Generation Z – LYB Newsletter feature (part 2)

Apologies this is a little late. We were all a bit of a mess last week waiting to see if DS2 was to go on his France/Italy school trip on Thursday or not. If it was ‘or not’ we stood to lose thousands of dollars – so it was all a little nerve-wracking to say the least.

Anyway – part 2.

In the next layout – Play Ball – I tried not to make a feature of the cogs/gears and I even toned the tribal tattoo down a little. I wanted to focus more on the star shapes in the papers and on the word stickers. There was also the left-over transparency from the Gen Z class to use up. Using a colour photo this time also allowed me to make more of a feature of it by matching the greens of the shirt and grass; the black of the helmet; and the orange of the glove with the same colours in the patterned papers.

I traced a star onto the reverse side of the Striped Metallic Comp paper and cut it out. Inking it gives it a sharper edge. I then added a word sticker from the Fresh Verse Sticker sheet to the top of the star and one of the Clear Cuts wing/shield elements underneath it – tucking the whole thing into one of the chippy tribal tattoos helps to fill in all that empty space at the top of the layout.

Leftover bits of patterned paper made a base for the title and gave it a colour pop (the green) – with a word sticker adding an element of interest. The chippy title is simply embellished by inking it with black ink. The thin strip of Zigzag paper is again a left-over from one of my border punching efforts. It’s surprising what you can do with these little ‘left-overs’ and I always keep mine for a bit just in case they are useful.

More layering – and yes – I know there are some cogs/gears here, but you don’t really see them for what they are, other than the colour splash and the decorative element. A winged shield Dimensional Sticker also adds interest and repeats the pattern seen elsewhere in the layout.

I’ve used the star pattern strip from the Striped Metallic Comp paper together with one of the stars from the Chipboard Sticker Embellishments and a journaling tag from the Journal Tablet. The journal tablets represent good value – there is a variety of different styles in there with several copies of each. The arrow and the ‘2 cool’ sticker are also from a sticker pack in the range (but not available in store).

This time for the chippy I inked it all silver and then edged it with a black chalk ink. This gives a softer edge to it than a Stazon ink would do. I ‘set’ this with my heat gun and then inked up a stamp that had spots in a background pattern and stamped this onto the chippy using black Stazon ink. This repeats the spots pattern from the transparency sheet and the arrow sticker and helps to bind all the different elements of the layout together.

I thought I would include the Gen Z class layout here too (check the forum for the actual instructions on how to make this), as it was done in conjunction with this layout.

One of the intentions of these two layouts was to show how you can use those 12 x 12 transparency sheets that are part of the range. Cutting up these large sheets is a very economical way of making use of them and helps reduce them from large intimidating ‘what-do-I-do-with-these’ items to much more manageable pieces. This way you can feature aspects of their pattens, rather than lose some of the fine details under everything else you stick on the page. I still have enough of the original transparency sheet to use it on another layout or a couple of cards.

At this stage I have done 4 completed layouts using the range and have 2 more partially done (using the aqua/silver and the dark blue) – and I am nowhere near out of ideas on how to use them. All three of my boys have given 2 thumbs up as an indication of their approval and this is the first time I have had them come to me to offer to have their photo taken so I can use it for a layout. As an added bonus, the DT for LYB have produced some stunning layouts and OTP items and LYB have put instructions on how to replicate most of them on their website. So check out Generation Z in the store and get scrapping those boy layouts.

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