How're you doing? Everything
going according to plan for you
Of course, if the plan isn't working
then just embrace the chaos.........!
Craftyfield here today bringing a
sense of calm and serenity.....
You might want to make a cuppa
before you read on......
"At long last I sat down to make a layout...
I don't make them so often nowadays because
it takes me a lot of time to complete a single page.
Not because of the size, but the amount of time
I spend looking (and stroking) papers,
embellishments and such.
The design is never cast in stone and evolves with
my mood and what I find in my stash.
Without a detailed plan things can, and do,
go wrong, so one of the thing I do is use supplies
that will allow me flexibility.
For instance, iIf I'm not sure whether I'll be
using wet media I will use permanent ink and
strong paper. I don't glue paper all around but
leave a margin so I can slip items behind or
glue at the last minute when everything
else is complete.
I chose a lovely Vintage paper from Kaisercraft,
double sided (one never knows when
the reverse will be seen...).
Their collections usually include a sheet of
3x4 images and one of mixed sizes and
sometimes coordinating stamps as well.
My chosen base paper is from the Mademoiselle
collection and I started by cutting 1/2" on 2 sides
before punching and distressing them.
I love using old stash on my layouts,
do you remember those Martha Stewart punches?
Well, they're perfect here as the paper
is too large for my die-cut machine!
This paper has a lot of "white space"
for customisation and I wanted
to add stencilling.
I couldn't resist using the Distress Oxides here
to see how it would react with wet media later!
For comparison purposes I stamped
this Kaisercraft image with Distress Oxides
before switching to Archival in black
and Potting soil. [by the time you read this
I will be in possession of a set of
Archival in bright shades but the minis haven't
made it to my stash yet].
For more texture I used one of the latest
Lin Brown sets (Paper Artsy).
Ready for the sprays....
I used several colours of Prima Blooms sprays
and coloured a piece of paper lace as well.
The images stamped with Archival didn't budge at all.
I inked the lace with pink on top to be more
in keeping with the colours of the page.
Another use of Archival is to stamp on sleek surfaces
such as glass, metal etc...
What better way to customise this large brad
than to stamp it with the same image
I have used throughout the layout!
I saw this Vintage portrait on a Bo Bunny paper
and had to have it on this layout.
Nothing wrong about mixing collections....
I like making my own embellishments
or at the very least make them my own
by painting, embossing or distressing them.
I coated the buttons with gesso,
then with paints and added gel medium
and micro beads.
I "dyed" a scrap of calico to represent a fabric roll.
On a whim I added the word Wish
stencilled in Starlight paint.
Now it's time to sew, glue and pull everything together.
I add a bit of Starlight here and there
on the buttons, butterflies...
Martha Stewart Punch around the page punches,
buttons, paper lace, brad from my stash.
This really is a beautiful page
Craftyfield and for me, the way
you have tackled customising the
embellishments is a masterstroke.
Many, many thanks for sharing