I absolutely love the ordered chaos going on in Patti’s layout this month. I’m the type of person who can’t get anything accomplished without creating a disaster, so I love a bit of disorderly creativity~
That said, all the elements of Patti’s layout pull together and draw focus to the photo and title block despite the busy background, keeping it from looking messy. Here’s a closer look……………..
Fussy cutting, edge distressing, die cutting and embossing!! There are so many little detaills going on in Patti’s layout that it is hard to know where to start… but let’s start with embossing.
Patti used a couple of different techniques to distress her chipboard gears. For the black gears, she used the Emerald Creek Rocky Road baked textures embossing powder. I can’t get enough of the textures and effects you can get with these embossing powders (click here to see a more detailed explanation!) and so I’m always excited to point out when one the ladies use them in a project. For the blue gears she used aged teal embossing powder from Stampendous.
Patti also did some edge distressing on the title card and the furthest-back patterned paper block. Since the very front and the very back block have had the same effect used on them, it pulls the whole layered pile together and keeps it from looking too messy or random. Patti also used the same ink to edge the yellow patterned paper as the blue (she used Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress Ink) which pulls the patterned pieces together despite their different sizes and colours.
Like I mentioned in the last post, the little details really make a difference in the overall effect of the layout. Patti has added a bunch of cute little fussy-cut ephemera and used them to add some dimension and depth by layering them between the patterned rectangles. My favorite part though, is the border diecut that she cut out of the pink striped paper. It spices up the otherwise normal layered background!
I actually prepared two layout drafts for Patti’s layout because she has done a lot of layering underneath the photo blocking. Here they are!
If you are gong to give this layout a try, don’t worry too much about the sizes of the rectangular patterned paper layered below the photos. They are all a bit different, which adds to the ‘ordered chaos’ effect you get from offset layering like this.
If you do want to take a closer look at the layout, you can always pop by the store to take a peek (until the end of the month, of course!).
Until next time!