Happy Saturday, today I am sharing my latest creation with you using the Embrace Change Collection. This collection is lovely to work with, from the delicate foliage to the earthy tones, it all works together to make any layout look awesome.
For this layout I actually did a bit more planning then I usually do, I decided that I wanted to challenge myself by using something old out of my stash of supplies. I found these old paper flowers in a variety of shades of colour that complimented the colours in the Embrace Change collection. I also planned that I would to do some stencilling so pulled out Rose Reveal and Sparkle stencils as I felt that I wanted to use more flowers. Next I grabbed the String Leaves metal die once again tying in with the foliage / flora theme I have going.
Next planning was the photo, I knew I had this photo of Bronte and I giving Paige a kiss on her bald little head, I thought that it would be perfect, particularly because it was printed in a sepia tone, which would look awesome on this collection. I even decided on a title, which is so unlike me, the title is always a last minute decision for me. So right from the very start I knew how this layout was going to go..... or so I thought!
I used the "B" side of Gathering Patterned paper as my base of my layout and prepared it by applying a coat of clear gesso and letting it dry.
Next I used the packaging technique to apply some Stormy Weather Colour Shimmer Spray to the base. The packaging techniques is a simple techniques that creates an interesting spread of mixed media, it is done by simply spraying some colour spray to a piece of plastic packaging and then flipping it over onto the paper and patting it down. Repeat this a couple of times until you get a base of colour that you like.
To add some more interest to the base I took the spray head out of the bottle of the Stormy Weather Colour Shimmer Spray and used the straw to flick some splats over the Gathering Patterned paper. The photo below is the what my base looked like prior to me building the rest of the layout on it.
In the photo below you can see the positioning of where I placed the stencilled images. Note that I only spread the paste through a portion of the Rose Reveal stencil in the bottom right hand corner.
Next I matted a 6x4 inch portrait photo, I used some vellum and the "B" side of Poetry Patterned Paper to create a soft mat for the photo. I also cut out two slices from the left and right edges of the Gathering Patterned paper - you can see these cut out slice potions in the final layout. I then used a distressing tool to give the cut out edges a roughed up look. Adhere a strip of the Festival Patterned paper to the back of the cut out distressed edge, so that you can see the maroon colour peaking out from behind the edge.
I used the String Leaves metal die to cut out four images from the Festival Patterned paper. I then layered three of the die cut images over pieces of doilies. See image two photos below for the positioning.
With the fourth die cut image I cut it into two pieces and used a piece on each of the distressed edges, with a tiny piece of the lace from the doilies.
In the photo below is what my back ground looks like after I added all the elements to it.
I added the photo tot he background now - I used some 3 dimensional tape to give it some height. I also tucked the photo behind some of the leaves from the String Leaves die cut image.
Right now it was time to add my old paper flowers to the layout. At this stage I decided that I need some flowers that were a touch darker than the shades of peach, pink, cream and white that I had so I made my own shade of maroon (purply) colour by mixing some Rust Artist Ink and Passion Shimmer Dust together. I experimented a bit with some spare flowers to make sure I got the tone right and ended up I sprayed the flowers with water prior to painting the mixture on as this diluted the mixture and gave me the perfect colour that I was after.
Next I build up the flowers in layers and glued a bronze metal enamel dot to the centre of the flower clusters.
I then adhered them to my page - see the final layout for the positioning.
Well I hope that I have given you some ideas for how to use the lovely Embrace Change collection, not that it is hard to use. It is such a lovely and fun collection that would suit a lot of different themed photos.
Take care for now.