Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SC Lifted - Week 2 Lesson 1

Hi All - I hope you are having a good week so far. I was able to do 5 layouts last week related to the Lessons in the Studio Calico Lifted class, as well as another layout I "lifted", so that was 6 layouts last week! (You can see them all in my SC Lifted Gallery.) Quite a lot for me. It has been a lot slower this week as my week has just been busier. However, I did get a chance to work on and finish a layout today for Week 2, Lesson 1. This week's inspiration layout was all about circles. I have to admit it has been a LONG time since I have done a layout where the picture was cut into a circle, but I gave it a try and I liked the result. I also took a few progress pictures along the way. Most of these were for my own benefit on my iphone so I could remember where I wanted to place things when I was gluing them down, but I thought I would share those as well.

I first cut my photo into a circle. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and wafer thin circle dies also from Sizzix. I like these dies because you can see through them and see where your photo will cut.

I chose to go with navy, red, orange and yellow as my colors. I pulled these colors from the clothes the kids were wearing in the photos. I basically just went through my scrap paper bin and found a bunch of papers in those colors. I chose to go with papers that were mainly just those colors (i.e. no multicolored prints). I just thought this would be easier to work with.
After I cut the circles I laid them out in various arrangements that I was happy with. I did look at the sketch provided for the lesson along the way but my circles ended up in quite a different pattern than the sketch.

I glued the circles down. Some of them I put on 3D Foam Squares to give a little bit of dimension. At this point, I decided I want to add another shape and went with the handrawn wood veneer stars from Studio Calico (my new favorite embellishment!). I decided that I wanted a darker wood look to add some more contrast. So after I placed them down, I took a picture so I could remember where I had them arranged. I then removed them and inked them with Prima Chalk Fluid Edger ink in Knotted Wood.

I also decided that the white background was a little "too stark" so I ended up adding drops of SC Mr. Huey in various places on the page. I used a navy, yellow and orange-red color. Later, I ended up adding some enamel dots in orange and some rhinestone stickers in brown to go along with the splatters.

After this, I glued down the stars and added the title. Looking at the page, I felt it needed something at the top and bottom, so I cut a little off the top and adhered the page to yellow patterned paper. I then added a strip of red at the top and orange at the bottom.

I am pretty happy with how the layout turned out though it pushed me out of my comfort zone by having to use circles. Hopefully my process/line of thinking helps you a little bit and maybe encourages you to try something new in your scrapping!

Also, I thought I would leave you with one final picture - I got Eli some kid stamp pads today, and he was stamping and coloring as I was working on my layout. (He is often across from me painting, cutting, gluing or coloring!) I praised him for how well he was stamping and he said "Yeah Mommy, I stamp better than you!"

Thanks for stopping by! 


  1. Cute layout, love seeing your little guy crafting along with you :)

  2. I don't think I have ever cut my photo into a circle! Yours was the perfect one to cut like that though as your 'silly kids' were lying just right. Love the bright and vibrant colours you used and the stars look great. I think you should scrap the photo and quote of Eli stamping with you! Have a great weekend. xx