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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

May Scrapology Layout challenge - C is for Charms

Hello everyone!  This month, we are scraplifting the work of Karola Witczak  who is a member of the Prima design team.  Our challenge was also to incorporate charms into the layout.  Being a scrapper of some years' standing, this fortunately was easy to accommodate! 

Here is her original layout. 

From that, to this layout of mine below. 

Karola's layout is much more monochrome in nature and the photo blends in to it, being black and white.  I wanted to provide much more contrast, and also tie this layout with a coordinating page in the boys' album.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a second piece of patterned paper to match my other layout, so I took a piece of Bazzill dotted Swiss white cardstock, and inked, sprayed, painted and misted the background through a doily.

I recovered the wooden birds from Hobbycraft with a scrap of paper, as they were both facing the same way, and I wanted them to face each other.  Thanks to Heather Bee for the little feet charms - they were just the ticket on the page!

Some of the layers on the flowers were Nestability cogs, which were borrowed from Lisa. 

It was great to get the paint out and splodge it on - I painted a green border around the edge of the page, and then used some sequin waste as a mask to paint through.  I added a bit of white paint on top, to "temper" and soften the green, so it faded more into the background.

When sorting out my stash drawers, I came across a bottle of pink Appliglue which I also bought many years ago - probably for a project in a magazine.  I was convinced it would have dried out and been useless - but it was perfect here, for picking out the doily border and providing some contrast. 

The "Darling" tag was one of the first items in my stash, so it has been sitting there for approximately 8 years! I covered it with paint, as the silver surface was too brash and dominating.  The Making Memories "believe" charm is also many years old.  I do also remember buying some of those heart beads/charms in 2005 from a Michaels store, when I went on a scrapbooking trip to Florida with the Scrapaholics.  My, how the years fly by!

Bazzill white Dotted Swiss cardstock
Patterned Papers:
    Karen Russell "Narratives" for Creative Imaginations Cream and Blue Polka
    Cloud 9 Design Alyssa's Garden collection "Botanical Notes"
    Walter Knabe Paper Adventures
Ranger Distress Inks
Various charms
Prima flowers
Prima packaging
Leaf die - Nestabilities
Flower and frond die - My Favourite Things
Wooden birds - Hobbycraft
Pink Appliglue
Why don't you join in with us this month and take the challenge?  It is a great exercise in stash-busting, and you will have another completed layout for your albums ...


  1. A really fabulous layout Ali, love the unique background effect and that photo is just so precious xx

  2. Hee hee I still have a good few charms left from when they were all the range! What was that shop that used to sell all the little seperate items? Was is Weenie Bits or somthing, I think her name was Liz? Anyway now I am rambling lol, beautiful layout Ali, I just adore the background and your use of the charms :)

  3. Lovely layout Alison, you really made it your own.

  4. Absolutely stunning. I love your colourful take on the challenge.
    Sandra x