Saturday, June 6, 2009
This is a layout I just finished about the Storytellers Cafe Critter Breakfast we attended for my birthday in January. I have a lot of photos still to scrap, one or two more two-pagers, but this was a good start!
I linked the title of this entry to my Disneyland blog so you can read more about it if you are interested in attending one yourself. But since this is a scrapping blog, I figured I would focus on the pages, not the topic of the pages.
I ended up purchasing about 12 different papers for this layout and this is what I finally ended up with. It is kind of a hodge podge of old, outdated paper and I always love the challenge of putting old stuff to good use.
First, I needed some good background paper. I tried several different papers, and ended up making my own. I used cream cardstock and then a Tim Holtz technique of spritzing the paper with Distress Inks and Color Wash ink.
To do this I put 3 drops of Scattered Straw, and 3 drops of Vintage photo Distress Reinkers into a Ranger Mini Mister, then filled with water.
I spritzed the entire paper and dried.
Then I VERY lightly misted the paper with the Espresso Color Wash. Be sure to do this lightly as it will easily beome way too much and overwhelm the paper. I just wanted a few dark brown spots to make the background interesting.
As you can see, the spritzed paper looks a lot different than it did when I started. It did tend to curl the sides up even when I dried it with a heat tool, so I ironed it with a dry iron once all the ink had dried.
When the base was finished, I added the pieces of patterened paper and sewed them on with my machine. As I said before, I used a lot of old patterned paper for this because I like the challenge of taking something old and making it a little different so I can use it. The plaid paper is by Junkitz, typed paper is Jenni Bowlin (this is the only new line), dot paper is My Mind's Eye, and all of the ginham paper is very old Paper Patch. I inked all of the older gingham paper and the dot paper with Ranger Distress Ink Antique Paper. This gave it a different look and it went with the feel I had in mind for the page.
The leaves are cut from some colored cardstock called Coredinations by Reminisce. When you sand the edges or if you emboss it and then sand it, the color on top comes off revealing the core color of the cardstock underneath. I love it! It comes in White Wash, Chocolate and Black too!
Lastly, I punched flowers from the gingham paper and some black corrugated paper and layered them with buttons over some burlap squares that I also tinted with the Espresso Color Wash. I layered some tags from an old tag set I bought at Walmart and journaled on a Tim Holtz Journaling Ticket. The small tag is a plain brown tag that I stamped with a Tim Holtz stamp from Stamper's Anonymous and the Mickey tag is punched from some old type paper.
I distressed the pictures by scraping along the side of each one several times with an awl and then sanding them lightly before adding a little Antique Paper Distress Ink.