LIMELIGHT is very green, and green is not really in my comfort zone, but in some way these papers reminded me of how deep and rich the colours are in my garden at the end of summer, and the sentiments expressed in the quotes remind us to take time out and enjoy the small moments in life, so I went outside and took a few photos and this layout was born. I have to admit that it is an unusual one for me, and I’m not sure I even like it very much….but anyhow, here’s how I put it together. 

At first I was going to use the reverse of VIBRANT as my background…a no brainer really, great for backgrounds with it’s grey woodgrain pattern, but I had a moment of inspiration (or not) and decided that, since we have a brick wall, not a paling fence at our house, I would use Morter from the Base Coat Collection instead. 

A large piece of the olive green reverse of LEARN covers a bit more than half of the page. The brick pattern in the top and bottom corners was created using the Twiddleybitz Bricks Template and Ferro Metal Effect Textured Paint in both Copper and Iron. The leaf shapes inside the bricks are sticky backed vinyl masks I have had forever, but it would be just as effective to use paper masks…I stuck them to the page first then peeled them off (carefully) while the paint was still wet to give the impression of foliage against the brick wall.  

After the paint had dried I decided that the bricks really were way too bright for me. Maybe I should have stuck with the paling fence after all! LOL! I stuck my now washed masks back onto the paper for some more leaf shapes and gave the whole background a thin whitewash of gesso, letting some of the white pool in the cracks between the Ferro bricks and blurring the edges of the green paper a little. 

 You can see where the leaf masks were in the photo below… 

Next, I raided the LIMELIGHT COLLECTABLES pack and strung three tags with appropriate quotes onto a piece of string then added two banners. They are all mounted on Dimensional Tape which allows the string to loop through them freely. On the end is an Antique Silver Leaf Charm coloured with a light rubbing of Jade Inka Gold. A ticket and another of the banners form the base of the small cluster at the top of the page. 

My photos all have a border of distressed Core-dinations Nightfall cardstock. In turn they are mounted on two layers of the reverse of FIRST STEP – one is attached with a small bulldog clip, one with a bright green paperclip, and the middle one wrapped in string with another Inka Gold Jade coloured Antique Silver Leaf Charm dangling from it . Tucked in between the layers at the bottom are three patterned strips. The numbers and the butterflies are both manufacturers strips from the bottom of the patterned papers, and the tape measure is a sticker from the LIMELIGHT 12 x 12 STICKER SHEET. I cut mine in half lengthwise to make it thinner. Also in there, a pediment die cut from the reverse of DAWN. 

My photos are very busy looking, so I kept the embellishments as simple as I could. Various leaves –  some are die cut from the LEARN paper and some are either fussy cut (also from LEARN) or taken from the COLLECTABLES pack, and of course some flowers. Three Mini Gardenias – greenolive and white – and a few cream and wine Cherry Blossoms. There is also a wooden heart tucked in there – inked with a bit of Victorian Velvet on the edges and covered in Crackle Accents. The crackle was taking ages to dry in the rainy weather, so I blasted it with the heat gun to get this milky, bubbled effect. A few glass cabochons finished it off – tiny ones that look like water droplets and a larger one glued over a tiny bird from the COLLECTABLES pack. 

Embrace the green – winter will be here soon enough!