It’s nearing the first of the month, so that means it’s blog train time again! This month’s palette is another bright and cheerful one, and I’ve seen comments from more than one lady who didn’t like bugs that has changed their mind about scrapbooking with them after seeing all of the cute previews being posted. Here’s the palette and a small preview of what’s in store from the others. As usual, it’s linked to the main thread at PixelScrapper, and I’ll link the thread again at the end of my post.
This has been a crazy month, and I almost didn’t get this done in time. I got off to a good start early in the month, coming up with a take on the theme that’s probably unique, and getting started on painting papers and elements. I had most of these papers and about half the word art done when I got the news that my grandmother, who’d been in a nursing home for a couple of years with dementia, had passed away. This, of course, resulted in a week-long trip to the upper Midwest to attend the funeral. Too many restaurant meals, too much stress, more people around than usual, and lots more sun exposure than usual all combined to trigger a vicious cycle of fatigue, inflammation, and pain that I’m still not entirely over…which has meant that I’ve cut the elements list that I had planned down to the essentials. I should be in decent shape long before September 1 comes around; it’s just a matter of eating my usual healthier diet and limiting stress and UV exposure…and time. Chronic illness really teaches you about patience and realigns your priorities, I tell ya! 😉
I was going to make this a larger kit, as my inspiration was a book I remember fondly from my childhood. “I, Monty” by Marcus Bach is told from the perspective of a caterpillar as it goes through metamorphosis, and was illustrated beautifully, with lovely blended backgrounds and simply-drawn elements that look to be colored with pencil or watercolor. The caterpillar sees explosions of color while he’s in the chrysalis, and keeps dreaming of a ladder, the meadow, the pavement, and the moment of love, so I attempted to represent those. At one point, his branch is picked and carried by a whistling or humming Shadow Man, and he hatches in a classroom. Some of the elements, as they are watercolor, are somewhat translucent, so you may need to duplicate the layer or add a white background layer behind them to make them look perfect on a dark background. I chose to pair the monarchs, chrysalides, and milkweed with word art focusing on personal metamorphosis and accepting and coping with change.
The sheer amount of word art should give some idea of how large a kit I wanted to do for this! Had I not spent most of three weeks getting limited time to work on this due to travel or needing sleep to get over the flareup, there would be more art journal-style papers in lighter shades, a few more themed elements, and several bits of paint, some string, a button or two, and a couple of bits of ribbon and lace. I focused my energy on getting the essential themed bits done, as I’m sure you can find some paint or lace from another kit in your stash and add a color adjustment layer to make it fit the palette.[EDIT: I’ve spent the last 6 hours creating more papers and making some basic elements from templates. (And now I understand how some designers can be so prolific, but with kits that are mostly generic elements–just recoloring templates is ridiculously fast!) The non-paint elements in this add-on are all from PixelScrapper templates, so they’re nothing earthshakingly new, but they should give you a reasonably complete art-journal style kit. I’d consider adding some word bits and a mesh of some sort, as well, but it’s 1:30 am.]
Don’t forget to go grab the other portions of the train at the PixelScrapper blog train thread.