When I started this blog in June, I was working with the new Creative Imaginations "Sakura Collection" and created a couple of display layouts for my local scrapbook store Scrap-A-Lot.
I was pretty excited about these papers because back in the "olden days" (according to my kids), 1980 to be exact, I travelled to Japan on an exchange with the Lions Club. All my photos and memorabilia from that 6-week trip are suffering their fate in a humongous magnetic album....yes, the kind where the plastic page cover lifts up and you place your photos on a sticky page background, knowing the contents will disintegrate within 10 years.
Ironically, however, I used a photo from a Scrap-A-Lot friend named Fran, who was also excited about scrapping her trip to Asia....which was much more recent than mine. So while I was looking at her photos, I found the most lovely pic of cherry blossoms and was inspired to create this page for Fran.
|Gosh, it was hard to photograph this shiny gold paper!|
|The chipboard bird comes from a package of chipboard elements, all in neutral cream and brown...I added some gold metallic paint to coordinate with all the gold on the page.|
|Just love working with the Melissa Frances elements...I gilded her white resin pieces.|
|One of my favourite Martha Stewart border punches of all time...I punched the edges of the heavy gold metallic cardstock.|
|I gently lifted up the butterflies from the background glitter paper to give them dimension.|
|The thrifty scrapbooker cuts away the section of her background glitter paper that will be wasted and unseen beneath the gold metallic background paper. I placed the gold cardstock on top of this pink glitter frame.|
|Yikes! Who in their right mind wants to cut out ALL these lovely blossoms?|
|I placed these gorgeous floral cuttings on top of the gold cardstock.|
|I adore these Melissa Frances vintage embellishments!|
|Just touch the raised edges of the resin designs.|
|These corners ended up at the bottom of the gold metallic background as page corners.|
I used the two floral gilded elements to frame the photo....
To weave the ribbon along the edges of the glitter cardstock mat, I punched holes with my Crop-a-dile...2 holes at about 1 1/2" intervals...and yes, I used a ruler to measure.
|Yikes! that Crop-a-dile looks like a monster next to these delicate cherry blossoms...kinda like the Godzilla of scrapbooking tools!|
|A wide soft sheer pink ribbon worked well to create this effect....|
And now you know all the deep dark secrets behind creating this Cherry Blossoms layout!
Hope you enjoyed looking at LOTS of photos :)