My second layout for my future Paris scrapbook. Here it is:
First I chose the photos which I wanted to use. I believe that the details of the LO should correspond with the photo features, so I looked at the photos carefully.
What caught my eye? First of all: at most Paris subway stations walls are covered with brick-like white tiles. I wanted to have the alike background, but failed in finding a ready-to-use white brick cardstock, so I took a Fiskars brick texture plate from my stash and used it. The whole page - 12"x12" is embossed by hand!! That was tough. The pastel paper which I used is thick and I had to put extra power in embossing.. But I like the result. =)
Next - I noted the color. The photo "me in the train" depicts a bright seat. Orange and blue gradient (my husband and I called it "city sunset"). Plus plush seatings asked me to use some texture on the LO, at least velvet paper. I found bright orange velvet paper in my stash and used it. Then I painted a piece of orange velvet paper with light-blue and deep-blue acrylic paints to achieve that gradient look and then I cut the "art nouveau" title with small scissors (wanted to use my CraftRobo, but didn't dare to spoil it with painted velvet). Then I used pop-up pads to place the title in its place
Also I had a few subway tickets left and wanted to put them on the layout. Here it is, the ticket fan:
I was lucky enough to find out that they have blue and orange marks on them! =) Which goes perfectly well with the color scheme I've chosen.
To support the "plush seatings" theme I used a little sewing. It may not be perfect for industrial look of the page, but I had to use it: glueing a photo to the velvet mat isn't reliable, but stitching will keep the pic in place =)
To make it look attractive I used blue threads to stitch the red pad. And wanted to use red stitching for the blue velvet mat... but I failed to find velvet paper of the necessary color. Then I decided to use velvet ribbons, but when I went shopping for those ribbons I found a lovely piece of thin felt of that very color! Had to regret that the "me-in-the-train" stitching is already done, 'cause felt orange mat would look even better! But ok, so I used blue felt as a mat for the photos on the bottom. Also I added a little sticker Metropolitain from Cardstock stickers, Paperhouse Productions.
And while I've been looking for velvet ribbons I found translucent ribbons with the same gradient I needed! That was a miracle =) And I immediately bought a yard of each size. Never though that the orange-blue gradient is so popular..
And these ribbons added more life to my LO. I put them with the angle, as if they continued the seatings.
And the third remarkable detail is the photo of station seating. Wikipedia later explained that it's a "shell-shaped" art nouveau seating, but when I saw them for the first time - I thought they were smileys! The first I've seen were bright-yellow, so the thought of classical smiley was natural. Later I didn't happen to remember which station they were at, so we had to take a pic of some other - green ones.
Couldn't help adding eyes to these smiles =) But I couldn't ruin the photo, so I glued the eyes to a piece of acetate, which is fixed with two ribbon loops and it can be lifted to reveal the untouched photo. Journaling on the acetate says: "Shell-shaped seating at the metro stations... ... but I think they look like happy smileys!"
This bright color spot is supported by a few buttons of the matching color. It was actually the first idea I wanted to apply to this layout =)
It turned out that it's not the most popular color for buttons, so I had to buy all I've found =) And with these buttons I'm going to take part in Paper popsicles button challenge =)
And then I added the journaling. I didn't want to write it right on the background bricks (writing on embossed paper isn't easy), and didn't want to put any soid journaling block (they would cover and hide all my brick labor!), so I decided to use vellum. It's light, it's translucent and it doesn't add much weight to the LO.
Handwriting with the neutral black ink. Journaling on the top says: "The first Paris subway line was opened on the 19-th of July 1900. Nowadays subway has 300 stations at 16 lines. Stations are not deep, most of them are single-vault with side platforms: so if you need to go back to the station you've missed or to bump into people going the wrong/other way - you'll need to use a transfer crossing." The middle journaling says: "Trains come to station every 4-5 minutes; waiting time is displayed on the electronic table at every station (it also shows time, date and the name of the end station). Many stations provide you with a city map, where you can find both streets and stations; vending machines and seatings. Avarage time of travelling between two station is 58 sec; in the center of the city it's never more that 35! Trains have bright plush seatings inside and fold-away seats arranged like in a bus. The station names are rarely (and not understandably) announced. To enter the train or to leave it you have to lift a handle on the door or to push a button, otherwise the door won't open." The lower journaling: "Concorde station - near the Concord Place; walls are decorated with tiles quoting the Declaration of Human Rights"
So that's my second Paris scrapbooking page. Comments are welcome and are appreciated =)