Saturday, 2 July 2011

Patchwork and poetry.

It's the weekend... and it's meant to be a sunny one. Hope you've all got something wonderful planned... if you're planning any scrapping time this weekend, here are a couple of LOs I hope will inspire you.

The first one is a great way to use up bits and pieces of patterned paper... let's face it, we all have lots of paper scraps! After looking at the gorgeous quilts on Sarah's blog, I have ordered a book on quilting from the book people that go to playgroup, but I got to thinking about creating a patchwork LO. After Googling some patchwork designs (how did we ever live without Google?) I really liked some of the complicated circular designs, and after thinking about how I could replicate the designs without too much blood, sweat and tears, I had a brainwave! I raided the kids colouring books cupboard and found some brilliant doodle books with fab designs. After choosing my favourite, I enlarged it to the size I wanted for my LO, and traced it onto my backing paper. I then cut out all the sections with a craft knife... a bit boring, but worth it in the end. I then simply filled each space with a piece of patterned paper or fabric, sticking into place with sellotape.
I really love how it turned out, and will definitely use this technique again.
Now I had a fab patchwork background, but no photo to go with it.... so back to Google to search patchwork quotes. And I found this cute little poem about family being like a patchwork quilt.
I had recently taken a photo of my mum with the boys, and after tinkering with it in photoshop to give it avintage look, it was perfect to use. I wanted the patchwork background to be the main focus of the LO so I kept the rest really simple by matting the photo and adding it to the LO with baker's twine wrapped around the corners to look like they were holding the photo in place, and printing the poem onto a luggage tag.  

The second LO I have to share with you, is a quick and easy peasy one to put together. I used strips of tickets to create a photo mat rather than using them individually like I usually do.

I loved the paper with the fashion models on but it was a bit much to use in large pieces, so I punched details out with a circle punch. Like I said, a really quick and easy LO to put together, so not much more to say about it....

That's all from me folks... watch this space for more projects from the rest of the team throughout the month. And don't forget to look out for the new monthly challenge that will be coming soon.
Have a fab weekend
xxx

6 comments:

lydiawalker said...

these are beautiful xx

Mel said...

Love these layouts. The second one is so cute!

furrypig said...

great idea for creating a patchwork effect on your first layout, I never have clever ideas like that!

Jenga said...

Great layout. Love the poem. Not sure I have the patience for the patchwork effect though!

Rachael Elliott said...

Gorgeous pages Lou, love the patchwork effect!

Nat said...

Stunning pages! All the hard work hand cutting the quilt pattern really was worth it -it's lovely xx