Besides being a kit club, Studio Calico is also a manufacturer of papers, embellishments, spray inks, stamps -- all under the umbrella of mega-scrapbooking company, American Crafts. They sent me some of CHA-Summer 2011's papers and embellishments and I came up with this layout using their Memoir collection:
I used some watered down Mister Huey's and an eye dropper to add the color to my background. The color was fairly intense, so I laid down letter stickers (also from Studio Calico) and sprayed white Mister Huey over the top. Once it had dried, I peeled off the stickers. I added a dark outline with a nib pen and some black India ink.
I like the effect very much. It's jangly but linear. I think my favorite part of the layout might be the skyline that I cut and then journaled inside of in a slightly haphazard way. You can see a bit of the journaling in the photo above.
I drew the taxi cabs onto some yellow Studio Calico patterned paper with the same nib pen and India Ink. Then I simply cut them out and adhered them to my layout. I am not a natural draw-er. But I continue to practice, and have discovered that it actually does get easier!
I added some gold paint to the wood veneer stars for a little bit of NYC bling. Isn't that the thing about this City? It's shiny and dirty at the same time?
Here's everything that I used:
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. I'm contributing a sample to an online class at Studio Calico that is being taught by Maggie Holmes. It's called "Happy Little Moments" and it's an altered book class. The kit (which is optional) includes all of the supplies that Maggie will be using as well as a vintage book.
You can take the class (just $10) without the kit as well. I'm providing a sample using the kit and following Maggie's directions, but in my own style. If you purchase the class or the kit through the links from my site, I will receive a small percentage of the sale, so if you're going to purchase either or both, I would appreciate it if you'd use the links. :) Thanks!