Hello and welcome back to this second part of my product focus on those gorgeous Ribbon Roses!
I told you in this first part of this Product Focus that I am not the most comfortable at using ribbons in my scrapbooking and that it was the reason why I decided, in a masochist kind of way, to create three projects using this ribbon. I thought though that I had taken it easy with my first layout as I only had used one small piece and that therefor, to really push myself, I should go full on with this second layout and make those gorgeous fabric blooms the main feature of my page.
In order to create a layout with a lot a ribbon but without actually out-staging the photograph I decided to go for a strong image with a lot of contrast. This is a photo of my brother and his girlfriend and I loved how it was framed and treated. The subject are in very close focus and the colours have a bit of a vintage feel. There is a lot of contrast too so I knew I would be able to go for a heavy background with plenty of embellishments without loosing the subject. The chevron paper “Tuppence” is perfect for this image as it is young but yet with that vintage feel that the photo has. I added some Tea Dye Distress Stains in the middle of the sheet letting it drip down to add even more “rust” to the general feel. I then layered some papers from the paper pad onto which I mounted my photograph followed by a few collectables. A cluster of paper blooms in Terracotta and Ruby as well as a little bit of paper tape for an extra “je-ne-sais-quoi” and it was time for my Ribbon Roses. I decided to use a whole length as “support” for my photograph but helped it merge with the rest of the embellishments by covering the link with a butterfly from the collectables pack. I also balanced the design by adding a single rose in the top right corner of my photo with another butterfly. I decided to create my title by stamping the words Precious Memories from the Botanical Odyssey stamp set onto some paper from the paper pad.
I am pleased with how this layout turned out! It is very different from what I usually do and I don’t think anyone would easily recognise it as one of mine as there isn’t any of my usual “trademarks” i.e. small photograph, stamped journalling, etc… but it felt good to get out of my comfort zone!
I hope this inspired you try new things! See you on the third and last instalment!