I’ve been holding on to this layout for several months now. Poor thing – languishing away in the corner unloved. Now that Mary is back from her exciting overseas journey and has settled back into mudane Australian life, I can share it with you.
Fairy Belle – by Prima – is a range that I consider to be sadly under-recognised. There are few layouts out there that I think do justice to this range – though I have seen some lovely OTP’s that use it. Which is rather sad, when you consider how pretty it is.
The colours range from neutral greys, creams and browns, through to soft pinks and baby blues. There are plenty of flowers, some dragon-/butterflies, and the odd doily pattern or two – but the dominant theme is the ballerina/fairies that are the feature of most of the ‘A’ sides of the papers.
Having a large ‘focus’ item in a paper pattern can be daunting and often scrappers are reluctant to use the paper, because they don’t want to ‘spoil’ it. The trick to using papers such as this though, is to ignore the placement of the ‘fairies’ and to cut them out to use wherever you want them. With this in mind, I created two layouts that have the fairy as a focal point – but used outside of their original position on the paper. For further interest, although I have used papers with similar colouring – the scrapping styles are very different.
She…, is the first of the two layouts and has a very structured design. The base paper for the layout is the reverse side of La Ronde. Over this I popped a section of brown cardstock and then a cut down piece of Marcelle, making a feature of the gorgeous flower/dragonfly corner. To provide a little contrast, I’ve finished off the edges of these papers in a variety of ways, alternating between inking and distressing.
Here’s a close-up of that gorgeous patterned paper. In some ways, the entire layout has been created to focus on two strips of this Marcelle paper – this corner and another piece left over from trimming this first bit. The ‘she’ which forms the first part of the title is a stamp applied to a scrap of La Spa. The delicate butterfly is one of the Martha Stewart punches Mary got in awhile back.
Off-centre to the photo is a piece of what is my favourite paper in this range – the stunning (and very pink) La Spa. It’s almost too pretty a paper to cut up. In the corner of this paper is an Antique Bronze filigree corner I’ve had in my stash for awhile. The chipboard frame is the Baroque Frame (oos) by Dusty Attic. The finish you can see on it is a simply stunning embossing powder I’ve had hiding in my stash.
The bottom half of the layout has been designed around the other strip of Marcelle paper, which has this very pretty rosebud on one end. Sections of pattern that are not very interesting are tucked under the photo – but the very pretty ends of the strip are left visible. Inking the edges a dark, contrasting colour (brown) allows this piece to stand out from the rest of the layout and focus attention on the paper designs.
Intertwined around the chipboard frame is the very pretty Pixie Vine (oos) from Prima. Here and there I added some pretty flowers sent to me by the lovely Maggie, one of our forum regular’s. The fairy ballerina was cut out from the La Spa paper and carefully tucked into the flower vine/chipboard frame.
In the bottom right-hand corner of the layout, I added a collection of small, pretty items – there were a couple of leaves and roses from the Charme’ Pack (oos); half a Bronze Filigree flower; a Bronze Ballet dress/shoes charm; a glass cabochon I’d made myself from a bit of La Spa paper; and several cut up bits from the Fairy Belle pearl/rhinestone flourish. The larger flower to the left of the image is one of the Vinetta flowers released with this range. I swapped the pearl in the centre for another glass cabochon. For the life of me I cannot remember who made the alphas – they’ve been in my stash for a very long time. I simply inked them a dark brown so that they would stand out from the rest of the layout.
The left side of the chipboard frame was positioned carefully to focus attention on the lovely rosebud next to it. I think the greys, pinks, creams and darker browns here work really well together.
This image gives you a close-up of the stunning finish to the Stampendous Embossing Enamel I used with the chipboard frame – it’s just so pretty.
Sadly, after a number of wonderful years, the demands of her other business mean that Mary will be closing Ideal Papercraft soon – so run in and grab some Fairy Belle for yourself and some other wonderful bargains in her closing down sale. You won’t be disappointed with this very pretty range and you will LOVE her closing down specials.