It's a couple of weeks since we returned from our Easter holiday down south and in something other than my usual form of scrapbooking an event a good many years after it actually occurred, I have completed a page using one of the photo's I took on the trip.
My almost seven year old doesn't have a scrapbook page of her second birthday yet, but at least she has a beach layout featuring herself from a fortnight ago, right?!
Here it is, the Just Add Ink theme for the week being vintage.....
The journalling reads:
She's a few years younger than I was when I went to Dillon Bay for the first time but Hannah was just as captivated by this beautiful stretch of beach as I remember being. Miles of baby-powder white sand and the bluest blue water you ever did see
I grunged up the picture a bit using some Pioneer Woman actions in Photoshop and also some post-printing sponged on ink around the edges, so the baby-powder-esque sand isn't done a great deal of justice in this photo but it really is a sight to behold.
As for the layout itself, it was rather a collaborative effort, as I used elements of things that I loved from all over to put it together.
The custom made Designer Series Paper to the left of the layout was inspired by the amazing artist that is Teneale Williams.
I started out with a 12 x 5 inch piece of Baja Breeze cardstock and stamped all over it with the Sanded background stamp - first in Soft Suede, then in Versamark.
After that, I inked up my brand new Medallion stamp - also in Versamark - and stamped it in a fairly tight fitting pattern all over as well.
The whole sheet was then covered in Clear Embossing Powder and blasted with my Heat Gun.
Once it was embossed, I loaded up my Brayer with Soft Suede ink and rolled it several times all over the sheet, giving the exposed, un-embossed cardstock a gorgeous rich brown colour and leaving the embossed parts the original Baja Breeze.
This technique is called emboss resist, because the embossed part "resists" the ink that is applied. It's a wonderful technique :)
As you would very likely be aware, the process of embossing leaves quite a shiny finish and being a vintage theme, I wanted a flatter, less shiny finish, so this is where my second collaborator comes in...
I was at the workshop of a gorgeous customer and friend on the weekend and she's one of those super clever types who tries her hand - and succeeds amazingly - at everything arty and crafty.
During the make and takes, as I sipped on the Nespresso coffee that was whipped up for me (have I mentioned recently how much I love my job?!) I was browsing her collection of ATCs and cards and 3D projects and checking out her funky workspace and came across a card that looked very much like emboss resist, but with no embossing.
Mandy kindly let me know that the way to get rid of the embossing after the resisting had been done was to iron it!
I was keen to use this technique immediately, hence its appearance in this very challenge entry, and I was even more pleased to have a use for my iron, since it doesn't see the light of day very often in a more standard role....
Basically, you just lay some sheets of copy paper over the embossed area and using your iron on high, go right over the top, thereby melting off the embossed area, which is lifted away when the copy paper is removed.
How cool is that?!
The third collaborator was another gorgeous workshop guest and a good friend of Mandy's who is also one of those super clever crafty types.
Lisa sent me the link to a tutorial for some particularly funky (and I thought, vintage-y) paper flowers using the Scallop Circle Punch and Crimper.
You can find the tutorial -->HERE<--
To make mine, I first stamped the Medallion onto Naturals Ivory cardstock using Baja Breeze ink, then punched out three Scallop Circles. After following the tutorial linked above, I sponged some Soft Suede ink on the edges of the flower and added a Button Latte button and Linen Thread to the centre.
I was really happy with the way it came together, as vintage style is not something I would usually try my hand at.
If you'd like to challenge yourself to create something with a vintage twist, head on over to Just Add Ink to check out some DT inspiration!
And if you'd like any further information on my layout or the products that went into creating it, please don't hesitate to contact me!
"Just Add Vintage - History Repeating 12x12 Layout" Stamps: Medallion, Vintage Vogue, Sanded Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla textured Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, Eyelet Border Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Button Latte, Linen Thread, Stamping Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker