With my temporary work assignment completed life is back to normal. I'm home and happy that it'll be a while before I find myself waiting in airport lounges, waking up in hotel rooms and traveling to work by taxis every day. Crafting-wise it's been a good mini-break for me but now that I've seen what Trina has in store for us, I'm excited (after having missed the last two kits) to be receiving the November Citrus Twist kit and to start creating again.
To ease myself back into the creative groove, I start with a small project : a mini-book. After picking out a stack of red and blue pattern papers from my stash, I begin making a series of double-page designs adding bits of beige to provide the occasional neutral relief. None of the pages are restricted to a standard size. Instead what I have are miss-matched folios which are then glued together, with some pages open toward the left while others open toward the right, to form a mini-album. I love the idea of being able to see a bit of all the folios even with the album closed.
I'm pleased with the different pattern combinations I've brought together for this project, geometrics which are my first love still dominate but there are also several organic prints successfully mixed in there. Also the challenge I set myself to integrate 12"x12", 8"x8" and 6"x6" patterns hasn't been as difficult as I thought. As a guide I compared the scale of each pattern against the size of the double-pager and tailored the quantity used to fit.
The only hiccup is my choice of fonts. I chose a chunky font with filled counters called Yume because I planned to hand-cut the title so that the blue denim paper shows through the negative space. However I forgot and glued it down as-is, so that page ended up looking more stark and angular than anticipated. With hindsight I should have just gone with a more rounded font in a matching navy colour.
Supplies : Studio Calico Lemon Lush (Loyalty, Sentimental, Vellum Labels), Studio Calico Heyday Cardstock Stickers, Crate Paper (Styleboard Sweet Collection & Inspiration, Maggie Holmes Accent Sticker), Basic Grey Highline Beautiful, Amy Tangerine Plus One Bits Die Cut Tags packaging, Basic Grey (Capture Snippets, Candy Dots), American Crafts (DIY Mistable Thickers Ali, DIY Shop 6x6 Paper), Authentique Celebrate Element Stickers, Echo Park Birthday Wishes Element Stickers, Cosmo Cricket Creative Girl 8x8 Paper, October Afternoon Daily Flash Snapshots Focus