11/27/17

Hi there crafty friends,

Zsoka here with you today sharing a new layout!

It’s November, the month of Thanksgiving in the States. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Germany (or not that I know of anyway!) but that doesn’t mean we are not thankful for many things :).

I have a lot to be thankful for this year, big and small things. I could probably mention a thousand things. But when it comes down to it, the only thing that really matters in the big scheme of things is the health of my family. And God knows we faced some terrible news this year…

For my layout however, I decided to document a lighter, easier moment I am grateful for. I am fascinated by my son’s love of nature, animals and plants, all living creatures in this world! He knows so much about animals, I have no idea how he can remember all that information! Kids are amazing, aren’t they?! His love of flowers he probably gets from me, because I always stop and adore them everywhere we go. He does the same. Smells each one! So I chose to create a layout dedicated to this – hence the title, Stop and smell the roses.

I worked with the beautiful Dream Big collection and chose a photo of Maxim admiring some pansies. I wasn’t bothered by the photo not matching my title (ie roses)! I found this gorgeous cut file in the Silhouette Design Store and couldn’t wait to use it!

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I first cut the file from a light patterned paper, then created an offset which I cut from a different patterned paper to give it a bit of definition. I wanted to create a monochromatic kind of look to let my color photo shine. I more often than not use black and white photos but when they are of flowers, I obviously want to keep the color!

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The flowers and leaves I cut from textured white card stock and backed them with different patterned papers. I did not glue down the outer edges so they are more airy and dimensional. I added some puffy stickers to the flower centers.

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I also didn’t adhere the whole text to background only the bottom of each word. Again, to add dimension and create interest. I didn’t want to cover up any of the cut file, so I tucked my photo behind it at the top and only decorated around the photo using puffy stickers and die cuts!

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To finish off my layout I added my journaling, date and black ink splatters. Which was a bit of a funny story, because I was watching some series and something happened that I don’t remember anymore, but I stopped splattering for a second and a big blob of black paint fell on to the middle of my layout! The horror haha! I had to tear off “smell” and cut it again in a bigger font so I could cover up most of the paint! You can still see it a bit at the letter M, but it’s not too bad. So probably not a good idea watching anything while having paint in your hands, not that I learnt my lesson, ha!

 That’s it for today!

 What are you guys thankful for this year?!

 Thanks for stopping by today! Till next time X

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