Hello and welcome to my blog you may be coming from Angela’s blog or you may be starting here either way I hope you have fun along the hop. This month theme I’m not going to lie isn’t one that I normally do and I almost didn’t take part this month. I’m not a scrapbooker and never claimed to be but thanks to Sara and Andrea I pulled through the challenge and created these two projects for you. Here’s my two projects for this months hop.

The Layout that almost didn’t happen:

I actually created both of these as part of my Onstage presentation back in April but didn’t use the gift bag because it was hard to transport to Atlanta and I didn’t use my scrapbook page because I didn’t like it. Now this was not the original scrapbook page. This is updated after talking to Sara. The original one wasn’t cutting it for me, so I wouldn’t show it. But after reworking it and tweaking it a little I feel I can share it now.

I started out the layout by making slices in the Lovely Lipstick 12×13 cardstock every so far, because I knew I wanted to create a basket weave effect. I then cut strips of Whisper white and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock for the weaving. I started from the back with each strip and weaves them in and out alternating the colors by rows. I secured them with mini glue dots. When I finished the back and forth process of the weaving I stamped the stain glass window from the Painted Glass Stamp Set in Lovely Lipstick classic ink and some flowers and I can not tell you know which set the flowers came from.

To finish off the lay out I added a strip of lemon lime twist to cover the cut lines and to break up the page. I added my photos to the stamped side. I then took and stamped and colored three more of the circles and punched them out with the 2″ Circle Punch. I added some of the basic black cord down the lemon lime twist strip and added the sentiment to the layout. To add a little bling I added some rhinestones and one of the faceted gems.

The entire layout was cut down to 11×11 and then I matted it on a piece of Basic Black 12 x 12 cardstock to finish it off.

Gift Bag:

I created the gift bag as either a wedding favor or to be used as a little gift. I used the gift bag punch board to create the bag and die cut a circle out of the front and replaced it with a piece of the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum. The vellum features a raised uv coating that mimics the lead in a stain glass window.

I colored the vellum on the backside and this was when I realized it would be brighter on the front. I used my Stampin’ blends in Lovely Lipstick (light & dark), Pineapple Punch (light & dark) and Call me Clover (light & Dark) to color the vellum. I attached the vellum inside of the bag before putting the bag together. Once that was in place it was time to put the bag together. I added a little flag banner at the bottom (that was just a scrap of Basic Black Cardstock) and best embossed the same sentiment as the layout in white Stampin’ emboss powder. I used the punch board and punched the coordinating string holes while creating the bag and after putting it together added some of the basic black cord and tied it in a bow.

So What I Learned:

  • Treat a layout as a card front and it’s much easier to create.
  • Use your photos as your focal point.
  • Let the coordinating elements draw attention to your photos. Not distract from them.
  • If it’s not working walk away and come back later. Things may just fall into place and work out for the best.

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Happy Stampin’

Rick

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