This is my sample layout for my Gypsy class. My goal is to have 2 classes a month, one a layout and the other a card. This month's theme is Fall.
I used this leaf from A Child's Year. I used Hide Contour (see below) to hide all of the veins. Note: if you hide the veins on the first leaf, every leaf you copy will have the veins hidden. Otherwise, you waste a lot of time hiding contour!!!
I wanted the leaves to point down as though they were falling, so I used the Flip button to flip the leaf. Note: you can just cut it out right side up and glue it down upside down.
I wanted 5 leaves, so I used the Copy & Paste button to make 4 copies. I wanted a top layer of leaves the same size, so I copied one more leaf and put it on Layer 2. Back to Layer 1, I lined up 5 leaves down the mat by making the x coordinates all the same value. Then I rotated the leaves alternating -.30 and .30. I overlapped the leaves a bit and welded them together.
On Layer 2, copy more leaves and arrange them on the mat so you can easily cut out 4 colors of leaves.
I opened Layer 3 and used Don Juan for the title. This is a great font to use for welding. I wanted my title to be vertical, so I stacked the words on top of one another and overlapped just a bit. I copied the word "into" because I wanted to make a second layer in a different color. Then I welded the title together.
Hide Contour button on the Advanced Menu allows you to hide cuts from your image. I used this to hide the veins on the leaf.
Flip upside down button. I used this to flip my leaves.
Rotate Button is used to turn images. I turned the leaves for my border .30 and -.30, alternating the leaves. Once you press the rotate button, you can use the arrows or the keypad to change the value.
I inked the edges of the background paper, photo mats and the leaves with Vintage Photo Distressing Ink and my fantastyx.
Here are the leaf borders. I used two different colors of leaves for interest.
Here are the leaves to layer on top of the border.
Here is the title assembled.
I typically make a 2-page layout and thought it looked the best with the darker borders on the outside of the two pages.
Once I inked everything, I glued it down. I left some of the border leaves showing (I did not cover all of them up). I folded the leaves in half before I glued them down to give them dimension. I also inked the main vein lines.
Here is the second page. I used the extra leaves to frame the picture. The yellow rectangle is for journaling. I recently cleaned out my ribbon stash and found this gold sheer ribbon and decided it NEEDED to go on this page somewhere!!!
Once again, here is my finished 2-page layout for fall. I can't wait to take some photos to add to this layout....I just love fall colors!