Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Favorite Page Ever

I cannot even begin to express how fun it was to make this page!  I was blog surfing and saw this layout by ingvild bolme.  Her work is so beautiful.  I can't imagine having all the pages in my scrapbook be that beautiful.  I would probably only have 2 lol.  Anyway, check her blog out if you get a chance.  She is always doing something interesting and always pushes the envelope.  I wish I could figure out how she gets that black, smudgey, speckly look on her white pages. 

The first thing that I did was break out the paint and a couple of pieces of heavy scrapbook paper that had the cream and blue tones that I was looking for.  I used a mix of liquitex glossy white and regular acrylic cream colored paint.  I painted the cream on loosely and then drizzled the white on while the cream was still wet.  I used a large brush to loosely push & brush the paint around until I got the look that I wanted. 

I really liked the look of the white and the cream together.  I actually use it all the time with paper and did not realize that it is one of my favorite color combos.  The white just makes the cream stand out so well. 

I then pulled out some pink on pink polka dot paper and stamped a rose using red distress ink.  As I paintd the rose with white, the distress ink tinted the paint pink.  I then went back over and highlighted a couple of places with the white.  After everything was dry, I cut around the edges so that I would have a border to peek out from handcut and distressed swirl.

Two sheets of white Bazzil turned into a inked piece of subtly patterned paper.  I used distress inks to stain and spatter the white and then I spritzed it with a ton of water and literally scrubbed the paper down with a paper towel.  I penned the border with black and red fine line markers then cut the swirly edge out.  Cut it down so that the distressed paper and rose border would show and what I ended up with was

Several (hundred lol) handmade flowers, fussy-cut details, scalloping

It is so chunky from the side! 

This is my next project.  A summer album.  Love the SUMMER title!  It's not done yet but I like where it is going.

I tried a new to me technique on the next page.  I have done paper quilting with squares b4 but never a whole page in an album.  When I started it, I thought it would be too busy.  But it was not at all.  It is very interesting and so easy to do. 

Use a  square punch to punch enough squares to cover your background.  Use as few or as many different papers but remember b-a-l-a-n-c-e.  You can find balance by using the same color, pattern, quantity or color value throughout the page.

Ink the edges of each square (or not if you don't like inking.)  It adds a softness to the edges of the squares that helps them blend together as one. 

Cut a piece of background paper (does not have to be white.  Use scraps if you have them) to the size of your page.  Add borders, etc to the edges than glue your squares down so that the edges are touching each other.  Try not to overlap.

The end result

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great humpday!!!!

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