June 11, 2013


This is really something I'm getting into at the moment. I see papers that I like, and also actually own, and try to make my own version. I start with something very similar to the original, and then go from there and see what I can come up with. So this time I took this gorgeous Maggie Holmes paper as my chosen background:

And can I just say- I love Crate Paper! Their last few collections have been really beautiful, and the newest one, The Pier, has got to be one of my favorite collections ever. And another thing about Crate, they have some really unique embellishments, like these Maggie Holmes Rhinestone and Resin Flower Clips:

 Here's my finished layout:

 I used only one photo, because that was the only one I had, and even to get that one I had to run after Ella, my daughter, and kinda ask her repeatedly to stand still for just a moment (the posing was all her though, the hair style is all daddy!), so mommy could take that cool picture with the shade. I can be annoying that way... She's usually more accommodating:) There are already some gold splatters printed on the paper, so I went with that and added some more, using Heidi Swapp's gold Color Shine. Behind the photo there are some papers from the cut-apart sheets in the same collection (love that camera!), and a 6*6 paper from the DIY Shop collection, also by Crate Paper. I added some heart shaped wood veneers from Studio Calico, and this lovely clip from the Maggie Holmes collection as a final touch. I cut the title with my Cameo out of American Crafts POW! glitter paper in gold. 

But here it starts to get a bit more creative, or not:) I saw something that worked (meaning the original paper) and copied it with supplies I had. But this way I can make as many papers as I want, and in whichever colors I want. But I started with the closest I could get to the original-

I used some vanilla cardstock (that's just what I had in hand, the other side was some failed attempt at something...), a doily mask and an actual doily, both were in different older Studio Calico kits. I also have some doilies I bought at my regular supermarket, or another option is to cut one with a die cutting machine (there are dozens of doily designs in the Silhouette online store). I used what was easiest at that moment. I chose two pink sprays, I think the Mr. Huey's Pretty Pink is a better match to the original color, but I wanted the background to have a bit more depth, so I used also the Funky Fuchsia Dylusions spray (if you don't know the Dylusions sprays, look for them in YouTube, they are bright as no other spray, and just lovely!). Some more gold ink splatters like the first layout. And here's the finished layout:

 Because I used a lot of spray here, the cardstock got quite warped, so I trimmed it to a slightly smaller square and adhered it to some bright yellow-orange patterned paper. I took that picture of Ella when she was about one year old (I added the date after taking the picture of the layout...), and it was sunset, so everything was pink and red, those are the actual colors, I did not do any editing to this picture. I embellished with some MME chipboard pieces from the new Find Your Wings and Fly collection, as well as some POW! glitter paper in gold flower-like shapes, cut with the cameo. 
Added some pins from an older MME's collection to the top left cluster. I cut the title with the Silhouette and drowned it in gold mist. There was a lot of gold misting pretty much everywhere here...

This picture was taken after I added some journaling and the date (the glare on the right is just the desk lamp, miraculously I managed not to spray the photo with gold, but it wasn't easy:))

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  1. how innovative! love your homemade background!

  2. WOW This is just brilliant. I love both of these.

  3. These are both awesome - love the way you took the PP and made it your own.

  4. just total sweetness!! I adore what you have done here!!

  5. Beautiful pages! Great job creating your own background paper!