What About Wednesday: Bloom

 

Aloha My scrappy friends!! Today is my last blog post in this design team season. It is definitely sad to see some of the ladies I have become really good friends with go. Though I am excited for them and the future adventures I know they will have. I am also so excited to see what this new team brings to the table. Pushing and inspiring each other to create and make even better projects and layouts.

Since we are thinking along the lines of new beginnings, I decided to make a spring layout. When we bought our new house this past year we didn’t really know all the flowers and plants the previous had planted in the yard. By the time we looked at the house it was summer and most of the spring flowers were gone. The owner had also used rocks to cover the flower beds.

I am not sure if this was to have a cleaner look or because of all the rain. But this spring as green shoots grew up from the rocks the kids and I started to get really excited about all the growth. What would be coming from these leaves and how many.

We got lucky and had some daffodils, some tulips, a lilac type tree, and these really pretty pink and purple flowers. covered in droplets of rain they just glimmer, I took out my nice DSLR and captured their beauty. I am glad I did because a few days later my girls picked over half the flowers and then the rain just knocked them down. They were gorgeous and regal looking for the short time they made their appearance.

 

I knew that when making a layout with this image, I wanted a collection that would really bring out the colors in the picture. The Pink Paislee Paige Evans Oh My Heart Collection has tons of flowers and purples. Starting with white cardstock, I cut it down to 8 1/2 by 11 and then matted it with a pretty green watercolor patterned paper.  Using this size really just makes the photo be front and center and the focal piece.

At the top of the layout I added some purple acrylic paint and a stencil with Shimmerz Paste-eez Salt of the Earth paste. I wanted a light stenciled pattern over the purple. I knew my photo would cover most of it so I only needed it to be subtle.

Under the photo I built an embellishment cluster on a white doily. I layered a tag, some die cut flowers, some chipboard pieces, and some small grey feltie hearts. I used my tiny attacher to adhere some of my pieces for some metal texture.

 

I used gold glitter thickers on the bottom of the photo for that WOW factor. These are my favorite thickers, they really add a punch of amazingness especially when you add them right on the photo.

 

On the bottom half of the layout I layered strips of patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection. I used colors that were already in my photo, except for the pink. I had wished that color was in there just because a dash of pink always makes things look better.

In different areas of the layers I added die cut flowers from the collection. I stapled some on, used my tape runner and also pop dotted some of the flowers. I really wanted to create a lot of dimension in the layers.

I also tucked in some wood hearts from the Wild at Heart collection and some Love U Tons Felt Hearts. 

with the chipboard and feltie hearts all layered in the papers everything looks all nestled in. Kinda reminds me of the flowers nestled in the rocks. Lots of textures going on.

All along the bottom layer I added A Mermaid’s Tale, Hot Right Now and Blues Travelers sequins on the flowers. I really like how this make those flowers stand out and adds something fun to that bottom layer.

I scattered sequins all down the left side of the left as well. I mostly used the little tiny silver stars. They are so cute and with my silhouette pick up tool, they are so easy to get on the layout.

Here is a look at the whole layout.

 

I also made a process video to go along with this layout for my personal youtube channel. Which you can watch right here below.

 

Don’t forget just next week the new SpiegelMom Scraps team will be starting, give them a warm welcome, they are so talented!! Also be sure to subscribe to the SpiegelMom Scraps Youtube Channel, that is where I will be posting this upcoming year and I am so excited to be making and sharing more amazing layouts and ejects with you.

I hope you have an inspired day!!!

 

Hannah

 

What About Wednesday: Monochromatic Layout with Layers

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Aloha my scrappy friends!!  This past week the weather here in Washington has been so nice, high forties, sunny. It has me thinking about nature. All the photos I have been taking this summer/fall of nature around me.

Also lately I have been in a monochromatic mood. I really have been enjoying mixing different shades of the same color together. I really have been loving focusing on a couple colors that match or compliment each other and use just that. Picking out embellishments that match is like a scavenger hunt in my stash.

This fall I took some photos of the pinecones from our yard. I have been really into taking nature pictures of the things around us. Trying to get creative with my shots and take pictures of things I see everyday but don’t always capture. These are usually things that inspire me when I sit down at my scrap desk.

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I started off using my Shimmerz sprays with a paint brush for different size drops on top of White card stock. I like using a medium size brush so I can get bigger drops but also tap the brush for small splatters. I used Shimmerz Vibez Eggnoggin’ and Bamboo Leaf. I also used Tinsel from Heidi Swapp Color Shine to get a black gray color.

I knew the color would work with the outline I doodled along the outside of the layout. I also knew I wanted to use the black and white line crossed paper from Maggie Holmes Gather Collection to mat my two photos.

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I used lots of layers on this layout. I really wanted a natural feel to them, to mimic the images. I used a past kit from Clique Kits that had similar colors and a fall theme. I Used white doilies, ripped washi tape and Studio Calico wood chips in the layers for a chunky look to my layers.

Like I mentioned I wanted a monochromatic look, so I stuck with green, gray and orange tones throughout my layout. The Evergreen Bough Sequin mix was perfect for this layout. Paired with the Dear Lizzy chipboard Thicker plus signs it added a fun scattering of embellishments that I think didn’t over power the layout.

I added Pretty Little Studio word phrases and labels from a past spring line that was very nature themed. I even made a banner with bits from the labels in the layers.

The felt Evergreen Trees were given to me by a friend and they are so fun and look great tucked in next to my clusters. I used them with some baker’s twine and Maya Road white tassels. I love this element. It really draws your eyes to the photos.

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I really just love how it all turned out and really helps showcase these two really fun and cool pictures of pinecones from my yard. One during the summer when they were covered with sap, and in the fall fallen apart ready to drop seeds for future pine trees. I love that my kids are super thrilled to play and experience this nature around them, by collecting them and examine them.

I love that I get to remember their excitement for learning and experimenting with nature. I hope they don’t lose their wanderlust! Their joy for the beauty and world around them.

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I really, really love these Dear Lizzy Thicker word phrases. I couldn’t help but use one for the title. I layered it on top a Dear Lizzy cut apart that says Bliss Ave. With plus signs and sequins scattered around it, it really is a big focus.

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What is it that you love around you? What inspires you to pick up your camera and take a picture? Are you creating layouts or projects with those pictures. Are you sharing the theses around you that you see everyday and brings a smile to your face? I encourage you today to share what makes you smile with someone you love today!!

That is what scrapbooking is about, sharing the things we love, the things apart of our lives, the things that make up the stories in our lives.

Have a wonderfully inspired day!!!

Hannah

 

You can also watch the process video of me making this layout on my Youtube Channel and here.