Friday, May 18, 2012

Shoppe Book Pages 1 and 2

This layout has changed shape more times than I can count.  It all started with the reverse, the right page was on the left and vice versa.  Remember the photo of the layout yesterday?  Well, after a day of reworking it.  Here it is.

Oh, there are so many details to talk about on these pages.  I think my favorite part is the shrink plastic bottles.  I stamped it in StazOn on the plastic and cut it out.  Then I colored it very lightly with pastels and shrunk it down with the heat gun.  Don't you think it turned out cool?  The colors get so intense when you shrink them down.  I added the word "create" before I shrank it down, a reference to Art being my medicine. 

Another favorite part is the "Think outside of the box" embellishment.  I stamped in on vanilla card stock and distressed it with Distress Inks.  Then I backed it with two patterned papers pieces about an eighth inch larger than the last.  I fringed the edges of the paper and curled it up around the stamp.  I love how this turned out and will try it again.  I am thinking on a layout at the beach...
Of course, I have to add an interactive bit to play with.  So I slit open the bird cage and glued the arm onto it.  I cut out a butterfly from the patterned paper and attached it to a spiral.  
When you open the door with the arm, a butterfly springs out of thecage. 
There are so many little highlights to these pages, I have a hard time picking a few.  So here are a few other favorite little vignettes:

I love the butterflies circling her face.  This is a combination of two stamps.  One is her face and chest, which is actually a clock.  This is a stamp I have had for years by Stampers Anonymous.  The second stamp is the Graphic 45 corset.  I slit the corset and slipped the bust into the corset.  I really like the way it turned out.  It looks like it is one stamp.   The butterflies were cut from the Shoppe patterned paper.  
I also like the play of the different butterflies in this section.  I added Tim Holtz tissue tape and cut a second butterfly from the patterened paper to add dimension.  Don't you love that tissue tape?  I am going to play with this some more!
Here is the last of the close ups of pages 1 and 2.  There are several butterflies, echoing the four butterflies on the opposite page.  The dragonfly-like ones I stamped with Memento on canvas, colored with Copics, and cut out.   The stamp is from teh Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe stamps.  The other two butterflies are cut from the patterned paper.  I love all the texture between the shiny Mod Podge to the canvas to the the linen of the papered paper.
Now, onto pages 2 and 3...


  1. You are on a level that I cannot even fathom! My mind does not think like that! This project will be amazing when you finish!

  2. want to see & touch this - love the shrink plastic bottle & the butterfly coming out of the birdcage

  3. i am loving all the details! beautiful butterflys and love the shrink plastic bottle :)

  4. Whoa! I love the layered 'fringe' look you did and the birdcage details- you are definitely thinking outside of the box!- I look forward to seeing this in person...