Alphabet Soup...

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Who doesn't love a bowl of hot soup filled with itty bitty pasta alphabets? Well my kids do and I used their love of making words from the noodles as inspiration for my layout. Now all this came about from my latest design team assignment from Little Yellow Bicycle named 'Alphabet Soup' where we were asked to create a project focusing on the use of the Naturals alphas.

Using the Naturals Canvas Alphas in white I started my layout by placing small words onto the cardstock that held some relevance to the theme I was aiming for. I placed a block on the page to allow for my photo as I didn't want to unnecessarily use my alphas when they weren't going to be visible.

I chose four shades of yellow fom my Pan Pastels collection and began to cover the alphas in a gradient of yellow starting from the darkest in the centre and working my way out to the edges with the lightest. I was suitable impressed with the way the Pan Pastels adhered to the canvas alphas and how it went on like butter and stayed true to the vibrant colour without any fade.

Now, clear stickers have really become such a fun favourite of mine because I love that you can layer them over elements on your layout without compromising too much of what lies underneath.

How sweet is the clear sticker butterfly that is barely visible but still adds a touch of interest to the page.

I have really been making a conscious effort to improve my journaling skills so I enrolled in Amy Sorensen's 'Textuality' course at Big Picture Classes. I'm only into my first week but already I have picked up a wealth of information that is transforming the way I incorporate my design around the text rather than trying to fit my text into my design.

I have another new Fiskars Hand-Held punch and I'm totally hooked on this little triangle.

Products Used:
Little Yellow Bicycle 'Poppy' - Sprintime Bands/Aqua Chevron
Little Yellow Bicycle 'Poppy' - 6x6 Paper Pack
Little Yellow Bicycle Naturals - Canvas Alphas White, Esfera
Little Yellow Bicycle Journaling Cards with Thermography
Little Yellow Bicycle Cardstock Stickers - Fresh Verse
Little Yellow Bicycle - Vellum Tape
Little Yellow Bicycle Clear Cut Shapes with Glitter Accents

Vellum, Pan pastels, Hand-Held Triangle Punch, Mr Huey's - White Opaque 

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  1. Love it!! love the yellow!!

  2. Melinda this is stunning!! I love all the details and the way you created the journaling is outstanding.

  3. SOOOO Much I love about this Melinda...the block idea is fab...those alphas look sensational with that blending....the title on see thru paper...YEP! And to think I tossed a pile of vellum out [crying over THAT one!!!].....& your journaling...this page just hits the spot in every way....sorry to rave, but it's sooo totally rave-able:):):):)

  4. Such an awesome design and so many clever ideas. Love it!

  5. Great layout starting with the great photo!

  6. oh my. the tab says it all: i love this!

  7. I may have to invest in those clear shapes!! A delicious summer burst amongst the chilly temps x

  8. This is absolutely gorgeous! The colors are so vibrant and amazing. I am in awe.

  9. I love the sunny yellow....makes me yearn for summer. Your layout is beautiful and I would love to experiment with alphas too.