Twiddleybitz Gate Mini Album (Tutorial) Part 5

Looking now at the reverse side of the shaped pages in the mini – I had to use this gorgeous paper from the Paper Pad. I really wish they had made this as a 12 x 12 sheet.

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Starting off – a section of one of the floral die cuts from the Collectibles Pack. Now I have already worked out that I am putting a portrait photo on the right side of this page – so with all the other elements I am looking to frame that photo.

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At his point it is easier to add the photo – but not fully adhere it – so that you can tuck the various elements under it. Over the section of gold/white floral die cut I have added a section of a black/white one.

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At the bottom of the photo I have added a section of gold/white lace Collectible. This helps to ‘balance’ some of the same colour at the top of the photo.

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To hide the end of the lace strip I added a word tag, also from the Collectibles Pack. It’s not only a good contrast to the colours, but it adds a sentiment as well.

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Now I add in some dimension with a die cut butterfly to the floral elements at the top of the page.

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Another black/white floral section to the right of the photo …

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with another of the small flowers over the top of that to add texture and interest.

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In behind the photo is another tag. When the album has finished being on public display I will add in all the journalling.

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And the final page as it is in the mini.

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Turning to the small circle side of the page – again I have used a paper from the Paper Pad. I probably should have used the same pattern – but I really wanted to save some of that pretty blue/black paper for a layout, so I used this pattern instead.

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Over the top of this went the Collectibles die-cut tag that I wanted to make a feature of. I’ve only glued it down in the middle, as I want to add elements underneath the edges.

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For this page I wanted one of those pretty Fine Fern Leaves Assorted (FER002) stems. All I’ve done to the leaves is to roughly wipe a Distress ink pad across them (Weathered Wood) – the coverage is mottled – which makes it look very interesting in real life.

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I’ve tucked some muslin from my stash under the tag and then layered the chippy leaves over that, with a couple of the small flowers I’ve been using throughout the mini over the chippy leaves.   It doesn’t take much for this to be a gorgeous little page.

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The final touches on the finished page are some small butterfly charms from my stash.

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The final page in the album uses the gorgeous Olive patterned paper. I’ve cut it so that the lovely little pear pattern is hard up on the left side of the page.

To add some interest, I’ve cut a section of the border strip from the reverse of Thyme. I love the contrast this has against the gold pattern of Olive.

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Again – knowing that I have a landscape photo for this page – I am adding my embellishments to frame that. So down on the bottom right of the page I have popped in a little section of lace punched Apple.

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Because my section of Apple was not quite as long as I needed it to be – I cut the bottom punched section off and tucked it just under my striped strip and then did the same at the top with the rest of the piece of Apple. The striped strip hides the join and gives me the length I need.

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Now it is time to pop my photo in …

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and to add in some layered Collectibles butterflies …

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some layers of floral segments left over from earlier pages …

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a couple of word tags …

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a glass cabochon I made myself from one of the letter circles from the Pickled Pear Collection and then finally …

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finishing it all off with some more of the of the border strip from the reverse of Thyme.

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And here is the final page as it looks in the album. I’ve added in a small bronze butterfly charm from my stash to the top border strip – just to finish it all off.

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Thanks so much for following along through the album with me. I hope it has inspired you to have a go at your own mini album.

Twiddleybitz Gate Mini Album (Tutorial) Part 4

Not sure what happened with these last posts – they disappeared completely from my blog and I didn’t even notice. I lost another couple of ‘in progress’ photos for this page too – so we start with the page covered in a section of pattern from the Pistachio paper.

I added the photo so that most of the lovely pattern along the right edge and top was still visible. To complement the black butterflies on the patterned paper, I added this lovely Twiddleybitz Butterfly Ornate Corner (COR007) – I have altered this – in that all but one of the small butterflies was cut off the end of the corner (you will see them pop up later on other pages). The chippy medium is Black Kindyglitz left to dry naturally.

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Here’s a close-up of the chippy so you can see how cool the Black Kindyglitz looks.

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Underneath the photo I tucked a strip of black lace die cut from the Collectibles pack.

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To hide the end of the lace strip and to add some dimension and interest, I cut out a butterfly from the patterned paper and popped that over the same butterfly element on the page.

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Then I made a small tag using scraps from the Pistachio paper and a bit of black crinkle ribbon.

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After popping the tag underneath the photo, I added one final touch – a small hand cut butterfly to the piece of leaf (in the photo) that my daughter was looking at.

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Continuing on – we come to the cool shaped pages in the album. Again I’ve inked around the edges of the chipboard before covering it with patterned paper. This time I’ve used the Chartreuse paper.

I find the easiest way to add patterned paper over a shaped chipboard is to trace the shape onto the paper and then trim it down before gluing it on. Then you can just use a bit of sandpaper to ‘clean’ the edges a little of any overhanging bits.

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Just to add some interest – before gluing the paper down I stitched a border around it with some cream thread. I used my Tim Holtz ruler along the straight edges, which is why they look so neat and hand punched the holes along the curved edge.

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To build up the layers on this page I started with part of a tag (it was left over from another page) from the Collectibles pack. Over this I popped a partially circular shape I cut from the reverse side of Chartreuse.

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At the bottom of the page I added another tag element from the Collectibles pack – this time it is pop-dotted for dimension.

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A few bits of leaf/flower die cut – also from the Collectibles pack – and this page is really starting to take shape. The small pattern on the background paper doesn’t really do anything for me – so the trick is to use it’s ‘darkness’ as a foil for the other elements you pop onto the page.

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One of my favourite elements of the Collection pack is the selection of cards with a word list – this one adds a pop of colour to the middle of the page and helps to hide some of the dark background paper.

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And now for the finishing elements – two gorgeous Twiddleybitz butterflies. The smaller butterfly comes from the Butterfly Ornate Corner (COR007) (I just cut it off the end of the one from the previous page) and the larger butterfly is one from the Butterfly Mix Bag of 3 (BUT001).

To get that gorgeous sparkly colour, the chippy has a coat of gold ink with some Diamond Dust sprinkled over it.

I do have to admit that at this point I wasn’t quite happy with this page – it needed something else, I just wasn’t sure what – it was ‘almost’ done. So I put it to one side to finish the other half whilst I hoped for inspiration to strike.

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The small circular page got the same treatment as the other side – and I do have to confess that punching all the holes in this one was a pain. You can see the stitching isn’t quite what it should be.

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Here’s the other half of the Collectibles tag from the matching page. I loved the tag – but it was too big to use on the small pages in this mini and also have other elements with it. When this happens I often cut the tag into pieces so that I can use them in multiple places or feature specific parts of them. This time I really only wanted the thin edge of the tag to offset another element in the page design.

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So here is the other element I wanted the tag fragment to offset -a lovely flower cluster from the Collectibles pack.

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Over that I popped the full tag with it’s gorgeous butterfly pattern and sweet sentiment. To finish the page I added a small flower from my stash – the ones I have been using throughout the mini.

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And here are the two completed pages together. As you can see, I finally did have an inspiration and added a small section of a gold/white floral die cut from the Collectibles pack to the top of the word tag. The bright colour supports the gold of the butterflies and adds a bit of colour pop to the page.

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True Romance – a double layout

I don’t do doubles all that often – about as often as I do multi-photo layouts – so it makes a nice change to work on a multi-photo double layout. There has been a lot going on over the past few months and I’ve not had much time to scrap and I am doubly pleased to get something finally completed.

The range is one of the two new Kaiser ranges for June – True Romance – and it is a sweet and pretty range, just perfect for feminine, shabby chic style layouts. I had some sweet and pretty photos of Madame playing around in her new ‘favourite’ outfit – so it was a match made in heaven really.

The dominant shades in the range are pale blues, greens and pink – with a slighter darker reddish pink for contrast. Themes in the range include some gorgeous pink roses; birds with their cages; and lots of lovely luggage tags. All very girly and pretty. Madame was enchanted with the range.

For the base of ‘Cherish Life’s Moments’ I used the reverse side of the Affection paper – but I cut it out as a frame, so that I could use the smaller piece as well. Over this went a slightly smaller piece of the reverse side of Faithful and then over this went the cut-out bit of Affection. I really like the old-fashioned script you can see on this paper and being a background pattern, you can pile heaps of other things over it without missing out on anything really pretty.

I distressed all the paper edges and inked only the base paper. Rather than use other paper layers, to embellish the page I added a paper doily and some hand cut roses/tags. The larger of the two tags comes from the Desire patterned paper. The hand cut title letters on it are from the First Sight  paper.

The fussy nature of the hand cut flowers/doily make the layout look a little busy – so I kept other embellishments to a minimum.

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I love these filigree edges – the Twiddlybitz Wrought Iron Mantle (WI004) – it’s so easy to pop them alongside a photo to make an interesting border piece. This one has been inked with several layers of ink to get that lovely mottled pattern. The first layer was a mid-dark grey ink. Over that went a layer of white – but very sparingly – and then random bits of white ink dabbed here and there. You end up with a variety of greys and some white splotches – all very chic and shabby.

Over the top I popped some hand cut roses from the Adore paper and the daughter charm from the Daughter Pink Charming Rose Chain. I embossed the charm (and all the other bronze charms on the layout) with some Stampendous Aged Embossing Enamel Ivory – but I need to make a note not to do this again with the ‘text’ still inside the charm. 😦 Obviously the glue didn’t like being heated – oh well, you learn as  you go.) The cream pearl is part of the Cream and Antique Bronze Keys Charming Chain set (oos) – I’ve used the rest elsewhere on the layout.

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In the top right-hand corner of the layout is the rest of the Daughter Pink Charming Rose Chain set. I’ve curled over a bit of the top paper edge and tucked some more hand cut flowers from the Adore paper underneath the edge – just to fill this empty bit of corner.

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I like to layer other embellishments on my chipboard pieces – here I’ve added some more hand cut flowers and the rest of the Cream and Antique Bronze Keys Charming Chain set (oos) – to the Twiddleybitz Eiffel Tower (EIF001). Like the other chipboard pieces on the layout (the exception being the title) the Eiffel Tower has been given the grey/white inking treatment.

The Twiddleybitz chipboard title – Life’s Moments – has been treated with Stampendous Aged Embossing Enamel Ivory embossing powder – which gives it a lovely creamy white colour with gold flecks through it.

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Underneath the photo I added in a Large Antique Bronze Key charm and one of the tag pieces from the Perforated Tags Sweetheart patterned paper.

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The second page of the double showcases Madame’s (current) outfit. It’s a very pretty, feminine tulle skirt and crocheted top from an Australian company called Dollcake. (They make the MOST stunning clothes for girls – and very reasonably priced for what you get. There are time I am envious of her and wish that they made them in adult sizes.)

I’ve used the same basic patterned paper arrangement as for the left side of the double and kept to roughly the same elements.

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The filigree work on this Twiddlybitz Wrought Iron Mantle (WI004) is a nice match for the crochet work on the top. The top was the inspiration for using the doily as well. The roses and charm embellishment is one I made up myself from various left-overs. It came up rather nice I think – and I can see myself making a few more.

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All of the hand cut flowers come from the Adore paper and the two tags are again from the Perforated Tags Sweetheart patterned paper. I trimmed off the perforated bits and inked the edges to hide that they were once perforated.

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The final elements in the layout are the gorgeous tag that came with the skirt/top and in keeping with the dress theme – I added in one of the Twiddleybitz  Vintage Miss Mannequins (VTG001). They come in a set of three – this is one of the plain designs. The “K” bronze charm is from my stash, but the rose next to it is one of the ‘left-overs’ I used to make my other embellishment.

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So there you have it – my first layout in several months – and a pretty feast of girly sweetness. Check out my2angels for the Twiddleybitz chipboard, True Romance papers and bronze charms I’ve used and have some fun making your own shabby chic creation.