Welcome to a new little feature here on the old Jot blog where we take a bit of a behind the scenes peek at how layouts and papery projects are pulled together.
Do you ever look at a layout and wonder how it all came together? I do! Sometimes a layout grabs your attention and you stop scrolling and take some time to admire how beautifully balanced and dazzling all the bits and pieces are! Well this layout from Jot Girl Felicity from Issue 17 jumped out at me for those very reasons. Did you see it in Issue 17?
I’m chatting to Felicity today as she shares just how her layout evolved and how she pulled it all together!
Did you have a visual of how you wanted your finished layout to look or did it evolve as you worked on it?
The way this layout turned out was nothing like I imagined. When I started, I had in mind to put the photos in the centre.
When I put the photo and all the layers there, it didn’t look right so I moved the photo to the right. I then had a little think about what I could put to the left of the photo. I had the stamps on my desk which seemed to sum up the photo. I had the original idea to stamp the sentiments on paper and then cut them out and put them on with the layout with 3D mounting foam.
Nope, that didn’t look right either.. more grey and wrinkles.. time for a coffee. Tee hee!
Sometimes, when I am feeling frustrated with a layout or unsure where I am going, I always take a break. Take my mind off it. I then kept wandering back and forwards to my desk looking at the photo and non- existent layout! After, about 10 times of staring into blank air, I had the idea.. now, I have no clue where it came from, but to hand stitch a grid and put the stamps inside the grid. At this point, I still had no idea if would look good or if it would be a total disaster. So off I went creating the grid. Fingers and toes crossed.
How did you build up your background – stitching first or your water colours?
I started off with the Shimmerz background. I always like to add some mixed media to my background first. I had no plans of the hand stitching when I started. But if I did plan to hand stitch, it would still be mixed media first, otherwise the Shimmerz spays would change the colour of my thread, if mixed media was after stitching.
So your grid being hand stitched, did you pencil it in first or just go for it?
This hand stitching took a little planning. So I firstly stamped my words onto my background and then drew with a pencil, very lightly, and a ruler, the grid design. Then I pre-pierced all of my holes in the page for stitching first before stitching with thread..makes it easier.
How long would a layout like this take you?
This layout took me nearly two days. Simply because the hand stitching took me, I think about three hours. Lucky the Australian Open tennis was on, which distracted me from thinking about the time it took to stitch. Tee hee. I love hand stitching, its relaxing and I find it very enjoyable in the evening when the kids are tucked in bed.
How have you added in your journaling?
I knew that I need to add some journaling to the page. I’ve used word stamps for the text over my stitched grid and the stamps told a story but it wasn’t enough. So I typed up some journaling and add it to the bottom of the page, just very subtly, because I wanted the eye to focus on the stitching and photo.
Any other tips or tricks you want to share with us about this page?
When I create, I like to divide my page into thirds. Just in my head. It allows me to balance out a project. So when I had the stitching and the photo, it wasn’t balanced. So I then decided to draw an arrow and hand stitch that, this gave the layout a little more balance and also a subtle amount of interest to the arrow. I then mounted it on 3D foam dots. The arrow also draws you to the stamp sentiments.
I added in my title last, but something not too big or too bold. If the title was big and bold it would draw the eye to the title first and not the main feature of the layout. To then finish the page, I add some more Shimmerz paint splatters and some wood veneer stars. The wood veneer adds a little texture, instead of simply being a paper and thread layout. I then decided that I need to add some sort of border to the page. So I used dark navy paper, to reflect the black and white photo and 3 big hand stitched cross stitches, so the border paper didn’t look, just, plonked there.
I loved getting to learn more about Felicity’s design process when putting her layout together. You can see more of Felicity’s work in our current Issue 17 or here on her blog Her Hand.