Friday, 15 February 2013

My Masters Layouts

Oh I've been busting to get these layouts on my blog! At last I can put them up!

Yesterday, three of the Masters - Beck, Leonie and myself - caught up for the first time. I won't bore you with the details but we all brought our Masters layouts along and it was amazing how much better they all are in real life. I was blown away!

Now this might be a long post. I'm very proud of these layouts so I'll try hard not to rabbit on too much!


I love finding unusual items to scrap with and was thrilled when I found these acrylic flowers, buds and leaves at Spotlight. I used normal wire to form the frame then I simply twisted the wire stems of the acrylic flowers around the frame, after first stripping the stems of their silver foil covering.

Here are some close ups:



I had to ensure the clear acrylic pieces could be seen so I kept the title cluster away from the frame and kept the layout fairly simple for maximum impact. The filigrees and charm are from my2angels.


 To create the letter “A”, I first stamped on it with gesso then coloured it with distress ink. I then coated it with Dimensional Magic. I love the way this gives a multi-layered look on one simple letter.

Next was the canvas challenge. We had to focus on texture.


This is probably the deepest I have ever gone in trying to portray feelings on a layout. I was trying to show that I love every part of my son.

I had had my eye on that fantastic rusty tin wall for a long time and this was the perfect layout to use it as a background for my photo. I wanted to extend the rusty tin look further across the page as well as provide a place to add words about my son’s many parts so I printed another photo on photo canvas for added texture then ran lines of glue from a glue gun behind the corrugations.  If you run your finger over the photo printed on canvas you can feel the “ridges” of the tin. 


I added all sorts of things to help create the explosion effect including pieces of broken glass, rusty clocks and rusty pieces of the chipboard chicken wire. The chipboard frames with the chicken wire attached were great Twiddleybitz pieces. There is also paint and my ever faithful Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.


I didn't want to leave the edges of the canvas blank so I added more words describing all the parts of my son that I love.


The next criteria was to make a layout that included at least 3 photos plus memorabilia. Here's what I came up with.


This is a beautiful story about how my daughter inherited a necklace from a favourite great-aunt. I wanted to keep this layout soft and feminine while at the same time creating a glamorous, vintage look. My aim was to create a jewellery box feel, using pearls and satin as features. Cream was my base colour but the reason I chose the aqua for my secondary colour is because the beautiful Manor House Creations flowers worked so well with it.

The photos sit on a pair of Twiddleybitz chipboard doors which I took from a mini album of theirs. And no, I don't work for Twiddleybitz!

To make the satin “jewellery box” section, I covered foam with satin and secured it with brads topped with pearls. There are more filigrees from my2angels here - and no, I don't work for them either!


Here's the inside:


 My memorabilia is the original newspaper clipping of the wedding photo.


 And last, but certainly not least, is the double. It had to be about our childhood. This is the hardest one to see both in the mag and on this blog. 


This is possibly my favourite. It took me weeks to make!

Here's the first page:


And here's a close up:


My mum had previously given me a lot of her old sewing stuff. Some of the items were priceless – untouched packets of buttons with the price in shillings and pence still on them, 50 year old packets of hooks and eyes, old zips still in their packets and rolls of beautiful lace. When I started looking at old photos of me for this task and saw how I was always wearing home-made clothes, the ideas for the layout just kept coming.

Here's the second page:


Here are some close ups:



 There was so much to tell that I decided to make pockets behind each photo to keep the journaling in. I really wanted to use those old packets of buttons but wanted to keep the layout uncluttered so I made tag clusters, using a button packet at the back of each one. I love the wording on the button packets – “Boilproof”, “Hot irons cannot hurt them”. I also added a tag between the journaling and the buttons, just because there were so many beautiful paper options and I wanted to use them all! 


How cute is this photo?

Here's the three layers of one of the tag clusters:





I hope you've enjoyed reading this. If you still feel the urge to read more about the Masters' layouts, the others Masters are all in the process of putting theirs onto their blogs. Links to their blogs can be found down the right hand side of my blog. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Heather



26 comments:

  1. Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! These are all AMAZING!!!! WOW!!! I am at a loss for words (yes! It's possible! LOL!) I am pinning these! WOW!!! GORGEOUS!!!!

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  2. Stunning layouts, they choose well :D

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  3. Hello Heather!
    How many wonderful projects you did!
    I always enchants the rich details on their pages .......... all very beautiful today :)

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  5. These are so lovely, Heather! I particularly love the double. It's adorable!!! :D
    xo

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  6. love all your pages in the magazine...love the double as wee......great photos of you as a child :) all beautiful :)

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  7. Oh Heather these look wonderful... I did see them in the mag when it came out and I look forward to seeing them in brisbane in June.. ( I am hoping to go) as I know seeing them in real life is sooo much better.. What a thrill for you to be a master.. I love the double layout and I know you have put a lot of effort into all of your entries!! Well done!

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  8. Heather these are super amazing and I so love the last double with all the old sewing stuff, I have some of those things too. Your work is so beautiful to look at, I know I'll keep coming back to look again.

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  9. AMAZING Heather! You so deserve that 'Masters' title. Stunning work! :)

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  10. Incredible work...you are such a versatile scrapper....bet it was great to meet up with some of the other girls....these look better than in the mag...& I can imagine how much better again IRL.....thanks for all the closies...you have EVERY reason to be VERY proud:):):)

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  11. WOW - these are fabulous! You've obviously put a lot of work into them - particularly the last layout (my favourite). It's so wonderful that you had these photos and memorabilia to be able to use. Being a sewer, I really love all the old sewing items you have used on the last layout, and used with great care and thought. They are all very special!

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  12. Your Masters entry was stunning! So many clever ideas and details. It was great to read a bit more about how your ideas came together :).

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  13. Heather CONGRATULATIONS I only just found out that you are a master!!! wow I'm so happy for you but not in the least surprised. Your work is always so stunning. These layouts totally blew me away!!! I love them all. I adore your two page one because the photos are so beautiful and you have scrapped them to perfection. I also really love the grungy feel to your sons page. That background is inspirational!

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  14. These projects are fabulous, I espeially LOVE your canvas Heather!!
    Thanks for sharing all the little details.

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  15. AMAZING Heather! I absolutely LOVED oogling every creation of yours in all it's detail!! I can see that you poured heart and soul into each creation and I am so glad you got rewarded for it. I would love to live in US/AUS where they have these sort of competitions - a great accolade to strive for.

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  16. Look at those amazing layouts! Favorite is "deconstructed". And I just love "Heirloom". The journaling on the inside of the doors was especially nice!

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  17. I really enjoyed getting a chance to read more about all your layouts as the other day I was just in total awe of your design, colours and approach to each of the tasks that were executed just beautifully! Thanks for sharing them and also bringing them the other day so I could see them in real life. To see all the detail, texture and work that went into your projects was awesome!

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  18. Congrats mate all the layouts are awesome - hard to pick a favourite. I can't believe how grown up the kids look!!! Such detail in all the projects - congrats again on the Masters!

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  19. Ok, well you should be proud of these, each of these is "masterfully" created and really really beautiful. Your attention to detail really shines through on these projects, absolutely amazing!!!!

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  20. Wow!! Stunning projects Heather! every single one of them!!!! My fav is the "deconstructed" layout, because of the awesome colors and all the special details ... really really awesome!! But I love all of your projects very much!

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  21. It was great to get a closer view of your entry. All beautiful. I'm loving your articles in SBM too.

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  22. These are all just gorgeous, my fave is the grungy boy page and how you created it and also the double pager, gorgeous photos and you created such a beautiful page to with them.

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  23. Wow, thanks for showing more detailed shots of your entries...you are right, photo's don't do the actual piece justice! Your details are amazing, you certainly should be proud of your entries! Congrats again :)

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  24. I have seen these projects in real life, and they are even more beautiful than they look here :) love them all Heather xx

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  25. WOW...your creations are stunning! Amazing detail, I can understand why the double took you a few weeks...love it!

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  26. I have just downloaded iStripper, and now I can watch the sexiest virtual strippers on my desktop.

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