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Vaca Layout on this Antiquated Friday!!

Hey y’all!  Today I bring to you my “2017 Vaca” Layout!  And as you see today’s theme is “antiqued” so I thought I would just walk you through a few things I did on this page to give it a bit of an antique vibe without using anything vintage on it at all.

I ran across this super cute dolly Sizzix die and knew I had to get it to give my projects some sweet vintage vibes!  And I feel like it certainly did that.  I used the vintage looking pretty floral patters of the Maggie Holmes Crate Paper sheets to make these sweet little dollies and they really ramped up the vintage feeling on this page.

The machine stitching always make me think of antique linens with the zig zag stitches.  I also gave the bright yellow a little of a tone down with a thin coat of white Bad Girls Couture gesso.  It’s all accented with various botanical and leaf cut outs using Sizzix dies.  I find this is a wonderful way to play with my patterned papers and add interest and dimension to my pages.

And finally as normal with most of my work, I inked it all up with a brown stamp pad to soften edges and give it all an antiqued, aged feeling.

Thank you for stoping by today, now go get your antique on!

Over the Rainbow Love

This page was totally inspired by those beautiful bohemian flower halos and crowns that are so beautiful and colorful.  I was using a photo of my husband and I at a fancy anniversary dinner we had on our 15 year anniversary cruise.  The dress I was wearing was very colorful and abstract so I wanted the page to reflect that color and the love and feeling we were experiencing at that dinner.

I came across this beautiful photo of a couple, presumably a wedding photo.  The woman was wearing a wonderful flower crown.   This is the feeling I had that night, and perfect inspiration for this page!

photo credit: www.margheritacalati.com

This is the page I made from that inspiration…

To create the flower crown look, I got to work looking through my stash and found a great stencil that worked well with my gesso.  I applied the gesso with a pallet knife and once dry I was able to paint it with the Tattered Angels paints from the kit (the gold is from a previous kit) and I accented the leaves with some green water color.

Next I wanted to add some dimensional flower accents to the page.  I removed the center from one of the silk flowers in the kit and used just one layer of it.  I folded it in half and applied a generous layer of Bad Girls Couture gesso to the flower.  Next I layered a little of the teal Tattered Angels paint for added color and depth.  Then I mixed some texture beads and gesso and applied that to the outer edges of the flower and gave the entire thing a little watered down brown acrylic paint touch with some finger painting.  I sewed the flower down to the paper to secure it and add some interest.  For the center I just painted a couple of the chipboard cutouts with the Tattered Angels paint and dabbed a bit of the textured gesso mix with my finger.

The title is a couple of the 7 Dots stickers, layered with an American Crafts foam glittered word from last month’s kit.

I did the same treatment as with the flowers on leaves at the bottom with the textured gesso mix and give it a brown wash as well.

Using a photo or an object is such a great inspiration since we have so many beautiful things around us to inspire us and these 7 Dots papers are so colorful and versatile that they can go from muted to blazing color!  That’s enough to fuel your creativity!

 

Off the Beaten Path

There is so much inspiration in this kit!  I mean look at these beautiful colors in those 7 Dots papers!

The deep saturation of teals and greens inspired this page.  I absolutely had to use this beautiful paper “Aquamarine” 7 Dots paper as a bold colorful background.  As I was thumbing through my already printed pics that are waiting to be scrapped I found the perfect match.  This picture of my husband and I sitting on the dock of a beautiful Mexican cenote just jumped out at me and the colors of the paper really brought me back to that day when I placed the photo on it.  I was smitten and completely inspired!

In order to carry the color and feeling of that experience through to the entire page I used a layer of one of the flowers to create a great dimensional grouping.  I folded the flower layer up so it looked more like an emerging bud (I stapled it at the base to hold it in that shape) and painted the entire thing with Bad Girls Couture gesso.  I was just about dry before I added a brush of color with some of the teal Tattered Angels paint then I applied some watered down brown acrylic paint to give it a more blended, muted effect.  After that had pretty much dried I brushed the tips with some Mod Podge and applied some thick glitter.

I added layers of the 7 dots papers cut into great flower and leave shapes with my Sizzix.  You can see I used a few left over Prima flower buds from a previous kit that seemed to work perfectly with this little flower.

And how handy where those 7 Dots Word Stickers?!  I loved them, really!  I choose two that best described that day and adventure and used one as a title (applied to another 7 Dots sticker and then pop dots added for dimension) and one as an accent at the bottom of the page.   The lace border is created using a Fiskers punch and the 7 Dots paper.

Oh and how can I forget the Hambly velum?!  It really gives depth and softness to the page.  I love it!!  And of coarse I had to ink it all up with some brown ink.

~Michelle Sanders

Museum Snob

It doesn’t get anymore antiqued than the ancient Myan Ruins of Mexico!  And that’s the subject of my “Museum Snob” layout.

Did I mention I’m loving’ this January kit?  I mean the combo of those 7 Dots papers and the Hambly velum splattered with that Tattered Angels turquoise paint…I mean come on!  What’s not to love!

I deconstructed a couple of the flowers in the kit and used the pretty brad that was in the center of one to secure my Hambly velum to the page.  There are lots of die cuts of leaves out of the 7 Dot’s papers, pretty much any of the papers that had green in them I cut them up for leaves!   The laser cut chipboard pieces from Um Wow were a perfect canvas for the Tattered Angels paint, it was so bright and bold on them!

I used the Daisy D’s paper as a mat behind the photo and distressed it with a distressing tool.  The title is one of the 7 Dots stickers and is pop dotted to the page.

Finally I inked every edge I could with a brown ink pad;)

Find Your Muse…

It’s Wednesday! And, you know what that means, don’t you? It’s time to get colorful!

I recently went on a little day trip to a local/not so local knit shop with a dear friend of mine. It was as fun and inspiring as it was colorful!

With the shimmer paints included in the kit, I was well on my way to scrapping this colorful adventure!

I layered up a tag from my stash, a scrap of the fabric from the kit, a flair badge (also from the kit), and created a happy little grouping.

I also sprinkled around a couple of the 7Dots stickers, added plenty of watercolor, the Chipboard paint splatter shapes, and some gesso…

TA DA!

I just love how it turned out!

So, how will you get colorful today?

Antiquated FRIDAY!!

HAPPY FRIDAY BAD GIRLIES!!  Y’all ready to get your antique vibes on?!

For this layout I didn’t actually use anything vintage or antique at all but I think it really has a wonderful vintage french victorian feel to it and it just suits the feeling of the photos and the event I was scrapbooking so well.

To create this feeling you have to have lots of details, layers and rich textures.  This kit was perfect to create that feeling.  The papers had plenty of wonderful elements you could select to focus on and cut out to make focal points and really use a embellishments rather than over all background papers.  I really loved the Prima paper with all the frames, this really helped to set the tone.  Also creating some little mini hat pins with the pearls gave some great dimension and richness.  To create these I just strung the pearls on some jewelry head pins and secured them between the pearls with a dot of hot glue.  The lace really gives texture and a vintage victorian feeling.

I really loved the pretty blue and metallic silver flowers in the pattered Prima paper but I thought a whole sheet of it would be too busy and overpowering for this layout.  Cutting out a few and placing them as embellishments worked really well again some the simpler pattern paper and some coordinating card stock I had on hand.

For the title work, I used the Prima stencil and the Bad Girls gesso and scraped a dollop of it across the stencil then pulled it up so it would be kinda think.  Once dried It gave a somewhat raised, embossed effect…not as raised as modeling paste but very lovely and perfect for durability in a scrapbook album.  Then I rubbed some of the silver Prima wax across it with my finger and dug through my alphabet stash to find the perfect letters.  I loved that I found some letters that were a coordinating color and had some texture to them, I think that added a lot to the overall feeling of the page.  If you didn’t have letters with texture, you could smear a bit of thick paint, emboss them with embossing powder or glitter them and that would be great texture options as well.

Lastly, I added a generous touch of gesso on the Prima flower and a heavy inking all around the page as well as a silver wax rub around the edge of the photos.

These little inking and gesso touches really do give them a finishing vintage feeling.  I hope you can take some of these touches to give your next layout or project a vintage vibe!

Vintage Layout Using 7 Gypsies Paper

Hello, Baddies!

Today, I’m sharing a vintage style layout using some of the beautiful, timeless 7 Gypsies papers from the November scrapbook kit.  7 Gypsies is my go-to paper for all things vintage- the patterns are unique, yet classic, and will always give you the worn-out beautiful look that makes your projects look ANTIQUATED!

Here’s my layout:

 So, I used all 4 sheets of 7 Gypsies paper from the kit- the background page is perfect as is- the only thing I did to this paper was give it a light white-washing of watered down Bad Girls Couture Gesso (This gesso is perfect- you NEED IT!).

I did the same to the black patterned paper- minimal white washing for a slightly more distressed look to tone down the dark- it’s a small detail that adds so much to the composition of nearly any vintage project.

I cut out some bricks from one of the pieces of paper to tuck under the flower clusters- I distressed the pieces, then inked with black chalk ink for added definition.

I also cut out a frame using one of my favorite Sizzix dies, and made flowers with the tan and red polka dot paper.

I also white-washed the flowers with the gesso- the red flowers are from my stash, but could easily be made by hand, which I WAS going to do with the leftovers of one of my projects with the red Prima Marketing paper from the kit, but I MAY have accidentally thrown it away! :(

Behind the flowers, I used some pieces of an old applique I had. I love the look of using fabric and appliques on vintage projects. I knew it would be a good fit for this layout, but when I was working on my design, I noticed that the applique was the same shade as the lace trim from the kit, so I colored the applique pieces with some pigment powders.

The Prima Marketing peridot rhinestones from the kit were the perfect accent for the frame, which really ties the green from the applique and the papers all together. I cut up the cup chain to add the rhinestones in different sizes individually to highlight the die cut frame.

Lastly, I added a title and a heart locket from my stash to complete the design.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and taking a look at my layout! Be sure to grab a November kit from the SHOPPES, if you haven’t already!

Ready to break some rules?

SOOOO Excited to share this with y’all!!  Today we are breaking rules and getting crazy!  And on this layout I had to do a two page spread, I know, kicking’ old school!  LOL  But lets be real, we need to be working on double page spreads for out books with multiple pictures because we take tons of pictures.  And for me, I have two boys that are both artsy and the theme of this page includes them both but I wanted them to each have their own dedicated space and feel for the page so I did a double page spread.

I used lots of my favorite Hambly that Wendy included in the kit (THANK YOU WENDY!!) and paired with with the Melissa Francis and 7 Gypsies papers.  Since Zane’s drawing was very architectural and almost blueprintish and I printed it with a little bit of a sepia filter it really set the tone.  But I needed a title and I wanted something bold and big but not too bright to distract too much from the large picture of the drawing.  So I wen to last month’s kit and pulled out the big chipboard letters and just rubbed some gesso over them with my finger to give them a white washed weathered look and added some letter stickers from my stash for a little pop of color.  I also smeared some of that gesso and some aqua paint randomly over the page for some color and interest before attaching some Hambly overlay bits I was carefully rationing!  LOL!

For the facing page I pretty much did the same thing, layered the papers, smeared the gesso and teal paint and layered the Hambly overlay piece before placing the pictures in an interesting cluster.  Then added my title in a variety of different alpha stickers for additional interest.  I really felt like I was free to just have fun on this layout.  The letters I used for “Raising” were letters from the hardware store that I loved.  And the teal letters are letters I use in my bible journaling so I just pulled from everywhere.  Lastly, you guessed it, I just inked everything and stapled the last of my Hambly scraps

So go grab some unconventional supplies or do some techniques you have been scared to try and break some rules!

Let’s Get Vintage!!

Happy Friday y’all!!  Today we are getting vintage!!

I’ve been itching to scrap these pics of our family ladies tea for a couple of reasons, first of all, we were all dressed up and looking fancy and ummm…how often do you get a photo op with the queen?!  LOL! Well a cardboard cut out of her but still.  So needless to say this layout required just the right combination of class and style but I couldn’t lose my usual grit I normally like to have on a layout.  Then the October kit came and I knew this was the kit to tackle these pics!  I mean, hello…that Hambly overlay?  *swoon*  I was in my element to say the least.  Well enough talk…let’s take a closer peek, shall we?

Let me start with the Prima flower in the middle I toned the bright pink down a bit with the Tattered Angels Ivory paint in the kit and glittered the edges up with the Gold Glimmer paint.  Took a while for paint to dry on that felt but it was worth the effect I think.

 

I knew I wanted to use that glorious Hambly overlay (which I cut up in bits and pieces and cherished).   So I cut the large frame and started layering from there.

I loved the way it looked on top of the 7 Gypsies Architectures Floral Guide Paper but as I cut and layered more pieces and then stencil some painted feathers with the Tattered Angels Ivory paint (and by the way the paint covered really well on that transparency),  I decided to place a plain sheet of clear transparency over the 7 Gypsies paper.  I begin attaching everything to the clear transparencty so everything had an even “transparency” gloss and the seems didn’t appear so harsh and evident.  Then I started hand stitching!  I stitched the little tag on to include some journaling, I’m not much on a lot of journaling text so that was perfect.

Then I knew I had to include some vintage linens, hello…it’s Antiqued Friday!  So I pulled out my linen stash and found these wonderful cross stitched pieces and sewed them on.   I was pretty happy with the look of how it turned out.  All that was left was the title so I just searched through my alphas and popped on some trusty ‘ol alpha stickers from my stash and inked up all the edges and I was done.  It all really came together and suited the mood of the pics pretty well.   I hope y’all are inspired to get your vintage on today on your layouts and projects today!!

Play Layout

Hello everyone and happy friday!

I am Zoey and today I will show you how you can incorporate Antiqued/Vintage Items in your projects!
I used a couple of old book pages as the base of this Layout. I love working with old book pages because they already are yellowish and have lots of words in the background that create awesome texture and interest.
I buy my book at the thrift store, so I don’t feel guilty by ripping them because if I didn’t buy them, then they would be trashed. So it is like giving them a new purpose!

Zoey Antiqued Mixed Media Layout To start with, I glued together a bunch of book pages – this is very important because book pages can be really thin and since I wanted to use a lot of watercolors I had to make sure the page were solid!

I also added a layer of clear gesso to give it even more strength. I let the gesso dry and then I added Twinkling H20s that were part of the Monthly Kit. I added a lot of water to them, then with a brush I added colors here and there. I used a spray to add even more color and moved the paper around to help the color spread all over the page.

I let it dry again then with heavy gesso I went over to tone the colors down a bit.

Zoey Antiqued Mixed Media Layout I used paper included in the Monthly Kit to add interest. I cut a strip of paper that I glued right in the middle of the pages. I did this to give the pages more strength (I was afraid the pages would separate) and also I cut little banners from another paper.

To help these pieces of paper blend with the background, I used the same process I did with the background – Twinkling h2os then gesso.Zoey Antiqued Mixed Media Layout I love how the Gesso perfectly works on these paper. They are not the “usual” scrapbooking papers, they have a thin layer of…mmm…gloss I guess? I don’t know how else to call it! But fact is , gesso works amazingly on them. Look at this detail!

Zoey Antiqued Mixed Media Layout Meanwhile I was waiting for the banners to dry, I created my cluster. I cut another piece of paper and simply stacked with other book pages and on the top of it I glued down my photo.

I then took the background to my sewing machine and stitched all around the pages.

Zoey Antiqued Mixed Media Layout I glued everything to the background, I started with the banners, then the cluster and finally I added some more details like this beautiful Prima FLower and I spelled out the word “play”. I cut these letters from another paper that was included into the monthly kit.
I really like how this turned out and I think the black and white photo helps to tie everything together!

Zoey Antiqued Mixed Media Layout And here is it the final project :

Zoey Antiqued Mixed Media Layout

I hope you had fun and got inspired, till next time!

xoxo Ciao Zoey