You're probably been wondering where I went off to - I haven't been entirely gone. All of August was devoted to a course at Gossamer Blue, which entailed a project I'll soon share here since not all of you were able to partake in the course. Over a four week period, I taught how to create an adorable mini album about a camping trip taken with Eric and the boys over the summer - there was lots of photos and lengthy instructions with tips to boot! Thank-you to everyone who signed up and was on board over there. Ample fun all the way!
The beginning of September, Ethan and I started school once again. The transition hasn't been easy and we're still in the middle of a major adjustment period. Poor Ethan is struggling to pull through all day first grade, so we're working together to build his comfort level up so that he can focus on learning and making new friends. In the mean time, I began two design courses at River Falls; Design Foundation & The History of Design. I can already tell that they're going to be amazingly challenging courses, but with perks I can't deny as I love design like you wouldn't believe. The first assignment is to develop a self-portrait from type via Photoshop and gestural drawings. It's intense, but I'm already learning quite a bit, including some cool photo editing techniques via Adobe Bridge. I expect the assignments to intensify as the semester moves along.
Now, don't think that just because I was stuck in the classroom the last two weeks that I hadn't scrapbooked. This layout came to fruition prior to the start of school. It was a random creation. I had let it sit for days and then returned to work on it some more over a couple of weeks. Truthfully, I'm glad I took the time to contemplate it's layers. It gave me a chance to rethink how best to work around the busy background without causing a serious collision of mass proportions.
That gal in the dress happens to be me. Now, who in their right mind photographs themselves in the dressing room? Well, there's a story behind the photo..I fell in love with this dress the minute I put it on. Sadly, the budget wasn't budging an inch. I tried it on strictly for "fun". The dress was left behind. I figured that before exiting the dressing room, I'd snap a shot of it. If I couldn't take it home, a photo would have to suffice. Glad I caught that photo, too. Still crazy about the dress. Here's the colored version (I added a color photo to the back of the layout)
As to the layout, it's a keeper. ;) Didn't have to pay a dime for it! I thought the colorful dress could use a bit more color. I grabbed a large stack of patterned papers and a ridiculous amount of embellishments. I swear, I'm enthralled by product, but lets not go there. Anyway, I helped myself to a handful of Crate Paper goodness. It's sprinkled throughout the layout; "oh hello there" is from Crate's ambitiously cool "On Trend" collection. I framed it in wood (Studio Calico).
On the backside of this AC Sticker Set is the sweet sassy script, "hello". I cornered it with a large multi-layered flower and a surrounding gold leaf (Gold Leaf Marker) border (encompassing the whole layout).
There's more gold via the painterly version. I amped up the overlapping strips of paper with thin white lines and colored in the isolated spaces with Martha Stewart's gold acrylic paint. It's a semi-transparent paint - when brushed onto paper, it's slightly see-thru. The color beneath is augmented to a degree by the gold, creating the illusion of depth. I love the effect.
There's a great big box of Crate Paper product sitting nearby my front door..only a few feet away. I've been wanting so badly to dig into it since it showed up last week. You guys are going to love this season's packaging designs - Lisa did such an awesome job! I have a random list of faves that i'll post here in a few days. Just wanted to give you the heads-up so that you know the new collections are soon to arrive at your fave crafty hot spots. Keep them eyes OPEN!
I do appreciate you checking in on me - a few of you have emailed wondering where I've been. I'm alive and well - just a busy college student with a first grader who needs his mom very much right now. I'll be around ;) Take care, guys!