As it was my friend's first page, I picked a very simple sketch to follow, again from Pagemaps:
I chose a picture of our newest dog asleep just a couple of days after we collected him from the very excellent Heathlands Animal Sanctuary, as it makes me think of him relaxing not just after a walk, but also after the turmoil of abandonment, months in kennels, and his trip here from Ireland. While working on the layout, I decided to make it a double page, so I could include a picture of our other dog (also from Heathlands Animal Sanctuary) too. I'd love to know what you think.
What I used:
Papers: DCWV 8x8 Scrapbook kit in a stack "Dog", DCWV The Christmas Cardstock 12x12 Stack
Embellishments: DCWV 8x8 Scrapbook kit in a stack "Dog"
Tools: Sharpies permanent pens, Papermania Portobello Road urban stamps (numbers), Studio g mini alphabet stamps, Ancient Page ink "chocolate", XCut nesting dies "scalloped heart".
- The main paper that I chose is quite low contrast, with the doggy activity words printed with thin lines. That suggested doggy dreams to me.
- I used a scalloped heart die to cut the heart on the right page, then trimmed off the scallops with scissors.
- My handwriting is naturally very small, and my husband suggested that I try writing my journalling larger. I struggled with this, only achieving it by using a thicker pen. My Promarkers bled too much, but I was tempted by a special offer on Sharpies and these worked much better for me. I'm not sure I like the big writing...