Happy Days

I've been continuing to play with the gorgeous Hazelnut Coffee kit and here's my layout using the crochet doily I used as a mask on my previous page. I also used the bakers twine which was used to wrap up the kit so beautifully. The doily and the crochet trim add some fantastic texture and I wanted to continue that by adding texture to the strips of patterned paper by curling up the edges a little.

Here's the crochet doily and I added a little masking tape on the top corners of the photo.

I love patterned paper and I have a generous stash of it in my craft room, but I've struggled to use it on layouts recently as it didn't feel messy enough! I decided to start to treat it as I would a piece of blank cardstock by adding paint and inky splats. I used a drybrushing technique here with a cream acrylic paint.

A little photography tip from me too... the photo on this page has been altered on the website Picnik. It's a website which is free to use and very easy. I used an effect called "cross process" to alter the colours in my photo and also increased the exposure a little to suggest a sunny day at the beach.

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