knew that I wanted to use the lines in the design, but getting the spacing right took hours! After I did get the numbers (again from the number and letter 12"x12" cut-apart sheet) and mini alphas from October Afternoon situated correctly, I ran over the lines that touched numbers with their corresponding colored thread in my sewing machine. The bend of the chevron created the perfect 'arrow' to point to my photo. I then accented with Heidi Swapp hearts colored with Stampin' Up! ink and dots from My Mind's Eye.
This layout has been in my head since June, when I went to the optometrist to get some new glasses. I took a lot of photos of myself wearing the different frames so that I could see what I looked like, cause without my glasses on, I can't see anything. I remembered that I had the chipboard glasses from Crate Paper in my stash & the awesome green that Elle used for this collection looked great with it. The black and white striped paper (another awesome print that I can see myself using a lot) worked perfectly as a border. The remainder of the work was just layering the polka-dot paper with my photo, tags & embellishments by Basic Grey, American Crafts & Studio Calico. I finished off with a splatter of gold mist.
One thing I love doing right now is using American Crafts glitter tape to dress up items from my stash, and this awesome tag from Elle was perfect to house a bit of glittered edging! I'm just loving small touches of glitter lately.
So there you have it! Be sure to check out the ES blog to see what the other talented designers have done with Penelope. Thanks so much for checking out my layouts & be sure to grab this awesome collection as soon as it appears in the shops! You will love it!