The idea for this layout came from a song I discovered recently. The past couple of years have been fantastic in some ways and the hardest of my life in other ways. I try to keep a positive attitude or at least show a positive attitude about my employment situation, even though it’s hard not to feel like a complete failure sometimes.
There have been different periods in my life where music seemed to dominate. As a young adult in Washington state in the late 80’s/early 90’s I was was all about rock and roll. Nirvana. Pearl Jam. Alice in Chains. Soundgarden. Candlebox. (Well, except for the brief New Kids on the Block phase, but I blame that on teen hormones…).
I still prefer rock and alternative. Foo Fighters. Green Day. Fall Out Boy. Staind. Linkin Park. There’s just something about an angsty, guitar riff filled, screaming tune that helps it all feel better.
Right now, These Times from the album These Times by SafetySuit is one of the songs helping me put the positive spin on things. It’s not as angry or punk sounding as some, but it’s the lyrics I cling to. Lyrics that can say it so much more eloquently than I can. These times are hard…but they will pass.
That’s how the layout came to be, but the finished version looks nothing like the vision I had in my head. It’s funny how the direction you think you are going to take can detour and you end up with something totally different.
The embellishments on the page were going to be 9 butterflies that I had covered in a rainbow of glitter colors. But when I went through paper collections looking for the background paper, I kept coming back to this one from Crate Paper’s DIY shop. It just didn’t work with the rainbow of butterflies. Not at all. But I couldn’t find another paper I liked, so I shifted the design and trimmed my chalkboard paper so that more of the pattern paper background would show.
I still used three of the butterflies I glittered up. I’m not entirely happy with how they scattered but this was the best arrangement given the changes I had already made. I used mod podge to adhere the glitter and you can tell from the photos that some of it is flaking off. But’s it’s not too bad. I also added some small punched flowers because it needed a little something more. I never had a title in mind for this layout and I don’t think it really needs a big one. I just added that little “note to self” phrase at the bottom and called it done.
I like how the chalkboard painting turned out, though in the future I may add less paint. It’s really just dark black and I probably could have gotten the same results with black paint. If I try for less coverage the end result might look more like a blackboard.
Love that white sharpie! I’ve tried many white pens over the years and this one was the best. I didn’t have to trace over any letters that didn’t coat the first time. The sharpie I used is oil based, but they have a water based white paint pen too. Next, I’ll have to try it on some kraft cardstock as white on kraft is a favorite look too.
And can I just ask…how is it possible that it’s already June? I feel like I’ve missed out on the last couple months as busy as I have been. I really need to figure out how to work less and play more…
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