Some amazing and totally time consuming things are happening in our lives here right now, and one of them is the birth of DH’s very first grandchild – a sweet little boy. I’m thinking this makes me a first time step-grandmother – a daunting thought! It’s very exciting, and lovely to have so many new baby photos to scrap! LOL! As if I’ve finished with scrapping the thousands of photos of my own children as babies, toddlers, teenagers and adults!!
As is often the case, when I sat down to start this layout I had a very definite idea in my mind.
The predominant colour was going to be baby blue, with some brown & beige, and the charms were going to be silver. I pulled out my Mini Sweetheart Baby Blue Heart kit, and some blue papers and I chose my other embellishments accordingly. As is also often the case, what I ended up with was this….
I started by adding a bit of Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges, then used a Basically Essential stencil to add a pattern in the same coloured ink. After that I used the same stencil with Mother of Pearl Champagne Modelling Cream, adding some texture and shine. Finally a light spray and a few flicked spots with Kiwi Perfect Pearls Mist.
That was when I decided that I wanted to make this a monotone layout and gave up any thoughts of blue. I took the Mini Sweetheart Baby Blue Heart kit, and, following the precise instructions included, changed the colour of the heart, the background, the sugar beads, the silver charm and the ribbon. LOL – luckily I have two of these beautiful little kits and so I can make up the baby blue one later! First I painted the chipboard with Antique Linen Distress Paint, followed it with a few swipes of Walnut Stain Distress Ink on the edges and a coat of Crackle Accents. When it was dry I attached it to the background chipboard and filled the space with Golden Crunch Sugar Beads. Instead of the pale blue organza ribbon I attached the Bronze Heart Locket charm with a doubled piece of string tied into a bow.
I did use the piece of muslin that was included in the kit under the heart, and I added a little more under the top of the photo. There are two thin layers of paper framing the photo and I die cut some scalloped strips to use. All are edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. A piece of twisted jute ribbon adds interest and dimension underneath the photo, and several torn strips of Idea-Ology Tissue Tape compliment the butterfly theme on the ”Butterfly Kisses” die cut.
This and all of the other paper elements on this layout are from the Nature Walk 6×12 Sticker Sheet, 6×12 Word Stickers and 6×12 Die Cut Elements sheets. A huge variety of gorgeous bits and pieces to choose from!
To balance the layout I added a small cluster in the top right hand corner.
The elements used are the same as those in the body of the layout, with the addition of a Large Antique Bronze Spoon, it’s bowl filled with Sugar Beads, and the layout’s title – Joy – made from chipboard letters treated to the same processes as the now not-so-Baby Blue Heart.
Nothing ever turns out as planned…but it doesn’t matter 🙂