Goin’ to the Chapel….

Hello friends!  Tis the season to be receiving wedding invitations in the mail… We’re off to a wedding ourselves, in Montana next weekend, and I’m ready with the chipboard titles!

As you know, there have been some new laser cut chipboard cuts available in the store recently and today I want to share with you, a set that I’ve created for all the LOVE occasions you might be wanting to express!  Wedding Words will be available in an assortment of sizes - suitable for card making, scrapbook layout titles and home decor pieces.  This is what they look like.

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Here are a couple of projects I did using 2 of the laser cuts; a card and a layout.

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I’m finally digging into the Indigo Skies paper line from Kaisercraft.  I’ve only been hoarding it for close to a year….  There isn’t a paper pattern in the lot that I don’t love!  All those shades of blue!

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For this card, I painted the chipboard sentiment with white spray paint in a well ventilated area (in the backyard), then layered it over some vellum and patterned paper with a strip of ribbon and a few pearl dots to finish it.

Next I have a layout to show you, with photos from my son and daughter-in-laws wedding (nearly 5 years ago!  That blows me away!)

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The “hello happiness” sentiment can fit on a regular A2 sized card, but works very nicely for a layout title as well.  This time I left it natural, and layered it over a sticker and some random bits and pieces laying at the bottom of my leftovers container.

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Under the photos on this layout, I roughly painted a area slightly larger than the photos and mats, using Dylusions grey paint made from mixing black and white.  Once it dried, I adhered the photos over 4 randomly patterned papers from my stash.

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To give more visual weight to the smaller photo, I printed it in color and gave it a chipboard frame as well as adorning it with a pink and gold glitter (ME!  Gold glitter!  I know!) paper bow.

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Once more, I dug through the left-overs dish, and layered together an assortment of leaves and die cuts, (to help balance the weight of the grey patterned paper along the left side).  Finally, I recorded their names and dates (minimalist journaling for this page), with a Jumbo alphabet roller stamp.

The laser cutting folks that cut for the store are a little backed up right now, so while these chipboard sentiments aren’t available in the store today, they will be very shortly!  When they do come available, I hope you’ll enjoy using them on your paper crafting projects!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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At Long Last…. (warning: extremely photo-heavy!)

Two+ years ago we had a party. And what a party it was! A bridal shower for my Daughter-in-law-to-be!  As I gathered decor, props and supplies, I came to realize THIS was the party I was BORN TO THROW!!  No detail was too small, no effort too great.  So obviously, it needed an album all it’s own to document the day.  Not long after, I came upon a very worn out, children’s book that I thought would be the perfect backdrop for an altered book album.

I started by tearing out half the pages in the book.  If you look closely at the spine of a bound book you’ll see all these “sections” called signatures.  I removed the center 4 pages of each signature and then glued every two pages together to reinforce them. And then sewed up the front edge of each page.  That was more for aesthetics than function. Then, armed with Gesso, white, grey, pink, yellow, blue and green paints, I lightly painted over the front and back covers and each inside page.

Then, I gathered up ALL the pretty bits and bobs, paper and embellishments, labels and stickers, that fit within my pastel and feminine color palette and began to assemble the pages.  Here we go.

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(As I began posting these (very. many.) photos, I came to realize that this blogger program limits the number of photos per post.  So please continue to scroll down past this post for a “part 2″ post.)

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In 3 places throughout the book, I cut a piece of vellum the same size as the pages of the book and with a fine bead of white glue, adhered the vellum page into the spine of the book.  For this page, I first typed out my journaling and ran it through the sewing machine before gluing it in.

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Here is the 2nd instance of inserting a vellum page.  This time I used a circle cut file to cut out the page with my Silhouette machine, and made sure there were elements peeking through the holes on both pages it lay against.

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Remember to keep scrolling….there’s more!

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This post was written by Norine on November 15, 2015

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