Tuesday, June 20, 2017

May "Spring Grunge" Kit from Swirlydoos

What a way to celebrate Spring - Swirlydoos' Spring Grunge Kit and Add-Ons are packed full of gorgeous colors, elegant embellishments (with a bit of fun thrown in!) and, as always, the opportunities to create several OTP projects.

I started with the sketch (did you know that every Swirlydoos Kit comes with an original sketch created by Swirlydoos Designer Kim Heard?), the Chance sheet from Blue Fern Studios' Happy Accident collection and this wonderful photo of my parents from 1941. To create a bit of interest in the background, I rubbed the Viva Decor Inka Gold from the Mediums Add-On though one of the Tim Holtz Mini Stencils that came in the Project Kit. I chose to back my image with a journaling card from the Embellishment Add-On and the Darice gate that was included in the Main Kit. The Blue Fern Studios chippie (also from the Embellishment Add-On) was treated with the Inka Gold and then slightly inked to give it an aged look. I finished it all with blooms from the Flower Add-On and some vines cut with the Die of the Month (Monterey Vine by Poppystamps) that I treated with the Liquid Leaf from the Mediums Add-On.

Here is the sketch.

And my layout...

And a few closeups...

- a monthly chance to show off some of your collection of butterflies, dragonflies, bees, ladybugs, birds, fairies and anything else that well, flutters. Each month, there is a different theme; this time, it's all about men

Here is the layout that I created as an example This is my father's high school yearbook photo, taken in 1936, scrapped with the new "Spring Grunge" kit and add-ons, full of pinks and grays and black tones, perfect for a more masculine layout.

I've added some background interest by applying the DecoArt wax through the Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil onto the Wood Background paper. Next, I tore the Stone Quartz sheet. A full 12" strip was adhered just above the center of the page. I further tore some of the remainder to create several layers of matting beneath my photo. I added some drywall tape from my stash down one side and on the bottom and embellished it all with flowers, stickers and a pennant from the Gems and Paper Clips package.

I took one of the two dangles from the chipboard package and primed it with black gesso. When it was dry, I lightly went over it with the same DecoArt wax that I used with the stencil, being careful to let a lot of the black show through. Lastly, I glued the necklace from the main kit on top, drew the chain up and over the paper and taped it to the back. (I cut off the unused chain, saving it for later.)

 Some closeups...

This picture of a six-year-old me is wrong in so many ways. I'm facing the sun and either I'm squinting or my eyes are shut. The shadows on my face are so sharp that my nose and mouth are distorted. Most of all (and this has nothing to do with the sun), there is my hair. Now, I was born with baby-fine, straight hair and it has stayed this way all of my life. Back in the day, the solution for this was the Tonette Children's Home Permanent, which left my hair so very, very frizzy for the first few weeks.

I was reminded of this photo a few weeks ago when I was at a gathering of scrappy friends and somehow the Tonette Permanent came up in conversation. I mentioned that I had this photo and that someday I was going to scrap it. Well, "someday" is now; the "Spring Grunge" Kit from Swirlydoos comes with papers and embellishments that are just so pretty. I've taken advantage of the pinks and grays and bits of blue (that match my dress) to create a setting for my not-so-lovely, but still perfectly girly photo.

I've created a tutorial on Snapguide; here's the link.https://snapguide.com/guides/create-a-layout-with-the-spring-grunge-main-kit/

And here are a couple of closeups.

The Spring Grunge Project Kit comes with two of the new (and  incredible!) Tim Holtz Hardboard Tags. I've created this piece of Home Decor with the larger tag, the backplate from the Embellishment Add-On and a photo that I took last Summer in New Orleans' French Quarter.

Some closeups...

A few blooms from the Flower Add-On...

Dry brushing with the Finnabair Metallique paints that came with the Project Kit...

A Prima Memory Hardware pull from my stash, altered to match the backplate...

I've created a tutorial on Snapguide; here's the link. https://snapguide.com/guides/create-home-decor-with-the-may-spring-grunge-kit/


If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Peggy) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!

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