Newsletter – Bo Bunny Gabrielle – layout 2

Besties 4 Ever continues the theme of ‘less is more’. Utilising more of a traditional shabby chic approach, the layout uses paper distressing and the pattern on the papers to provide the majority of interest. The embellishments serve to fill in gaps in the design or to frame the photo.

The base of the layout is formed from a layering of 3 papers: Promenade on the bottom, overlaid by Elegance; with Fairest on the top. The bottom 2 papers are stitched together using a contrasting chocolate brown thread and the top paper has been cut into two, so that the patterns on it can be re-positioned to make better use of them. Doing this allowed me to make a feature of the lovely little turquoise butterfly at the bottom right of the layout, something I could not have done in its original position in the middle of the patterned paper.

The large gap in the pattern in the top right of the layout was used for the title. The alphas are part of the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos). I’ve actually popped them up on some dimensional tape, and despite what the recalcitrant ‘t’ might suggest, they do actually stick well. The aqua colour of the rhinestones in the Jewels pack (oos) is a perfect match with the Kaiser Island Lagoon rhinestone flourishes – so that is what I used for the butterfly path. The butterfly itself comes from the Wrap pack (oos) – it was attached to the pink ribbon fringe.

Half the sentiments in the Gabrielle range appear to be friendship based – and the sticker tag used here is part of that, coming from the True Friends Sticker pack. It was just right for this photo of my daughter and her ‘bestie’ having dressing-up fun at our place a couple of months ago. You will have to excuse her friends’ face being blanked out – since to include that would be an invasion of that child’s privacy.

The space for the journalling is provided by one of the pages from the Noteworthy Journal Pad. To decorate this, I mixed a large rhinestone from the Jewels pack (oos) with the matching Kaiser Island Lagoon rhinestone flourish, centring them both over the design on the journal page. These larger rhinestones were also used for the body of the butterfly at the bottom right of the page.

The pink fluffy flower was made with the fringe ribbon from the Wrap pack (oos). To make the flower I have simply folded the fringe in half twice and then stitched the loose ends together to form a circle. A chipboard butterfly from the 12 x 12 Chipboard set acts as a centre to the flower and hides the stitching. Too easy!!

Using the corner stamp from the Clear Stamp Set I added this very pretty corner feature to the photo. The glittery finish is due to a coat of Worn Lipstick Distress Stickles painted onto the stamped image with a fine paintbrush. Stamped images can be easily embellished this way and it is something to think about in terms of customising your layouts. The glittered fleur de lys piece (and the white butterfly seen above it) are both from the Layered Chipboard Sticker set – though the rhinestones you see on it were added by me (from the Jewels pack). The pink sticker under the white butterfly is also from the True Friends Sticker pack.

This close-up of the stamp shows how pretty the Distress Stickles look over the stamped image. It’s a gorgeous stamp too – I’ve seen it used on lots of layouts out there in blogland and it has always looked stunning.


One Response

  1. Gorgeous LO… yes the stickles do look lovely on the stamp.. a nice touch 🙂

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