Best Day Ever// The Ink Road

Today's layout is for The Ink Road.  I have all these wonderful pictures from my Abuelita's 86th birthday party from last weekend.  I just love family gatherings.  I also have been loving printing my photos in black and white so that I do not have any restrictions on what I do with my layout because it will not compete.  I started this layout by cutting out the florals in the Floral Tapestry paper from the Jen Hadfield Cottage Living collection.  I even cut out the tiny yellow flowers from the paper as well.  The colors for this layout are the corals, mints, a pop of yellow and gray.  

I was going to use a gray patterned paper from the same collection but I wanted the gray to be more subtle, so I used the Let's Party patterned paper from the Fine and Dandy Collection by Dear Lizzy.

Rounded Trellis was used in a horizontal formation with Dotted Blossoms for the second layering piece. I matted my photo with the coral one again.  

My title is a wood veneer from the Hello Love collection and I first primed it with gesso to give it a base coat because I knew I wanted to also paint it coral.  I first tried Distress stain in Abandoned Coral, but it dried too light.  I then applied the same color as Ink and this time I loved the color pay off.   To tie in the floral paper again in the layout I cut two thin strips and adhered them to the top and bottom of the layout to ground it.  

No layout for me is complete without some mixed media.  So I gessoed the edges of the coral and mint paper and blurred out the edges.  I went in with the "packaging" technique and did a light wash of Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio Distress Strays to add a messy look to the layout.  I did not go that crazy with the mixed media but added enough for the effect of it.  The final result is lovely.  I shared my layout with my family and everyone loved it.  
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