Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Adore you mum layout

This LO is of my beautiful Mum on my wedding day and was completed using the gorgeous new Imaginisce To Love and Cherish papers.

I absolutely love black and white so the theme for this month at my2angels of Black and White suited not only me, but also these papers perfectly.

The heart in the middle is the Scrapware filigree chipboard heart which was first painted white and then embossed with clear embossing powder.

Since completing this LO though Tracy has got in some cool new embossing supplies including the Ranger Embossing Puffs which are gorgeous and give a flocked effect. Your Scrapware heart will come in two bits – the solid bit at the back, and the matching filigree heart for the front.

I simply covered the solid heart in the polka dot Imaginisce paper, then tied the painted and embossed filigree heart over the top with black ribbon. You can bling up the heart too by adding some sparkly stickles over the top and adhere some rhinestones amongst the filigree pattern.

To carry on with the heart theme I also attached a gorgeous little silver heart locket and mini key charm to the bottom part of the ribbon. (these are the free gift with your first purchase in July)

Spritz some pink stem flowers and Canna lilies with glimmermist and arrange them around the heart adhering them with strong adhesive. To finish off the LO I then added the rhinestone title, some mini pearls, and ruled a very fine border around the outside of my photo and extended it down onto the white patterned paper. This just ties the whole LO together and frames the photo.

Another cool thing to try is grab yourself one of the Ranger Ink blending tools, and using black ink distress the edges of the white polka dot patterned paper.

There is a tutorial on ink blending tool in the Tutorial section under Resources of my2angels if you haven’t used one of these must have tools before! I did one thing a little differently on this LO too, instead of adding journaling to the main page, I chose to journal on a little tag, distress the edges with pink ink and the ink blending tool, and then attach it to the top left hand corner of the LO using a brad, organza ribbon and one of the flowers cropped from the patterned paper. Therefore the tag can be pulled to the front of the LO if you wish to read the journaling, then simply tucked back in behind the LO.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

My Wedding with 7gypsies

I wanted to keep the theme of my wedding album really simple allowing the photos and the memories of the day to show through. 

The Black and White theme of this month therefore suited my wedding album beautifully and on this LO I chose to let the patterned paper do the talking both for title and journaling.  The 7 gypsies Adore paper was perfect.   

To make the flower embellishment here I cut 2 circles in varying sizes moving from largest to smallest.  Between the patterned paper circles I used plain black cardstock circles so that when they were layered over each other, the words embedded within the 7 gypsies paper really jumped out at you.   
To add extra dimension and interest, I distressed the edges of the circles with decorative scissors, edge distresser and smudges of black ink using the ink blending tool.  
 I then embellished the flower with Scrapware chipboard vines which were embossed with silver metallic embossing powder and placed in various spots around the flower so that is formed a enlarged photo corner-type shape.  
 Finally, I tied both white and black organza around the bottom vine into a bow, adhered one single black rhinestone flower in the centre of the patterned paper flower and balanced the LO with a rhinestone photo corner on the top left hand corner of the photo.  
 To do this simply cut the corner of one the my 2 Angels rhinestone squares to form a photo corner.

Have fun!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Her first bath

 Tracy from my2angels has asked me to be Guest Designer for the month of July and of course I jumped at the chance especially with the theme being Black and White - perfect opportunity to scrap some of my wedding photos and this photo of my husband bathing our first child an image I am so grateful to have captured as my journalling states ...

On this layout I have used the gorgeously bold Teresa Collins Chic Bebe papers with white CS as the base and black CS as a photo mount. 
Before mounting the photo onto the black however I did use the TC pink ledger paper and cut the mount with decorative scissors

For the title and journaling spot I simply cut the frames that I wanted to use from the Chic Bebe mini tags paper and distressed them using the ink blending tool and black ink.   

You will see that I have done this distress technique right throughout the layout to help blend the papers and embellishments together.   

On the journaling spot I have also added some pearls and rhinestones for a bit of girly bling.  In the bottom left corner of the photos I created a little embellishment cluster using one of the pink felt hearts, pink canna lilly, and a fleur de lis charm that I altered using the ink blending tool and Cherry pink StazOn ink.

Up in the top right hand corner I used two different pattered papers from the Chic Bebe range and made a layered photo corner, the underneath one of which I cut using scallop decorative scissors and distressed the edges again with Black Soot ink and the blending tool.   

To add a bit of texture and bling in this spot I ran a line of dimensional magic around the edge of the pink and black polka dot paper, then sprinkled some gorgeous Diamond Dust all over.  Sprinkle this rather generously then give it a few minutes to set. 

After that you can gently remove the excess with a cotton bud of soft paint brush making sure you sweep the excess away from your dimensional magic which will still need more time to dry. 

Finally, to tie the whole LO together, I ruled a fine black outline using black gel pen and adhered two fleur de lis shapes to the top left hand corner of the LO.  These were cropped from the Chic Bebe Fleur de Lis paper.  Add a bit of dimensional magic to these and to the word “Bebe” in the title and you are done!