Friday, May 2, 2008

Anatomy of a page {xoxo}

Lately I really felt like doing some paper scrapping, but I guess it doesn’t exist for me anymore, because everything I do is hybrid. I always get a little help from my handy computer. Also, I had this cool assignment for a challenge at Little Dreamer Designs; to use red and white in a page. So I decided to indulge into a crafty page and do my assignment in one go. I started taking pictures for a tutorial, but I couldn’t come up with one. Instead I will just tell you what I did.

I’ve chosen my red digital paper (from genuine spirit kit by Michelle Coleman) Then i wanted a doodled white background. I couldn’t find any so I made my own with Jackie Eckle’s Doodly font.
I also wanted to emphasize the red and black in the LO, so I converted all my photos to black and white using Lightroom.

I printed out all the photos in photographic paper. I printed the papers in matter paper as well as a red version of XOXO to use as an element. In a transparency I printed my journaling and a swirl (from Le Jardin kit by Michelle Coleman).

I tore the red paper, curled the edge a little bit, cut all the photos, I printed them on different sizes as I had lots, but since I couldn’t choose I included all of the photos and laid it all out:

xoxo (0)

My favourite photo of the series I printed out bigger and cut out the boys from the background. Then I added mounting tape to make it “pop” off the page.

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I am so proud because I decided from nowhere to doodle some wings on the letfover white paper. You have no idea how big this is for me, I can’t draw, I always want to, but I really can't LOL. Proof is when i tried to do the wings again I couldn’t. But these ones turned out very cute so I decided to add some mounting tape to it and include it behind the red xoxo.

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Now to the bit that frightens me the most, because if I crew this up I have to start from scratch: the stitching.

xoxo (3)

It went all right, thankfully... it was not easy though, my little machine doesný handle big jobs too well. But I love the look of real stitching, so I had to add it :)

Here is the finished project:

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xoxo (5)

xoxo (6) xoxo (9) xoxo (8)

What do you think? (if you click on the images you can see bigger versions on flickr)

Don't forget to stop by the Little Dreamer Designs Blog and have a look at the Focus on Color challenge.


.:Carola }i{:. said...

I absolutely l.o.v.e.d you hybrid page. By the way, the reason why I decided to start using my printer was my visits here. So much inspiration!
I have you on my feeds now and I'll keep on trying to produce more hybrid projects.
Thank you for all your good work :) x

Ana Reis said...

Adorei menina !! É uma maquininha portátil de costura ? Que mimo ! Bjs

Vinni said...

Olá Michelle,
Tem como me explicar (por gentileza) via email []
, sobre imprimir em transparência. Sabe se existe esse processo aqui no Brasil? Desculpe-me sou leiga no assunto, mas achei lindo seu projeto!:]
Um abraço!

Anonymous said...

I adore this page Michelle and your walk through is fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration, you rock! :)

Catherine (chud23)