It's been one month and two days since my last blog post. What can I say. Life gets a bit crazy at times and unfortunately some of my favorite activities get interrupted and put on the back burner. But in my opinion, the reasons why I haven't been able to blog lately are all good! Over the next few weeks I'll be catching up with Project Life and blogging about the events that were going on for weeks 20-24 (I was back in the U.S. visiting family and friends). But during those weeks I was busy with something and didn't want to share with you until now.
I'm sure those of you who scrapbook are familiar with Echo Park Paper Company. Their kits, both traditional and digital, are of the highest quality and are tops in the industry. They, along with Jessica Sprague, have teamed up together and are sponsoring a Designer Discovery Contest. The winner of the contest will receive $1000, an Epson Picturemate Photo Printer and will have their mini theme printed and distributed by Echo Park. Contestants were to create and submit a mini kit that consisted of five 12x12 papers, a sticker sheet and a 12x12 journaling/border sheet for one of five different themes. The admin team at JessicaSprague.com then chose the top 25 designs that are now up for a public vote to narrow the designs to the top ten. The winner will then be chosen from that top ten by the admin teams at JessicaSprague.com and Echo Park.
I was happy to wake up this morning to see that my design made the top 25!!!!!
The above photo is the full kit preview for "Let's Hear It For The Boys." I am pretty happy with the way it turned out! To view the previews (paper, journal/border paper and sticker sheet) and to vote you can click here and you will be taken to my entry in the gallery. In order to vote you have to be a registered user at jessicasprague.com and logged in. Take your time and look through the gallery! There are some AWESOME kits in there! You are allowed to vote for more than one kit, but you can't vote for the same kit more than once (I hope that makes sense!).
While I was attending art school one of the requirements I had to do as a student when presenting a project to the class for critique was explain why I chose to create what I did. We had to discuss color choice, fonts, themes, etc. Feeling a bit nostalgic for my art school days, I thought it would be fun to discuss a little bit about my process do with this project:
Theme: There were five themes that Echo Park wanted us to choose from: Scrapbooking, Girl Friends, Pals, Girls and Heritage. As much as I would have loved to create something "girlie," there is a lot of girl stuff out there already. When I design, I like to design things that fill a void. There is not a whole lot of boy stuff out there, let alone boy stuff geared to older boys. That is why I chose to work around the "pals" theme.
Color: Since I wanted a kit that was targeting scrappers with older boys and not necessarily toddlers or elementary school kids, the colors needed to reflect the "not-so-innocent-side" of boys! Sure there is a lighter blue in the mix, but I think it balances out the brightness of the orange and the bold brown. The light blue adds a softness for those scrappers that want to show their older son's vulnerable side!
Fonts: It's a fun mix of distressed, slab serif and sans serif letters. Normally I wouldn't mix 3 or 4 different fonts together, but in this case I think it worked out okay. I like the rugged look of the distressed fonts while mixing in a slab serif to give the peice a modern look.
Pattern: My patterns are simple, which I feel will help to showcase the photos and story a scrapbooker will put on them. Sometimes patterned paper can get too busy and the photos/stories get lost. The simplicity of the papers will also enhance the stickers, journal cards and boarders. Also the patterns are generic enough that they can be used for other themes as well. For example, the star paper can be used for a birthday celebration while the chevron paper can be used for a winter or autumn page.
I could go on, but I hope that gives you some insight to my thought process when I was creating my mini kit!
For making the top 25, I want to celebrate by giving you a vertical and horizontal journaling cards that you can use in your Project Life album. The fonts and colors reflect those from my entry. Visit my "freebies page" to download the journal cards.