Well, I made it through to Round 2 in the Supreme Scrapbook Challenge! Phew! The competition is really tough so I’m pretty pleased I made it! But I have my work cut out for me with the next challenge.
The challenge is to make a monochromatic double page layout, using at least one photo and the theme is up to us. One photo must be black and white and must span both sides of the layout. We are not to use black anywhere on the layout – even for journaling purposes and no brown antiqueing unless brown is our colour choice for the layout. Sounds tough, right? I was tossing around colours like blue and pink but somehow when I printed my photos out, grey was the colour I started gravitating towards. Go figure. Here’s my page.
I freely admit that I am worried about a few things being called into question but swear to you that everything on this page is grey (except for the clear elements!) I used grey card stock as my back ground and a piece of grey and off-white polka dot paper along the bottom. I knew the white dots were going to be an issue so I used my Stampin’ Up Basic Grey ink pad and a foam applicator to cover the entire paper. It turned the white dots to a pale grey which I hope will be enough to qualify them.
One of the things to keep in mind when creating a purely monochromatic layout, is texture. Since you can’t create interest with colour you need to rely on different textures to keep things interesting and keep your viewers eyes moving around the page. I did this by adding grey paint to the centre portion of my layout – where I knew I’d be placing my photos – and layering some inking over top of that too. I used my Basic Grey ink again plus some Sahara Sand – a lighter shade of grey. To add even more interest I added several colours of mist splatters – Stampin’ Up Basic Grey (from a re-inker to get the larger splotches), Studio Calico Mister Huey in Clay, and Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine in Tinsel for some shimmer. I also used the Clay Mister Huey to draw around the entire layout to give the borders some definition – just used the wand tip to draw the line so it’s messy and the colour is laid down unevenly. Exactly what I was going for!
Once all the background texture was dry it was time to start adding the raised textural elements. I used my Big Shot to die cut three doilies and arranged them in a visual triangle where I knew I wanted my smaller photos to go. I then started arranging my chipboard flowers and the fabric ones I created from some silver-grey ribbon around these doilies. Little nests of messy threads also add texture but little visual weight.
Once my photos were nestled in among the flowers, I added the smaller items – grey and clear buttons, grey enamel dots and a little grey bow.
My title fit nicely above the black and white photo and spans both sides of the layout just like the photo.
The chipboard flowers and circles all started out raw but I sprayed them with the Clay Mister Huey and the Tinsel Color Shine. Some were still looking a little raw after the first spraying so I simply dipped them into the pools of mist at the bottom of my misting box. What resulted was a lovely mottled and variegated look to some of them.
Okay, I’d better get this posted to the Tournament forum! Cross your fingers for me. Either way though, I am really pleased with this layout! I never thought I’d make a double spread using only grey!!