Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hello Kitty Cafe

Hello everyone, I wanted to share a quick layout that I made documenting a recent trip to the Hello Kitty Cafe. This mobile truck travels across the US making stops and cities all over. Its been in my area before but I was never able to make it on the specific day. When I came across an event posting on Facebook and the date worked I knew we had to go. I corralled my friend to join me, we seem to always have a good time at these kinds of pop ups and since it was also her daughters birthday it totally worked out.

My layout was completely inspired by letter boards, cork boards and push pins. I've seen scrapbook paper and even hand made cards made that looked like letterboards so I thought I would try to make a layout that looked like one for myself.

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The base of the layout was made with just a simple piece of white cardstock. In order to mimic the look of a letter board I scored lines in the cardstock every 1/4". I used a We R Memory Keepers Score Board to create the lines but you can also do this by hand using a scoring tool and a metal ruler. Although the score board really made it easy.

I predetermined the sizes of my photos by laying them out in advance in Photoshop Elements. I love doing this when I'm making layouts because it helps me see it before I start and it also cuts down on wasted photos because I have to print them over and over to get the right size. Since I print at home that's a huge plus.

I cut a boarder from pink cardstock to mimic the frame of a letter board and laid that right on top of the base cardstock. I thought about lifting it with dimensional adhesive but decided not to in the end. I think it could have worked both ways.

I laid out the photos making sure to leave room for some embellishments and of course the main title of the page. Once the photos were placed I used actual pins to bring the dimension of this layout to life. The pins have pearl ends and they are only 3/4" which was great since I really didn't need long pins hanging out on he backside of my layout. I taped the backside down so that they wouldn't poke anyone or pierce thru another layout. Pins like this can be found at most fabric stores. There were at least four other packs of pins that I wanted to buy after seeing all the cute ones they make but I ended up limiting myself to just what I needed instead.

The main products I used to dress up my layout were from the Pebbles, Girl Squad line. I love this line and I adore all of the super girly elements. The products I used on my layout were from the Cardstock Sticker Set and the Ephemera with Foil Accents. I love any embellishment that brings in some shimmer or shine, especially gold accents so I love that these two sets offer up some of that. The flowers, the heart, the little tag all of that shine really pops off the page.

In this image you can really see how the scoing looks and I think it actually does give it a really similar affect to what real letter boards look like.

To title my page I used the thickers from the Pink Paislee Summer Lights Collection. The Holographic Foil alpha stickers are one of the most unique alpha's I've seen in awhile. I love the holographic top but I also really love that the under layer is bright pink. It just adds that additional color pop and an unexpected one at that.

I also added in another floral cluster form the ephemera pack and a little gold label from my stash. I needed to add the date on there somewhere so that seemed to be the best option.

This layout came together really quickly and I always love when that happens. I think the most time consuming part was printing the photos and scoring the lines. This is defianetly a technique I can see myself doing again. I think it would also be a super cute base in a travelers notebook too.

Have a great week, see you soon.

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