VIDEO: Color Theories Series // Orange Monochromatic 12x12 Layout Process

February 03, 2018

Hi crafty people! The Color Theories Series continues with the color orange this week! After last year's orange Color Theories episode, I didn't have much orange stash left! I had to dive in to my Halloween papers to get this layout complete. While the orange is still the star, I didn't use nearly as much orange, but it still is bright and fun! Don't forget to check out Cynthia's take on this challenge too! 

The background of this layout is a piece of cardstock from Studio Calico. I pick up their cardstock add-on packs when they clearance them out. I love a good deal! Plus, this limits the amount of 12x12 solid colored cardstock I have on hand. I thought the gray background by itself was a little plain. Instead of doing mixed media, I pulled out this chevron-ish patterned paper from Oriental Trading. The process video is below and I hope you enjoy!

The most prominent piece on this layout (besides the photo) is this ginormous number three. I simply traced this on to a piece of DCWV polka dot paper and cut it out with scissors. An electronic diecutting machine would make this way easier. but I'm always up for the challenge! Do you have an electronic diecutting machine? I'm not sure I would use one enough to purchase one at this time. Especially since I don't have the desk space. 

I did a very simple one piece of paper photo mat under my photo. This orange and white pattern is from Studio Calico's 6x6 paper pad for the May 2015 card kit. I picked that up during their Black Friday sale. I also layered a tag behind my photo. I was determined to use some of my orange twines on this layout and even if it is just through a tag hole, it is better than nothing. I think I might try my hand at making a Stretch Your Stash episode featuring twine!

My title is supposed to read "3 Awesome Grads", but some people might jump over the giant 3 and read "awesome grads" which is still pretty cool. The "awesome" word is a sticker from Jillibean Soup. Love the shade of orange, even though it is a little bit yellow-y compared to the other shades, but it still works on the overall page. The word "grads" is made from some American Crafts Dear Lizzy enamel alphabet stickers. I like the texture combo these two types of stickers give to the title.

As for embellishments, I went a tad crazy! I used so many different things and all over the place. It is a really fun and festive layout without a super Halloween feel (I hope!). I did some cascading techniques with my embellishments again. I utilized wood veneer stars, star stickers from Pretty Little Studio, sequins, and Tim Holtz phrase stickers.

I think orange is a very loud color. Luckily for me, it is also my college's color which makes using orange elements a lot easier. My clusters on this layout were generally large. The one on the 3 has a large American Crafts foam star, a flair from The Crafty Pocket, various puffy stickers, and of course sequins.

I am so happy to have used one of these Basic Grey banners. They have so much texture because of the felt and wood combo which makes them so unique. I wish companies would produce more unique elements instead of the mainstream kind. I love variation and some fun surprises! I added pops of orange around this banner by using a Heidi Swapp "grateful" sticker and a Studio Calico vellum star. This layout was super fun to create. I usually don't use such large elements and that made it extra fun! I hope you enjoyed this episode of Color Theories!

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