Sunday, March 27, 2016

Guest Designer Sunday with Megan Hoeppner

Hello again, and happy Easter Sunday to everyone!
Today is our final post with our AMAZING and gracious March Guest - Megan Hoeppner!! 

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Top o’ the weekend to ya! How was your St. Patrick’s Day? Do anything fun to celebrate? This was my youngest’s first, which made it a little extra special around here. We enjoyed time with friends, a visit from The Leprechaun, and some green and rainbow themed food. But, more than anything, all of the talk of good luck and time with those I love only further reminded me that I’m far more than lucky—I’m blessed! That’s the feeling I wanted to capture on this page, while also emphasizing that it was Lulu’s first March 17th.


To begin, knew I wanted to create a large shamrock, so I cut my patterned paper leaves. 


Originally, I was going to do more of a rainbow design, but my in-home consultant (my hubby) couldn’t tell it was a shamrock, so it was back to the drawing board I went various shades of green instead.


For my title, I wanted to paint “lucky,” and have it double as the stem, but I didn’t want to just start painting, so I sketched a little first.


And then I got to work on the layout using my watercolor paints and water brush (brush that holds water in the barrel). 


Things somehow felt flat, so I added a shadow using a brighter shade of green. 


Still felt flat (please tell me I’m not the only one who goes through this trial-and-error process!), so I added some white pen stitching using a gel pen. (I also “stitched” around the leaves of my shamrock.)


I added a thin green mat and some machine stitching around the outside. And nothing fancy for the journaling. Just a few sentences written on white strips. 


I placed accent clusters around the bottom corners of the main photo’s frame, almost acting as photo corners. 


And I added a third accent cluster in the lower corner. The trick when creating accent clusters is to combine different sizes, shapes, and textures. I used wood veneer, felt, sequins, and chipboard to achieve this look. 



As I mentioned, I went into this project thinking I’d have a rainbow design—something I love to create—but I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I like the blue/green look. You might say I’m lucky to have such willing live-in help to lend a hand when I’m feeling stuck. 


If you find yourself feeling stuck when it comes time to scrapbooking your St. Patrick’s Day fun, I hope this layout will give you an idea or two. Thanks for allowing me to visit you here this month. I hope you’ll come by my website from time to time so we can connect again. In the meantime, enjoy your creative journey! 
Cheers!
Megan Hoeppner [www.meganhoeppner.com/blog/


Hello, Lucky
by Megan Hoeppner
Supplies CARDSTOCK: Epson, Fancy Pants Designs; PATTERNED PAPER: My Favorite Things; CHIPBOARD: Crate Paper, Simple Stories; DIE CUT SHAPES: Pretty Little Studio, Simple Stories; PAPER CLIP: Heidi Swapp; WOOD VENEER: American Crafts; DIE, FELT: Taylored Expressions; ENAMEL DOTS: Webster’s Pages; STICKERS: Simple Stories; SEQUINS: Doodlebug Design; GEL PEN: Sakura; ADHESIVE: Therm O Web; OTHER: Thread, watercolor paint

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