For this month’s page kit sample, Laurie created a memorial layout spread for her dog Roxy.
I love how she has incorporated paw prints into the background to add the pet theme to the other wise plain cardstock. It really shows how useful stamps and die-cuts can be in tying your photos in with the rest of your layout. Here, Laurie used a paw print stamp from Art Impressions (D-2074) stamped with Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.
Laurie also echoed the curving dots behind the butterflies with the placement of the paw prints. For the butterflies, Laurie actually popped some of them up with foam tape to add some dimension to the layout. With the large butterflies, Laurie also folded them lightly at the point where the wings meet the body to give them a more 3-dimensional look.
For the lettering, Laurie differentiated between the two titles by using different size and font of lettering dies. The smaller font is Tim Holtz’s Alphanumeric thinlits (660210) , and the larger font is the Sizzix Antiqua die (658337). For the larger letters, Laurie cut them all out of both the grey Bazzill shimmer cardstock and the white cardstock, and then offset and adhered them together to create this shadow-like effect.
I know I say this everytime, but the smallest details really make the biggest difference. When Laurie made the trail behind the butterflies she used sequins, but also just drew in dots in between. This gives different depths and sizes and actually looks better than just using sequins would (and is less time consuming). Beside the ‘ROXY’ title as well, she added some of the little dew drop sequins- it adds just a little bit of framing and pulls the title in with the rest of the layout, like the photos on which she also placed the odd dew drop sequin.
Here are outlines of the pages without the ephemera: