Saturday, December 22, 2012

"Mother" ~ ScrapThat! Dec. Kit ~

I'm here with another Christmasy layout. Our son, Joseph, and his beautiful Rachel were married last December with the church and reception filled with lovely Christmas decor, so this Christmas themed kit worked perfectly for a wedding page. This is one of the rare pages including a photo of myself. Part of their wedding ceremony included coming down and giving each of the mothers a rose with an opportunity for me to bless them on their new life together. I'm so glad the photographer got a shot of this special moment. 

Today I would like to share the details of my layout using the
Main Kit with Amy's December Sketch

Here is Amy's gorgeous sketch:

December is a busy month, so we have extended our ScrapThat! Sketch Challenge. You have until December 30 to enter your sketch project. Anyone can enter, and kit products are not required. Details can be found in our forum

Tips and Techniques:

Flowers ~ The focal red poppy and white poinsettia are gorgeous flowers included in the main kit. I inked the bright white poinsettia to fit with the vintage feel of the page. I also did a bit of inking to the smaller green poinsettia. I used the kit cardstock to create the roses using my Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms Spellbinders die set. I just love the flowers this die set creates. This gorgeous bow is also in the main kit and so easy to add such a lovely touch to my page. 

Leaves ~ There were 3 of the small green holly leaves in the kit, but I wanted more, so used one as a template to cut several from the kit cardstock. With a bit of inking and pinching, they look just like the originals.

Wire ~ I just adore the wired balls that came in the kit. I wasn't sure how I would use them at first, but discovered that when looped and twisted they were perfect for my clusters. 

Modeling Paste Stem ~ I found a lovely leafy stencil in the paint section of a local craft store, and it was so perfect for this page. I used some distress re-inker to tint the modeling paste without watering it down too much to get the lovely dark green color. I added a few pearls colored with cranberry alcohol ink for the berries. 

Bells ~ Have I mentioned lately how much I enjoy playing with Chipboard. My friend, Dana, posted a review on our ScrapThat! forum about Sophisticated Finishes products. I just had to try them out on this bell using the copper and patina. First you paint on the metallic color and when nearly dry but still tacky add the patina green which actually reacts with the copper to get the verdigris effect. You'll definitely be seeing more of this product on future projects!! The bow and holly were colored with Copics and Spica markers, then gold paint rubbed lightly over the red bow. 

Corrugated Board ~ Corrugated board is another of my favorites. Here I applied another new to me product - white opaque flakes, then painted with gesso, stamped with a script, inked then more opaque flakes. The opaque flakes are white in a medium that dries clear, and I realize once I painted over them, that while the texture was there, I lost a lot of the visual impact of the flakes. That's why I applied them again as a final step. If you are looking to try this technique out, you could skip the first step and just apply them on top. 

Heat Embossing ~ I'm always looking to my stamps to see if I can find one to work as a title or sentiment. This one was perfect for my page title. Because I wanted it to pop, I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. 

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments! 
~ Blessing  ~

Have a blessed and wondrous Christmas with your loved ones. 


  1. Oh my goodness, Tracey! I absolutely love your heartwarming and beautiful layout. You used this kit to it's full potential here on your gorgeous page!!!!! The photo just took my breath away!!!! I want to wish you and your wonderful family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you so much for all of your support this past year, too!

  2. This is GORGEOUS!! I loveeeeeeeeee that photo and all those beautiful flowers!!!

  3. Gorgeous page my friend!! love the stencil...looks fantastic and all the details are perfect. Beautiful pic! Take care sweetie!!
    Wishing you and your family Happy Merry Christmas!
    A big hug!! :)

  4. such a lovely page!!! LOVE the rich colors, blooms and bling... wonderful photo!!!!

  5. Beautiful pages Tracey! Love the stenciled leaves and the flowers are stunning. Such a special memory for you to treasure. :)

  6. Gorgeous Layout with amazing embellies and totally gorgeous flowers!! I love it!

    Happy Holidays

  7. Absolutely gorgeous, Tracey! Beautiful mix of textures and techniques! Love the photo and all the details!

  8. What a stunning layout, Tracey!! Your flowers are always amazing!! The entire design and all of the details you added are gorgeous!! And what a beautiful photo!! I hope you and your family have a very happy holiday season!! Merry Christmas :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. This is so stunning. It must be wonderful to look in all your albums with master piece after master piece in them. You are such a blessed lady with this amazing scrap talent. It's magical to see your lay outs. Wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
    Love n hugs

  10. Priceless photo; beautiful layout!

  11. A beautiful LO Tracey...I especially love that flower cluster! Wishing you and yours a Christmas filled with love and peace
    Alison xx

  12. Such a beautiful page with so many perfectly thought out and placed details! Gorgeous! We did the same thing at our wedding, but my hubby forgot to get the roses. That's the only thing he was supposed to do that day, and he forgot. Sigh. We gave our parents kisses and hugs anyway ;).

  13. Beautiful layout with great details!!!!!

  14. Oh my. This is amazing Tracey. Love the fabulous textures here.

  15. Wow! Simply spectacular! This one really pulled at my heartstrings. Not only for its beauty but for the incredible love it shows between a mother & her child. My daughter is getting married this May and I am over the moon excited. Would love to have a photo that captures what you did in yours. Truly magnificent layout! Incredible!!!!


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