Friday, December 17, 2010

Sweet Memories

Today I am the guest designer at She's a Sassy Lady.  I continue to try to to do 12x12 layouts.  The trouble I have is that I take tons of pictures and I like to journal details. So as I was laying out the Gypsy file for this project, I decided to try some "new" techniques. 
So the first thing I did was make the snowflake lacepaper for my layout.  I made this file using Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art.
 This is going to be my base paper to back the snowflake paper.
Then I adhered the snowflake paper to the base paper using Permanent Crafter's Companion (red can).
The next step was to cut the photo mats.  I chose to use a card from Christmas Cheer.  I unlocked the aspect ratio (yellow chainlink) on height and width to make this more square than rectangle (5.94 inches x 3.94 inches).  I cut the cards from double sided Coredinations cardstock.  So when I fold the card, I get this nice deeper green trim than the rest of the card. I also cut a tag/charm from a very light pink textured cardstock (2.32 inches x 2.53 inches).
  I then took Crushed Olive Distress Ink and inked the edges of the card.  I used Worn Lipstick Distress Ink to ink the sides of the tag.  
 Then on the end of tag, I tied some silver tinsel ribbon that I bought at Michaels. I used my ATG gun to tape down the sides on the card to make a pocket.  Then I slid the tag in, hiding my journaling space (I cannot write straight to save my life).
Next I cut the phrase "Sweet Memories" from Winter Frolic at 2.62 inches (real size off).  I cut the base and the shadow.  This cartridge has a whole layer of phrases, plus borders!
I then took my 5x7 Cuttlebug Folders and ran the phrase and the background through 2 different folders. The shadow was embossed with the large dot folder.
The base was embossed with one of the folders from the Romance collection.
Then I used Crushed Olive and Worn Lipstick to ink and bring out the embossing.
Then I laid all pieces down and adhered them to the lacepaper.
Here is a close up of the tag holder.
 I am slowly gaining confidence in my ability to do a layout. I love that this layout can hold a lot of journaling and room for 5 pictures.  I am going to use our family pictures we take this weekend during Gingerbread House decorating to fill it up! I am sure once I get done taking this pics, this will become a double layout!
If you'd like the free files for download, just click below.  I'd love it of you left me comment on how you think I did.  I also appreciate subscribers and followers.


Sheila aka SassyLady said...

This is such a beautiful page, love the detail but most of all love all the space for journaling. Thanks for sharing with us at Shes A Sassy Lady today.

Lori Apgar said...

Your facebook picture of this does not do it justice!!! Love the snowflake lace paper you made!!

Kristy said...

THis is a great idea! I love the snowflake lace paper you made!!!!

Deneen said...

WOW!!! Love the snowflake lace paper. Love the whole LO! Thanks.

AnneMaflan said...

You did an awesome job, and the lace paper is just gorgeous!

In fact, you were the one who inspired me to start making my own several months ago. At last count, I have 52 lace papers that I've created in my Gypsy!

TFS Elizabeth, and keep up the great work! :o)

CathyinMN said...

Love your LO, it's gorgeous! I love the tags being used as it leaves more room for photos and journaling. Thanks for the gypsy files. I'll definitely be using the snowflake one.

goldyfish said...

Love this page. It doesn't look so full, but you have room for so much. Best wishes for a blessed 2011

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