Well I have just been outside to take photos of the layout I want to share with you today and let me tell you do not let the sunshine fool you!!!! Brrrrrrrr it is cold out there and windy too! I was thinking I might do a spot of garden tidying today but NO!!!!! I am staying in my craft room cozy and warm ;-)
I know that normally there would be a video to share but this layout began life at a crop that I go to once a month with all my crafting friends and I came home and I wasn't happy with it. So this is my second attempt. I decided the background was too pale and I had jumped about the page a bit too much with my elements - I wish I had taken a photo before I pulled it all apart! So here is my second attempt at a background using some lovely Little Darlings papers from Graphic 45. As you can see I am going a little mixed media for this one. I have fussy cut the border from one 12 x 12 sheet and decoupaged it on to the pretty pink background. I have scuffed the edges of the paper and add dry brushed on some off white acrylic as I am going for the shabby chic look for this layout. I have added some stamping in grey with a script and pretty butterfly stamp.
Now I know in this photo you are probably saying….what is that grey outline all about!!!!! This photo has emphasised the grey and you will see in the photo I took outside it is a little more subtle than it looks here ;-) I coated the whole layout with mat multi medium and then outlined the placement of key page elements with a pencil once the medium was dry. By sealing the paper it allowed me to use a soft grey Faber Castell Pitt pen to shade around my elements. Working on top of a sealed surface allows you to manipulate the ink before it dries and becomes permanent.
Popping all the elements in place on the layout and adding comes stamped butterflies and I am much happier with this layout now. All I need to do is add a little journalling - this is a photo of me when I was only 3 weeks old! Ahhhhhhhh. Beneath that pretty dress are two little legs in plaster as my feet were slightly twisted over when I was born. That did not stop me sleeping through my first ever photo shoot ;-) as you can see!
I always think my feet problem happened to my Mum and Dad more than to me as I do not remember the tiny plasters, the special boots nor much of the small operation I had to finally correct my feet once and for all. My Mum once told me that had I been born in her generation I would not have walked at all. That is quite a sobering thought as it has really never bothered me. As this is quite a bit of journalling I think I will add it on a page attached to the back of the layout. It might make an interesting read for generations to come who I am sure will have the benefit of huge medical advances we can only dream of right now.
Back to the layout!!! I made spiral paper roses which I liberally dusted with paint and the tiniest amount of distress glitter. I added the little journalling block for the main details - this is me and I am 3 weeks old! I love how the pretty tule looks on the layout and I added two pretty pins (which I just learnt how to make!) If you want to know how to make them then click here to watch a video (managed to get one in after all!)
This is one of the first videos I ever made so it may give you a chuckle or two ;-)
Then I added more fussy cut butterflies, some are flat and some are flying! I also added some green dots to the blue border with a dimensional paint.
I have layered up the photo on three frames which are the three papers I used in the layout and added a little touch of lace.
I am much happier with my layout now - so don't be afraid to start again if something is saying to you I am not quite right - go with your creative instinct and change it up! If at first you don't succeed……
I hope you like how it turned out in the end!
Now it is on to the giveaway reminder - I have a couple of lovely Rubber Dance stamps to giveaway and the give-away closes on the 14th of March. So please click on this link to find out what you need to do to get your name into the hat! Just a little bit of fun to spread the Rubber Dance stamp love! Actually the little butterflies on this layout are Rubber Dance stamps! It only takes a minute to join in so please follow this link!
I'll be back soon with some more creativity - thank you for popping by X