One of my co-workers is celebrating his retirement this year. And as part of his celebration, he and his wife went to London this past summer. I created this lay out as a gift to him and his wife, who is also retiring this year. What a milestone for both of them!
I designed the layout using the Cricut Design Space. This software is very helpful in my planning of the lay out and with the sizing of the images. Another thing I like about the CDS is the Contour feature. It extends the look of an image. Just like in this lay out, with the word England, I duplicated this. On the duplicate, I used the contour feature to cut the negative space of the word only. I just used a craft knife to cut the letters out and layer it on top of the original cut. But before adhering the letters, I heat embossed the letters with a red Ranger embossing powder. The word London cut was also designed using the Contour feature. This cut came as a frame. With the use of the contour function, I limited the cut to the sentiment only. The background of the London cut is a lighter colored cardstock. I created a background using a stamp from October Afternoon Boarding Pass stamp set. With the England, I printed the UK flag. With the use of the CDS, I sized the flag to fit the back of the England cut.
I am using a My Mind’s Eye patterned paper as the base of the lay out. I sprayed a black Prima Color Blooms more to the right side of the layout. I adhered the photo and the word sentiments next. I added some shimmer to the the London word using a clear Spectrum Noir shimmer pen.
I adhered a gold vellum to the back of the Big Ben, then fuzzy cut the edges. I adhered this to the layout using foam adhesive. I added an Epiphany Clear Round Bubble to the clock portion.
I am so lucky that the frame was on sale at Michael’s. Now, this retirement gift is ready. Thank you, Mike for allowing me to post your photo in my blog. I took pictures of this lay out without your photo but it didn't look as good without your photo. Happy retirement to both of you.
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Maria Giselle B.