Saturday, December 13, 2014


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Today I’m sharing a layout of my beautiful daughter, Brianne.  She really loves and cherishes the jewelry she inherited from her Grandmother (my Mom).  Her favorite ring is the large emerald cut peridot, which is Mom’s birthstone.  The other one she is wearing is a double pearl.  Don’t they look fabulous with the studded leather wrap watch she is wearing?!  I really love this cell phone pic taken by Brianne’s husband and knew that it would make a nice scrapbook page.  : )

The dark mushroom color of Brianne’s shirt, coupled with the green of the peridot, became my inspirational colors for the LO.  I found varying tones of green and mushroom colors in Kaisercraft’s ‘Be-YOU-tiful’ collection.  The page named “Graceful” could not have been more perfect! 

I have been really admiring the look of distressed corrugated cardboard on a LO ever since it was beautifully exhibited by Lisa Gregory.  Her blog is full of beautiful, inspiring layouts and mini albums using corrugated cardboard.  Check out her talent at What a Beautiful Mess”.    I decided to give this a try and boy am I pleased with the effect it gave the entire LO! 

I began by choosing a corner flourish, then sizing the cardboard and photo.  I distressed the cardboard by pulling, tearing & folding the top layer, revealing the corrugate underneath; spritzing water to help ease the process.  Once I was content with the look, I sprayed the entire cardboard piece with LSG’s Starburst Rusty Lantern Lime, followed by direct sprays of LSG’s retired Starburst color Saxifrage Olive Copper.  Even though this spray was described as brownish olive with a copper shimmer, the copper is really the more prominent color. I think it looks great with the greens and mushroom colors!  

Next, I stamped musical scores in black.  Then I mixed some acrylic paints in browns & black to achieve a dark mushroom color (I’m actually shocked, but proud of myself for guessing the right mixture of colors – LOL!).  I stamped distressed diamonds using this paint mixture.   

Mixing more acrylic paints together in browns and gray to achieve a light mushroom color, I painted all of the chipboard pieces, after first prepping them with gesso.  Distressed Ink ‘Black Soot’ was used to outline each piece and inks ‘Dark Moss’, ‘Hint of Pesto’ & ‘Burnt Sienna’ were used on top for added color.  Lastly, copper wax was applied to brighten them up a bit.

Round and tube shaped glass beads in colors of green, coppery dk brown & golden were used to decorate the corner flourish and a small part of the cardboard in the lower corner.  The precious green mulberry rosebuds & the cottage rose at the top of the layout are from Wild Orchid Crafts. 

Check out the beautiful copper color from the
LSG retired Starburst color Saxifrage Olive Copper!
A pretty bronze/coppery metal filigree flower was used to balance the photo area.  The center of the flower was a plain round bead that I replaced with a light green bling brad to coordinate with the peridot ring.  This brad was trimmed in silver, so I very carefully recolored it using Tim Holtz alcohol ink 'Copper Mixative'. 
As an afterthought, I sprinkled LSG’s Starburst Cowabunga Copper & retired Starburst Saxifrage Olive Copper by tapping the sprayer tube all around the page (covering the photo for protection). The dots that have the olive green outline are those made by the Saxifrage Olive Copper color. Cool!
Well, that’s it!   Not over embellished but elegant – just like my daughter.
Thanks so much for visiting and have a great day!  Lisa : )


Products used:
Kaisercraft ‘Be-YOU-tiful’ collection – page named “Graceful”
Corrugated cardboard
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starbursts:
    ~Rusty Lantern Lime
    ~Saxifrage Olive Copper (retired color)
    ~Cowabunga Copper
    ~Want2Scrap (title word)
    ~The Dusty Attic (Corner Flourish #5)
    ~Blue Fern Studios (Blooming Flourish – just a small portion used)
    ~Tim Holtz distressed ink -Black Soot
    ~ColorBox catseye pigment inks – Dark Moss & Burnt Sienna
    ~VersaMagic archival chalk ink – Hint of Pesto
    ~Tim Holtz alcohol ink Copper Mixative
    ~Kaisercraft clear stamp “Diamonds”
    ~Michael’s bargain bin wood-mounted stamp “musical score”
Wild Orchid Crafts green tone mulberry flowers – Hip Rosebuds & Cottage Rose
Glass beads
Viva Décor Inka Gold – “Copper”
Michael’s – metal bronze/copper filigree flower set; gemstone brad; metal bronze rose leaf



  1. Gorgeous, Lisa! Beautiful, elegant details! I love the finish on the chipboard, the corrugated cardboard, the stamping ,the metal flower embellishment and splattering. Perfectly showcases the photo of your beautiful daughter.

  2. This is really special Lisa. Beautiful photo of you daughter and so elegantly scrapped, but rustic at the same time. Amazing details, the stamping of the music notes, and the stamping of the diamonds with paint is so perfect here. The seed beads, your color mixing, corrugated, everything just goes together so well Rich in detail without over embellishing, I think you acheived exactly the look you were after!


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