Today I'm sharing a summery monochrome layout and had the perfect photo of my friend's son to use with the gorgeous Relax title Perspextive, and I wanted to give my layout a relaxing feel, so I decided I'd go with a monochromatic layout with varying shades of blue to mimic the ocean in the background. inspired by Julie Taylor's scrap-along class from the Lovin' Summer Workshop. I've been a huge fan of Julie's art ever since I first saw her work, and when I saw that she was going to do a live scrap-along class, I registered right away! If you missed it, no worries--you can still purchase access to the workshop, which includes 3 recorded classes from both Julie and Morag. If you've ever wanted to learn some tricks from these talented ladies, you'll definitely want to sign up!
Please note that since I scrap 8 x 8, the products I used look larger on my pages.
Inspired by Julie's page, I rummaged through my scraps drawer looking for scraps of blue paper. Some of these scraps are super old! I love combining old stash with new! I distressed some of the edges. The layers under my photos are also scraps. I used my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to staple some phrase strips trimmed from Paper Snips 004 and Paper Snips 008 directly to the photo.
I love how Julie manages to tuck interesting bits and textures into her layers. I used some tabs from Paper Snips 001 and some white Pom Pom Trim in my layers. Besides tearing and distressing the edges, Julie often does other interesting things to paper edges, like the turned over, stapled edge, which I copied on my layout.
Have you seen all the cool, unique bits and bobs in the Bramble Fox Bazaar? The pom-pom trim came from the Bazaar, as did Puffy Fabric Clouds and the unique Pins, which come in a variety of finishes and are perfect for dangling all sorts of bits, like this silver fish charm I found in my stash. I've often folded over snips of ribbon to make tabs for my photos, but I loved the idea of tucking them behind paper layers, like Julie did in the class. And of course I had to add some birds to my layout from the Flock of Seagulls.
I added a Puffy Fabric Cloud to the other side too. I covered up part of that navy blue phrase, but that's okay--most of the words are visible. I cut a paper frame in half and tucked half in between the layers. By the way, before I adhered anything, I made some waves in the background by applying Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink through the Scallop Background Fox Cut Stencil #68.
I hand made a tag out of the kraft polka dot paper to tuck behind the photo and bring some of that kraft color onto the opposite side of the page and used that as an opportunity to add another silver charm. I also added another seagull to balance out the other one.
I used the other half of the paper frame on the left side and wrapped some twine around it, also inspired by Julie's work. She does magical things with twine! I always add hearts to the pages I give away and although the viewmaster reel that I had cut out of a patterned paper had a heart, I dug into my Cool Hearts stash, which were the perfect color.
As I always do, I let my layout sit overnight before calling it done, and I decided to add some water droplets using clear Nuvo Drops, and added a few matte enamel dots.
I hope I've inspired you to sign up for Julie and Morag's awesome Lovin' Summer Workshop. You'll also get access to a private Facebook group where not only will you find the recorded classes, but you'll see more inspiration from other fans of Bramble Fox.
Until next time, have fun scrapping!