Sunday, June 19, 2011

Vintage Layout - Robin's Nest Design Team Entry

 I've been going through family photo boxes pretty regularly since my recent move, and just fell in love with this picture of my Mom, circa 1929, and decided that it needed some special attention.
Here are the supplies that I used for this 12 x 12 page layout.
1 12 x 12 sheet of Donna Salazar's Trunk in the Attic (Banana Nut Loaf)
1 12 x 12 sheet Donna Salazar's Trunk in the Attic (Nutmeg Nostalgia)
Vintage Photo
Up-cycled old dictionary pages die cut into scalloped circles
Crystal Color Lacquer (in brown and metallic gold)
Lace Ribbon
An Idea-ology Facet
An Idea-ology Trinket Pin
Glimmer Mist
Distress Ink
Copic Markers
3D Crystal Lacquer
Tape Runner
Ok, to start off, I used a real vintage photo that was mounted in a folder. I wouldn't have normally used this, but I was fortunate enough to have 2 of these pictures in my collection. I love the embossed framework and photographers name on the mat, as well as the dimension that it created on the page. Because of it's depth, I'll probably be putting this page into a shadowbox frame to display.
The first thing I did was to simply trace the swirls on the paper (Banana Nut Loaf) with  Crystal Color Lacquer. I love how it added a bit of shine, and really made the flourish images pop from the page. Note: It's important to let the Crystal Lacquer dry overnight...I know...we don't like to wait, but it's worth it! I used 3D Crystal Lacquer to adhere the Dew Drops to add to the flourish design. Just a teenie tiny drop does the trick.
I cut the sheet of Nutmeg Nostalgia paper about 3/4 of an inch larger than my matted photo. It was distressed on the edges using my Zutter Distrezz-It-All (love it!) and Distress Ink in Tea Dye. After gluing on the lace ribbon across the page, I adhered the distressed piece of Nutmeg Nostalgia, then my vintage photo.
Now on to the fun part, the flowers. These as SO easy, it's kind of embarrassing to say they are just scrunched up pieces of old dictionary paper. I die cut old pages of dictionary pages using my AccuCut and 2 different sized scallop circle dies. I sprayed them with various colors of Glimmer Mist, dried them with my Heat Gun, and crumpled them up....several times. I then stacked as many as I wanted for my flower, lay them on my craft sheet and start squishing them from the center until I'm pleased with the look. I squirted out some Crystal Lacquer on my craft sheet and squished the flower down.....boom - done. In a few hours, they are dry and just lift off the craft mat, ready to rock and roll. For the centers of these flowers, I used the Dew Drops in clear, colored with Copic Markers. They were glued onto the flowers with Crystal Lacquer.
Now for the finishing touches. For the Facet charm, I printed my Mom's name and year the photo was taken onto a left over piece of the Nutmeg Nostalgia, placed a few drops of Crystal Lacquer over the words, and placed the Facet on top, pressing to make sure there was a good bond between the two and no air bubbles. After it dried for a few hours, I just cut around the Facet, poked a hole through the paper, added a jump ring and attached it to the bottom of a Trinket Pin, which I then pinned to the lace bow on the page.

I had fun sharing my project with you.  I'm trying out for the Robin's Nest Design Team with this project, so if you liked it, I'd appreciate it if you would leave me a comment, or two...can't ever get enough love!

Until next time....stay creative!

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Terri Sproul said...

great project, thanks for your submission for the Robin's nest Design Team.
Hey you don't follow my blog??? smiles..

Anonymous said...

This is such a nice tribute to your Mom. Sweet picture. Love all the details