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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ninabrook Layouts

I was asked by Peggy to attend the wonderful Ninabrook Designs scrapbook Saturday in London at Hillside Church. We had a choice of 12 four page layouts for our 3 classes, and were served a very wholesome, delicious lunch of assorted homemade sandwiches, salads, dips and sweets. Also included in our admission price were 2 extra kits, some adhesives, and make and takes. I was so impressed by Sharon and Heather and the work they did to make this day special. Peggy and I were resolved to really enjoy the day, relax, socialise, and have fun. We both did exactly that.

I had a particularly productive day, because I was able to add my photos to 3 of my layouts, with Noel set aside for future use.
Here is the first of the finished layouts, with a visit to Stratford as my theme.
We did a few tears along the top and sides of the papers, and then placed contrasting
papers in behind the torn away areas to get a shabby chic effect .
I used a mix of colour and black and white photos. I really love the pennant banners with little pompoms and the hatpin embellishments we were given to add to the layout.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Grad Layout with Flip Flaps

This layout is of my daughter Chloe's graduation ceremony from Fanshawe College.
It tells the story of her day, from getting the diploma to the reception afterward. We were lucky enough to spot the art Fanshawe Student Union had purchased from Chloe hanging in the Student Union Presidents office. I had a chance to take her picture standing with her art in the office . She was absolutely glowing with happiness. This was the first piece of art she had sold.
The flip flaps are additional 4x12 and 8x12 sections that adhere to the page protector, enabling me to enlarge the layout by an additional page.
They open and shut like door panels at the side of the layout. When designing with flip flaps, I treat them as natural divisions within the 12x12 page. In this case I split a 2012 grad print page into 2 pieces for the front, and on the inside I used extensions of the paper theme patterns in black and white to keep the flow consistent.
I also laid the photos straight across the pages in a horizontal path to keep the design clean and simple. I embellished with chipboard letters and a bit of bling.