Friday, February 8, 2013

Graphic 45 February Place in Time

It's no secret that I love designing with Graphic 45.  The vintage themes are so inspiring!  

When I saw the "Place in Time" collection, I wanted to use every single piece of paper, so I decided to create a 12 x 12 album for my mother, using photos from her scrapbooks.
My mother's precious scrapbooks
Her birthday is in November, so I have lots of time  to design the layouts.  Although I am teaching this album as a class at The Urban Scrapbook using double page layouts, I will only share the single pages and some techniques here on my blog each month. 

Here is my February layout...
Whoa Mom!  Two men...not one!
The large distressed heart in the top right is made with Tim Holtz Ideology Tissue Wrap and chipboard.  Here is how I created this special page element.

First, I cut a heart template from scrap paper and traced it onto a piece of chipboard.

 I tore off a piece of Tissue Wrap that was larger than the heart.

Using a foam brush, I applied Mod Podge all over the heart in a thin layer.

Crumple the Tissue Wrap and press it down all over the heart, scrunching it into wrinkles as you do so. 

Flip the chipboard heart over and apply Mod Podge to edges only.

Trim off excess Tissue Wrap and press down flat along the edges of the heart. 

Rub the entire ink pad of Aged Mahogany Distress ink across the Tissue surface of the heart.

Because the Tissue Wrap is somewhat resistant to colour, I rubbed off the excess ink with a dry baby wipe.
I wanted the colour to have more of a brown tone, so I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Remember to wipe off the excess ink.  You can continue to layer the ink like this until you achieve the desired colour.

On my layout, I backed the heart with a heart doily, that I found in the Dollar Store.  

I hope you have someone special in your life that you can give your own heart to this month :)


  1. I love this! Perfect layout for February. The heart is awesome. I must go and see if I can find some doilies from the dollar store here. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Beautiful layout Kelly! I love all the details and especially how you made the heart. It's just perfect for your project!

  3. Gorgeous layout Kelly! Thanks for sharing how you did the heart. Great technique and it turned out beautifully!

  4. Great tutorial Kelly! Love that heart...and the doily { hint hint could just send the already gave me the TH tissue paper hahaha]

  5. Oh how precious are your mother's scrapbooks. What a treasure. Of course, I know you will give them A+ treatment. You're so imaginative. Beautiful work. Love your design and technique. Great tutorial.

  6. Thanks for the tutorial on the heart. Whoa.....those scrapbooks are priceless!

  7. So very every detail Kelly!

  8. such a pretty layout. Love the heart technique there too.

  9. beautiful love the tutorial thank you

    hugs carla

    1. Oh. It's very beautiful paper)) I want to do album with it collection. Your works are nice. Sorry for my English))

  10. Such a wonderful thing to do, Kelly - to make a scrapbook for your mom with her amazing old photos! I love what you did with the February page. Your heart technique and tutorial are so inspiring. thanks for sharing this with us, girlfriend!!!!!

  11. Stunning vintage page. Your mom will love this precious book!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  12. BEAUTIFUL Kelly!!!!