Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Finding our way through the Corn Maze

If you've been following along, you probably know how much we love out annual trip to Dewberry Farm.  There's a pumpkin patch, jumping pillows, petting zoo, tons of rides and so much more, we always have a blast! There's also a corn maze.  We always go through it but we never finish it. 

A couple of us on the Imaginisce design team were give an assignment.  It's called the Art of Journaling.  That's all we were given as guidance.  I took the assignment very literally.

Supplies used: Imaginisce Happy Harvest colleciton - 003337 (Autumn Splendor), 003338 (Apple Crsip), 003339, 003342 (I Love Fall), 003353 (Fall Friends Icon DieCuts); i-top 2.0 small & medium brads, 18 & 22 mm punches; Bazzill Basics (Navel); Copic Sketch Markers in YG63, YR07, Y17; Kaisercraft Tiny Alpha Stickers (Toffee Apple); Cosmo Cricket Ready - Set - Chip adhesive chipboard alpha - Red Line (Used the negative space); green rafia; misc orange and chocolate ribbon

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 I put a lot more focus on my journaling than I normally do and I got a bit creative with my Copics.  Here's what I did.  While sketching out my layout, I purposefully set aside about 1/3 of my "white space" for the journaling. I put the layout all together and then I wrote out my journaling on a scrap piece of paper.  I chose certain words I wanted accented.  Then I took about half of those and drew a box around them. I took the other half and wrote them in different font.  This was my guide for spacing on the actual layout.  Once I had it how I wanted it I drew lines on my layout in pencil and starting writing with my chocolate marker.  Once dried, I erase the pencil lines, drew my boxes and just randomly started coloring. 

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I also used the new Imaginisce i-top 2.0 tool that I recently got. I have to tell you that I just love the new i-top.  It's just easier to use and the rubber grips at the top are much improved.  Like I said, it's just easier, not that the other was hard.  :)

Did you notice that the brads I made are made from rafia?  I wanted to try to mimic the corn maze. Being on the DT (and actually just in general), I am all about trying new things with the tool. Here's what I did:
  1. I punched the disk out of green paper, applied adhesive to the paper with the goodies Glue Arts sent me and then I pressed the rafia to the adhesive.  I was so happy at how well it stuck to it!
  2.  Then I cut the snipped the rafia, cutting around the circle as well as between the crevices.

Then I attached the brad using my i-top like I normally would with paper of fabric. It was a bit bulkier but it held extremely well!

I want to show you one more thing...I made the title by tracing the negative space of alphabet chipboard. I did this because I didn't want to detract from the photos or the journaling but it could also come in handy if you are running low on alphas.  If you're like me and haven't cleaned up your scrap stash lately, you probably have some alpha chipboard laying around somewhere.
Thanks for stopping by today!

14 comments:

jime said...

I love your new way of doing the brad with the i-top. Thanks for sharing!

jime said...

I tried to follow your blog, but for some reason I couldn't find the way. I'll be stopping by now and then anyway ;)

Christine said...

I'm so happy I found your blog. I love your journaling.

Auntie Em said...

I love the way you did the journaling on this awesome page. Thanks for all the great tips on how to create this style. Your raffia covered brads are quite inspired.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Donna said...

This is fantastic! I LOVE the journaling & I soooo want to try this!

Nicole said...

WOW! So very creative! I'm not sure i would ever risk doing something like that on my layout because i would surely ruin it, but your journaling with your handwriting and the little colored doodling all work out together perfectly!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Diana Fisher said...

Really love your journaling on this! Amazing layout!!! :)

jrugg said...

What a cool idea! I will have to try that with my i-top.

Michelle McClure said...

Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. Your hand journaling really look like it was graphically designed.

Diana Waite said...

the journaling is AWESOME! I really like the different colored words AND I really like what you did with the new itop tool SO cool!

meredemaison said...

I did notice the raffia and thought it was an awesome way to use the i-top! Your "artsy" journaling is really cool, too! I'm not sure I could actually write in more than one font, but I guess I should give it a try since it looks so cool!

Thanks for sharing!

Deb Hickman said...

What a fun LO, I love how you did your journaling.xxx

Rebecca said...

ooooh, your artistic journaling is fabulous and your rafia brads are perfect!

Lynn said...

oh I love how you did your journaling here! one of those, "why didn't I think of that?" moments. I can't wait to try this.

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