Graphic 45's designs are just so amazingly beautiful. The Bird Song Collection has always been one of the most beautiful collections I have seen! So when having to scrap my Japan holiday - these are the first papers I thought of! I was so excited to create this next 'layout' I could not wait to show you....
I wish the photo would do it justice - the page looks so much better in real life. I will just have to show you heaps of photos - are you ready????
Choose your papers - I used 3 of the Graphic 45 Jasmine Dreams from the Bird Song Collection and a 12x12 of black cardstock.
From your 1st sheet of paper cut off the border (keeping it intact - so use a sharp knife and a steel ruler) and cut the middle section into 4 more sections as shown.
I adhered the border onto my black cardstock with double sided tape and the added the two side panels and the bottom flower strip using 1 layer of mounting tape.
Next, I carefully cut around the main geisha - but not all the way around (probably about 3/4 of the way around) - just in the section as shown above.
Next, When I adhered this panel - I added a double layer of tape (I wanted this layer to sit higher than the other sections I had already taped) to the outer part, and a triple layer of tape to the section with the geisha (you can just see her outline in the photo). (This raised her up a level higher than the others).
I cut all three geisha(s) from the second sheet, and then proceeded to cut out all the other elements I wanted to add to the next layer - Mt Fuji, The Bridge, butterflies, some of the flowers, the scroll etc... I adhered these into position. From the third sheet, I cut the geishas again and added these to my project. So for the final layout - the main geisha is actually a layer higher than the rest of the entire layout.
Next, I started to add my finishing touches - black Kindyglitz to the geishas' hair, Glossy Accents to the geishas' kimonos and butterflies. I added Liquid Pearls to the flowers, Distress Stickles - Rock Candy to some of the flowers. I carefully painted - with a fine brush part of the frame with a gold acrylic paint.
Before I coated the kimono in Glossy accents, I used my JellyRoll Stardust pens to highlight the beautifully coloured details.
This photo is slightly blurry - but I have included it here - if you zoom in you can see the majority of the sparkle on this layout - which is really hard to capture in a photo!
The last few steps for this layout was to add the Graphic 45 unique papercrafting banner in the bottom right corner, I also placed under the left hand bottom corner the paper design name and number. Gold rhinestones - square and round completed this gorgeous project.
I am placing this layout as my 'title page' (sounds like a school assignment!) in my Japan holiday album - so I plan to add just under My Fuji and the bridge - the wording Japan 2014.
Products used to create this fabulous project:
- Graphic 45 - Bird Song Collection - Jasmine Dream 3 of 12x12 papers
- 12x12 Black Cardstock
- JellyRoll Stardust Pens - assorted colours
- Glossy Accents
- Black Kindyglitz
- Gold Paint
- Distress Stickles - Rock Candy
- Liquid Pearls - Majestic Purple and White Opal
- Rhinestones, brad
- and of course bulk Mounting Tape!!!
Phew, I think I am at the end of this blog - hope you have enjoyed the journey! I am not sure if you have noticed - Graphic 45 always brings out a 'Feature Page" for every collection - have you looked at the potential of the others....... Uh Oh - I think I have created a 3D monster!