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.
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!"
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