Good morning everyone!!
I was actually good today and pre-scheduled this :O) I am going to be working on getting better about pre-scheduling again like I used to be. I just go through phases I guess. . sometimes well organized, sometimes very laidback!
Anyway, I spent an entire evening on this layout because I really wanted it to be extra special LOL. Usually I am a pretty quick scrapper and it doesn’t take me too long to get a layout cranked out.
I made this layout for Elements of Style week. When I bought this stamp set, I just KNEW I wanted to use it in my scrapbooks!! Those flowers just scream scrapbook layout to me! Also, this layout uses my Color Journey Combo #5. This combo showcases the retiring color Close to Cocoa. I just love this color for distressing and it is such a nice, beautiful brown. I hope you will stock up on your favorite Close to Cocoa products while you still can.
Now the BEST part of my layout (at least I think so!) is the flowers across the bottom. I just love the flowers from the Elements of Style stamp set and I wanted them to be showcased on my layout.
- The flower image from the Elements of Style stamp set was stamped and then colored in with Copics from iCopic.com. I used G84 and R22. The colors look a little distressed and vintage when colored on the Kraft cardstock and that is the look I was going for.
- TIP: When stamping flowers, sometimes it is best to rotate your image so that it looks like you are using different images. All four bunches of flowers across the bottom were made with the exact same stamp, but it is hard to tell that because the images are all rotated!
- After stamping and coloring the flowers, I sprayed a light coating of Log Cabin colored Smooch Spritz over the edges of my 12X12 cardstock.
- TIP: When using Smooch Spritz, make sure to cover your area so you don’t make a mess. Stampin’ UP has a great tool called the Color Catcher that you can use to catch all the excess spray.
- TIP: Also, for a lighter coating like I have, make sure to hold the spray nozzle at least a foot away from your paper!! I know it sounds like that is far away, but seriously, I was about 14 inches back from my paper and I still got a great dusting of spray. The closer you spray to your paper, the blotchier/darker your splashes will be.
- The title was made with two different elements. The smaller letters are from the Rough Type stamp set and were stamped spread apart on Very Vanilla cardstock using Close to Cocoa Classic Ink. Then I cut around each letter to make little squares. Finally, I distressed the edges of each square using a Sponge Dauber and Creamy Caramel Classic ink.
- The larger letters were cut from the Big Shot using the Simple Letters Bigz Alphabet set. They are actually Pink Pirouette cardstock (it will be coming back!!) and again, I distressed the edges with a Sponge Dauber (but this time I used Close to Cocoa Classic Ink).
- The flower was made using the Scallop Circle Punch and a Rhinestone Brad. I stamped over each layer with a stamp from the Elements of Style stamp set and distressed the edges. I forgot to post my tutorial on how to do that so I will have to do that for you soon!
Here are some close ups:
- Elements of Style stamp set
- Rough Type Stamp set
- 12X12 Kraft Cardstock
- Very Vanilla Cardstock
- Pretty in Pink Cardstock
- Scallop Circle Punch
- Rhinestone Brads
- Sponge Daubers (set of 12)
- Close to Cocoa Classic Stampin’ Pad
- Creamy Caramel Classic Stampin’ Pad
- Scallop Edge Border Punch
- Log Cabin Smooch Spritz
- Big Shot
- Simple Letters Alphabet Bigz
- Color Catcher