I've been in charge of making the palettes for the past couple of weeks at Color Combos Galore, and it's been so fun! This week's palette is upbeat and lively:
Here is the page I made. It's for an ongoing book I'm making about Farzad's many quirks. I used the Studio Calico kit called Documentary plus some odds and ends from my stash.
Our Designer's Challenge was to create texture and shadow by including dimensional elements. I used lots of pop dots to create shadows (the photo is also sitting on pop dots). And I tried to add texture to my flat elements, too, like using embossing powder on this awesome balloon stamp, and then adding further dimension with the button-topped star.
I pleated the cool Fabrips to create shadows, and I layered lots of elements, along with stitching, for added texture:
To create my title, I used letter stamps with clear embossing powder, and then outlined the letters and cut them out. I adhered some with pop dots to create shadows. I love the little stick-pins that came in the kit and thought the "explore" one was perfect for this page, since that's what Farzad does with the menu--even though he always winds up ordering his tried-and-true favorites.
The green paper I used wasn't in the kit, but it's a Scenic Route pattern I adore and have been hoarding and thought the green was perfect for the palette.
That green element is a long story. It's the cover of a chipboard mini-album that came with the kit. I'm notorious for hoarding mini-albums and never doing anything with them, so I thought this chipboard cover would be perfect for adding dimension. It had a nice embossed design on it, and I had a plan for it. A plan that didn't pan out, but I wasn't going to give up. My plan was to mix paint to give it the perfect shade of green I needed for the palette, and I'd paint the chipboard and then sand it so that the embossed part would be the raw chipboard color.
Well, I painted it and then sanded it, and nothing happened. Ugh. So then I thought, well, maybe if I rub some white ink over it, that would make the embossed pattern stand out. Nope. Okay, what next? How about if I rub embossing ink over it and add some sparkly white embossing powder. Third time's a charm, right? Wrong. I was about to give up and try something else, but I had already designed my page around this element. So I grabbed a woodgrain stamp and black ink and just stamped over top of the painted chipboard, and decided that was good enough. I liked how it kind of looked like wood.
I had a little extra white space to the left of that chipboard that was bothering me, so I added some Magic Mesh. Love that stuff and always forget to use it. I added some blue pearls for more shadows and at the last minute I added that gingham brad.
I hope you like the palette I made, and I hope you'll come see what the rest of the team made and play along with us! Thank you for reading about my layout!