Weekend Market Newsletter Layout 1

Shopping for paper ranges online can sometimes be a bit hit and miss. Ranges that look exciting onscreen, can disappoint in real-life and sometimes ranges that look ho-hum or ok onscreen turn out to be real gems when you get them in your hot, grubby (or should that be inky?) little hands. I underestimated Weekend Market and I am not ashamed to say it. It was almost a ‘spec’ buy – I thought it might turn out to be something nice and thus worth getting a paper or two – and then when it got here, and I saw it in all its glorious jewel hues, I kicked myself for not getting more – a lot more.

The colours are rich and luscious – tawny, golden and russet browns; sapphire blue, a heavy, golden cream; with just the hint of turquoise and light blue here and there. Although it is at first glance, gloriously masculine, there are sufficient touches of lace and flourish here and there to make feminine pages easily accomplished as well. I must confess that I have left some of the ‘themed’ pages alone – the luggage and tag ones for example – but you’re mad to not buy the range just because you don’t think you can use those themed papers. And as with any range from Bo Bunny, the reverse of the papers are worth the purchase price alone.

Believe in the Impossible is mostly composed of the reverse sides of the Weekend Market range. I used the reverse side of Vintage Label as the base. Of the two dark blue toned papers in the range – this has the richer and more vibrant colour. Over that went a half piece of the reverse side of Rulers, followed by a thinner strip of the reverse of Tapestry (oos).

These three papers provided the foundation for the layout and in keeping with the strong masculine lines I wanted it to have, I’ve left the paper edges straight cut and not distressed them at all – other than to ink along the edges. With such rich and strong colours I don’t feel the need to clutter the layout with as many embellishments as I would normally add. Let the paper speak for itself – you don’t want to drown out the photo with too much.

The chipboard title is from my stash and is by a company called WOW. They have a nice range of titles and are well priced. This one has been inked with a combination of Rusty Hinge and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Underneath the title you can see half of a die cut journal shape from the Noteworthy pack. I inked around the edge of this with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Tim Holtz’s Distress Ink range has a number of different ink colours that match well with the Weekend Market papers and I have primarily used them rather than other inks.

On the top right of the photo I added a tag cluster. It has been made by combining a Tim Holtz Journalling Ticket with a tag cut from the Cut Outs paper. I’ve added a rubon from the Weekend Market Rubon Collection; a section of Tim Holtz film strip; some twine and a bronze compass charm from my stash. Just underneath it is another die cut journal shape from the Noteworthy pack. I’ve further embellished it with some of the rubons from  the Weekend Market Rubon Collection.

Underneath the photo I went with some more of the Noteworthy  journal shapes. I chose them more for their strong colours and interesting designs than for using them as journalling. The glass cabochon you see I made for myself with some spare patterned paper from the Weekend Market range.

Underneath the photo is most of a die cut shape from the Cut Outs paper. I’ve tucked it under so that only the quote on it shows. One trick to using die cut shapes you have to cut out yourself, is to ink the edges to hide the white paper edge left from cutting. I’ve used Aged Mahogany Distress Ink for this edge – it’s a very nice match for the colour of the patterned paper.

To the upper left, you can see the other half of the die cut journal shape I mentioned earlier. The Noteworthy pack has its usual interesting collection of shapes – though this time more of them are decorative elements than journalling spots.

The final embellishment on the layout is this gorgeous chipboard Compass Rose by Dusty Attic (oos). I’ve already complained to Mary about it going out of stock – so look for a restock soon, when she gets sick of my whinging about it. 🙂  To it I added a circle of paper left over from another layout and then popped on top of that is one of the decorative brads from the Weekend Market Brads Pack. The inking you see is a mix of Chipped Sapphire and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I’m really happy with the way this layout came together. The colours are rich and vibrant and really work well with the photo – and for me, are a perfect showcase on how easy it is to use this range for strong masculine layouts.

For the Techniques/Tips for this newsletter, I have added to the forum a step-by-step on how to make this layout, as well as providing a list of all materials needed.  Re-stocks of oos items in this range are due in next week – so check out the store for some of this gorgeous range.

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