It’s warm, the sun is shining and my to do list is full of fun stuff. It’s going to be a great day. One of my ‘tasks’ is to go through some prints that my daughter took and sent to me recently. All are of her family, but it was a black and white photo that immediately caught my eye. I’d seen this picture of my twin granddaughters when she first took it last year. Today my plan was to use it on a scrapbook page for my family album.
SUN PRINTS BACKGROUND
My initial idea was to use a combination of Basic Black, Basic White and Smoky Slate for my colour palette. However when I pulled in the Smoky Slate I realised that the gray tones on the photo were much warmer. So instead I swapped the Smoky Slate for Gray Granite which was a much better match.
With the colours decided I then went looking for a suitable background. I know there’s a number of Gray Granite patterns in the Sun Prints 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack so that’s where I started. In fact I didn’t get to look at any other DSP packs as I found the perfect pattern. Although the leaves on the Sun Prints DSP aren’t an exact match for the clothes the girls are wearing, I thought they worked well.
My original plan was to use the whole sheet of DSP for the background but I quickly changed my mind. Instead I selected a Gray Granite sheet from the Neutrals 12″ x 12″ Cardstock pack. Then, after trimming the DSP to 9″ wide, I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the DSP to the card layer, lining up the right-hand edges.
As I was about to put away the Sun Prints DSP pack I noticed a 1″ x 12″ strip of another of the Gray Granite patterns. So I took that and glued it across the 12″ x 12″ page 2″ from the bottom edge.
To finish the background I wanted a little shine and for that I turned to the Silver Foil 12″ x 12″ Specialty Pack. From the three different foils in the pack I chose the lightest one and cut a 1/4″ strip. Then with liquid glue I added it to the page up against the left edge of the main DSP layer.
Now my background was complete I could turn my attention to the main focus of the page, the photograph.
I began by cutting a 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ piece of Gray Granite Card and glued the photo onto it. Then I cut a 4-3/8″ x 6-3/8″ piece of Basic Black Card and mounted the layered photo on top.
As I looked at where to place the photo on the page I realised that I wanted more leaves. So after looking through my current dies I thought the Forever Flourishing Dies had exactly what I needed.
First from Vellum Cardstock I cut two of the largest leafy shape. Then I fixed them to the back of the layered photo with Tear & Tape Adhesive . The design was better but not quite leafy enough so I went back to the dies and chose a curved leaf shape. However after cutting two of these from Basic White Card I decided they were too white.
That was an easy fix. I loosely scrunched up some Saran Wrap and gently tapped it onto a Gray Granite ink pad. Then I lightly tapped the Saran Wrap onto the surface of the die-cut pieces. This gave them just enough colour to tie them in with the rest of the page. All I had to do now was glue them with the Vellum pieces before attaching the completed photo arrangement to the background.
At last I was ready for my sentiment and for that I needed the Bamboo Beauty Stamp Set. I thought “A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart” was simply perfect. So using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the sentiment onto some Basic White Card. Then I cut it out using a die from the Stitched Rectangles Dies set. I also die-cut a second plain piece of Basic White Card and glued the sentiment on top.
Finally using more liquid glue I added the sentiment to the corner of the photo and my scrapbook page was complete.
I must admit that although the twins are now 16 months old, this is the first scrapbook page I’ve made for them. However with my new stash of prints I have everything I need to do many more.
For some more projects using the Sun Prints DSP see these earlier blog posts:
And if you’re looking for more colourful sun prints designs check out the coordinating Pretty Prints DSP in my blog post Pretty prints, pretty colours.