This weekend was fairly quiet here in the SLC area of Utah, in regards to fires and wind, but as I type this post, I can hear the wind kicking up again. :( I hope it doesn't bring more fires and bad news. I am fearful what happens as we get closer to the 4th.
So it's the start of new month - I can't believe it's July, can you? What happened to June?
With the start of a new month, comes a new challenge over on the MME blog. The first challenge this month is to create a monochromatic project. Don't know what monochromatic means? Here's the textbook defination...
"having or appearing to have one color", or "using/combining one color in several tones". For my layout, I used one of my favorite colors, BLUE, and the blues in the Indie Chic Nutmeg collection were perfect for this challenge.
The base of my page actually started with an experiment mistake. I had been trying out different cut designs with my die cut machine, and this cut pattern was originally intended to be used on another layout. I decided to not use the cut pattern for that layout, so I kept both the cut pattern and negative of the cut for future use.
When looking through my stash for blue paper and embellishments, I came upon this 'mistake' and had an idea. How about I use the negative pattern for the background of my monochromatic layout.
Using the flower pattern on the 'Family' Laurel Burst paper, I lined up the center of my negative opening with the center of a flower. Since my second negative opening was going to be covered with my title, I didn't worry about centering a flower in it.
Are you ready for a little extra surprise?
When I was working on this project I was really struggling with the monochromatic technique. Using one color in several tones can be very challenging, but I perservered.
I would like to share the 'first' layout I created for this challenge. I wasn't really happy with the monochromatic look or the overall design of this layout, so that is why I created the layout above.
Since I had in mind the photos and title I wanted to use, both layouts share these similiar elements. This layout uses the Nostalgia collection from MME. The colors and the designs of this collection are so beautiful, especially if you love heritage and vintage layouts.
You can see I still had a 'circular theme' in mind, but I used a pie shaped wedge for the circular idea.
The entire layout is similiar in design to the above one, but looks entirely different because of the color used, and placement of the photos and embellishments.
This is one of those layouts I never intended to share, but I thought it would be fun to show you that we all question our creations from time to time. I would LOVE to hear which one is your favorite. Many times, my least favorite layouts are your favorites!
I hope you enjoyed my layout for the monochromatic challenge. Hope on over to the MME blog and link up those layouts.
Paper:Indie Chic, Citron, 'Girl' Primrose
Indie Chic, Nutmeg, 'Family' Laurel Burst
Indie Chic, Nutmeg, 'Boy' Checker
Indie Chic, Nutmeg, Memories' Checker
Indie Chic, Nutmeg, 'Family' Layered Stickers
Indie Chic, Nutmeg, 'Family' Decorative Buttons
Indie Chic, Nutmeg, 'Boy' Decorative Brads
Indie Chic, Nutmeg, 'Memories' Layered Chipboard Stickers
Indie Chic, Citron, 'What a day' Decorative Buttons
Alphas - American Crafts (large), October Afternoon (small)
Punch - EK Success
Score board - Martha Stewart
Electronic Die Cut Machine - Silhouette Cameo
Adhesive - EK Success, Thermo Web - Zots