Having some technical issues on the blog, so if anyone is reading this, you may notice that some items like my blog lists are being removed (time to update anyway) and there may be more changes depending upon what works and what doesn't.
OK, now that the blog tech issue and changes have been duly noted, I'll move on to (hopefully) more fun things!
Still in test mode on the kits... But on a side note, isn't it nice when you can just pull out a piece of paper and use it, as is! Refreshing! Truly I do like cutting and slicing things up, I do enjoy play time with paint and gesso and ink... but every once in a while it is really quite enjoyable to just pull out a piece or two of paper and add photos and a title and actually like the outcome and be ... well... done!
The page above used a paper from Studio Calico which I trimmed just slightly and mounted onto a black and white diagonal stripe paper (out of the old stash). I loved the diagonal lines against the photo of the leaning water tower. The photo is layered up with a couple two-three pieces of pink-ish vellum. I did get out my colored pencils and lightly colored in some aqua so the pink and aqua sky would be kind of replicated with the pink-ish vellum and the aqua added to the background paper.
Other than that, embellishments were kept to a minimum and the title went on following the diagonal lines on the paper. I ended up using two different alphas from my stash because there wasn't enough of either alpha to do the entire title.
The next page also required little in the way of changes.
After layering the photo onto a light gold print and some black and white text, I cut out the "you are here" arrow to help direct the eye (and because it is a cool travel-y phrase). The rest of the embellishments were kept very basic, very similar (i.e., wood veneers, arrow shapes...) I tucked a small journaling card in at the top of the photo and added a pair of little sunglasses. But all in all, this page is pretty simple.
I did also trim this page down and layered it onto a gold/orange-y print paper (again from my stash--I think it is Heidi Swapp). Title alpha and the large chevron print paper is from a Studio Calico kit.
Sometimes, simple is the answer...both to creating pages and to using a kit!