Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Lady or The Tiger?

The Workout:
Salt N Pepa Workout?
Today is another exciting reveal day at ScrapFIT!  There is a new challenge posted every two weeks and you have a month to complete and then enter your own creation. Today's challenge is workout #51: "Salt & Pepper." This has nothing to do with the eighties group, "Salt N Pepa" who will be performing at the L.A. County Fair this summer along with En Vogue. Bring back any sweet 80's memories?

Salt and Pepper actually refers to using black and white as your predominant colors in your card or layout. You can also use one additional color if you so choose. Just link your layout to today's post by September 30th, and you'll have a chance to win a fun FITkit by this month's sponsor, ScrapFIT itself.

This month's prize, a FITkit 

My Layout:
I am really excited to show you my interpretation of today's layout. 

My Salt & Pepper Layout

When I was thinking about the black and white challenge, I associated it with my Thailand tiger photos. The tiger was black, white and orange (the additional color). I knew those photos of my family in a cage with a full grown 400 lb. tiger would be perfect. If you are interested, the place is called Tiger Kingdom in Maerim, Chiangmai, Thailand.

The Details:
I eliminated all the other colors in the photos,which I found distracting, by changing it into a black and white photo. I wanted the orange to be emphasized, so I reprinted the photo in color, cut out the tiger, and popped it on top of the black and white one. You can't tell in the larger photo, but the tiger looks 3-D in the actual layout. I thought it gave the layout an interesting effect. I also machine stitched around the central photo using a different stitch than the usual straight stitch, and it came out as a scalloped border.

3-D Tiger
Extra Photos
I wanted a way to insert more photos, so I built a frame around the main photo using circles. Within the smaller photos I could place more photos, my sub-title and matching patterned papers and embellishments. I also popped up some of the circles for visual interest and to break up the rectangle a bit.

 I also wanted to incorporate some souvenirs, so I added the embossed foil bookmarks I purchased in Thailand. They were silver so I rubbed it with some black ink to make the embossings stand out more and to tie it in with the black and white theme. 

I placed a long title on top, so the main photo was completely framed in, and it balanced the circles on three sides. I hand stitched some Zs next to the title in lieu of an embellishment there.

Title & Embellishment

I used Bo Bunny's Zoology papers which is a safari themed collection. I stuck to just the parts of the papers that were within my color parameters, since they have multiple colors on one sheet.

The Sketch:
I usually like to base my layouts on a sketch. I decided it was high time I made my own sketch. Here is my first digital version if you would like to use it. My other sketches are messy doodles in my notebook, but good enough for my personal use.

Click here for a pdf version of the sketch
Have a scrappy day,


Kelly Massman said...

OMgoodness! the layout is stunning, but I really just can't believe you were with a real tiger. What an experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow!

Becky said...

This LO is truly amazing! Those colors are just incredible. I love your idea of mixing a black and white photo with a color one. And I can't wait to use a McClure sketch!

Jenifer Evans aka jennaroo said...

What a super cool page with lots of details! Love your take on the workout!

Missy Whidden said...

This is amazing, Michelle! I love the tiger and how you made him 3D! The orange color is so bright, and your sketch is SO yummy! I may have to use it!! said...

What a fabulous experience and equally fab LO! Love what you've done with the focal photos to make the bold orange color pop even more. Also how you added the extra photos around the LO in the circles! Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Blessings

Kimic said...

OMG what a fabulous layout. The way you used the grey and orange colours are just amazing. I really like your style.

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