So here is Glitter Girls's video:
So I pulled together a kit which I actually tried to base on the colours of the photographs, perhaps a slight cheat but amazingly it worked really well and I didn't use anything not in my small kit. Go me! I chose two patterned papers which I thought would be great as backgrounds, some washi tapes, letter stickers and embellishments. I also used Amy Tangerines letter stamps and also her embroidery stencils which I am loving.
And here are my two layouts:
Chelsea's London Marathon layout................
Mum's 70th birthday party layout.........................
I found these stickers with banner shapes on a Jillibean soup sheet and the bunting is from another sticker range. I added in some blue and off white twine to make the celebratory bunting in the top corner along with some word stickers and I stamped using one of Amy Tangerine's stamps. I then added my title using the Amy Tangerine letter stamps in blue and some blue and orange letter stickers. Finally I had a brainwave. When I had got the Amy Tangerine embroidery stencil I remembered it had a cityscape skyline on it which when I looked again reminded me of the Isle of Dogs which is one of the places the runners enter as part of the marathon. So I used that design and the twine, as I couldn't find the right blue shade of embroidery thread. I actually love the way the twine turned out.
The second layout is using the photos taken at my mum's 70th birthday party and the album I have been making. I am looking at the album now and I really want to start all over again but my mum won't have it so I'm working with what I got.
So the story of the background paper is simply that it is a garden and on the day of the party we spent the whole time in my parent's lovely garden in brilliant sunshine. I chose 3 photographs of my mum's girlfriends which matched well and stuck them across the page. I then added a border using the same blue polka dot paper I had used in my previous layout and added a strip of pink dot paper above which I punched using a Fiskers punch.
I used the same polka dot blue washi tape for my accents and then added stickers from the same sticker sheets. The bunting is actually from exactly the same sticker sheet and miraculously there were three pieces perfect for a small bunting on the corner.
Out of the two I have to admit the Marathon layout is my favourite. It just seems to work so beautifully. And on another note, I had a lovely email from Two Peas in a Bucket to say my Red Arrows layout was one of the Glitter Girl challenge winners for April. I was so surprised and very pleased. Thank you Two Peas.