Good Eats

Recently our Mother LOAD challenge was to use a product we love.  I’ve never started a layout with a product before and was excited to try!  And I knew exactly which one I wanted to use…

See the numbered bracket paper?  I’ve been holding on to this for awhile and decided it was time to use it.  I did however trace it onto a piece of chipboard so that I can create more paper in this shape if I want to.  🙂

I searched through one of my newest downloads from Ella Publishing called List It ~ Everyday Edition.  It is full of lists you can make for a layout.  When I came across the prompt for listing your favorite restaurants I knew I had a winner.

But no pictures…

So I went online and searched for logos for our favorite restaurants.  Using Photoshop Elements I made these 2 in circles with the logo and text around the edges listing the food we like from that restaurant.  They remind me a bit of coasters.  I’ll post a tutorial on how to do this soon!

For the design I used one of Noell Hyman’s flexible templates called the Pinboard Template.  The ribbon looks like it is pinning the discs down.  I added a mat of turquoise with black borders to add some contrast.

I knew I needed to add some color to the far right side of the layout.  So I made this embellishment.  I decided to make a circle embellishment to mirror the circles “photos.”  I punched a 1 in circle out of flowered patterned paper and stuck it on a white metal rimmed tag.  Then I placed the tag on top of a blue journal block. Finally I added a black piece of bling to the center of the flower and doodled around the inner circle.  I have the embellishment hanging off the edge of the paper for a bit of added interest.

Found this sticker and thought it was perfect for a title.  Backed it with some more of the turquoise paper and added a couple more black bling.

For the journaling I listed the restaurants on the paper and added a bit of commentary about each one.  I also used a white gel pen and drew a bracket to divide the restaurant name from the commentary.

Totally different from my usual style.  I do love that I have a page documenting not only our favorite restaurants, but the food we eat, and other special info about each place.

In case you are wondering, this layout went in the Places We Go section of my album.

Where do you love to eat?  Any funny stories about a restaurant?  Ever made a layout with NO pictures?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Carm Hernandez
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I just found your site from the Mother Load class. I was (and I guess I shouldn't be, since great minds think alike) that you are also taking FPF and Week In The Life. I am finding it really hard to keep up but you are really motivating me!!

  2. sm_bradford
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Carm! I may keep up with my classes, but I don't keep up so well on little things like cleaning/cooking/laundry! Ha! And I am painfully behind on Picture Inspiration. But I don't worry too much about it! I just choose what inspires me and work on that. Good luck with all your classes!

  3. Sierra
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    I love this idea. Thanks for sharing. I am also in a lot of the same BPC classes you are taking. I'll keep an eye out for you there.

  4. sm_bradford
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much Sierra. I'll have to keep an eye out for you as well! Glad you stopped by!

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