If you stopped by earlier this week, you might have seen today’s layout in progress. I was joking the other day that I had an idea and was using my ancient Quickutz Squeeze to execute on it. I pretty much stopped using the squeeze and the dies after I got the Silhouette. Despite how much I neglect it, the Squeeze still works well!
I was looking for a specific Quickutz alphabet a few weeks ago and it prompted me to have a look through all of my dies too. I wasn’t a mad collector and really only have a handful of the everyday shapes and flowers. But when I came across a retro block shape (I don’t remember the exact name of it), it instantly made me think of chevrons. I wondered if I punched out a bunch of them and lined them up, could I create a chevron pattern?
And yes, you can! I was pretty happy it worked. There is a trick though. If you are not working with double sided paper, you have to cut some shapes with the pattern side up and some shapes with the pattern side down. That will give you the alternating direction so that you can line them up side to side.
This is another layout for my Europe album. We spent an afternoon on the island of Burano, not too far from Venice. I had already gotten my fill of shopping in Venice (i.e. spent my limit!), so I spent the time taking photos of the pretty buildings. For this layout, I didn’t use a sketch but pushed all the photos to the middle so that I could add the zig zag shapes to the sides. I remembered the mists on this one too. The mist splashes helped to add the feel of water (island = water), but I wanted to use bright colors as this island was so colorful.
Other: DCWV brown cardstock, Basic Grey Serendipity 6×6 paper, K&Co bling, Prima flower, Scenic Route lined paper.
I can see that I will need to put my Squeeze back in regular rotation. It’s a good reminder that when you invest in tools and they still work, why not use them? They worked great here with 6×6 pattern papers. After looking through my collection of shapes again, I’ve thought of a few more ideas to use them in an updated way. But I will save that for another day!
When was the last time that you dusted off an ancient tool from your stash?
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