Friday, 6 April 2012

How I made my April Layout I

Here is one of my design team layouts for the April scraplift challenge. The technique is using Lace, and in this case I have made my lacy bits with cardstock, punches and the Cricut.

The photo was taken of my daughter Catherine at five months old, in a lemon babygrow. We had visitors that day and something has really made her chuckle.

Here is a reminder of Betty Lou1's original layout that we chose to scraplift.

This is the sketch drawn from the layout.

I used patterned papers from Basic Grey's Picadilly collection

Blue Plate Special

Home Sweet Home
Here is how it was made:

Using Sugar Cookie Bazzill as a base, tear a 11" x 11" square of 'Blue Plate Special' with blue side up. Ink the edges and stick centrally to Bazzill.

Cut 3 strips from 'Home Sweet Home' paper 1.5" x 10" distress and ink the edges and then mount onto strips of Bazzill and distress and ink the edges again. Lay these vertically across the layout about 1" apart, starting about 2.5" in from the left.

Cut some 6" circular shapes - I used my Cricut and the Heritage Cartridge and cut yellow side of 'Home Sweet Home' paper Tree 2 - shift - charm at 6" for the larger circle. The smaller circle was cut from the blue side of 'Apronista' paper Tree 2 - charm at 6". Distress and ink inside and out of the yellow frame circle and mount the frame over the solid blue. Either cut off the tiny circle at the top of the charm or position so that it will be under the photo and stick to right side of the layout.

Make a mount for one corner or the photo from Bazzill and trim with Martha Stewart round the page punch in a lacy style. Distress the edges of the photo and stick to mount. Ink edges of mount and stick mounted photo to layout, leaving the very bottom unstuck.

Cut a strip of stripy side of Blue Plate Special 1.5" x 10" - distress and ink. Mount this to a strip of Bazzill, after trimming one long edge with a border punch to give a lacy edge - distress the straight edges and ink all edges.  Stick the velvet ribbon along the length of this strip, tucking the ends under the paper at either end. Stitch over the ribbon with DMC thread and some large cross stitches. Mount this strip onto the layout, tucking the top edge just under the photo.

Tie a bow with a piece of sheer organza ribbon to the right side of velvet ribbon strip.

Decorate the big circles with flowers cut from scraps of cardstock and patterned papers using the 'Mother's Day Bouquet' cartridge and the Cricut

Add buttons to the centre of these flowers stitching in place with the DMC thread, tie in a knot at the front of each button. decorate further with loops of organza ribbon and a wired pearl spray.

Add a small title by stamping onto a scrap of cardstock, cut out, ink and attach with 3D foam pads.

Thanks for looking and reading, hope you will take part in this challenge. Pop back to the 'L is for Lace' post on this blog to see full details of the April challenge, or check out my blog - A Moment in Time.

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