Layout Share // Buffalo Zoo! PL & Traditional

April 26, 2016

Hello everyone! I hope you're ready because today's layout share will be a big one! Although we're taking a break from the create a kit series, I'll have some process videos up soon! In the meantime, I started this project for a layout for a design team I was applying for, so that was where this all began. Then, I just kept rolling with it and this is what happened!

There are four layouts that all go together, one traditional and then three Project Life layouts. Now, I'll dive into the details of how I made them!

This was the layout I had originally done for a design team post, but ended up becoming super inspired and continuing with my other photos. I know this could seem like a plain Jane layout, but it's simple and I like that. To start off this layout I used a base cardstock by Darice in this beautiful teal color. Next, I grabbed my 6x6 Crate Paper Notes And Things paper pad and picked out this beautiful floral paper. 

Now, I know that I have seen this technique on Pinterest before, but not sure who to credit the idea for, but I just sketched out the letters to spell "zoo" and cut them out. To add additional detail, I used a black pen to add some lines around the edges of the letters. I also used my pen to create an outside border for the entire layout.

After I got that part situated, I needed something else behind my photo. I proceeded to layer a fun script piece of patterned paper (from the same pad) and some kraft paper to make my photo pop. I then added the kraft letters to spell out Buffalo at the top. I thought the layout looked a little blah, so I jazzed it up with using some white paint.

I'm not sure why, but I love using paints on layouts. I think it provides a fun texture that paper can't. Do you use paint on your layouts? Let me know in the comments!

So, as I said before, The title page was for a design team call, but since I had extra time and more photos from the occasion, I decided to do some pocket pages as well. This one features a snow leopard, two lionesses, a polar bear, and a cute giraffe!

Starting at the top left, that card is a piece of paper from the same paper pad, some teal acrylic paint (watered down), a heart doily from Wilton, and a chipboard bird from Dear Lizzy. Then, the card on the right hand side is from the Becky Higgins Project Life Kraft Foil kit. I added some teal splatters and then a cluster of scraps in the top right corner.

These gold stars are from a Heidi Swapp stickers pack and I also used some Heidi Swapp stickers directly on the photos. My favorite sticker is the one that says "head in the clouds" and I put it next to the giraffe! Ha! I'm hilarious!

Our next page features two adorable baby monkeys (one eating a grape), the cutest otter, and a yawning lion. These are some of my favorite pictures from our trip. In case you are wondering, I used a Canon Rebel T3 for all of these photos. We'll start with the top right card this time which is made from the same paper pack. Then, I used a scrap of the same doily from the last page, some gold sequins, then two letters stickers (I'll go into those in the next photo). Then the card on he left side is made from some kraft cardstock.

On the top right card I also used the watered down teal paint. I realized I didn't have much of this shade of teal in my stash so I made it to keep the story cohesive. I then used my favorite Thickers which are white foam called Rockabye. On a whim I went to my dollar store and had picked up these script words and this "fun" was perfect for the color scheme! The arrow stamped in the bottom right section of this card is from Heidi Swapp and inked in Memento black.

To complete the card on the left of the layout, I used my watered down teal paint and put it along all of the edges. It really makes the card pop out at you! Now to create more layers for this filler card, I pulled out some stamp sets. The main one I used is by Hero Arts called Birds, Trees, Messages & More. I used this large floral branch stamp and the single flower stamp to give some stark contrast beneath the Dear Lizzy floral chipboard piece. I also stamped another Heidi Swapp stamp and added a teal heart.

Are you guys tired yet?! I sure hope not! For the last page I just focused on these wonderful photos I had of the gorillas (yes, I know I wrote "monkey", but they're gorillas! I just didn't have enough letter stickers or room to spell gorilla). We'll skip the top left card for now, as I address it in the next photo, but in the middle row, the first card is from a cut apart from the Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer paper pack. I thought the nice light blue was a nice touch to all of the darker tones. Next, I made the middle filler card from the same Crate Paper pad and some kraft. I used letter stickers from Studio 112 and Sticko. Then, the last filler card in the middle row is from Theresa Collins. Last, but not least (well it might be least in my book, because I don't love the way it turned out...), I used my scraps from the prevous pages to create this filler card. The stamp is from Heidi Swapp again and I once again used the teal paint around the edges.

For the top left card, I drew inspiration from the Tree of Life. I thought this adorable tree from Dear Lizzy was perfect. I added some watered down white paint behind it, so it would stand out a wee bit more. Well, that's finally it! I have never written so much in my life! I hope you guys thoroughly enjoyed these fun layouts. I really liked having a theme for this fun section. Products that I can find will be listed below!

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