Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Vintage Flower Layout

Layout are by far the hardest papercrafting item for me to do.  Even though I started by doing layouts, my love altered art really drive me.  I think this layout blends my love for altered art and adds it to a 12x12 layout. I made this layout to participate in the Cricut Circle weekly Challenge of B.A.B.Y.
Y-You as the subject
The first 3 requirements were no problem but doing a layout about me was very very hard.  So when I added the stress of trying a layout combined with the subject matter, I literally drew a blank.
To break through I began just playing on my Gypsy.  When I am stumped about my vision, I like to scroll through cartridges, looking at art or fonts.  I like to play into the shifts to find hidden goodies or cartridges that I have forgotten about.  So as a result, I used many cartridges.
I started by choosing mybackground paper.  This paper is from Crate paper Caterpillar.  I roughed up the dges with my Distrezz-It all and inked the edges with a key lime ink pad and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.
Next I used this cut from Picturesque.  It is designed to be clock but I thought it would make a great large element to design around. I welded a large scroll to the bottom to extend to bottom of page.  This was cut 11.35 inches (real size off).  I sprayed the entire cut with Frozen Lake Glimmer Mist.
 Once it dried I deatiled the top and bottom screws with Glimmer Glaze in Cowboy.  I love the lacquered look this product gives paper.
Next I cut this beautiful scrolling lace from Paper Lace at 5.74 inches from Crate paper Caterpillar (flip side). I sprayed this cut with Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist.
Next I used Crafter's Companion (red can) Permanent to adhere all the flourishes.  I cut 2 different flourishes in various sizes from Home Decor at 1.71 inches and 1.72 inches.  I then cut them again at 2.18 inches and 2.53 inches.
 One of my favorite elements on this page is my altered acrylic block in the corner. The acrylic block is a $1 stamping block from Joann's. I used double sided adhesive to adhere the paper to the back of th acrylic block.  I then used black Staz-on to stamp my sentiments from Unity Stamps Melody Ross collection. Once my ink was dried, I placed a stacked flower I made form Mother's Day Bouquet in the center.  I used E6000 to adhere the block to the page and the flower to the block.  I used my i-Rock to bling out the center.
 Now I beagan the work of assembling all the flowers.  Every flower on this page was handmade from paper using Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge.  I am so in love with this cartridge.  It collectively has some of best basic shapes for flowers.  I do not have a precise method for "stacking" the flowers.  I will say using double sided paper makes a huge difference.  I used many any different cuts, in varying sizes to add to my layout. To shape the flowers and leaves, I used the new McGill paper flower tool kit.  All the flowers and leaves have been inked in various Distress Inks, mostly Broken china, Pumice Stone, Crushed Olive and Dried Marigold. If you'd like to see how I made the flower and tulle embellishments, I made a video:
If you'd like a photo tutorial, tell me in the comment form at the end of the post.  I will be happy to make one if people would find that more helpful than a video.
I used the same Crafter's Companion to adhere the phrase "inspire" from Home Accents cartridge at1.48 inches. I used my irock to dot the i's.
 Next I adhered all my flowers and elements to my page using hot glue. I cut the Butterflies from Picturesque. To make my butterflies look 3D, I cut the top layer and the black out (real dial size off) at 1.01 inches, 1.24 inches, and 1.60 inches.  I folded the butterfly top layer in half.  I attached the top layer butterfly to the shadow.  Then I glued the shadow to the layout.
To make this Butterfly stand up above the flowers and tulle, I used these little sticky back springs called Piggy Backs.  I tucked the sticky base under the tulle to conceal it.  I love how it makes the butterfly look like it is flying.
For my jouranling I cut a small square of lined paper form the Manila collection from Basic Grey. I wrote:
Inside my art blooms to inspire and share. I attached a spinner form Tim Holtz with a brad.  The numbers 217 are cut from "2" is from Gypsy Font at 1.01 inches. "1" is from Cherry Limeade at 1.01 inches. "7" is from Don Juan at 1.01 inches. I attached the cuts to a base from Lacy Labels at 1.71 inches.
I used several "found" items from my stash like buttons and metal goodies.
I also used my Martha Stewart button punch to create these buttons from paper.  To make them glossy, I covered them with VersaMark and covered the with UTEE.  I then heated them with my heat gun and smoothed out the bubbles.  I used some Divine Twine to tie up the centers.
I love the depth and dimension this layout has.  I actually think I may mount this to a canvas and place in my studio as motivation and encouragement when I feel like like I can't do it.
I also joined in the Linking Party at Passionately Artistic.
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mforquer said...

Wow this is gorgeous! Love the vintage colors and the shabby chic feel!

217 Creations said...

Thanks Melissa!

Suella said...

Wow really do like this project, you are so creative. TFS

JustYolie said...

Oh my goodness!!! This GORGEOUS..Love it!

Helen said...

What a beautiful layout! TFS!

Anonymous said...

This is a wowser layout!! Beautiful - you are so talented and I'm learning so much to do with my new Cricut Exp. Now I think I need a Gypsy! Always something..... thanks for the inspiration.

Brandi said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! You can tell you put your heart into this!
Love EVERY detail!

sheila said...

this is lovely...though i'm not a scrapbooker but a card maker, i see so many elements that i could use in card making...tfs

Karen said...

This is a gorgeous layout. Much too beautiful to be stuck in a book (how do you do that with layered LO's anyways?), so I think your idea of adhering it to a canvas is a marvelous one. You certainly "Inspire" me! I love all of your tutorial videos and as I get braver in the world of scrapping, I know I will refer to them often. Thanks!

Michele said...

wow, what a wonderful creation! I must have taken a week to make! It would me! But it turned out fantastic and I love it!

Shari said...

Beautiful layout, just my style, Thanks too for the video on the flowers. Good Job!


JennyKozar said...

This is just stunning! Beautiful job Liz! Cannot wait to see you in Texas my friend!

L.B. said...

The details in this layout are jut so amazing.

L.B. said...

I details in this layout are just...WOW!!

enikodelisle said...

Good for you for pushing yourself with the BABY challenge! Nice job & love the tulle!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful & inspiring layout!
anticil at comcast dot net

Paula Bee said...

This is a beautiful layout! Wonderful colors and those flowers are awesome!

dlmbscrapping said...

It is absolutely beautiful- your work is so wonderful I love to see what you come up with-thanks for sharing

joni said...

Really beautiful!!!! TFS

arcocha at yahoo dot com

mary said...

Gorgeous!!!Great Job! I love the flowers! The flower stylus kit looks like a great tool. I will have to look for it. You enabler, you. LOL! TFS!
sc gma

Kaye said...

Beautiful layout....and wonderful colors. The dimensional flowers and butterflies are lovely!

NurseTraciScrapper said...

What a beautiful layout! So inspiring.......

NurseTraciScrapper at gmail dot com

Anna said...

LOVE THIS!!! Just wonderful.

Celeste B. said...

WOW!!! What a beautiful LO!! I love the colors and the detail is AMAZING!!!!! TFS! :)

Luv Scrapping Together said...

Gorgeous! Love the vintage feel. TFS!


JANLYNN said...

The details on this layout leave me speechless. It is sooo elegant. Love the florishes and the layering. Really enjoyed the video on makeing flowers. This master gardener needed these tips.

cal8007 said...

Elizabeth, that is a beautiful layout, now you can make more!! Please send me the instructions, I want to make some flowers too.

Thanks so much for sharing! I just started following you today.

cal8007 at aol dot com

WAM Family said...

Great Tutorial and a fantasticly Gorgous Layout. Love what you did. TFS


Nadia said...

I love everything about this! I just ordered Mother's Day Bouquet. I hope I can make flowers that are half as great as yours! Lovely!

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