Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Laissez les bon temps roule!

Here are the pages I did from Mardi Gras! I was still in Lafayette, LA for Mardi Gras and my friend took me to the festivities. Mardi Gras is a week long affair in the south, and they get down! It is truly a site to be seen, there are parades, beads, parties, beads and good times. Did I mention the beads? The most common thing you will hear at Mardi Gras is "Laissez les bon temps roule!" which means "Let the Good Times Roll!" and they do! I actually did a three page layout about the experience, and love how they came out! I didn't use traditional Mardi Gras colors (green, gold and purple), simply because I couldn't really find anything that sparked my creativity, but these bold colors work great and I found a couple of patterned papers that had fleur-de-lis on them. I had a hard time finding Mardi Gras embellishments here in the Northwest, so I wandered the craft store and found some feathers and beads and made my own. Not only did I spend less on my embellishments, but they went a lot further than the typical embellishments, which made it easier to tie the three pages together. It was important for me to try to bring the feeling of Mardi Gras to the pages, so there is a lot of feathers, glitter and embellishments. My friend Charlie made the mask on the "Character" page which is beautiful and works great.

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