Sunday, 23 March 2014

Welcome Back GD: Pam Thorburn #1 Chatsworth Collection Layout

"Hello all, Pam here. I was so excited when I found out that PaperArtsy now have a range of 12 x 12 patterned papers. Patterned papers tend to be the lifeblood of scrapbookers, so I was right at home using these papers. The papers are double sided and are heavy weight great quality papers-perfect for taking a bit of paint and distressing". 

For this layout I decided to stick to a monotone colour palette, which always works!

The layout is of my daughter who has just turned 21.

So here's how this layout was constructed. I used the green papers from the Chatsworth Collection. 

Firstly, here's a TIP:  If you are making a dimensional, bulky layout always start by cutting off 1cm from the top and side of your base paper. This will make it easier to put your finished page into a 12 x 12 page protector. 

So I removed 1 cm from the top and side of the bottom layer, and then 1.5 cm from each of the 4 edges of the upper layer. I then distressed all the edges, by running my craft knife around the edges. For the paper curl at the top left it is easier to wet that corner first, then roll the corner around a wooden spoon handle, and allow to dry.

I then inked the edges with a sponge dipped into Seaweed Fresco Paint

Then I machine stitched the two papers together.

While that was drying I set to colouring my embellishments so they matched the papers. I used a selection of lace from my stash, and Prima Wood Bellies, Prima Flowers, Petaloo Blossoms, Junkyard Findings

I then painted all the embellishments with Fresco paints in 'Hey Pesto, 'Tinned Peas', and 'Sage. For the lace and ribbon I watered the paint down a bit and left them to soak, before drying.

I added some Spanish Topaz Treasure Gold to the hard embellishments.

While everything was drying I started to build up my layout. I diecut some paper doilies- one from the patterned paper, one from vellum, and adhered them around where my photo was to go. I fussy cut the leaves from a sheet of the patterned paper.

Then I added the dyed lace, and some border punched patterned paper strips. I also randomly stamped over the layout using my all time favourite script stamp Mini 30, using Seaweed Fresco Paint. (I have a number of script stamps but this one is the BEST!) Stamping like this serves to unify the various elements on the page.

I adhered my photo to a piece of chipboard which raised it from the surface of the background, then adhered it. Setting it on chip board allowed me to slip embellishments under it if I wanted. After that it was a matter of arranging the embellishments around the photo until I was happy with the look, overlapping and layering.

The key and the scattered pearls are by Kaisercrafts.

The layout came together really easily. The papers are so easy to work with, and the decision to stick to a monochromatic colour palette really helped too! Join me again tomorrow evening for another project. 


Leandra Says: Oh how great to see such a gorgeous scrapping layout with our new papers. I know they were only released 4 weeks ago, but the response to the colour palette we used has been superb! love how you got all the embellishments to connect so well by altering them that way!

Gillian Says: Simply devine layout Pam, aren't these papers just gorgeous. Love how you have enhanced the "distressed" effect further. The monochromatic tones look stunning.

If you would like to join in this week's challenge and play along with Pam's techniques, then do link up your creativity here, and go in the draw to win some PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00, Sunday March 30th 2014.


Hazel Agnew said...

Totally loving this. Like the way that you have colour co-ordinated the embellishments and ribbon. Love the stitching and caught down corner. Mind whirring, thanks for showing us!

Helen said...

What a gorgeous layout, love the stitching, and the colours are great (Sam will love it!) - your daughter is beautiful.

Lin said...

Excellent layout...really beautiful and those papers are really scrummy..

ionabunny said...

Great LO and thanks for all the tips

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a gorgeous layout, Pam, and such a beautiful subject! I love how you have unified your colours and I love your edges and the cut out leaves. Great touches. May I ask who makes the doily die as it's perfect!

Lucy x

Craftyfield said...

Beautiful daughter, great pic and the layout is gorgeous. Inspirational!

Kathi said...

Lovely layout that your daughter will treasure!

Colleen said...

Beautiful picture of your daughter and the layout is fantastic. I love the way you coordinated all the embellishments.

Carol Q said...

beautiful. i love the messy edges and stitching

Anonymous said...

That is so beautiful. I love how distressed the background paper & the stitching is very effective.

craftytrog said...

Absolutely gorgeous Pam! xxx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Really wonderful layout I love the colours and the paper looks devine. I love all the elements coloured to mtatch. Must have ago at this x

Anneke said...

Wonderful layout, beautiful colors. Just keep on looking Anneke.

Unknown said...

Thanks you everyone for all your kind comments! Lucy, the doily die is by Cheery Lyn, called French Pastry.

Paula Pascual said...

Gorgeous! Love the finished page and the very clear step by step instructions.
Thank you!

JoFY said...

Beautiful layout!

Ruth said...

The colours are beautiful, love the use of embellishments, gorgeous

Julie Lee said...

I really love the stitching on this and the co-ordinated embellishments and ribbon. Beautiful! Julie Ann xxx

massofhair said...

Beautiful layout of your Daughter, thank you for such detailed instructions. Loving the sewing a lot & what a fab way to colour the ribbon :-) x

Art By Wanda said...


Unknown said...

Gorgeous layout! Love it! xxx

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous stunning layout, I really love the colour, really stunning natural feeling and I love the background. Kezzy :-) xxx

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