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Friday, 3 May 2013


Well blogland, It's here, my latest creation, but not only is it that, it's my first ever DT entry into Sarah Hurley's Blog Challenge. It doesn't stop there, Oh no, I used one of Sarah's brand new kits, that was launched this week, but more about that later. Yet more news The third volume of the LookBook is out. It is packed full of ideas and inspirations from Sarah and the design team, but there are two projects by yours truly in there, my mixed media project and this project. I was my debut outing in the world of the Crafty Magazines. You can have a look at all the Design Teams lovely projects here, just below Sarah's post about the brilliant Gatsby kit. The name of this months challenge this month, is Shades of Blue and you can check out all the design teams entries and entry yourself here.

I chose the gatsby kit for my12x12 digiscrap project, because of all the lovely shades of blue, funnily enough and because when I saw the images, I knew what photo I was going to use. I started by loading the kit into Serif CraftArtist. I saw the Art Deco embellishment, and it screamed out to be made into a frame. I started by choosing the papers for the background, there were so many to chose and all has lovely has each other, I had to use a few of them. I dragged them onto my work area one by one, resized them and cut them up with one of the digital scissors. I then played around with the layout and when I was happy, I used the transparency slider to fade the pieces of cut up papers to different degrees. I then dragged on the frame that I had made, out of the hand drawn  blue Art Deco embellishment onto my work area and snapped my picture into it. the pictures is of my late nan. I then added a shadow and dragged and layered the floral embellishments and added shadows to them as well. I then added a journaling embellishment with the same design as the floral embellishments and used that for my journalling. I finished off the project by adding the two glamorous ladies again hand drawn by Sarah, to frame both the photograph and my journaling.

There we have it my first DT blog challenge entry. I hope you enjoy.

Ian xx

The Gatsby kit and all of Sarah's fantastic products can by found here on Sarah's website, where you can also find Issues one and two of the LookBook.


Sarah Hurley said...

great LO Ian :) x

caroline spice said...

This is Fantastic Ian . Love the colour tone and your whole design is just stunning xx

Debbie Fisher said...

A fab creation Ian, hope your enjoying your dt post xxxx

Linda Simpson said...

Great card Ian, love the fab layout.

Linda xxx

Andree said...

A super project Ian, the colour and layout are fabulous x

jane stillman said...

Just love the colours and layout

Gwyneth said...

Fab card. Your choice of layout and images is great.

Wendy H said...

Super layout Ian. I love the colours of this. Wendy xx

Shirley-anne said...

Great card design Ian .Love your journalling for this post too .Interesting reading .
Looking forward to more browsing through your blog as a new follower .
cheers Shirley-Anne