Tuesday 3 March 2015

Little Darlings Layout and Giveaway Reminder!

Hi everyone

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


  1. Stunning work Helen. Lovely to hear from you too. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. We live in a very fortunate medical time, but I'm sure our grandchildren will fair even better. Your layout is so lovely Helen and the photo of you truly sweet. ((hugs)) :o) x

  3. Snap! I just finished a layout that I initially made last year and thought too dark...
    Your revised layout is great, the butterflies lead your eyes around and add colour. The photo is really sweet too, you look so angelic and peaceful.

  4. This is so beautiful... I love the layering and your special flowers. Your story was so interesting--definitely one to journal on the back side. Hélène

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