Monday, August 5, 2013

Heart = Melted

Happy Monday everyone!  Well, as happy as it can be for a Monday.  :)

So, I mostly create double-page layouts, and the one I wanted to share today is no exception.  My son said the most wonderful thing to me not too long ago, so I wanted to document it - it totally melted my heart.  I didn't have specific photos for that moment, so I printed a couple of recent ones with him that I really liked.

I took two pieces of CTMH Whisper cardstock to use as my base, and I used a dotted foam stamp with Slate ink randomly across both pages in first and second generation to create a darker and lighter pattern.  Next, I decided to give the pages some texture using Tsukineko's Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray, and then let it dry.

After I laid out my photos, other pieces of cardstock, and Studio Calico's Darling Dear chevron vellum, I adhered the heart to the cardstock leaving a few gaps.  To cover the center of the spiral, I used a scallop circle, a star flower, and a brad.  I cut out an arrow from the heart to the word "Melted", spelled out using Heidi Swapp's awesome clear mint alpha letters (not for the first time!).

Isn't the heart cool?  I was inspired by Melinda Spinks' layout she did for Little Yellow Bicycle.  Her rendition had more pieces, more patterns, and was feminine, so I just adapted it for my boyish purposes.  I first sketched out the heart on the back of the patterned paper that I chose.  In this case, I used My Mind's Eye Collectable - Notable collection, which I fell in love with when I first saw it.

I then cut out my heart, used a pencil to lightly sketch the swirls from the upper left side of the heart, and then cut on the swirls, careful to keep each piece in order.

I absolutely had to journal our conversation that made my heart melt.  He certainly can be a handful sometimes, but my son can definitely be a sweetheart.  

I hope you are inspired by my layout.  Happy scrapping!


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