So I decided to give this one a go. So focusing on a few main elements of the board I had a direction. Butterflies, Feathers and the colours, Coral, soft pink, teal/green and blue.
I chose a photo of my daughter walking along the shore of Lake Taupo with her bunny, this photo was helpful to bring the rich ocean blue colour to the page (although it was a lake lol).
The board felt quite nature like to me so I also wanted to play on that by using some leaf dies.
And so my page began.... Using Distress Oxide Inks in Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Cracked Pistachio and I smeared each of the ink pads onto a piece of plastic packaging, added a little water then smeared them on the cardstock (White American Crafts 12x12 cardstock). I did not feel the need to gesso my page because I wanted the liquid to soak into the paper fast, if I gesso the page it sits on top and moves more before I dries, I didn't want the colours pooling and merging together. I then splattered some drops of Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine over the Ink splotches.
Now to start on the design/embellishing. Using the patterned paper I had selected I die cut some shapes with my cuttlebug using the Kaisercraft Butterflies dies, Kaisercraft Birds and Butterflies dies, Kaisercraft Leaves dies and Couture Creations Evergreen die. For every die cut I cut with patterned paper I cut the same shape in vellum. Again to continue the softness on the layout.
I then layered each patterned paper die cut with a vellum die cut and stitched through the centre with gold thread using my sewing machine. This meant that I did not need to use adhesive and ruin the look of the vellum, and adding a hint of gold and softness with the wispy thread tails around the page.
Once I was happy with the placing of my embellishments I adhered them all down with glue, and I placed some adhesive foam squares behind my photo, which lifted it from the page slightly and enabled me to tuck pieces under it, making it all flow together.
For final touches I added some Pink, Blue and Green sequins around each of the in splattered areas, keeping them tone on tone and also a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets. These were just the right touch.
Lastly was my title, I didn't want anything that would detract from the design or anything that would stand out too much so I decided on a silver foam thicker from the Fancy Free collection that said happy. I tucked it in and around the layers of embellishments on the very bottom of the photo, the silver pulled in the colour of the cutlery from the mood board and was soft enough that it settled itself nicely amongst the grey of the stones and sand on the photo. Lastly I used my date stamp and stamped it multiple times on the bottom left of the layout using the Broken China Distress Oxide Ink. I did not journal on the layout as I had previously created a 12x12 pocket page that went with a similar photo. I would love to hear what you think of the layout, or your thoughts on mood boards and if you would like to see the process video for this layout just click on the link below.