Sunday, April 03, 2011

Scraplicious March Projects: Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe Layouts

Can I say.. I love Crate Paper?
*swoon over the Emma's Shoppe range*

OK lah.. partial swoon over the Portrait range and Toy Box range also =P

Layouts with Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe:

1. Words With Friends
This picture is of my 2 daughters playing together in their playhouse. I imagine they are having a nice conversation.. you can see that they understand each other so well and love each other to bits!

The base was Pink Paislee Fascinating diecut paper, topped by white cardstock misted in green, blue and brown. The misting was done with the "negative" of Studio Calico's wooden alphabets (what's left after punching out the alhpabets) and gives quite a cool look!
The lace doily is a cake doily with the center cut out, and inked with Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye & Walnut Stain distress inks for the uneven effect. The woodgrain paper is the backing for Studio Calico's wooden alphabets (getting the max mileage for my scrapping dollar hahaha) and overlaud with Hambly's Screenprints Embroidery in teal for the eye-popping colour.

The photo mat was using Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe (new line in at Scraplicious! Woo!) Playhouse paper and I love the crosswords design on it. The words on each side of the photo describe their personalities - Zoe is exuberant, bold and feisty, whereas Sophie is sweet, eloquent and quick.

The "sun rays" were done using cut out strips from Emma's Shoppe and Toy Box collections, both by Crate Paper. To continue with the "words" theme, I cut up one of the Accent Cuts cards (it was like a cloze passage kind) and those form the sentences in between the "sun rays".

The text is using Rainboots puffy alphas from American Crafts thickers. To make it stand out more against the background, the words were outlined with Dimensional Pearls in Mushroom & Expresso.

The photo was held in place with a clear photo holder from Prima's Canvas album - I did an ROM album for my friend but had 2 of the clear photo holders left over. Rather than let it go to waste I used it here instead. Like the effect generated by the brown twine through the metal rings.

Embellishing around the photo with a mix of Prima flowers & vintage trinkets, Jenni Bowlin buttons, more cut outs from Emma's Shoppe Accent Cuts, bakers' twine, flower made from Tim Holtz tissue tape (below the red button) and Basic Grey ribbon doilies from the Curio range.

2. Playing House
Same photo series and same paper series as the Words With Friends layout - although I love these 2 photos a lot, I did struggle with getting them into layouts because of the *uber bright* primary colours of the playhouse. Finally found a good match to them with the colours of Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe collection (plus a wee bit of Toy Box).

For this layout, I was inspired by the book titles on Books paper (of course!) and really wanted to showcase the titles as well as the feeling of items being stacked in horizontal rows. On the other hand, I also fell in love with the Inventory paper (I am such a sucker for any text-based papers!). So being the usual greedy old me, decided to squeeze both into 1 layout *haha.

The Inventory paper was stitched with the help of WRMK's Sew Easy tool. It makes very deep holes on the Sew Easy piercing mat (I tried with and without - SUPER BIG DIFFERENCE) making it much easier to sew on the paper. The "ruffles" above and below the paper were created with cut out strips mainly from the Books paper - I used both the front and back sides. Border punches used were from Martha Stewart (loves!) and EK Success. The edges were inked with various brown distress inks to give dimension. I also kept the punch "negatives" - can you spot them on the "window frame"?

To add more texture, I used various random ribbons (mostly leftover scraps on my table) and more of the ribbon doilies from Basic Grey's Curio range.
The flower in the bottom left corner was done with translucent text print wrapper (you can find at Daiso), backed with a small cake doily and topped with grey ribbon ruffles behind a cutout from one of the book titles.

To reinforce the impression that the 2 girls were looking out the window of their playhouse, the photo was cut to 4x4 size and matted using the super old Maya Road Tapestry chipboard (the brown grid behind the photo). The gingham ribbon and Basic Grey ribbon doily are supposed to look like curtains framing the window.

Embellishments with more chipboard from Emma's Shoppe, the packaging of Prima's flowers which was cut out for the lace doilies, a wooden ruler (Yes! Real one!)and Hambly's Couture screenprints, as well as random assorted paper strips on the table.

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