Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Dad

Hi everyone! Today I’d like to share my first project with Scraptastic Club's Be Amazing Kit, along with a couple of techniques that I used in its creation. The photo was taken a few months ago at my niece's wedding. It's a sweet picture, my dad with his spiffy suspenders and boutonniere, so I wanted to do something special.

First off, I was thrilled to see 2 sheets of Kraft cardstock included with this kit. A favorite product of mine, it makes a great background paper, combining easily with just about any color scheme. BUT, I thought I’d do something different with one of the sheets, and cut a few shapes...birds and leaves, elements that would work well for the page(s) I was planning.

The swallow image is a free printable from the Graphics Fairy. The birds on a line are a free download from Michelle. Free Honeycomb svg file can be found on Heather's blog, Miracles Momma Designs. (Source info for the leaf cluster is unavailable.)

NOTE: You don’t have to own a die-cutting machine to make use of these images. Simply print in draft mode (or using a light color of ink) in reverse on the kraft cardstock, cut out with scissors, then flip for use on your project.

After cutting out my images I inked them all over with Nick Bantock Van Dyke Brown and a Tim Holtz blending pad. This helped them contrast with the My Mind’s Eye Kraft Unique patterned paper. Here’s my before, after, and how they look with the patterned paper. Sweet!




You will notice on the finished page that I rethought the swallows, deciding to print them on the grey/white houndstooth pattern, ink, and pop-dot them on top of the kraft for added dimension… like the layered stickers that came with the kit! Yep…I like that much better.



Fiber Flowers: Here’s a fun little technique for making flowers out of baker's twine. Cut out small circles from adhesive backed paper. (I recycled the leftover packaging from the kit’s Follow Your Heart layered stickers.) Wind twine from the center out, until the entire circle is filled. Add a little additional liquid adhesive to secure the end and voila!



Check back later for more Be Amazing kit layouts. TFL!

15 comments:

Pamela said...

What an awesome layout! Great job!

Erica said...

This is fabulous!!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Beautiful page! Your dad is adorable! :)

soapHOUSEmama said...

Just gorgeous! Love that detail work!

Live 2 Create said...

This is so beautiful and inspiring to see first thing in the morning! I just pinned it on Pinterest.

Tiffany Davis said...

That's such a beautiful layout. I love all of the layering!

Connie Mercer said...

great work!! love the LO!!!

Blessed Ladybug said...

thanks for sharing i love the layout and the color scheme very nice and suttle....thanks for sharing...

Pam W. said...

Wow! Beautiful layout!

Ashley Rock said...

Love the layout so beautiful in so many ways!!!!

Danielle said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love that you used flowers and birds on a masculine page. They look great!

Sarah Webb said...

Beautiful! Love the twine flowers!

Penny said...

This is a gorgeous layout! Love Penny Scrap-aholic@blogspot.com

Tammy said...

Amazing layout! Love the honeycomb/hexagons in the background. I love me some kraft too! :)

Alyssa said...

What a nice page! I love it. The hexagrams are awesome.