The evolution of a layout

     Posted by Jennifer on September 3, 2014

Hi, Jennifer here.  I thought I would walk you through the process of how I created a layout.  Often times, the shabby distressed layouts look complicated when they are all done but really if you take it step by step it’s not that hard.   I started out by planning out the general feel of the layout.   Nothing is stuck down at this point - I can move things around until it feels right.

planning the general feel of the layou

Once I was happy with the general feel of the layout it was time to start working on the elements of it.   I often alter the embellishments to suit my style and layout.  I decided to dye some seam binding

getting seam binding and flowers ready to be dyeddyed seam binding and flowers

I used a Tim Holtz mister and 3 different distress ink refills.  I misted the seam binding first so that it was damp.  I put a drop or 2 of ink on my mat and misted it.  The seam binding picks the ink up randomly.   I dried it with my heat gun to set the colour.  The colour is lighter as the seam binding is dried. I would have used this crinkle ribbon if I had it in my stash.

I decided to add some texture so I ripped up a cardboard box and tore the top layer of paper off of it.   I added some gesso to the various elements I was going to use.  It is really important to dry the gesso on the elements before you go any farther. (otherwise there is gesso everywhere)


From this point, I added the elements to the page.  I like to tuck things in here and there to give my layouts depth.  Layering isn’t that difficult, just tuck things in and if you like the placement, glue it down.  If it’s not the right place there is the option to move it around if it’s not glued down yet.

Stella at 6 months

Here is the finished layout.  I have it displayed on my piano.

I hope you enjoyed walking through the creative process with me.  I hope you get creative soon.  I would love to see it.

5 Comments so far

  1. Norine September 4, 2014 12:41 pm

    Wow, this is gorgeous Jennifer!!  A perfect layout for your little princess!!  And I always love to see someone else’s process!  Love that seam binding for exactly the way you used it!

  2. LisaT September 4, 2014 10:35 pm

    Love this Jennifer!!  A beautiful layout for a such a beautiful subject!!  Your granddaughter is such a doll!

  3. Barbara September 5, 2014 12:18 am

    Gorgeous and helpful…  thank you…

  4. Kim September 7, 2014 8:50 am

    Beautiful layout, thanks for showing your step by step process.

  5. Lori October 12, 2014 10:14 am

    Beautiful Jennifer!  And love how you showed the steps to creating your layout!  Awesome!

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