Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sunburst technique -- trial and error!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

I saw this link on Pinterest, for a Sunburst layout, and was so excited to try it.  Well, all I can say, is that mine didn't look quite like theirs does, SO,..... I did my own thing and came up with my own template which seemed easier to me.  Inspiration always starts somewhere, though, right?!!!

With this layout, you'll just have to do as I SAY, not as I DID, ok?  I promise, it WILL work out better that way.

Here is my layout and then I will explain what NOT to do, and show you a template of how your pieces should go together.
As you can see, the pieces between the right and left pages don't line up in the middle.  This is bothering my Type A-ness EXCEEDINGLY much -- but not enough to waste a bunch of paper to re-do it...  Instead, I'll just show you how NOT to re-create my mistake.

So, first, these are the measurements I used for my designer paper strips.  Cut each rectangular strip diagonally to create two triangular pieces.  The designer paper I'm using here, is the Floral Boutique DSP from the main SU catalog.  It is such gorgeous paper -- one of the few packs where I like every single sheet!  Also used on this layout, are the new succulent framelit dies to create those beautiful little flowers.  See! these dies can make flowers as well as succulents!  The title piece is cut with the new stitched framelit dies, layered on a scalloped oval from the layering ovals dies.
Ok, here are the measurements you'll need if you decide to embark on this journey yourself!
(2) 12x4" pieces -- here these are cut from navy card stock
(5) 8x4" pieces
(4) 6x4 pieces -- one of these is also cut from the navy card stock

Start with your left hand page, and mark the center point at the bottom of your page -- i.e. 6" in.
Use one of your 12x4" pieces, and line it up with the end point pointing at that 6" mark you made at the bottom of your page.  You will then build your layout around this triangle, leaving about 1/8" in between each triangle. See my template below to see which sized pieces go where -- I have labeled each piece with the dimensions on it, so you can easily fit your "puzzle" together. You will get a big messy mess of points in the middle, but don't worry, be happy! you can trim them off and cover them up with your photo mats!

 Ok! Now you're ready for the right hand page, AND to avoid the mistake that I made!  You will create this page as a mirror image of the left page.  Start by trimming off your excess paper from the right hand edge of your left scrap page.
 Now, do the same thing -- mark the middle of your right scrap page at the center point at the bottom -- 6" mark.  Grab your 12x4" triangle, and line the edge of it up with it's sister on the left hand page, with the point pointing towards that 6" mark -- see the photos below.  Add your next strips, lining each of them up with it's coordinating one on the left page.

When you trim off all your points, this is how the papers SHOULD line up -- unlike the layout I did.

For the layout I did, I used triangular scraps that I had trimmed off the edges to fill in the bottom of the page, but for the template I created, I used a single 6x4" triangular piece (cut from Navy Card Stock) to fit into that little niche at the bottom of the pages.

Don't forget!  It's Sale-a-bration time!  Get a FREE product with every $50 purchase.  AND, there are 3 NEW freebies coming out on Feb 21st.  More details coming soon -- my favorite new upcoming product, is a 6x6 stack of glimmer paper in NEW colors!  Ooooh la la! AND a beautiful Medallion stamp set.

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