I love wildflowers. I took these photos along the long and winding path we had to walk from the parking lot into Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas. This was back in May 2012 on the day that Matt (and thousands of others) participated in the Spartan Sprint obstacle race. It was a beautiful day in a beautiful setting…and a brutal event.
I had an absolutely wonderful group of friends during college. Most of them I made during the first quarter of my first year at Ohio University (1985/86) and remained close to throughout our four years. These guys made my college experience so much more fun (they were a funny bunch) and bearable (you know even the best college years have low points), and I love each of them. Just about every one of my college memories includes one or more of these sweet, smart, loyal friends.
- top left: Micki McNiece, Phil Daquila, Jim Conlan (freshman year, winter quarter on Phil’s birthday)
- top right: Teng Chek Cheong, Jim Conlan, Sandy Daquila (Mom visiting for Mother’s Weekend), Phil Daquila (senior year, spring quarter)
- center: Joe Brown, Rich Saxby (freshman year, spring quarter as we packed up to head home for the summer)
- bottom: Rich Ozmun, Teng Chek Cheong, Tim Schooley, Jerry Hirsch, me (senior year, spring quarter)
I followed the sketch below for my layout and will be entering it into the Page Drafts “Love is everywhere 2014 Valentines release” sketch challenge. The papers are mainly from Jillibean Soup’s “Grandma’s Lima Bean Soup” collection. I designed the title and cut that and the swirls on my Cameo. And I thought the vintage buttons were a nice touch with the quote about antiques.
I thought I would share a Silhouette technique today. I had a lot of fun concocting this layout in my head, then in my Silhouette Studio software and finally in physical form.
I completed this look by building the page as much from the back as from the front. Here’s how:
I was looking for a novel way of highlighting my main photo, so I started surfing my Silhouette library for ideas. When I saw this “Folded Sunburst Card” shape, the light bulb went on. Why not cut the sunburst aperture from my background paper and put the photo behind it?
So I opened the file and deleted all the card bits, leaving only the sunburst. I re-sized the shape to be a little smaller than a 4 x 4 photo and dragged it to the top third of a full 12 x 12 page in Silhouette Studio.
To add to the building from beneath theme, I set up my title to cut from the background paper as well. So that I would be sure to leave enough room between the sunburst and the title for the other photos I planned to use, I added those to the design in Silhouette Studio but I set them to “no cut.” Like this:
So that’s it. I laid down my patterned paper (from My Mind’s Eye “Cut and Paste: Flair” collection), cut this out all at once, backed it with white card stock and then built my page on top of it. And now I have a layout that has lots of depth and texture without lots of bulk.
Oh, and the photos are from a stop we made at a neat little ice cream place in North Carolina while I was home visiting Mom and Phil this August.
This layout was fun to pull together! I gathered four photos of Matt and me just out doing our thing in Austin last December. The north photo is of us waiting for our friends’ wedding to start; the east photo is when we were waiting outside the Alamo Drafthouse before seeing Les Miserables; the south photo is us waiting for our lunch to arrive at Cheddars; and the west photo is when we scored the fireplace table at La Madeleine.
My friend, Laurie, published this cool sketch on her blog and is running a contest with it for her birthday. Isn’t that a great idea? I decided to use the tags as my main focus but configure them a little differently by arranging them in a circle. I’ll tell you, using the Studio Calico cloud background paper with the grid really helped make aligning everything easier. I cut the eight tags out of another piece from the same SC “Here & There” collection and then embellished each. To bring it all together I created a circular title treatment on my Silhouette. I really like my final result, and I would’t have come up with this idea without Laurie’s sketch for inspiration.
UPDATE: The happy news is that I won this sketch contest! Thanks for the Amy Tangerine stitching template kits, Laurie. I can’t wait to use them on my pages.