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Stripes and Glitter go together like peanut butter and jelly. Ok maybe not officially, but definitely in the heart of this crafter. In deciding how to approach the subject, I went straight to Pinterest to see how people put these combinations together. I mean the possibilities are endless! My favorite was the classic black and white with GOLD glitter...It's not just for New Years people!
Luckily CP has the perfect striped paper in the Boys Rule collection, so I pulled it out and a nicely matched up photo of my daughter, Anya, in oversized glasses and got to work. I first started by offsetting the photo and adding some cut up words from one of the 12 x 12 Styleboard papers.
I thought I was done...but then, I just wanted to add a little stitching..and more papers..and some cork hearts.
WAIT. I forgot the glitter!
So then I adjusted here and there to accommodate the glitter pieces. I put three in to create the gold triangular design rule.
It helps me to take layouts in stages, which is how I usually work since I get interrupted by my four kids a lot! I try to keep in mind the aesthetic and mood that I want to create. The photo has my daughter looking very chic, and the layout details add to that effect.
I thought the layout looked pretty good, but while crafting with my blog pal, Danielle, she suggested I add these adorable vellum butterflies to my page and PRESTO, it broke up the stripes a bit and brought the eye up to the opposite side of the layout.
So, I asked myself, '"what would a card look like in 'card' format?" Using the same elements, I created this complimentary card. It conserves more white space, but is as prestine and pretty as it's sister layout.
For my next stripes and glitter combo, I took a less obvious approach. I punched out strips of paper from the Styleboard collection using a 1/4" punch and glued them down row-by-row. Then, I turned up the bottoms to create texture. I loved the look, but felt it was too busy. To break it up, I positioned a piece of white scrap paper in the bottom corner with my photo.
The Styleboard glitter frame perfectly highlights the photo, along with various pieces from Styleboard's ephemera pack. I played with the placement for a bit and eventually settled on what you see here. The title is from Amy Tan at the Silhouette store.
I used a smaller 1" punch for this 4" x 6" card. The rose chipboard and gems are from the beautiful Oh Darling collection. I repeatedly moved the gems around until I found a perfect spot for each one.