After finishing the Canvas Art Workshop on the Go, I realized I had a ton of product left over, so I set to work on creating this layout. I had extra photos from our trip to Greece, but I didn’t feel the need to make another layout about the trip. Since I created this layout on our 23rd wedding anniversary, I decided to focus on that event using the photos I had on hand. It’s a good thing I didn’t try to use pictures from our date that night…we went to Taco Time! LOL! Now, it isn’t as unromantic as it sounds…we did go to Taco Time on our first date. It was one of the main hangouts for kids in Moscow, so we spent a lot of time there. Since I try to avoid food like that now, Neal usually goes during the week with a buddy from work, but this was a special occasion.
Because I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on this–it was our anniversary after all–I stuck as close to the original design as possible. I did have to break out some Kraft cardstock for the base and Sparkles Flourishes (Z1708) since the original Canvas Art kit only came with one. Other than that, I had plenty of Canvas Art leftovers to work with. In fact, I still have 11 pieces of chipboard to use on cards or other projects! I also elected to use the Trinity Alphabet (E1021) for Neal’s name since I already used the “Love” from the Canvas Art Workshop on the Go stamp set. I broke out my other favorite set from the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book, Sightseer (C1534), to use the arrow stamps. I think they add the perfect finishing touch to my embellishment clusters. I used the retired set, Noteworthy (D1329), for the journaling lines. Whenever I want to save time on a layout, I always use my own handwriting for the journaling.
If you want to recreate my layout, I hope you will learn from my mistakes:
- I used a Smash brand date stamp and it was terrible! I love my Smash books and bought this stamp ages ago since it had cute phrases such as “I love this” and “Oh, snap!” There are two problems with it, so I doubt I’ll use it again. (1) It isn’t self inking, so my ink got all over the stamp. (2) It was difficult to get a clear image from the excess ink on the stamp and the varying heights of the letters. Talk about frustrating! I stamped it on 4 sides of cardstock and finally gave up. Pretty sure that I’m getting rid of that stamp at my next garage sale.
- The Cocoa pigment ink is not nearly as dark as my Canvas Art project. I should have had extra Cocoa pigment ink squares for my club members as there wasn’t enough ink in that little square for all of us. Just a reminder when using pigment ink…you don’t need to press it hard. Lightly pounce the ink over your image until you have even coverage. A little goes a long way since the ink is so vibrant.
- Be sure to cut your flourish so that part of it hangs out below the small yellow frame. I didn’t do that with the Canvas Art project, and I really wish I would have.