This month, Rayanne’s layout spread features some timeless lego-playing memories and gears galore!
To make a continuous flow between the two layouts, Rayanne designed the pages so that the large grey check-patterned mat on the first page also continued onto the second page.
I love how she placed her metal gears from the kit so that they interact with the patterned paper. Having some variety in the placement and design of the gears, such as matting them with patterned paper, adding paper above them, and layering them above and below the other elements of the page, as well as positioning them together with the gears printed on the patterned paper as Rayanne has done here helps to add interest, texture and dimension to the gear cluster. It also keeps the gears from looking like they are floating homeless on the page.
In addition to the metal and paper gears, Rayanne also added a gear pattern to the gold foil paper using the Tim Holtz Mechanics 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder (662715). She also used this technique on the gold foil on the second page, and added the twirl bakers twine on both to match. She also added a bit more gear patterning to both pages using brown distress ink with the Tim Holtz Gears stencil (THS052).
Rayanne decided to use her rice paper as a background piece to add some pattern to otherwise plain blue wall-patterned paper. The rice paper is really cool because if you paste it down with a clear glue, such as clear gesso, YES! glue, etc. it will go down translucent, letting the pattern from behind it show through (*using a clear double sided tape will not give the same effect).
Like on the first page, Rayanne placed her gears on the second page so that they would interact with the title piece. The larger light brown gear with the button in it’s center is actually placed where the hole from the tag should be, so it looks like it is helping to hold the tag to the page. The strip of gears goes between the background block and on top of the photo, anchoring it to the page.
Here is a larger image of the gear stenciling and embossing:
Have fun giving these ideas a try! If you need some inspiration, feel free to reference these layout patterns: