Saturday, April 10, 2010

Once Upon a Dream

As I said in my last post, my LSS is having a contest to make a layout using only the My Mind's Eye Abbey Road paper. For this layout I decided to go with the blues and pinks in the line. I thought it went perfectly with our picture of Princess Aurora.

For the layout, I decided to turn my friend Susan's 8 1/2 x 11 sketch into a 12x12 layout. You can see all of her sketches on her blog Sketch Savvy.

In addition to the sketch, I wanted to used a technique she featured on the Serendipity Scrapbooks challenge forum, which is to make a border using the folded flower technique. There is a little problem on the site right now so I can't link you to her tutorial, so my sorry directions will have to do.

First, punch at least a dozen 1 1/4" circles out of double-sided paper. Fold the flowers in half with the pattern on the outside that you want to show the most. Line these up as seen and sew onto your page or card.

Once you have the half circles sewn onto your paper, then open the circle up, and fold it in on itself along the fold as shown.

Do this to all the half circles on both sides and you will end up with a fun, dimensional border like this:

The blue and pink flowers and green leaves were made using seam binding ribbon that I colored with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers (I mixed colors to get just the right shade.) Then once the seam binding was dry, I followed this flower tutorial.

The sketch called for a leafy vine to run across the bottom of the page, but I decided I wanted a lace trim instead. Because one of my favorite scenes from Sleeping Beauty is when Flora, Fauna and Merriweather fight over what color Aurora's dress should be, I thought it would be fun to color the lace blue and pink. I broke out the cream lace trim and some glimmer mist and got to work.
After I colored both ends of the trim, and dried it, it looked pretty good, but was a little strong for the page. It was okay, but I just didn't want it to stand out that much.
While I was thinking about what to do to lighten it a little, I accidentally brushed it aside and noticed the back. WOW! I loved how the Glimmer Mist didn't soak in to the embroidery and allowed the cream lace detail to show through! One of those happy accidents!

For the title and the dark blue circle, I just sprayed a bit of Glimmer Mist on some of the polka-dot paper and cut it out with my QuicKutz.

I thought this layout was going to be an easy one, but it ended up taking me quite a long time with all the dying, drying and sewing. I'm really happy with the end result though!

Now here's a little fairy magic to put a smile on your face:

Friday, April 9, 2010

A Little Cuppa Crazy

My LSS is having a contest this month to use the Abbey Road line of papers from My Mind's Eye. You just have to make a one or two page layout using that particular line of paper and only that line.

Since I'm still using my friend Susan's sketches from her Sketch Savvy blog, I decided to use this sketch with that line of paper.

Because the topic of the layout is the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and Alice, I wanted to papers to be vibrant and to mimic the craziness of the photo session we had that night. So I mixed and matched all kinds of colors and patterns from the line.

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use some of this fun trim! The little cotton balls reminded me of a white rabbit tail, and I loved the flowery teal Webster's Pages trim.

Since I have been so inspired by my friend Susan lately, she has also been doing some templates, and I decided to try my hand at a couple of templates myself! Here are the two I made for this page. You're welcome to use them for a layout, card or party favor if you'd like. Just a warning though, they are a little time consuming so put on a good tv show and start cutting!

Please let me know if you use the templates so I can link your project back here. It's so much fun to see what others do with something you made.

Wow! Another whole layout finished!! That must be a record for me in the last couple of years. Here's hoping I get a few more finished before Spring Break is over.

Now, enjoy A Little Cuppa Crazy --

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"Are you sure this water is sanitary?"

I wanted to use some of the beautiful Scrap Within Reach paper that I recently purchased and thought it would go perfectly with these pictures I took at Disneyland a few years ago. I absolutely love the mix of brown, green and blue in these papers!

My friend Susan has just developed a new sketch blog that I absolutely LOVE! You must head over there immediately to check it out! Sketch Savvy

This is the sketch I thought would go perfectly with this paper, but since I wanted to make it a two-pager, I adapted the sketch and added a page. That's the wonderful thing about sketches, they give you inspiration and a place to start, and then you can make it into something that works for you!

In addition to the paper, I added a little Creative Imaginations felt trim which matched perfectly, and cut some flowers and leaves from Bazzill cardstock. The top flowers are some old cardstock that I covered with sheets from an old dictionary using Claudine Helmuth Studio Multi-Medium. I colored them with Ranger Distress Inks.

The brads on the flowers were made with the I-top by Imaginice. First I took a few small pieces of Claudine Helmuth Sticky Back Canvas and colored them with distress inks, then stamped on them with an Inque Boutique stamp. Then I just followed the directions on the I-Top and voila!

The title comes from Disney's Tarzan movies since these pictures were taken out in front of Tarzan's Treehouse (formerly the Swiss Family Robinson House). The cute little elephant, Tantor, says this as he is getting in the elephant pool. It cracks me up, so I thought I would link that section of the movie here.