I actually had enough free time this weekend to work on an extra project. And after going through my new loot from the Two Peas website, I decided to use some of my BASIC GREY papers from the Aspen Frost and Paper Cottage Collections. I wanted a layout that could be a little Christmas-y without being all in your face about it. I also REALLY liked this sketch from SKETCHABILITIES (because it had banners, of course!) and decided to use it to create my layout.
I picked out my papers, knew which picture I wanted to use, knew exactly what I wanted to say - had my layout 90% complete (or so I thought) and then...all I had to do was add a little journaling - that's right, the very same journaling I had already figured out - I juuuuust needed a place to write it down. I tried writing it off to the side of the picture, where I have it now, but directly onto the paper. Did I bother writing it in pencil so I could make sure I liked it? Nooooooooo. I wrote it out in permanent marker, not just a little bit, but all of it. Aaaannnd - I decided I hated it. Absolutely hated it and couldn't stand to have it there! So, while I was trying to figure out exactly what I could do to cover up my boo-boo, I decided to write the journaling in a different spot - this time under my picture.
Now, you would think that I learned my lesson from not even five minutes earlier and would write in pencil the second time, right? Right??? WRONG! I wrote my journaling out, in permanent marker again, directly on the paper under my picture. And I decided - once again - that I absolutely hated it!
So, flash forward an hour or so later and several ideas that I will not elaborate on except to say they didn't work, and I have two extra tags on my layout that would not have necessarily been added except that I needed to cover up my mistakes. And, you know what, I have decided that I like them there quite a bit, thank you very much! LOL! There is certainly something to be said for desparation inspiring creativity!
Here are a few close-ups:
I used a "grunge-star" frame that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. The flags are by Basic Grey; I simply tied a piece of string around one and glued a small painted heart onto the second one to dress them up a little.
If one banner is good, then two is better, right? I was a little too lazy to get up and take my layout over to the sewing machine, so I faux-sewed instead (otherwise known as doodling).
I like how the top banner looks with a chain of stars interspersed along it.
That's it for me tonight, but I would like to know: Have you ever made a mistake or fixed a mistake on a project and decided you liked it better than what you started out with? Tell me about it, I would love to hear your story!