A Rainbow of Mixed-Media Color with Heather Leopard

Our new May 2018 Kit + Noteworthy collection include a rainbow of products, so why not create a rainbow on your next layout? Design team member Heather Leopard did just that with her newest layout, all about good times! We know you’ll love it as much as we do! Let’s see what she made:

Hi everyone. It’s Heather Leopard here today with a supersized photo, some mixed media and just a few of my favorite things from the May 2018 Kit and the Noteworthy collection.

Supplies | May 2018 Kit, Arrow Label StickersGold Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix, Puffy Star StickersTitle Builder Vol. 2 Wood Veneer, Good Times AcrylicNoteworthy Cutouts, Noteworthy Word LabelsNoteworthy Bits and PiecesNoteworthy Wood VeneersNoteworthy Puffy Stickers, Noteworthy Epoxy StickersNoteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

This entire layout was inspired by the Title Builder Vol. 2 Wood Veneer word, “good”, and the Good Times Acrylic word, “times.” I knew I wanted to use those together for a title, but I had no idea what photo to document. I started thinking about recent good times as a family and I went straight for carnival photos. I spotted some of my girls in this giant swing ride but I guess I didn’t snap the photos fast enough because I didn’t have a good one that featured them both. Then, I had a great idea to freeze one of the videos I had taken. It worked out great because I was able to go frame by frame and take a snapshot of the exact image I wanted—both girls having a good time!

My photo measures 6-1/2″ x 10″. I wanted the scale of the photo to be giant, just like this giant swing they were on. I started out by cutting some border strips from the Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection—some are from patterned paper manufacturer strips and others are patterned paper strips that I just cut down. Either way, I wanted something to “ground” my large photo to the page.

Next, I started lining up labels from the Noteworthy Cutouts and Noteworthy Word Labels, and cutting down 3″ x 4″ tags from the May Kit to make a rainbow cluster in the white space of the photo. I did this BEFORE I decided to add color behind it so I had to remove them, but before I did that, I went ahead and glued them to the photo. I liked where they were and didn’t want to guess how to put it all back. Once they were adhered, I also lifted the photo up and marked the areas with a pencil where each color began and ended so the ink would match the labels.

Next, I lifted the photo up and applied a generous amount of white gesso to the background. Once dried, I colored a rainbow on the page: the messier the better. Once that was dry, I added my photo back, stitched around it, over the labels and everything and added embellishments like the Gold Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix and Noteworthy Epoxy Stickers. I cut the yellow circle out of a 3″ x 4″ tag from the May Kit and used that to create an area for the “good times” title. Last but not least, I added journaling.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!