In-The-Making: Playing with Shoes

Today I wanted to share a posting about how i use certain kits that are in a different style then a i usually use. Anna Aspnes has a beautiful style that i love & but have not been able to make it work for me. Anna & I have talked about how very different our styles are. And that is ok, everyone has their own style whether we know it or not. I look at her ArtPlay Palette series in awe with the fun mix of brushwork, transfers, alphas, overlays, papers + elements. As per the blurb in the Designer Digitals Shop: This set “gives permission” to push outside your comfort zone and play a little in the realm of Fotos and ART. These kits really are jammed packed with products. I like to challenge myself to use them in a ‘Kayleigh style’ for fun! And i really did enjoy creating this page. Love the overall look of the finished layout and the colour scheme is beautiful. I love the various textures that this kit brought to my layout.

 ArtPlay Palette Find My No. 02 by Anna Aspnes

Ok lets get started! In this first stage i started building the look of my page with the background paper, frames & the photo i wanted to use. The frames are a item that is in my ‘comfort zone’ which i think is a great way to break into something that you are unsure of how to use. This kit has beautiful neutrals + turquoise so i added a effect on my photo that works well with those colours. {seventies by pioneer woman}

In this next stage I added some overlays that i instantly loved when i saw the kit. I also filled the frame with my favourite papers from the kit. I used two of them here on my layout just choosing different areas of the papers to feature in the frame openings. There is a mask included in the kit that i placed behind the framed grouping. I changed the blending mode to soft light for a lightened look.

Next i started building the layout a bit more with elements – the lace is a part of transfer that i tucked in under the photo grouping to add a base to the layout. Adding a scallop, a notebook edge or a piece of ribbon to the base of my grouping is something i do often. I placed my title on top of the grouping using a brush to act as a area to type the supporting words to the focal point word of shoes. By placing the title off centre of the photo, my eye naturally wanted a cluster to be down towards the bottom right area.

Here I began adding more details on my layout – the clock was a solid clock that i just changed the blending mode to soft light to make it appear softer. I loved the clock hands included in the kit, so i used them as a traditional hinge or prong would be used on a layout. I pulled a couple more turquoise details to the layout. I knew my 3rd cluster would be to the left of the photo to complete the visual triangle here on the layout. I placed 3 buttons around the page to add unity to each cluster.

A lot of steps happened in this next stage. I wanted the layout to have a complimentary colour for the background to help make the layout pop – stitching was a natural thing to place on top. I also build up the brushwork with lots of layering of the various designs that came with the kit.

I shrunk down the letter m in the alphabet to act as anchors to each of the corners of the layout so they end up looking like brads. I moved one of the striped pieces of paper to run horizontally instead of vertically to give the paper blocking more variance. I felt the blue button that was on the the title was floating and not holding a strong purpose so i shrunk it and moved it on the edge of the clock with the other button. I added one of Ali Edwards word art brushes. I added the tab date (love those to tuck in.) My very last item was my journaling to tell the story of the page.  

Playing with Shoes by Kayleigh Wiles


Be sure to check out Anna’s blog to check out her postings with a wealth of information about the ArtPlay Palettes.

Have you tried any of these wonderful kits yet? I hope this post has inspired you to take on a ArtPlay and have some creative fun while doing so. I would love to see your ArtPlay layouts. Which one of Anna’s kits is your favourite?

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  1. This is so beautiful! LOVE absolutely EVERYTHING about it! Off to buy the kit!

  2. Wonderful use of the kit! I have always been wanting to learn to use her kits with different styles.

  3. The finished product is so lovely!

  4. carol barol

    This layout went right into my faves! I won a DD GC this weekend – thanks for helping me make up my mind on what to spend it on. Totally love the muted palette – you certainly know how to ROCK IT!

    I only have one of Anna’s kits so far – ArtPlay Palette #6. Here’s one of the pages I made with it:

    I was just wondering how beautiful your layout would look if you had used negative frames – perhaps I’ll give that a try on a scraplift of this page!

    • Kayleigh

      Awesome page & congrats on the win at DD 🙂 I would love to see a scraplift with negative frames – sounds wonderful Carol.

      • August 12, 2011I am not sure if I can still comment tdarwos winning a book or not because I’m unsure of the cutoff time?? Oh well. Either way, I fall under the category of •I’ve read some or all of Rachel’s adult AND YAI’m currently reading Alpha and am SLOWLY finishing up the last few chapters I don’t want it to end; & I’m in midst of chapter 5 of My Soul To Save

  5. So interesting to read about other people’s processes! And what a gorgeous page!

  6. Jenelle

    Kayleigh, this layout is just so beautiful. I love the way you have used Anna’s products and still kept your fabulous style. You have given me so many more ideas on how to use Anna’s kits. I am currently using her ArtPlay Palette Fall kit as we have lots of lovely Autumn colours out here at the moment. Thank you so much for the insight into your processes. I am a BIG fan!

  7. I just had to try this out tonight when I sat down to scrap. It was fun using the art play kit. I used the geniune kit mixed with other goodies including one of your fabulous layer works. Your page here is just stunning. Thanks for your continued inspiration and for showing us how to think outside our comfort zones. Well off to post my page…

    • Kayleigh

      Fantastic page Amy – love that you showcase a few different parts of the papers. Annas papers are beautiful. Glad you were inspired to scrap! 🙂

  8. Kayleigh – what an awesome post! I love how you have used her products and made it completely your own. This page is gorgeous. I bought this kit and frames over the week-end so I am going to try to follow your process when I find the “right” photo. Love how you used the clock hand as a hinge. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Kayleigh

      Fantastic Amy – cant wait to see you use the kit! It is a great one. 🙂

  9. Great post as always! I bought the ArtPlay Palette Seafoam during the sale
    Your post has inspired me to really explore everything contained in the kit.

    • Kayleigh

      Fantastic kit Jean – love the boat in that kit! 🙂 can’t wait to see what you create!

  10. Super post, Kayleigh! Loved this page–so helpful to see the process broken down into steps!

  11. Thanks so much for sharing your process, Kayleigh! This is a lovely layout and I really love being able to peek behind the curtain, so to speak, to see how it’s all done.

    • Kayleigh

      Thank you so much – glad you enjoyed this posting!

      • August 11, 2011Hi Rachel, I’ve read some or all of Rachel’s adult AND YA (currently working my way tuohrgh soul screamers and have read the entire shifter series tuohrgh about 3 times! It’s easily in my top 3 UF series ever) Super uber excited for blood bound!! thanks for the chance to win a copy, especially has it comes out later here in the UK!

  12. I love seeing how many layouts you’ve inspired over in the DD gallery.

    • Kayleigh

      Me too Jean – love how the inspiration spreads!

    • Juliana ThomasAugust 11, 2011I’m an almost 40 year old lyewar, and I found you through a free download of Reaper, immediately went to the Kindle store and bought ALL the Soulscreamers books, then found your website because I LOOOOOOVED them (after purchasing a set for my mom and another adult friend who loves YA!) I had no idea Shifters existed until I got here (the site) and I have purchased them all but have not yet read (dang day job) because, well, Ghost Story came out and I have been waiting For.Ever. to find out what happens to a dead Harry. And I am chomping at the bit to read Bloodbound!!!

    • MegAugust 12, 2011I’ve read some or all of Rachel’s adult AND YAI have read and own all your books Rachel and I am looking foarwrd to reading Blood Bound . Try not to be too stressed I am sure everyone will love it as much as your other books Good luck!

  13. Miss Renee

    Wow, I totally am inspired too! Its so wonderful to actually read the thought processes and detailed steps, a negative person may think this could lead to copycats, but to the truly creative, your vision cannot help but be a spark that ignites our own urge to express and capture art, what a wonderful gift you gave me this evening when you consider that. I totally love the results, beautiful page and a treasure of a memory. xx Miss Renee

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