I ordered a Schipperke puppy from Ohio, because I couldn't find a local breeder in Southern California, so I had a few photos of going to the airport to meet and pick up my dog for the first time. She flew in a tiny carrying case and I picked her up from the airline's freight section. I wanted a sunburst in the background to match my welcome to L.A. theme, but it just happened to be a gray and rainy day. I decided to use my initial concept anyways.
I worked with Bo Bunny's Detour collection for Pages from the Heart. I was thinking up different ways to utilize the 6 x 6" paper pad. The 6 x 6" size is too small to cover the entire width of a 12" cardstock. What I did was cut out a smaller piece of cardstock around 6 x 10," created the sunburst on the smaller cardstock and stitched it onto the larger background piece.
Here is a mini tutorial on creating your own sunburst or sunrise background. This is a great way to use up all your loose scraps of papers.
- On a piece of scratch paper the size of your sunburst, draw out your rays. Number the sections for easier identification later.
- Cut along the rays to make some templates.
- Place your patterned paper over a piece of the ray and cut according to the template.
- Arrange your newly cut pieces and adhere. Stitch along the seams for a quilted look.
At this point the layout still looked a little plain, so I added a cluster of embellishments. I cut some arrows from the patterned paper and arranged the strips like a row of banners. I used a circle punch on some travel vehicles from another sheet of patterned paper, adhered them onto circular punched cardstock and added some Glossy Accent on top. This made them look like epoxy stickers.
Last week I entered my New Orleans layout in one photo layout challenge with Scrap Your Story's blog. I was a Top 3 Winner, and you can view the winning layouts here. This week their challenge theme is animals so I am entering Lulu's layout. If you have an animal themed layout, then join in the fun here.
I'm also entering this in these challenges:
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Cute and Cuddly
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes