(Bear with me - long post ahead!)
I am in major catch-up mode this week, after having been away last weekend at the Scrap & Chat retreat just out of Melbourne. It was an amazing weekend - full of love, laughs and endless creativity. I cannot recommend this retreat highly enough and am going next year for sure! I was lucky enough to share the experience with several of my D-lish Scraps design team buddies, and even the D-lish boss lady herself - such gorgeous gals!
L to R - Amanda Hartmann, Amanda Lawrence, me, Krisy Podolak, Sandra Brimelow
And now onto my July D-lish projects...
The first one I have to share (and probably my favourite this month) is a mixed media layout I created featuring a photo of Brielle, which was taken while she was playing Minecraft.
Using a sheet of white cardstock which was prepped with matte medium, I first added a couple of different green mists (Colour Blast Colour Mist in 'Rainforest' and Heidi Swapp Color Shine in 'Citron') using the packaging technique to give a watercolour effect. Next, I added stamping using the Scrap FX 'Hash Stamps' and a Dusty Attic stencil ('Squared') with some 'Steel' Colour Blast Colour Paste pushed through it. I also added some black mist splatters (again using Colour Blast spray), and some small pieces of torn black lace washi tape (from this month's D-lish Scraps Just Add Paper kit).
I then created a layered photo mat using a 5x7 paper bag; white punchinella; crumpled tissue paper and some hand-dyed muslin (both items from previous Just Add Paper kits). I also added an arrow shaped paperclip onto my photo.
To embellish my layout, I used a wood veneer frame, and some Dusty Attic chipboard 'Page Pebbles', both inked with black Staz On ink.
Finally, I added a phrase strip from a Journal It's - Wordfetti sheet and a scattering of green sequins from a previous Just Add Paper kit. I also added my handwritten journaling using a Sharpie pen.
My next share is a "clean" one, created using Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Free Spirit' papers and embellishments from D-lish Scraps. It again features a photo of my darling girl, who is not only like me in looks and personality, but also shares my love of scrapping!
And what better thing to compliment a beautiful floral paper than some equally beautiful flowers from the D-lish store! I chose to use magnolias as my feature blooms. These were recently restocked in the store and they come in packs of 5 in a great range of colours.
In this cluster you can see I have paired the magnolia with a Forget Me Not; a small resin flower and a flair button. This cluster is layered on top of a dip dye printed tag, which is tied with twine, and nestled alongside my photo, which is layered on top of one of my favourite lace paper doilies.
On the other side of my photo I created a complimentary cluster using most of the same products. Instead of the flair button though, I added a date journal spot from a previous Just Add Paper kit.
Below my photo I added more paper flowers, this time adding a white wax blossom into the mix; and a sequin bow. On the corner of my photo I added one of the layered die cuts that came from this month's Just Add Paper kit. These handmade embellishments were also available as a kit bit and sold separately. (Check the store under the July kit for availability.) To finish off my layout I added a sprinkling of D-lish Dots enamels.
My final July project is a layout that features a photo of Brielle and her best mate, goofing off while they were making cupcakes. It was based on the July 'Rustic Charm' Inspiration Board Challenge, and used the coordinating Just Add Paper kit.
I didn't go wild with embellishments on this layout, mainly because I wanted to ensure my favourite item from this month's JAP kit remained a focal point. And how awesome does the string heart wood veneer look? I *may* have had to purchase an extra one! hehe
Also from the Just Add Paper kit, I used one of the handmade layered die cuts, which I adhered directly to my photo using a bit of foam tape to pop it up. Other D-lish products included one of my favourite 6" lace paper doilies; wood veneer stars from the mixed star value pack; and a Corbett Creations wood veneer word.
The other main focus of the embellishments on my layout was the journaling pocket. I put it together using items from the JAP kit - feather print kraft mini bag; black lace washi tape (which I also used to border the top and bottom of my layout); a tassel; one of the flair buttons; journal card; and even the kit label and the peg used to hold it on. I simply stuck washi tape over the kit name and then layered some cotton thread and the flair on top. (Everything in these kits is useful, I tell you!)
If you need your own push, entries for the Inspiration Board Challenge remain open until the end of the month. (Which is SOON!) You can find all the rules for entering HERE
That's all my D-lish shares for the month, I will be back soon with some more catching up! Til then, happy scrapping! X