Pretty papers and project life
This month I treated myself to a Project Life Value Kit from the shop. This might seem a slightly odd move, given that I don’t create split page style project life pages anymore, but I think that Project Life products are more versatile than that and I wanted to use the pieces on my 12×12 layouts. I chose the Heidi Swapp colour magic kit, but there are lots of Value Kits to choose from.
To to give you an idea of the contents in each kit you get a mixture of 3×4 and 4×6 cards, along with a selection of coordinating embellishments. This particular pack contains watercolour 3×4 cards, colour magic 4×6 cards and a selection of wood veneer words and canvas shapes. There are two of each card included in the box, which is particularly good for a kit like this where you are likely to be altering the cards with mists or ink or other mixed media. As a non-messy scrapbooker I thought it would be interesting to see how I could use a kit designed for altering. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to get a good finish with these products, especially with the colour magic pieces.
For all the pages in this post I used papers from:
Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy
Amy Tan Rise & Shine
Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss
For my first page I used one of the watercolour 3×4 cards. I painted it with a yellow mist and then added a spritz of gold mist and splatters of white. I backed the card with a plain-ish paper so that the cutout design is easy to read. I created my background by piecing together a selection of papers in a sunburst effect, with a 4×12″ strip of the pink polka dot pattern along the bottom to help anchor the photo of my daughter. I created my title using the watercolour card along with one the wood veneer words from the Project Life box, which I heat embossed in a coordinating shade. Because of the busy background, I didn’t add too many embellishments, just a few around my title and photo to create a visual triangle. I added simple journalling – this page didn’t need much, but I wanted to document that this was one of the photos from the shoot I did to use for her birth announcement cards.
My second page features my current favourite colour scheme – pink and yellow with touches of gold. I haven’t been consciously choosing to make pages in this scheme, but when I looked back over my recent creations there were several that were made up mostly of these colours! This page tells the story of my 39 week and 40 week “bump” photos. I split the background down the middle and then layered up papers around my photos. Being a big flamingo fan I am delighted that they are currently in fashion and appearing on so many products, both in scrapbooking and outside of it in fashion and home decor. I just added a fairly small strip of flamingo paper from Pink Paislee’s Citrus Bliss, as a nod to my flamingo love! I used one of the colour magic cards this time. The colour magic range from Heidi Swapp has a resist finish which means that once you add colour the design shows up beautifully. I used pink mist, and created a slight ombré effect by layering up a darker pink on the bottom of the card. I love the little wooden button embellishments which I’ve used on all of these pages – they are from Shimelle’s line True Stories.
On my third page I used photos form a friend’s wedding last year. There was a photo booth and a challenge to get through 4 different hats in the time it took for the four photos to be taken! Of course this resulted in a rather silly set of photos that just had to be scrapped! I used one of the canvas shapes from the Project Life kit to back my title, and painted gold mist around the edges of the shape to give a bit of definition. The gorgeous wooden circle embellishments that I’ve used are from the Amy Tangerine line Rise & Shine, as are the epoxy stickers, transparent stickers and gold foam Thickers.
That’s all from me this time, thanks for reading and see you next month!