Friday, May 31, 2013

So Lovely & a Requested Tutorial

I was blown away last week by all the kind words left on the American Crafts blog, their Facebook and the link I posted on my personal Facebook about this layout. Paige Evans challenged me to create projects using lots of photos. I accepted the challenge and then double challenged myself to push my creativity a little farther than my usual layered look.   Here's the layout I created...

I don't want to admit how long it took and I actually have no idea. I just know it took longer than expected and it doesn't have to be the case for you. I'm sharing some tips and the "how-to" for this layout:

  1. I created triangles and banners in Photoshop and added my photos to them.  Here's a tutorial for how to do that.
  2. Once I printed the photos, I adhered them to a background paper. At this point, I had 5 large photos and a lot of empty space.
  3. For these next steps, I'll tell you what I did and then share a big tip.
  4. I cut the larger triangles freehand out of pattern paper, being careful to make sure certain words or patterns that I wanted to show on the layout were included.
  5. I then filled it in with medium triangles and then added the smaller filler triangles.
  6. I wanted every. single. one. to be a triangle so that meant A LOT of thinking and A LOT of triangles that just didn't fit right after I had already cut them. There's one or two on there that I did at the end that didn't quite make it into a full triangle. 
  7. Here's the tip: When I was almost done I had an a-ha! moment. After adhering the photos and probably after cutting and adhering the larger pattern paper triangles, I totally should have hand drawn triangles with a pencil directly on the layout and then cut the smaller pattern paper triangles to that size.  Once I started doing that, which was probably 3/4 to completion, it went by much SUPER fast because I wasn't having to guess each cut as I was cutting them. It was like having a pattern to cut to. I hope that makes sense.
  8. Once I had all the triangles glued down, I realized some of them kind of faded into the background so I drew lines around them to add definition.
  9. I kept the embellishments to a minimum since the layout had so many other things going on.
I hope this answers your questions. If not, please leave me a comment below, email me or contact me on Facebook and I'll be happy to answer any questions.

Here's a few detailed shots.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure to head over to the American Crafts blog for more inspiration and while you're there feel free to tell them what you thought of my layout!


Leslie Germain said...

Love this layout. Just beautiful with all the triangles. So different.

Patricia Roebuck said...

Just amazing! This would take me forever for sure. Thanks for sharing tips, Heather!

Madeline said...

All your work was worth it! Beautiful page!

Unknown said...

This is absolutely amazing!!!!!! What a creative design!

beckyjune said...

This is incredible, Heather! You totally outdid yourself.

Debbie P said...

It's a work of art! Awesome job!

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Kate Vickers said...

Hi Heather, I featured your layout on the PI Blog this morning. It's a lovely layout! Your daughter is just beautiful! :)

Caroline said...

This is amazing, i love it all. great work!!