Fresh Air – 49 & Market – Vintage Artistry Naturalist – Wendy Meffan

Hi Magpies! it’s Wendy here for my first December blog. This month I’m using 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Naturalist Collection, this is a beautiful natural collection of pastel colours which I felt would be perfect for my photos of outside activities. This collection has many 12×12 pattered papers with an overall background design. I decided to use the 12×12 Classified paper for my first layout with a larger photo .

I cut round the outline of the butterfly and leaf to the bottom left of the paper and decided to tuck my photo under it. I completely cut up the 12×12 Journal Cards paper and used one of the pieces to mat the photo. As Kirei was wearing a mustard coloured coat I was able to bring out the yellows of the collection!

I machine stitched around all the leaves on the paper to give texture and dimension. I also stitched around the edge of the layout. I had chosen two 12×12 sheets of the Classified paper so I used the second one and gutted it to create a yellow border around the layout having trimmed the first paper to 11.5 x 11.5 cm

The ephemera pack for this collection holds 93 pieces of ephemera so I was able to chose  a selection of different elements from it and create a cluster in the top right corner. I distressed the edges of all the chosen pieces, added some string to the tags and then attached them using foam pads.

Around the bottom right of the photo I added more pieces from the ephemera pack. I then punched two butterflies and used pearlised watercolours to paint them and then used foam pads to attach them to the layout. I journalled under the photo and added a date stamp.

Finally I added some older thickers for the title around the edge of the picture.


Layout 2

For this layout I wanted to show some of the other colours available from the collection so I chose to back the photo with the B side of the 12×12 Tattered Wings paper, this enabled me to bring in red to the layout. I started initially with a mixed media background using distress oxides.

I matted the photo twice and then cut strips from the 12×12 tattered Wings apper and the B side of the Classified paper. I also used one of the branding strips and a piece of the ephemera which was like a postcard to bring in another colour. I distressed all the edges and stuck them down and the positioned the photo above. I used some dies to create some leafy elements to tuck in around the photo.

I added a few more pieces from the ephemera pack and some of the chipboard stickers giving more dimension to the layout. I made a large cluster to the top left of the layout and again cut some leafy elements from the papers using dies. I chose a selection of ephemera from the pack and distressed all the edges and layered  them using foam pads.

I then decided I would connect the photo to the cluster so chose some more ephemera pieces and attached them below the cluster and above the photo connecting the two. Finally I added a couple more chipboard pieces.


This wasn’t my initial choice of collection and I had a few concerns about all the papers being quite patterned as pictures, however I love the layouts I have created and hope they will give you some inspiration for this beautiful collection.

Please do post your layouts on our Hey Little Magpie Chat and Inspiration Facebook page.

Till next time … Happy Scrapping

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