Monday, February 27, 2012

How I made the Beautiful Bride layout

 I got the paper and most of the embellishments from this layout from the Scraps of Darkness Victoriana Kit. This was my interpretation of the February 2012 Victoriana sketch by Suepup, and was included with the kit.

 First I used the Kaisercraft - Madame Boutique Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Lingerie paper as my background.

I made two bottles of homemade shimmer mist that coordinated or matched the colors of the papers in the kit. One is named Patina and is greenish-gold, the other is Antique Bronze has a deep brown metallic shimmer.I used the distress it all to rough up the edges of the photo mattes and then misted the back of the edges with the patina mist and dried them with my heat gun. {you could also let them air dry...which is a good to do if you want your paper to have a crumpled more distressed look} Then I misted a chip board circle from Technique Tuesday's Fundamental Rings...

with both of my mists and dried that with a heat gun and gently and randomly dabbed it with an embossing ink pad. I sprinkled it with gold embossing powder and hit it again with the heat gun until the embossing powder was melted and shinny. The satin chord wrapped around the chipboard circle is held at the ends by a small amount of my ribbon adhesive. It does not wrap all the way around the chipboard ring, but that is ok because it is covered by the photo.
The pearl flourishes also came with the kit and I laid those down on the top and the bottom of the page to balance everything out. The parchment flowers (which are darker brown) are Prima and those also came with the kit. The other flowers are Prima - Innocence 2 Collection - Flower Embellishments - Mix 14 that I also misted with both colors and highlighted with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad.

I made a ribbon flower to put the cameo in at the right side of the page. The butterflies are courtesy of the talented Reneabouquets. The clock was cut from the Prima - Printery Collection - Emperor - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper, I distressed the edges and misted that with the Patina mist and inked the edges with the vintage photo ink pad.

To bring everything together I used a lot of big thick clear glue dots, 1/2 round 3D pop up adhesive circles under the pictures, flowers and other embellishments so that they would sit above and over the chipboard circle I made. I hope this tutorial helped and inspired you. This is the very first one I have ever done and I would be happy to answer any questions and would be open to any advice or critique that anyone might have for me! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I want to share my talent with the world on a Design Team

Ever since I started subscribing to the Scraps of Darkness kit this month, my scrapbook style and perception has really changed and evolved. From a mom preserving memories of birthday parties and trips to the carnival...using bright primary colors and geometric shapes to layering, distressing, embossing and making my own embellishments. I have learned so much from other design team members and the praise I have garnered from my last 3 layouts using the Scraps of Darkness Victoriana kit has given me the self confidence to try and apply for a spot on a Design Team. I know that there is a commitment involved and I want to make sure that I can deliver what is asked of me. So first I need a blog. Well...I made a blog a few weeks ago but never set it up or made any entries. So my first step to reaching my goal was to set up a blog and upload some of my work and something about myself, give it a I could share it with the world and include it with everything I post to my gallery over at I am very excited about this journey, I know it won't be easy to make it onto a team. I'm sure there is a lot of competition out there for Design Team spots, but I am willing to keep trying until I reach my goal and get what I want.