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Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Layout Tutorial (with Swirlydoos and Helmar)

ANATOMY OF A LAYOUT
Today I am sharing how I made my "Joy to the world" layout (using my Swirlydoos December "Believe" kit) featuring the Kaisercraft "Turtle Dove" collection. I wanted my layout to look like an elegant Christmas ball and used tons of Helmar goodness to stick it together!

STEP 1 - BACKGROUND PAPER
Select a background paper and cut out a portion of the centre. I like to either cut a square or circle to be used for another project. Make sure to leave at least a 2-inch border around the edges though.

STEP 2 - ADD A PAPER LAYER
Select a top layer paper and roughly cut a wavy border around the edge - removing only 1/4 inch or so around and then ink all of the edges with brown Clearsnap chalk ink. Glue it to your background using Helmar Premium craft glue, placing the glue only around the cut-out edge.

STEP 3 - ADD THE TRIM AND PHOTO
Cut your photo into a circle shape and glue it down the Helmar's adhesive runner. Next, add the zipper with Helmar 450 quick dry along the metal and trim off excess. Lastly, glue some trim around the edge of the photo starting at the top. Don't worry the flowers will hide the gap if you are short a little trim.

STEP 4 - ADD A FLOWER CLUSTER AND LEAVES
Use 5 flowers (2 large and 3 small - I used a Petaloo pack) for the cluster and add a berry centre. Add the Petaloo leaves around the cluster but save 1 for later. Cut off and save the 2 leaves around the berries for later.

STEP 5 - ADD THE TEARS
Tear the paper in several spots and ink the revealed white core of the paper with brown Clearsnap chalk ink.

STEP 6 - ADD FLOWERS TO THE CORNERS
Polish the layout off by adding the last 3 Petaloo flowers to the corners. In the bottom corner, place the 2 saved leaves from the berry spring under them. In the top corner,  place a Petaloo leaf under the flower.

That's it! The paper comes with a beautiful "Joy to the world" title already scripted on it.

7 comments:

Cathi ONeill said...

Gorgeous layout! Love the deep tears and inking...need to try this sometimes!

Ava Gavloski said...

thanks for the detailed deets on how to get the look. Lovely showcasing of the papers.
ava g

deco dp said...



waouhhhhhhhhhhh superbe bravo

Tracey Sabella said...

Such a gorgeous page!! Thanks for the instructions and inspiration!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Lizzyc said...

Gorgeous end result, you make it look easy, but it does look amazing! Happy New Year!

KellyCreates said...

That photo is adorable! And so is the design!! Thanks for sharing the step by step, Vicky! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Tracey Gregory said...

Love this design! Have a happy new year!