Leave it to warm, summer memories to chase the cold away! Dorothy used the kit this month to make a beautiful two-page spread of a sunny family trip to Australia.
Dorothy decided to use the first page as her feature layout and the second as a complimentary photo page (similar to what you can do with a photo pocket page).
For the background of her feature page, Dorothy used a bunch of distress and travel-themed Tim Holtz stamps including Correspondence (CMS225), Etcetera (CMS302), Mail Art (CMS339), and Documented (CMS226) with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks (also used for inking edges), as well as Stormy Sky Distress Oxide. The numbers were made with Tim Holtz Alphanumeric thinlits (660056).
Have you tried the Distress Oxides yet? It’s what Dorothy used above for the cup stain and airplane stamps- they show up so clear and pigmented when you stamp with them, so they are much better than Distress Inks when you are looking for a sharper image!
For the speckles on the paper, Dorothy used a chunky gold embossing powder. When you use a chunky powder, you can sprinkle it on the page and it will be heavy enough to stay in place while you heat it. Make sure to heat it from below the paper so that the powder doesn’t blow away!
For the second layout, Dorothy decided to focus on photos rather than decorating the background. Even though she used a lot of photos (10 in total!), the page doesn’t look to busy! Dorothy did this by using a pattern in the size and placement of her photo and design blocks. The blocks in the far left and far right columns are actually the same, just in reverse order. Similarly, the blocks above and below the center photo are also the same size blocks in the exact opposite pattern. In order to pull the two layouts together (beyond just using the same paper line), Dorothy has also used the brown arrow die cuts (Tim Holtz Chevron 659428) and round location arrow ephemera on both layouts.
Dorothy also put together a small pocket-page insert using the pocket page sheet from the kit.
These little DAY, DAY 2 and DAY 3 note blocks are super cute! You can use them to catalog each day from your trip if it short, or do what Dorothy did for a longer trip and ignore the ‘day’ part of the title. You could also use them to highlight a couple of your favorite days out from the rest of the trip.
Here are the layout drafts:
Happy Crafting (and stay warm!!)!