Many Layers

Wow was this a super fun scrapbook layout to do!  I decided a while back that I wanted to experiment more with design, white space, layering and eliminate my just plain “stop worrying about perfection” mentality.  The latter is the hardest for me.  I worry about everything being perfect and forget that scrapbooking is all about preserving personal memories whichever way you choose.  It is YOUR design….have fun with it.  Well, after much delay, I found a wonderful website that offers online lessons.  I jumped right on in and enrolled.  My layout today is from  Miss Arts Paper Papercrafting School Level 201 class titled Layered Layouts.  Wow it sure is layered!  I did not think we would ever stop 🙂 I am so pleased with the outcome of the project.  Just gorgeous.

Since this layout is very dimensional I purchased a 12″ x 12″ shadow box frame from JoAnne’s at 40% off.  It was the perfect finishing touch.

I really love how Julie Winks (the teacher) had us add a touch of glitter to such a rustic and distressed design.  Fabulous!  Mixing glitter along with the machine stitching, that we cut and unraveled, made every element on the page look as if it were meant to be together.

In this photo you can see all the distressed layers from patterned papers to tissue paper to a fussy-cut bird embellishment to those famous Tim Holtz keys plus K & Company Journey Keys.   Yes those are keys under all that paint and gold glimmer mist distressing.  I had a very difficult time painting over them with acrylic paint but I now know I will be doing this technique again.  I love the keys “as is” but this is a pretty effect as well.

The students were shown how to distress the photos and double layer them.  I would have never thought that a second repetitive photo would add so much dimension.

I decided to include a real bird feather as an embellishment to compliment the dimensional bird from the lower right hand corner.

I am so glad I used this lesson to preserve our grandson Elijah. This stage of innocence will be gone in a flash.  You are only 3 once.  What a precious little face!

There are so many wonderful classes awaiting me at Miss Art’s Papercrafting  School that I can guarantee you I will be posting many more finished projects.  I hope you enjoyed my first share.

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