Welcome to the new members of DT 2010. I look forward to my second year on the team. I am Esther McCullough. I like to create the layout starting with the pictures; secondly, select a solid color cardstock; then embellish. My favorite tool is a good paper trimmer. The Chomper is a close second. Lately, I have begun to learn more about the diecutting implements. The noise of tv is usually enough, but at times, I listen to smooth jazz or oldies while cropping. My work area is not as organized as most, but I find what is needed. Collecting paper, tools and bling rate high on my list of supplies. I think, each person has to envision their own layout. Ask for assistance in accomplishing that goal. Each has to create what pleases them.
My challenges come in taking the kits assigned and making them work with my pictures and ideas for creating. Well, I also can learn better blogging skills. This month we are showing the SEI papers used for the DT tryouts.
For the pagemap I used "Flamingos" to go with the pinks for this layout. There were two pictures from Florida and one from California. The journaling block on right was done on the computer in Publisher using Afternoon Delight font. I placed a pink circle on an empty sheet and laid a text block over it. To get the rounded text shape, the lines of text were staggered to fit the pink circle. Half of the circle was not used. The cut half circle was adhered to the layout on the right to balance the pictures that are slightly left of center. The flowers were hancut and attached with eyelets in the center.