Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Oakley Avenue | Love Us

When the whole family wears plaid, it calls for a layout!  We were off to church this past Sunday, and I grabbed the selfie stick to snap a photo before we headed inside.  As I got started on the layout, I knew I wanted to use the Cozy Blanket patterned paper from my Oakley Avenue collection with Pretty Little Studio, for some die cut leaves from the Leaf It To Me cut file set from The Cut Shoppe!

There was a lot of color going on in the photo, since all of our shirts had different colored plaids.  I didn't want to change the photo to black & white and take away from the plaid pattern, so I had to figure out a way to make the photo work with the colors in the Oakley Avenue collection.  I decided it would work best, to cut all of the leaves from the Cozy Blanket patterned paper, instead of bringing in more color and pattern with other papers from the collection.  This gave me a contrast between the colors in the photo and the colors in the patterned paper, that helped complement one another, instead of fighting with one another on the layout.

Instead of cutting all of the leaves as solid shapes from the Cozy Blanket paper, I also cut the outline of a few of them from White cardstock.  Then I backed the open leaf design with the solid leaf cut from the patterned paper.  Once all of the leaves were cut, I arranged them in a scattered look and machine stitched each one to my White cardstock background.  Since these leaves gave me two layers, I folded up the edges to create a fun dimensional look on the layout.

I wanted to keep the leaves uncovered, so I left a space on the bottom left for my photo.  Then I used some of the Oakley Avenue die cuts scattered among the leaves and two flair buttons, layered over a couple of the leaves.  I completed the layout with a bit of Black Color Shine splatters. 

If you need a fun Fall collection to document your photos or use for your paper crafting projects, make sure you visit the Pretty Little Studio shop and check out the full Oakley Avenue collection! 

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