Saturday, July 26, 2014


Hi, Patti here with another Scrapadabadoo design team project.   When Carol asked us what our favorite new Bo Bunny collection was I immediately answered with Somewhere in Time  I just love the blue, yellow, brown color combination…I think it’s my favorite although I don’t think I realized it until I was working with this gorgeous collection.
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I started with matting my 12 x 12 background pages using the perfectly coordinated cardstock background sheets but because I have been known to be somewhat of a hoarder even though I just call it frugal, I gutted the back out of 2 of my mats.  What I did was cut out the centers leaving a 1” border.  This leaves me with some smaller squares that I can use for photo mats or making embellishments or whatever.
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Working from the back upwards, this is my third layer.  I first cut 1/2" from one horizontal side and 1/2" from one vertical edge, then cut out a square leaving me with a 1" border.  I ended up with a 10.5" square remaining to use for future embellishments or matting.
You will see in a photo below that I chose a yellow piece of paper for my 2nd layer from the bottom. I trimmed a 1/4" off of one horizontal edge and 1/4" off of one vertical edge which left, then gutted out a square leaving a 1" border which left me with a 10.75 piece of paper for future embellishments.
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I chose a piece of white cardstock as the top layer of my layout so all of the other elements would pop off the page, but I thought it needed a little something to add interest so I stamped a border using the wood grain edge stamp from Kaisercraft in Coffee Archival ink from Ranger
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Before I adhered them all down, I distressed all the edges with the Prima Distressing Tool because I just can't help myself.
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Once all of these layers are adhered, you will have a 1/8" border or mat all around.   I love the matted look on a page as I think it brings depth and dimension without adding too much bulk.   I need to save room for all the fun stuff like embellishments…tee hee hee.
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Next is to anchor my photo.  I chose this section of one of the designer papers from the collection and added two strips of punched borders to the bottom to bring the background layers to the photo for a cohesive look.  This is where the leftover gutted pieces of paper come in handy.  Now I don’t have to cut into a perfectly good sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock for some embellishments.  I used the Martha Stewart eyelet lace edge punch to add interest to the borders.
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I then decided the placement of my photo mat and decided towards the bottom was best since this was the largest element on the page and thought it would be too heavy to put in the upper section of the page.  I could have placed it in the center but then I wouldn’t have room for my embellishment cluster I had planned to balance out the page.
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Here’s a little trick I like to do…I use a scrap piece of chipboard to mount my photo on just in the center of the photo so I can tuck embellishments under the photo after I’ve adhered it down.
I also do this to embellishments which you will see I did to the balloon.
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Here are the embellishments I chose to complete my page.  The circle is an old piece of lasercut chipboard that I’ve had in my stash forever from back in the day when everyone was on a naked chipboard buying kick…well, maybe not everyone, but I certainly was and I have enough naked chipboard to open my own store.   But since I have no plans to open a store, I decided to try and incorporate a piece in every future project,  Wish me luck…

The remainder embellies are from the BoBunny Somewhere in time collection.   I just adored the vintage baby stroller and immediately knew what photo I was going to use in order to be able to incorporate it into my layout.
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I completed the page by adding some of the jewels from the collection.
Thank you for having a look.  ~Patti~

Friday, July 18, 2014


Hi everyone,  Here is another Scrapadabadoo design team project using the gorgeous Prima Seashore collection.
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When I start a project I typically gather my papers and all possible embellishments I want to use.  I like to sort them out using these divided trays.
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I was able to use an old piece I’ve had in my stash forever.  It’s from Pink Paislee Artisan collection.  I sprayed it using the Prima Color Bloom in Summer Sky.
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I then took a piece of cheesecloth and adhered it with some Golden’s light modeling paste then lightly misted with the same color bloom.
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After adding the modeling paste and the spray it warped my paper a little so I added some scor-tape to the back and adhered it to another sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock to help support my backgound paper.
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With my background all dried I then started with my layout design.  I started by cutting out several 1"strips of the patterned papers in various lengths overlapping them slightly.  I cut down my photo to 4.25 x 3.75 then matted it leaving a 1/8” border.
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I then started embellishing my page.  I started by threading this charm with some rope that I wrapped around the length of the page then taped it on the back.
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Next I it was time to complete the look.  I painted the seahorse that I diecut from the new Tim Holtz Sand & Sea die.  I used 3 different colors, antique linen, salty ocean and frayed burlap to give the seahorse a more realistic look. I then added some crackle accents to complete the look.
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I then went to town with embellishments.  I was going to attempt my hand at a negative space layout and thought this collection lent itself to be light and airy, but I just couldn’t leave well enough alone.  I started tucking tickets and stickers from the collection here and there.  I also scattered some flowers around  I then added some punched sand dollars using a Martha Stewart punch. I completed the page by sprinkling around some dew drops that I’ve had in my stash. It feels good to use some things I've had and mix it up with new products.
Thank you very much for looking.

Monday, July 7, 2014


This tag was created for a challenge going on over on Scrapadabadoo Crafts Group on Facebook found here 
For my tag I wanted to experiment with a project that was created with no patterned paper and using only mixed media products.
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I started by cutting a piece of chipboard to 4.5 x 8.25.  I covered it with Tim Holtz tissue paper.  I then applied a watered down coat of gesso.  I watered it down so the text of the tissue paper would show through giving the project some dimension. I then used Goldens light modeling paste and stencilled the sunray.  I added a piece of torn corrugated cardboard on the bottom to create the waves.  I added a couple of old chipboard flourishes that I covered in gesso, one on the top corner is from Dusty Attic and the other one is an old Fancy Pants one that I used to give the waves movement.  I then used a combination of mists and silks acrylic glazes to give my sunrays and water some color and shine.  I added the flourishes with some glossy accents.
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Next I moved on to coloring the boat.  This is a Fabscraps chippie that can be found here  After coating the sailboat with gesso, I used Ice Silks Acrylic glaze to cover the boat and sails, I then painted the stripe and flag in navy and red acrylic paint.  I lightly tapped the edges with antique linen distress ink.  I then adhered it down, stamped my title on a piece of cardstock, covered it with crackle accents then mounted it on a piece of scrap chipboard to give it some dimension. I finished the look with some irridescent sequins and white pearls.
Thank you for looking ~Patti~