Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Try It On Tuesday

The heat has moved out for a couple days this week - it'll be back later.  I've noticed a few leaves in our trees that are yellow, and a couple red ones in the bushes.  I also noticed last week that the light had changed, no longer directly overhead and harsh.  It might be because of the smoke in the air from the fires in California, so it was filtered a bit, or it could be the change that signals cooler autumn days ahead.  Whatever, I loved the light.

My weekend was spent in anything but creative pursuits - I tackled my pantry, which was totally heinous.  But now it's beautiful.  I can actually walk into my walk-in pantry.  I can see everything I have.  It's glorious.  And it's crossed off the Big To-Do list!

Now to get my hands dirty with something more creative.  This week's inspiration comes with this color pallet (if you want more inspiration check out the Color Theory board)

I love this color combo.  I'm not sure what it is, maybe it's the lime green combined with the icy blue.  Maybe it's the plum purple.  Maybe it's just all of them together.  Whatever it is, it's just fresh and energetic.

You'll find that exact color combination in the American Crafts #Summer line (top), found in the Smaller August kit.

You'll also find it, though without the purple, in the Bigger January kit and the Heidi Swapp September Skies line (bottom.)

Add a little shade to that color pallet and you get colors fit for fall.  Like the Fancy Pants Happy Go Lucky (bottom) line which was in the November Bigger kit.

Now, if you don't have these kits, why not???  You should be getting Apron Strings kits.  Seriously, though if you can't find this color combo in your stash, use the photo to gather your supplies instead.  Look for popsicle (or ice cream) embellishments - buttons, brads, diecuts.  Grab paper that speaks to this yummy summer treat.  The popsicles here are layered, so look to layer paper, embellishment groups, even different colors and styles of ribbon.  There's frost on a couple popsicles, so try out a white pen for detailing darker elements, use a mist, use up some clear rhinestones or add some white buttons or brads to contrast with all the color.  A few other popsicles have a sheen to them, so go for shiny buttons or epoxy embellishments.  The popsicles are rounded, so think scallops or circles.  Even the wooden sticks remind you to use up some wooden embellishments.

Wrap it all together with a quick PageMaps sketch.  This sketch covers the circles/scallops.  The stitching shown around the half-circles could be machined, by hand or done with that white pen.  You've got the layered ribbon/patterned paper just under the half circles - go all paper, all ribbon or some combination.  Group more items around the title, like buttons or brads, tuck a wooden embellishment under the title block.  Extend this one-pager into two by simply duplicating the design and adding more photos.

Go get your hands dirty.

Happy Tuesday,

*NOTE:  all kits mentioned are on sale.

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