As I was working on this page I realized just how much I depend on Glimmer Mist and my printer. I have had these papers pulled from my stash for about two weeks and this morning decided THIS is what I would work with today. So I printed out two pictures of Matt blowing out the candles and cutting his birthday cake for his 14th birthday last month. As I was moving things around on the layout something just wasn't working. The problem was with the photo of him cutting the cake. What you can no longer see, thanks to my wonderful printer at my fingertips and the ability to change the photos to black and white, is that my daughter was standing behind him wearing a bright red sweatshirt. There was no way to crop her out of it and the red just pulled your eye directly to it. And it cerainly clashed with the colors in the layout. Of course, being stubborn it took me 1/2 hour of moving things around, adjusting layers, etc. before I finally conceded and reprinted the photos. I LOVE my printer. Its always there for me and I am not restricted by the photos I have preprinted. I don't print ALL of my photos on my printer, but I do use it quite a bit.
Now for my love of Glimmer Mist. I have a healthy collection of mist colors thanks to one-deal-a-day sites around the internet and my yearly trek to a CKC convention. For the longest time the only use I had for the mists was to spray some on a white piece of cardstock for a background accent. Not anymore! I've evolved in my mist uses and have watched some colors go way down in the bottle after having sat almost full for a couple years! See that month tag? Its by Elle Studios and it WAS cream and black. It just didn't look right on my bright green and turquoise layout. A little spritz of Green Meadown Glimmer Mist fixed that right up. A quick shot with the heat gun and it was stuck on the layout!! I use mists to color handmade flowers and leaves, alter white foam Thickers letters to match what I need, and yes, still on background papers! I don't know that I will ever NOT use mists now!
And finally, on to the layout! I used the 1st Anniversary Sketch at the Sweet Peach Crop Shop for this layout. I used the Hoopla collection by Glitz for the papers and embellishments, except for the tag which is from Elle Studios as I mentioned above, the ribbons and a little bit of bling from my stash. Everything else is Glitz. I used a black thin point Sharpie and went around most of the edges of the embellies, photos and papers to make them pop and I really like the effect. I am entering it over at the Glitz Blog for their Get Your Glitz On Challenge #1. I have loved working with this line and its definitely one of my favorites by Glitz so far...well except the new ones I didn't get yet!!!
I am also entering this in the Challenge Masters calendar challenge to scrap an event that happened in March 2011. As I mentioned, this was my son's 14th birthday which was March 8, 2011 so it was easy to complete that challenge!
OK, I'm off to hopefully get one more page in before I have to leave for an appointment and then to pick up my daughter's friend for a sleepover. We will be coloring Easter Eggs tonight! Hope you all have a blessed Good Friday!