Thursday, July 26, 2012

Embracing Symmetrical Layout

Hey girls! Tonight I wanted to share with you my JBS Mercantile August sneaky layout! This layout uses the main kit and Antiquarian. From Antiquarian I used that marvelous gold metal stamping (which I whitewashed) and the white trim atop the photos is the silver foil trim used backwards. The giant circle medallion is a Silhouette cut. I used the exclusive stencil with white mist in the center to tie all my elements together.

When I was in college, I started out majoring in interior design but later switched to merchandising. But  before I switched to merchandising in one of my basic art design classes in the college of Human Environmental Science, I had a teacher who was not a fan of total and complete symmetry. I'm not sure why that is with all the classic architecture over the eons that utilized symmetry achieving lasting ideals of beauty. She did not like a "bullseye," most definitely. So for the longest time I've had it in my mind to stay away from pure symmetry in my pages. I always thought it didn't do a sufficient job of leading your eye around the page. Last month I did a page with a column of labels right down the middle and then two photos on each side, one was higher than the other, opposite really, and then two flowers in the open spaces. It has some very symmetrical aspects but the different flower sizes and different banner placements kept it from being identical on both sides. I was testing the waters. So when this month rolled around I was still in the "embrace symmetrical" camp and did this one completely symmetrical. Why does it feel so refreshing to let myself do this?? LOL, it's freeeeeeing :)

Anyhow, this is a page with some of the first instagram photos I took on our first evening in Boston. The weather was incredible to an Oklahoma person such as myself. It was slightly overcast but the sun was peeking though the clouds in it's way down, there was a gentle breeze, the temperature was mild, and I just kept saying to Adam, "Can you believe this is their July? Let's move here!" We got settled into the Lennox hotel and walked over to Stephanie's On Newbury and at out on the patio. Stephanie's had the best clam chowder during our stay and I made sure to sample a many. It was such a nice setting with all the gorgeous old buildings and the excitement of what we would see the rest of our stay. The journaling says that I am so happy I had Adam to share it with, the history, the architecture, and the food. It was a lovely trip indeed.

And I think this shade of dusty light aqua blue must be the hardest color to photograph! Geez, did taking pics of this layout give me fits. Anyhow - there are more Mercantile sneaky layouts on the JBS Mercantile Inspiration Blog and the kits go up for sale at midnight central time on July 31st!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Scrapbook Monday

Heee, no I'm joking, that's the only funny title I could think of :) You're probably thinking that isn't even funny. But it's my lead into this layout - this is a page made with the current JBS Mercantile kit for July. It's a mixture of the main kit and the Antiquarian kit. The photos were printed together on 12 x 12 matte scrapbook paper from Amazon on my large format Epson printer. Obviously you would not have to have a large format printer for these picture sizes but since I wanted them to be the exact height and span perfectly the entire page and they are two different widths, sizing them in photoshop and printing them on the large format was the easiest for me. The title is cut with Silhouette and is Carolyna Pro font (which I offset once I had welded it to make the small connecting lines of the cursive wide enough to cut well. Once the minimal offset was done I deleted the original phrase, leaving the thickened outline to be cut).

The story here is about how Adam's mom got Ava a little pretend wedding dress for her 4th b-day (really a flower girl's dress but Ava understands it to be a little wedding dress). Ava had seen my dress hanging in the closet at my grandma's house when she would go down there to play for a while. She was really mesmerized by the dress and wanted to touch it and look and it and even asked to try it on one day and of course grandma let her. She talked to her dad, to me, to her Grandee, anyone who she came into contact with, she told them about my wedding dress. When she told me about my dress, she said, "It was the happiest day of your life," and she told me, not asked me, lol. So her Grandee got her one. And as soon as she tried it one she wanted to play getting married. That's the second photo, the one of her and her dad. She had the biggest smile on her face at that moment.

So here's my sweet darlin' on her 4th b-day, her real b-day, not the day of her party which was the layout above. For this layout I used Artisan (sold out) and Antiquarian. The rose label and the cool vintage type paper are from Antiquarian and they are both color copies from my HP printer so that I could use them over and over (and you will see me doing that lots from now on with Antiquarian)(I used the HP for everyday printing, journaling, copies - and the Epson is for photos - I prefer Epson). The lace digital brush along the side is by Hero Arts, I believe. The birthday brush is by Katie Pertiet and the word Fourth is from Ali Edwards. The March oval brush is from JBS Digital. I painted the butterflies white and light peach. This photo was an 8.5 by 11 trimmed down to 7 by 11.

So happy scrappy Monday :) I hope you can carve out some time today to get your scrap on, lol.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

On The Diagonal, Family Resemblances, & Brimfield

Again, here we have another layout from my JBS Mercantile July Gallery. This was made with Antiquarian and the mini album kit designed by Jill Sprott. I took the diagonal paper Jill put in her kit and just started lining up bits and pieces of paper following the lines, letting some of the pieces overlap. I wanted to allow some of the stripes to show through some of the spaces to keep that strong diagonal visible. I decided to bring a little something extra to those spaces by adding buttons along the lines.

When I printed these photos I couldn't help but think of myself looking at her. The top photo especially, I had that expression on my face a lot as a kid. And how she's dressed up outside riding her tricycle - I did stuff like that all the time on the farm. My grandma never fixed my hair and while I do fix her hair it doesn't much look like it in these pics - so that reminds me of myself too. I used to dress up in a blue and gold cheerleader suit and play outside with my dog, running around that old run down farmhouse.

With the label here, I wanted to cover up the peas but leave the pretty cut glass bowl so I decided to run a banner shape beneath the badge (banners fix everything). I had made a copy of the label so I punched  a hear from that copy and placed it on the banner.

Left, me, about 1984 or '85, probably 4 years old.

Right, Ava, August 2011, 3 years old

My hair wasn't really that warm - it's the same color as Ava's. Yikes, told ya my gram didn't fix my hair. So here we are, I think she looks like me here, don't you? Then there are times she looks just like Adam, her wide smile and the shape of her teeth, her head shape, her ears and where they set on her head. I'll have to do this again and show pics of both kids and both Adam and I. I just love seeing family resemblances.

Hey, I don't have a linkie icon on my sidebar yet but if you would like to hang out with me on twitter my user name is BRIANASJ. And on instagram I'm Brianaj321. But I've linked my instagram photos so they're being streamed to my twitter feed thingie - this is all sort of new to me. But anyhow, I wanted to take a few instagram pics of cool finds at Brimfield to share - we're leaving tomorrow for 4 days in Boston then 4 days in Brimfield. Here's a few fun youtube vids about the Brimfield Antique Market:

See ya soon! And have a Happy 4th of July!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Everyday's A Happy Day Layout & Disney Pics

Mercantile kits are live today for everyone! This is a page from my July gallery. These photos were taken in May at Disney World. We were sitting there next to the Tea Cups waiting for strawberry punch and we were making funny faces and taking pictures of each other. Zane got some great ones of me and Adam (see below). He had just made a funny face and I kept on snapping while he was talking. I guess he got a bit shy all the sudden, ha, because he looks shy to me, especially in the last photo, which is so not his regular personality. And I can guarantee you he was probably begging to go back to Space Mountain. Anytime we were even close to Tomorrow Land he was begging to do that again, no matter if the wait was 1 hour long and no matter how many times we explained the merits of obtaining a fast pass :)

Anyhow, layout construction details. The kraft base with a shape cut out was just something I had been playing with a while ago. Sometimes I just sit down with my Silhouette and some good colors of cardstock and just cut stuff for the fun of it. I set those pieces to the side waiting on the right project - as a way to get a jumpstart on a project later. That's what happened here. I had my photos printed already and since I had those two things in place, this layout came together veeeeery quickly.

A few things I like about this page: a. that it has 5 photos on it, b. that it's got an offset center and that it's all so balanced on the right but has that little something extra going on on the left, and c. orange and kraft together are really making me happy.

The orange receipt in the background was a happy accident too, I guess you might say. The Antiquarian kits from JBS Mercantile never ever disappoint me, I just love them, and I want more of them :) so I decided to color copy some of the key pieces so I could use them again and use the back sides of some of them. When I copied the mustard colored receipt my copier read it as light orange - I liked that and went with it! Also I guess you could say I really like banner shapes, they are just the most perfect element, I think, like here how they ground the oval sticker and make a nice transition to the bottom stack of photos.

So here are the other pics from the same time I took the pic of Zane you see in the layout:

Love that this one shows Adam *really* laughing, not just a camera smile.

The face that started it all. 

And now the faces from that day's breakfast:

Yep, the Disney Magic was running high that day :) Or the Disney Delirium is more like it.