This year I've discovered the free monthly classes over at Two Peas in a Bucket, and the end of the month class is led by Shimelle. The class is called 4x6 Photo Love and will highlight techniques for using 4x6 photos on a layout; one photo in January, two photos in February, and so on until there are twelve photos in December. I really liked this month's layout featuring one photo and a loose string of embellishments crossing the page from the top right to the bottom left.
Shimelle featured some great pre-made round flowers on her layout, however I didn't have any large round accents. So, I decided to make my own using a scallop punch, two circle punches, patterned paper, buttons and ink. I layered the patterned papers, turned the edges up just slightly, inked the edges, and added a button for the center. Then I added other various size buttons and embellishments from my stash.
I also included a small piece of ephemera on this layout - did you see it? I have a box for cultural memorabilia that I started collecting during the LOM workshop last year. It's just a place to keep little tidbits from our daily lives that might be of use on a layout. I haven't actually used anything out of the box, until this layout. When I was writing my journaling, I remembered that after my last trip to Coldwater Creek, I had put some of the price tags in my cultural memorabilia box. All the price tags at Coldwater Creek are on a Kraft type paper, so I simply cut the store's name off one of the tags and included it with the word stickers I used in my loose embellishment line.
This was a fun layout to create and I'm looking forward to each month's 4x6 Photo Love class.