This month features the very cool Stars And Circles stencil.
I'm a big fan of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. She's got a great blog that's filled with educational creative content (check out her recent post about her experience with Project Life six-months in) and her stencil designs are awesome so I was even more excited to play. Check out the list of other people participating in this month's blog hop at the bottom of this post.
Here's a look at my completed layout:
Here's a closer look at my process:
I knew I wanted to do a series of circles (most of them from the stencil) going down the left side of the photo.
Once I had the stencil in place I used white paint (gesso would work too) applied liberally on top of the circle/star combo. I wanted it to be thick - it means a little extra drying time but looks cool due to the additional dimension.
Next I used the Silhouette to cut "love this" (actually it's the center of this design that's been hanging out on my table waiting for a home - from the Circles Of Life set) and used a really big circle punch and some cute Amy Tangerine Sketchbook pattern paper (from the 6x6 pad).
I didn't adhere that circle right away because I wanted to get the others in place first and add a bit of paint around the edge as you'll see below.
For the next circle I used Versamark Embossing Ink + Green Metallic Zing Powder + a heat gun. Lay the stencil down, press the embossing ink pad down into the stencil, remove the stencil, pour on some powder, remove the excess, and then melt with a heat gun. Be careful when "cooking" the ink + powder on top of a photo - if you leave the heat gun pointed on one place for too long it might bubble. Mine did just a bit and then it laid back down.
For the last circle I repeated the white paint and stencil.
I added some of the white paint around the edge of the circle before adhering it down with foam dots.
Here's what it looked like before I added the journaling around the outside edges.
Once the paint was dry I added journaling with a black pen, beginning right after "the story" rub on.
Found this button in my stash from October Afternoon's 5 & Dime.
Here's another look at the completed page:
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Check out the other people participating in this month's blog hop:
Check out all the spring stencil hops here using Julie's different designs.