Adore layout and Altered Book
By Sue Smyth
I was inspired by a layout I saw recently that used lots of chipboard doors
over a layout. I though I could do the same with frames.
Often the repetition of the same shape or concept
can look very pleasing on a layout.
I have embossed all of the frames to give them something in common.
Though some I have crackled and aged some for a slight variety.
Some frames do not have a photo in them
just a resin shape.
Because the frames are so ornate, you can keep the journaling
and title simple and plain.
Adhere some of the frames to the layout flat and
others with 3 D tape for a interesting play
A mini Tutorial on the gold crackle frames
Spray the frames with Matt black spray paint
Apply embossing medium with a crackle stamp.
I have a crackle roller .
Sprinkle with gold embossing powder.
Shake off excess
Old books are easily sourced as a base to start a project on.
I have used an old Reader's Digest here.
Which cost just $1.00
Do make sure it has a sturdy and unbroken
cover to start with.
Open out to the middle, and this may
take a little time, adhere every page together
on each side with gel medium or PVA glue
Tear out every 3rd page or so, to reduce the volume
and the amount of pages you will have to glue.
When dry, use a scalpel to cut out the centre, to form
a recess for the photos.
I have used embossing powders to alter the chipboard
children, in the same colours as the rest of the project, and painted
the butterflies with Metallic blue paint.
The top flourish, is painted with white gesso, several coats
give a better look. Then I have stamped randomly over
it with a sepia ink. Ink around the edges
in a sand colour for a soft gentle look.
The thistles and wildflowers have been painted with gesso. Then I have
added micro beads over certain areas, with Dimensional magic.
When dry, paint with gesso again and spray with Olive
glimmer mist. Rub over a little metallic blue paint where
the beads are for greater detail.
I have used a white paint pen to add even more detail to the
thistle and leaves.