As much as I fawn and sigh over practically every sheet of paper, every sticker sheet, and every die-cut accent that comes my way as a crafter, there are times when particular pieces don’t mesh well with the color scheme or theme I have in mind for a project. This doesn’t mean I can’t use them. Instead, I try to do what true crafty folk are called to do: envision the possibilities and adapt accordingly. I did just that on this layout with items from the August 2018 Hip Kit Club kits.
The background features the first modification: painted cardstock. I love the white cardstock that is a staple in the monthly cardstock kits and often use it as is, but because I planned to work with a lot of black and white elements on this page, I opted for a background that would contribute some color while complementing the orangey hues in the photo. I painted white cardstock with Shimmerz “Going Peach Side” paint — not only is it a lovely color, but true to its name, it also has a magical shimmery effect.
The title letters, from a sheet of Crate Paper stickers in the August 2018 Project Life kit, were initially in five different colors, none of which gelled with the color scheme of this page. I altered them by covering them with black ink and clear embossing powder, and then used a heat tool to set them. Their boldness stands out on the page.
At the base of the page, I layered elements that reinforce the page theme and Poe-like aesthetic. Instead of leaving the die-cut leaves from a September Hip Kit Club cut file plain white, I traced their outline, dripped water over them, and added Pinkfresh Studio Clementine Liquid Watercolor and Shimmerz gold watercolor paint , both from recent color kits.
The tag above, found in the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane ephemera in the August 2018 main kit, was initially a very bright, very peppy pink — not something that would be fitting on a page about Edgar Allan Poe — so I flipped it over and modified the reverse side by printing Poe’s handwriting (it’s “Annabel Lee”) over it, stitching circles over that, and adding several Amy Tangerine heart accents.
Next time you encounter an item that doesn’t seem right for a project you have in mind, remember to consider the possibilities!