Monday, 7 September 2009

Day 6, and thanks

I want to start with a big thank you! to everyone who's left comments on my blog :-) I read them all and really appreciate that you've taken the time to respond to my posts. I had a couple of really lovely comments yesterday in particular - once again, thank you!

I do feel better today. The chocolate helped (a lot!), and also inspired me to make this LO for Day 6:
I've gone from a page I wasn't so happy with to one I like best so far! That's the power of chocolate... ;-)

The background paper is 7Gypsies, I've been hoarding for ages, unable to bring myself to use it. And it just happened to have that Forrest Gump quotation about life being like a box of chocolates - how perfect was that?! I managed to arrange the page so the words 'chocolates' wasn't covered, and highlighted it by drawing a ring round it and a few arrows pointing towards it. I also used the wrapper from the bar of chocolate itself. The 'chocolate' is made from textured card (DCWV Mat Stack): a rectangle with rounded corners, with squares, also corner-rounded, layered on top, the edges of each piece being sanded before sticking together. The text is a mixture of letter stickers and rub-ons, some applied to white card before being added to the page: Heartwarming Vintage Alpha Buttons, Doodlebug All Mixed Up rub-ons, Kopp Design Harvest Letter rub-ons, Basic Grey stickers and Me & My Big Ideas Mini Alphabet stickers. Oh, and my date stamp, of course!

>> Today's top tip: Getting letter stickers in a straight line. Firstly, don't try!! Higgledy-piggledy looks really appealing, and is much easier! Secondly, if you must have a straight line, find a bit of non-stick something (the backing strip left behind once I've used my Xyron is good for this). Position your stickers along this so that only the bottom couple of mm of each sticker is on the non-stick, adjusting till you're happy they're straight. Place the whole strip where you want it on your project, press down the top part of the stickers, and gently pull away the non-stick backing from underneath. (Hmm. Not sure how clear that is, will illustrate with a photo if I remember to take one next time I use the technique... Also, apologies if I'm teaching my granny to suck eggs here!) <<

Was back at work today. It was a pretty good day, but I need chocolate again now...!


Jessica Griffin said...

Oh that's awesome! I love the chocolate bar!

Polly said...

Glad you're feeling better Mel - this page is ace. I love the way the wrapper is peeling back to give it great texture.

I know what you mean about the struggle letter stickers - the higgledy piggledy is so now!

Anonymous said...

Your chocolate wrapper is really interesting, it gives your page a wonderful realistic account of how you felt that day. It's good for history sake as well - I wonder what they will be like in 20 years? I know that I will still need them!
And, as for letter stickers .... I gave up a long time ago trying to get anything straight.