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Start to Finish: Mama in Waiting

Last week I shared about a new focus I have had on using up some of my scraps to make them as useful as possible for me and create new layouts from loved paper.

The first layout that I created with my scraps was simply just playing around with various layers and lengths to create something that I liked.

I started with a base layer of paper from the Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic collection on the B side. I began playing with various scraps until I got to a pile that I liked together before I adhered anything down.

I inked the edges of all the papers with Wild Honey Distress Ink to give it a different color of pop. I then grabbed the Postage stamp by KaiserCraft and inked up a bit of it before lightly putting it on the background. I wanted it to show up but then I really liked the washed out look that I achieved with my faulty stamping. Next time I will prime my clear stamps.

Now it’s time to add some texture and resting places in the background. The Pink Paislee mask is just perfect for this.

Secured nicely in place with some Tissue Tape (could also use Painter’s tape if you didn’t want to use up Tissue Tape).

Using acrylic paint, I added the mask in places. It’s important to use a light touch and a stipple brush with a flat end to get good coverage. I also pulled some of my new washi tape from a washi share I was in and placed it on the sides to give extra added interest.

Grabbed my two photos for this project and I really couldn’t tell you what I cut them down to as I eyeballed what would look good on top of the pile. I then added some 1 1/2″ punched circles in a tone-on-tone polka dot as well as clusters of buttons tied with twine and a few other paper embellishments.

I thought the white paint was a bit stark so I went over the areas lightly with my Ink Blending Tool that I had used to apply the Wild Honey Distress Ink with earlier.

Still a bit undefined on the white parts so I added some pen work with my Copic Multiliner 01. Then went over in the corners with a bit of Silver Mister Huey. It doesn’t really sparkle in the picture as it was drying but there are little flecks I can see in person.

A bit more pen work was needed to tie things together. I also grabbed my American Crafts Remarks stickers that don’t stick worth a darn. Rather than fighting with them to remain sticky, I traced around the edges of the letters with the Copic Multiliner 01 and loved how it turned out. I had already put a pen mark under the one letter but I’m okay with how it looks.

And now that it is finished, I love it! You can see every paper that originally started in the pile, my scraps stash is down a bit and it makes me feel good to start working on the story of Sookie’s pregnancy.

I know I bounce all over in my scrapbooking as the other layouts I did this weekend were for the Wedding album, the Farm Life album and then just the 2012 album. I love the ability to do this in scrapbooking as my mind doesn’t work in a straight line and I have to jump around as my mind does.

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