Scrapbook Layout - Love Love Love Us -
The beauty of a long weekend is that there is extra time in the day to craft, in my case to scrapboook. I chose this picture of my husband and I for the layout. Since it is all about us on Valentine's Day, I continued using Crate Paper's Hello Love collection for inspiration on colors to use.
To build the heart, i used the Half Heart Cutfile from The Cut Shoppe. I manipulated the file so that only had one big heart to deal with. Once I blew it up to fit into a 11x11 inch margin, i chose to cut just one side of the heart and perforate the other half of it. At the same time, i cut the words LOVE.. using another The Cut Shoppe cut file called Love Struck. I made sure that the word fit within the heart's half.
|The cut file has three words stacked. In order to fit them into the|
heart, i had to use the left over cut out piece to pick the angles for the cut.
The perforations in the heart make it easy to hand stitch the perimeter. I used white embroidery thread to create mark the margin of the file. Also, I added a thin layer of gesso to the word cut out -since in my original plan they were going to be color with gouache-
|A close up of the stitching and word cut out.|
I wanted to keep my focus on the large heart, so i used a bit of gold shimmer paste on the top and bottom border of the layout. I simply used a palette knife to drag the paste in an inward motion from the edge. Though it is not visible through the pictures, it adds a sheen to the layout in person.
|I only used the paste in small amounts and dragged the knife with some|
pressure to stretch the paste along the edge.
To create the other side of the heart, i used the geometric patterned paper from the same paper collection. I cut around the triangles, and used an ink dabber to mark the edges of each triangle. Using a pencil, and the cut-out, the perimeter of the cut half heart was drawn onto a simple piece of 12x12 white paper. The triangles were then glued within a half inch outside of the marked perimeter. The cut out was then attached using foam dots, so that there was a contrast in height in the layout.
|I use all foam letters (from my local dollar store) when attaching|
larger pieces of paper.
The picture chosen was printed in sepia tone, since the background layout was busy, all it needed was to be matted on white card stock. I wanted to pop the picture, so i placed it at the bottom of the cut half of the heart, making sure the width span between the stitched half and the cut edge. A few pieces of ephemera were enough to complete the piece. The word cut-out was part of the title, the other part was the word US. I used large chipboard letters (from my dollar store) for this. First I gesso them, after i added a layer of gold gelatos, and finally added pink glitter -to match the colors of the triangles-.
|A few tags and ephemera was enough to highlight the picture.|
To add a bit of balance to the cut part of the heart, a few cut outs and ephemera was added using foam dots. This adds dimension to the piece, and balances the cut-out half of the page.
|I fuzzy cut some of the collection's paper to create the decoration for the layout.|
Once it was all attached, I debated over adding the journal lines to the page. A white heart was added to the bottom left corner along with a cut-out heart and a few gel dots.
I love this layout because of the different layers and dimension on the page, but mostly for the picture of my husband and I. I hope you like it... See you soon..
|The completed layout|
- Patterned papers, Hello Love Collection, Crate Paper
- Cut File -heart-, Half Heart, The Cut Shoppe
- Cut File -words-, Love Struck, The Cut Shoppe
- Ephemera -banner, button-, Heidi Swapp MInc collection
- Ephemera -tags-, Hello Love, Crate Paper
- Stickers - arrow-, Soft Spoken collection, Me And My Big Ideas
- Chipboard sticker -heart-, Family Stories, Simple Stories
- Gold Shimmer Paste, Heidi Swapp collection