Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lisa - Close Up layouts

Hello! It's Lisa here, with a couple of layouts featuring the cool Close Up range from Kaisercraft. The line was released back in November, and features cool retro graphics and colourways, along with great images of vintage cameras. As a photography buff, I absolutely love it. :)

My first layout uses kraft cardstock as the base, and I've used a selection of the Focus, Shutter, and Lens papers, cutting around the Focus paper to highlight the curves of the circles. This helps bring a little softness to the otherwise fairly straight/hard-edges of the layout, and also echoes the lines of the piece of wire my daughter is holding in the photo.

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To finish up, I used a selection of the Collectables (the vintage camera image and the quote tag) along with another text quote, a strip of glitter washi, a little veneer heart and a trio of gold glitter triangles. A little touch of bling goes a long way, and seems to have become a regular feature in many of my layouts lately. :)


The second layout has a mix of patterns and shapes, but they're all linked together through repetition, which is one of my favourite tricks to use to bring a layout together, even when using seemingly disparate elements. I started with a sheet of Kaisercraft Vanilla weave cardstock as a base, upon which I've lightly stencilled a dotted pattern in pale teal ink, which has been repeated when I layered some of the Shutter design paper (the reverse patterned side, this time, featuring more dots and a teal background.) I've also used the Focus sheet again, cutting around the curves of the graphics once more. I've echoed the curves/circles through the use of the Collectables in the top right, as well as in the arched border on the left (which also contains dots as well as more of the teal colour.)

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The two large letters (ME) have a grid background, which is repeated in the "love this" Collectable on the right. The little heart in the kraft speech bubble in the bottom centre also has the grid pattern. Lastly, the stripes in the photo are echoed in the lines of the Focus pattern, and the three little bling dots repeat the same teal colour found elsewhere in the layout.

Lots of subtle repetition and mirroring of patterns, and nothing has to be too matchy-matchy for it to go together. :) Sometimes half the fun is picking out things that don't look as if they can possibly work in a layout and making it happen!

As always, thanks for looking, and be sure to check out the fabulously funky Close Up range!

Lisa :)

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