Hello dear readers :)

A new INSPIRATION : TUESDAY challenge already et today I've decided to make a layout instead of a mini album. I had this idea, when I got started on this new weekly rendez-vous, not to get myself limited on one single format, like mini albums, but I realized I ONLY made mini albums until today!

So, today, I would like to inspire you with a LAYOUT!

For this new session, I gave myself a few rules. I had to scrapbook with left overs (papers, embellishments hidden in a cupboard...) - here, I used the GREAT ESCAPE collection from Making Memoriesfor a class project and I couldn't resist from using the left overs to make this layout - work with gesso on your background, work with layers and use small details.

So, I'm inviting you now to create a layout, or a mini album, or a canvase (it's up to you to choose whether you'd like to make one or the other), as long as you have fun! :)

Here is the supply list to realize this layout...

  • Papirs (Jenni Bowlin for the background, the Great Escape collection from Making Memories, one embossed Bazzill cardstock)
  • Making Memories Bamboo Alphas (from the Great Escape collection as well)
  • Sassafras flowers
  • Making Memories paperclips
  • Jenni Bowlin Stickers
  • Collage Press Die-Cuts
  • Color Wash spray ink
  • Making Memories ribbons
  • Label Tulip & Studio Calico stamps
  • Studio Calico thread
  • Gaïa raindrops
  • EK Success round punch, Marvy Uchida scalloped punch & Martha Stewart leave punch
  • Versafine black ink
  • gesso

Here are two photos of the supplies...



Step #1 : Apply some gesso on your background paper to make a white wash in order to soften the lined background. Don't blend the gesso with water, your paper might fold.




Step #2 : To add some colors & texture to your background,I used the die-cut shapes as a mask and sprayed some ink over my background with my color wash ink.

Don't forget to protect the edges of the die-cut shapes you're using in order not to have lines of ink all over your background.

The ink, when it dries, will get different looks and will have different kinds of textures, which I just love.


Step #3 : I used a 7gypsies mini album for a class last year and there were too many enveloppes in there so I just got rid of a couple and kept them in handy to use them later.

For this project, I used one of them, sprayed some color wash ink on top of it to add some color and cool effect to it.



Step #4 : Glue a 12" piece of patterned paper on your background paper, after you aged it with an edge distresser (small tool that ages the edges of the papers, available from Heidi Swapp, Ranger and Making Memories - a MUST HAVE!), start to envision the design of your page.

Here, I cut some stripes of paper and glued them onto my patterned paper & added some die-cut labels.


Step #5 : I used my scissors here to create a scalloped edge with my Bazzill cardstock. Add some yellow ribbon on top of it.

Add some green ribbon where you want to put your photo, knowing that you want your photo to cover a part of it.



Step #6 : I just LOOOOOOVE this Label Tulip stamp. I bought the kit from them just to get that stamp! :D

Stamp with Versafine ink (my favorite ink by far) on a colorful patterned paper and create your own embellishments with them. Then cut them out.




Step #7 : I worked with several patterned papers to mat your photo, using bigger and bigger sheets of paper to create a nice frame. Use your edge distresser to age the edges and glue everything on your layout.


Step #8 : Add some embellishments here and there.


Step #9 : Use a ribbon on your photo in order to create a line to hold your title.


Step #10 : Use your favorite punches to create unique embellishments. You can layer them and add some flowers on top of each other,add some glitter and more.


Step #11 : I wrote my journaling on a Collage Press die-cut, added a button with threa and voilà! :)


There you go! A nice and colorful layout that reminds me of my vacations in Bali last May! :)


Feel free to play with different textures, to look for unused embellishments that you have in your artroom, all those flowers, labels, stickers that are old enough for you to NOT use, you'll be able to get rid of your "old" stash and once you use them, it will all look so different!

Now, I'm going to "old stash" hunting in my room to make more layouts like this! :D

Have a wonderful day, feel free to link your blog in the comments section for me to go and look at your layouts!

See you next week for a new INSPIRATION : TUESDAY!


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