Friday, September 2, 2011

True Love ~ ScrapFIT Reveal

We have a new daughter in our family. Joseph recently asked Rachel to be his bride. I created this layout with one of their engagement photos for ScrapFIT Workout #51 Salt and Pepper.

Workout #51 Salt & Pepper
It's time to show some Salt & Pepper on your layout or card!  By this I mean Black & White as your main colors. You can use all ranges of Black & White and only 1 other color (in as many hues as you want).  Do you like a little salt or are more of a pepper fan – lets see your tastes!

Look at the gorgeous prize being sponsered by ScrapFIT for this challenge:

I hope I've inspired you to workout with us and create your own project for this challenge. You have until Setptember 30 to link your project to Mr. Linky at the bottom of the Workout #51 post at ScrapFIT for a chance to win.

I want to let you in on a little secret. Be sure to stop by ScrapFIT on September 15 to see an extra special twist on our Workout #52. I'm so excited and hope you will be too!

Be sure to head on over to ScrapFIT and check out the inspiring work by the DT.

1) Masking:
To create a mask template, I cut a ring of cardstock and punched the inside edge with a corner punch all the way around. Don't worry if it doesn't match perfectly at the end, since you can cover that spot with some kind of embellishment. Spray the back with temporary adhesive and place on the background paper. Use a foam applicator to rub distress ink of your choice across both sides being sure to cover all of the design as well, then remove the mask. It can be saved for another project.

2) Stitching:
Mark a stitching pattern around the outside edge of the masked circle. Pierce stitching holes, then stitch with 2 strands of embroidery floss.

3) Stamping:
I used a darker green distress ink across the top using Bo Bunny stamps. Under the special day sticker and the scroll box around "True Love"I used 7 Gypsies stamps using the same ink for my stamping that I used for the masking.

4) Flowers:
I cut cardstock circles every 1/4 inch from 1 to 3 inches, then used them as templates to cut circles from this beautiful cream crinkled voile. For the small and medium flowers I eliminated some of the larger circles depending on the size. I melted the edges with a tea light then glued them together using Fabri-Tac. I put another dab of Fabri-Tac glue in the center of each flower and sprinkled microbeads in each. I wanted them to look natural, so I deliberately made the glue spots uneven. (Not perfect circle dabs of glue.)

5) Wrapped/twisted wire with gems:
I wrapped thin craft wire with floral tape, then curled it around a small dowel or metal rod. Once you take it off the rod, you can gently bend to give a more natural look. The chandelier beads or drops are acrylic and found in the jewelry department at JoAnns. The holes were large enough to run the wrapped wire through. Then I twisted the wires to hole the beads in place and twisted the curled wire around this twisted wire to make the clusters.

6) Feather:
I attached the feather with a couple glue dots. Here's what NOT to do to attach a feather. Fortunately the feathers came 2 to a package!! Spray adhesive does not work. My first feather got all matted up when I sprayed the adhesive on the back of it and it lost it's fluffy appearance.

7) Leaves:
Funny story here. We needed a trash can for our scrapping area one evening at the craft store where I like to scrap. The craft coordinator nabbed the one from the floral department. You guessed ~ it was full of flower stems loaded with leaves. We stripped the leaves off the stems, and I added a pack to my stash. These lovely leaves came from that stash, just the right shade of green for this page!!

Teresa Collins ~ World Traveler – Filmstrip
Teresa Collins ~ World Traveler – Luggage Tags

Silk Flower Leaves – rescued from the floral department trash where I scrap
Plaid ~ Inspired Classics Jewelry Collection - Green Gem Drops (Chandelier beads)
Special Day Sticker – Stash
Darice ~ Ostritch Feather

Technique Products:
7gypsies ~ Clear Stamps ~ INK Naked
Bo Bunny ~ Stamp and Store – Ornamental
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Bundled Sage
Cream crinkled voile fabric
Tea light
Martha Stewart Metallic Glass Microbeads ~ Green Agate
Darice ~ 24 Gage Craft Wire
Pale Green Floral Tape
Ink Jet Transparency Paper ~ Stash
Bazzill ~ In Stitch’z Floss – Black

Bazzill ~ In Stitch’z Piercing tool
Scriptina Font – Internet (True Love)
Martha Stewart Corner Punch - Swirling Lace
Martha Stewart ~ Large Circle Punch

I have entered this at
Bird is the Word in the "Love" challenge.
Scrapbook Sisters ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by. I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. HI.. wow. this is gorgeous.. i love the feather and flowers.. and thanks for all the hints on how you did this layout.. i have used a punch on the outside of a circle, but have yet to try the inside.. now i think i shall !! they will love this layout!!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! You've got me thinking about digging out those feathers I stashed a few months ago. Thanks for the great tips ... I especially like the idea of using a punch on the inside of the circle.

  3. What a great idea for a challenge! Your layout is just all the details, specially those flowers. And thank you for all the info on how you did things.

  4. It's gorgeous! Love all the beautiful details!

  5. So pretty and congrats on the new soon to be DIL!!!

  6. Wow, thanks for sharing all the great tips from your LO, I never would have known from just looking at the photo. I really learned a lot today. You are not afraid to use bold elements. It all came together so beautifully.

  7. I love your details! That circle is so pretty, and I love the flowers & the feather. Thanks for sharing all of your steps with us!

  8. It's pretty and great job with the masking!

  9. Congrats to you! What an absolutely gorgeous layout!! Per usual! I am always amazed with your work.


  10. OOOH MY GOODNESS Tracey!!!!!!
    TOTAL GORGEOUSNESS here my Girl......
    That stitching is Like WOW! POW! Factor!!
    LOVE IT......
    THANKS Heaps for playing along over @ BITW.....

  11. Gorgeous!! TFS all the your blog.

  12. Congrats and OMG this is an absolutely stunning layout! All of the elements fit perfect together and love love love the pop of black stitching!

    Please visit my blog at for a blog award I'd like to pass on to you.


  13. A beautiful LO Tracey.. love all your gorgeous details and techniques!! Thanks so much for sharing your creation at BITW :))

  14. This is beautiful!!! I love all the details. I have an award for you on my blog:)


  15. such a stunning page and LOVE all the pretty flowers, trim and details!!!! wow!!

  16. love this tracey!!! love the color combos...just everything!!

  17. Wow! You have done an amazing job on this layout! I love all the techniques you used! I'll have to try this mask! Thanks so much for sharing all these with us at BITW!

  18. FANTASTIC job with your BEAUTIFUL layout!I just LOVE all the great and sweet details,JUST AMAZING!!:)

  19. Beautiful, the picture is just perfect, and your embellies go so well with it. Love the feather, I have an unused pack and this gives me inspiration. Funny story about the leaves!

  20. congratulations!! wow!!! your lo is amazing!! the feather is fabon this!!

  21. Beautiful page, Tracey!!! love the flowers and the feather! Congratulations on the new daughter! Hugs!! :)

  22. Fabulous page Tracey. Congrats with your DIL soon to be.
    Thank you SO much for all your sweet comments on my blog :-D

  23. Hello Tracey! I am catching up with your blog and simply had to tell you how lovely this layout is. Congrats on your new addition too. It is wonderful.
    I am off to browse some more.
    Hope all is going well.
    God bless,

  24. Sarah says: Your page is beautiful & your son is a handsome man ;-) x

  25. Pretty layout - thanks for playing at Bird is the Word!!

  26. Holy macaroni...this is gorgeous! The trim...the flowers...those feathers?!?!?!?! FABULOUS :)

  27. What a sweet page! Congratulations to your son on his engagement, it's a lovely picture of him and his bride to be. Love all the flower embellies!


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