Butterfly Wonderland…

Hello friends!  Last year when Kaisercraft released their line called Indigo Skies, I could not wait to get my hands on it!!  I loved the shades of blues and navy and every single one of the patterns are on point!  I had no idea then how perfect that paper would be for a little adventure we had in March when our grandson visited.  We took him to the Butterfly Wonderland exhibit where we walked around and just watched all the 1000’s of butterflies - all different sizes and colors - as they flitted and landed, picked up and fluttered some more.

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Archie was mesmerized!  We enjoyed the butterflies too, but we were far more entertained watching HIM as he took it all in!

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For this layout I used a wide assortment of the patterned papers included in the collection, leaving the boldest piece to tell the story with a 2 inch wide strip along the bottom.  I might not be inclined to used butterflies on a boy page ordinarily, but when the subject is specifically butterflies, then you bet I will!

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I kept the ticket from the excursion, and when the blue edge didn’t quite match the blues in the paper line, I used a Copic marker to color over top and make it match better.  I also decided halfway in, that there was too much blue, and I needed a contrast color to balance the overall layout.  Opposite blue on the color wheel, is orange.  Blue and orange always play nicely together unless you’re mixing paint and then it just turns to mud.  So I looked through my stash for some orange/coral/red accents and found it in a sheet of Dear Lizzy die cut stickers.  And because those stickers also had lime green leaves on them, I was also free to include that color elsewhere.

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I also used some paper and acetate die cuts from Heidi Swapp, some enamel/wood buttons from Pink Fresh and Maggie Holmes, label die cuts from Snap and My Mind’s Eye, as well as the gold “adventure” rub on from My Mind’s Eye, (the Jubilee collection), the green alphabet stickers from Fancy Pants, and a variety of enamel dots from Fancy Pants, We R Memory Keepers and One Canoe Two.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Mr & Mrs…

Hello LiitD friends!

I have a layout to share with you today.  And I’m taking a step back in time with several aspects of today’s layout - from the photos themselves (5 years old) to a few of the supplies and techniques.  As well, I’m using another of the chipboard pieces that I designed and revealed in my blog post last week.

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As I mentioned last week here on the blog, I’ve designed a set of Wedding Words and phrases that can be used for card making and scrapbooking alike.  And having pulled out some of these wedding photos for last week’s post, I couldn’t stop at creating just one layout, any more than a person can stop at one french fry.  Plus the chipboard Mr&Mrs!!  So cool!  I love it in it’s original kraft color, but I also love to make things coordinate on my page.  So I dug out my elderly bottle of navy blue Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink and painted the chipboard navy blue.

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It’s hard to see clearly in the photos, but in real life, the chipboard has a pearlescent sheen to it that’s very pretty!  I mention the Smooch by Clearsnap, even though it isn’t available in the store anymore, because I suspect that a few of you have several of these cute little “nail polish” styled bottles stashed in your craft space and could use the inspiration to pull them out and play with them again!  If you don’t own any pearlized ink and would like to duplicate the look, you could color your chipboard with your preferred method, acrylic or watercolor paint, pencil crayons, stamping ink or anything else, then mix up some Perfect Pearls powder with water and paint that over the dried ink color, OR!, color over the whole painted chipboard with a Wink of Stella shimmer pen, or spritz your colored chipboard with shimmer mist.  There are lots of ways to achieve this look!

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The next thing I want to highlight is a technique that we learned in last summer’s DIY Embellishment class, where we covered purchased (or homemade) die cuts with Glossy Accents from edge to edge, and let them dry, producing an amazing “epoxy” embellishment like you see available everywhere for purchase.

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For the purpose of this layout, I entirely covered a butterfly die cut from Kaisercraft’s Indigo Skies line.  Again, it’s not easy to capture the sheen on camera but it’s very luscious and glossy in real life!  Something to remember if you’re doing this yourself, is that you don’t have to cover the whole entire die cut with Glossy Accents, but you can apply the liquid in strategic places where the pattern on the paper demands.  The blue sprig below has a bit of a leaf pattern to it that I decided to accent with the GA.

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These heart embellishments are exactly what we’re trying to create ourselves with the Glossy Accents!

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I typed out my journaling on a vintage typewriter and glued down the cut up strips to add some visual interest to the layout.  Finally, I added some navy blue print splatters.

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Most of the paper strips used to create the photo mat are cut from the papers in the Indigo Skies collection.  The round wooden epoxy button is from PinkFresh, the chipboard flower and leafy branch is from Simple Stories, the brads are from Doodlebug and the washi tapes are a combination of Michael’s and American Craft’s Amy Tangerine lines.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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