Hi. I’m so glad you could make it for another 4play, because it’s a good one. Don’t forget that for today only (Monday, September 19th, 2011) that three of the kits used in this 4play will be on sale for $1, and one is a freebie! So check out the decorator layouts below for inspiration and then check out the kits in the shop.
You’ll see in the preview below that I picked one of my favorite paper kits, Vintage Findings in Black & Cream by Jen Allyson for some awesome patterns. Then I added Karen Funk’s Sweet Life Solids which has lots of options to mix in. Agnes Biro’s kit Abandoned Office offers up a whole lot of interesting elements and an alpha, and I selected Deena Rutter’s word art A Kind Word – School to finish out the 4play. The word art is packaged up with a school theme but you’ll see it’s easy to use it for non-school layouts too, like some of our decorators did.
Jennifer V, Jen F, and Carey joined me in the challenge of creating a layout with these 4 beauties. The superb layouts are below. Didn’t they do a great job with the challenge of using these 4 kits?
Layout by Jennifer Valencia
Jennifer says “The four kits were fun to work with. I always begin a Four-Play start by looking at the four kits and mentally choosing which papers and embellies seem to “jump together” as if they were Pizza and Diet Pepsi (peanut butter and jelly is overdone, you know?). I did want to scrap some first-day-of-school pictures so the ‘school’ word art was perfect. The pictures were a mosh of colors so I kept the layout palette neutral with the great browns and blacks, and added some pops of pink to bring out the pink color from the photos. As always, it was fun to write a visual poem using pre-chosen “words”. It feels like trying to unscramble a word in a word game, and I always feel excited by the result, which is something different from my usual layouts.”
Layout by Jen Flaherty
Jen says “I loved working with these kits, but chose not to do a school page even though the word art was obviously school-themed. Therefore, I used layer masks on Deena’s wordart to erase parts of the words so that I could use the letters to make my own wordart (“wish”) that went with the page!”
Layout by Carey Bridges
My oldest just started middle school this year and we’re all adjusting to the exciting things a new school brings. I really liked mixing vintage things and timeless black and cream patterns with a current photo and trendy color. Lots of Deena’s word art fit my layout so I just decided to go ahead and put more than one on my layout. I used the journaling tag from Agnes’ kit also as a photo/patterned paper clipping mask on the layout and that worked out really well. I actually even journaled this time too instead of shying away from it and just putting down the who, what, when stuff.
I hope you’ll be inspired by these layouts and join us in this week’s 4play! Create a layout using the 4 kits shown (available for $1 or less until Midnight MST on Monday) and upload them to our gallery by next Sunday. Come back here and leave us a link or the title of your layout in a comment on this post and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a DHD gift certificate . It’s a lot of fun, I promise.