It is the end of our Navy Blue & Sequin August Creative Weekly. Now it's your turn to give the flashy theme a try! Our challenge inbox is open and awaiting your project entries. There's a Flea Market prize box in it for the winner - our brand new Maggie Holmes collection on schedule to release in just TWO weeks! Fabulous news for those of you who have been patiently awaiting to see it on sale at your fave local and online scrapbook stores. So, what are you waiting for? Send in those challenge projects --firstname.lastname@example.org!
Last Fall, while doing a photoshoot at a friends house, she was nice enough to send me home with some of her zinnia seeds. I was excited to get them planted this Spring and am now enjoying every beautiful bloom. I wanted to document these in my Project Life album and using a touch of navy blue was the perfect contrast against the brightly colored flowers. I went with a collage look on my layout because sometimes, it's just so much fun to see how many layers you can get away with; don't ya think?
I was so excited to learn that navy blue and sequins were our inspiration for this month's Creative Weekly. I've definitely been seeing navy quite a bit over the last few months and I have to say that I love it! It works in any season -- it's nautical in Spring and Summer and a great dark neutral in Autumn and Winter. You'll be seeing it in the upcoming Crate lines, Flea Market and Close Knit, but it's also been spotted in past collections like the original Maggie Homes line, Story Teller and Random.
In my layout, I used a lot of products from Maggie Holmes, starting out with the navy side of the "Happy Day" paper, which also has a coordinating canvas photo frame. I paired it up with one of the pink frames and went for an overall balanced look for my layout. The final details were the sequins -- and a lot of them! From the start of my concept for this project, I knew I wanted a line of them somewhere on the page. Once my photos and text were organized, I played around with the empty space and settled on the placement of the sequin lines. I glued them down before hand-stitching them onto the paper simply because it was easier to sew with them already in place. I also chose not to do a three full lines across the top and bottom because I didn't want to overwhelm the page with bling!
I don't usually use navy, but I challenged myself to use it as the main element of my layout and for a girl's photo. I chose the chevron paper from The Pier. I cut out the darker parts of the chevron pattern and backed it with this dotted navy paper from the Maggie Holmes collection. I added vellum and sequins in two parts of the chevrons for a fun look. My title was cut from navy Pow glitter paper. In addition to navy, I used yellow as a complimentary color to add a pop of brightness and to compliment the summer-y theme of my photo.