I recently spent a week in Brighton and amongst the long list of things I wanted to see and do there was the opportunity to do something crafty whilst in one of their fabulous coffee shops. This might seem an odd ambition but I work full time and so my opportunities to craft during the day are very limited (though often dreamed of!) and to craft whilst relaxing with a coffee is very enticing! I chose my shop in the North Laines, found a comfy spot on a nice battered leather sofa and unpacked my pencils!
I had premade two backgrounds and pre-stamped the images and sentiments on card so all I had to do was colour them and add them to the pages. I LOVED having the opportunity to create even though my studio was far away! I think I could have done more so next time I’ll pre-stamp a whole host of images and that’ll keep me going for longer! I think my New Year’s Resolution might be to do this in a coffee shop nearer to my home – though it seems such a faff to pack up a load of things to go out when I can easily do it at home!
This first layout in my small Creative Flip Journal was an experiment in colour using an underused stencil – love the circles though the green (Cut Grass Dylusions Ink) *might* be a little strong!
The family are Stampotique images and I tried to stick to a simple colour palette including the skin tones. When the sentiment is a strong as this one it lends itself to making sure the images are a mishmash of figures!
The second layout is much brighter and a little more ‘me’ as I LOVE the pink! I don’t like pink particularly but I’ve found I quite often gravitate towards it in my art – I think it’s because it is a cheerful and warm addition to a page!
I use this sentiment a lot and have a repeated image to accompany it to indicate the different personalities. I would usually keep the palette fairly subdued and have one image more brightly coloured but I liked the rainbow effect against the pink!
The chaps are another Stampotique stamp and the hats are from Dylusions sets. I love placing a bird on a head. I do that a lot, but I really wouldn’t like that in real life!