I love this month’s page kit. With all the muted fall colours, lace, and music themed patterns it is just so antique and romantic. It is also really versatile to different photo themes. For her layout, Dorothy decided to highlight the musical theme to match the photo of her daughter, who was all dressed up for a junior high school musical production.
If you take a close look at the background you can see that Dorothy has used two different patterned pieces and pulled them together with a thin outline of the brown cardstock between them. The cardstock- and the distressed inked edges- keeps the patterns from clashing and standing out as obviously different. Dorothy used Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso Distress Inks throughout the layout for her edges.
I love how Dorothy managed to incorporate all of the different tags into the layout, especially how she used them as frames to highlight the instruments from the patterned paper. She has also used so many details- every time I look at the photo I notice something new. The blue seam binding has even been stamped with music notes in Coffee Archival Ink. Did you see the little charms she made and attached to the tags?
Take a look at the round charm attached to the tag in the photo above. This is actually the small metal circle included in the kit. To make it look like this, Dorothy first coated it with IndigoBlu Mega-Flake (royal peacock) and then sealed it over with Emerald Creek Vintage Beeswax embossing powder. While the embossing powder was still warm and melted, she pressed into it with a music note stamp (if you coat the stamp with embossing ink beforehand it will keep it from getting stuck). After it dried, she used Walnut Stain Distress Crayon to give more definition to the impressions. The paper below the charm was created by sewing the paper, wetting it, rouching it and then letting it dry.
She pulled the photo back in with the tags by adding another little charm on the top right-hand corner. I love the ticket stubs in the bottom corner (they were made with Tim Holtz Ticket Booth stamps and dies, CMS337 & 662698). They are so versatile- I think Dorothy has used them in almost every layout since she got them! She also used the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals (660227) and Small Tattered Flowers (661806) to add some dimension around the photo. She flaked the bell brads with the Mega-Flake to tie them in with the rest of the layout colour-wise.
For the music notes and the lace die, Dorothy used IndigoBlu Flitter Glue and Mega-Flake (royal peacock) to give them the metallic look. Dorothy’s designer tip: when you are using Mega-Flakes, it’s better to flake your cardstock first, let it dry and then cut it out. The music bars were cut out of cardstock and then coated with clear embossing powder to give them a bit of shine and make them sturdier. Themusic die is Lawn Fawn Little Music Notes (LF1712) and the lace die is Tim Holtz Lace (661499).
Here is an (extremely) simplified version of Dorothy’s layout:
Until next time!