Thursday, February 20, 2014

I'm with the BAND


Well, my son is :)    Hello crafty friends.  I have a layout featuring three of the music release dies (Express Edges - Just A NoteWhispers - Happy HornWhispers - Happy Saxophone) for you today and I have to warn you, I'm going to be honest about how I approached this layout.

My son plays the tuba and as you can imagine there aren't too many (none that I know of) tuba dies out there, but  I wanted to create a layout of his winter concert.  Sometimes the perfect crafting product is not available, so we have to work with the products we have on hand.  I took my new music theme dies and an old tuba stamp I found at a garage sale and started thinking of how I could make them work for me.

This is the outcome...



I started by stamping tubas across the pattern paper with black ink in a diangular direction.  I inked the edges of my two 6x4 photos and taped them directly onto my pattern paper, right over some of the stamped tubas.  Now came the fun part, I die cut my two horn dies (Whispers - Happy Horn and Whispers - Happy Saxophone ) in black and placed them in between the tubas. Next, I added two types of black letter stickers for my tittle.

At this point, I realized something was off... the layout was top heavy.  The photos were too high on the page. I tried to move them, but the pattern paper started tearing and I didn't have another sheet.  I was stuck w/the placement.  I went back to my stash of supplies and reached for the Express Edges - Just A Note die, knowing it would work great as a bottom of the page element.  I die cut it in black and glued it at the bottom right corner of the layout.  YES! The layout was falling into place.  A few music notes from a sticker sheet and my layout was done.

Looking at the layout today, as I write this post... I will go back and try to swap the two die cut horns, so that the bigger horn is on the right where there's more open room and the smaller horn is on the left were there's less room.

Well, I hope you like my layout and my honest account of how it came to be.  Scrapbooking is fun, but sometimes we get stressed out or overwhelmed by the process.  I wanted to show that you are not alone... we all struggle to find the perfect sheet of pattern paper, the perfect color of ink, or the perfect tuba die :)  

Here are close ups of each die:

Express Edges - Just A Note
Whispers - Happy Horn
Whispers - Happy Saxophone
  




Until next time

10 comments:

  1. This is awesome. I would never have thought to use a stamp on paper to create a custom pattern paper layout. I think it looks great. In my opinion, there is no need to swap out the horns. I love the layout as is.

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    1. Thanks, Agnes. I have to admit that I usually turn towards my dies before my stamps when I scrapbook, because I like the dimension they provide. But stamps can make a difference and if I had embossed the tubas they would have been a bolder element, but I only just thought of that :)

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  2. This is fabulous, Mary!! I love the design!! Adding the Just A Note and the music notes at the bottom was a awesome touch!! Love this!!

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  3. Fabulous design Mary and I love how you documented the process too.

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  4. Great layout. I like how you did it, it came out fabulous.
    Indeed, it helps to see I'm not the only one who is trying and changing and adding to a layout to get is 'perfect'. Stamping when you don't have the right dies is a great idea. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Anke :) You are definitely not the only one. We all do the "it's not perfect yet" dance. We do it, because we all care about our projects.

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  5. Great layout Mary and it was great to read how you came about creating the page!

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    1. Lori, thanks for your feedback and support.

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  6. Our kids were both with the band too - love your page!!! Brings back many good memories. What a great release this has been!

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