Every month Maja Design has this really cool Mood Board Challenge going....it's a really fun and inspirational board that suggests colors, text, embellishments and moods. This months mood board was made to work with the Vintage Summer Basics collection but there are many other Maja Design papers that work really well with the mood board as well. I just love using the mood board to inspire a page. I loved the feminine pretty photos in the mood board and I chose a number of the words to use on my page like 'lace', 'pearls', 'shades of misty rose', 'pale peach', 'beauty', 'flowers' and 'shimmer'. And what a beautiful poem, just the thing to put you in the mood for scrapping! Here is the mood board for February if you want to play along (there is a beautiful Maja collection up for grabs for the winner!! See challenge rules at this link Maja February Mood Board Challenge)
I wanted to get a nice soft feminine effect on the page so I started out with 2 layers of patterned papers from the Maja Design collection called 'Vintage Summer Basics' (1908-bs, 1921, 1925) and some torn strips from the 6x6 paper pad from the same collection.
Although I had these pretty new papers to work with I wanted to be practical and use some of my older stash as well. I have all these lovely rub-on's that I've been hoarding from my days on the Daisy D's design team and I figured I will eventually have to stop hoarding and use them right? lol.
The 'Life is Good' title is from one of the Daisy D's rub-on sheets and the white lace design is a rub-on from another Daisy D's rub-on sheet I had.
I first did a little bit of inking with a make-up sponge and some Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, I think it's the perfect color to match the pinks in the Maja collection. This also allowed the white lace rub-on to show up better on the patterned paper. Here are more close-ups of the page....
Now I have to let you know that I've had a number of people ask how I get the paper to pull down when I do those little peek-a-boo edges. Sometimes it's just easier to do a little video tutorial than to explain it. So I got my oldest daughter to hold the camera while I recorded a little piece for you to see how I do it. I have to appologize in advance about the sound quality on this video piece, my daughter taped it with my phone camera and I'm thinking she may have had her hand over the speaker while taping some parts. But I think you'll still see how easy it is to do when you watch the clip....
Here is another close-up of one of the pulled back paper edges. The key for sure is that you want to use a nice heavy weight paper that can take the paper manipulation...and you can find that in the Maja Design papers, they are a great quality paper!
And finally I wanted to mention the lovely chipboard pieces I used on the this page. The loopy sweet vine you see on my page edges is a new one from Dusty Attic called 'Swirly Vines #3' and the floral chippie that I used to frame my photo is one called 'Floral Corners' that I cut up so that it would wrap around the photo. Below are a couple of steps is did in making up the frame design. The actual first step is to paint your chipboard white and then tint the leafy areas with some green chalk ink. Then you want to glue your chipboard pieces to your layout. Continue with the steps below...
I like to fill in the petal areas with a bit of Glossy Accents after the Stickles dry just because I find the Stickles dry fairly flat and I love the thick glossy look they have when they are wet. Adding the Glossy accents keeps that glossy thick look to the petals.
I hope these tips and tutorials have helped! If you every have any questions and would like to see a demonstration of techniques I use on my pages just leave a comment and ask....I'll see what I can do about getting tutorials posted. And if you would like to play along this month in the Maja February Mood Board Challenge you can find the rules for the challenge there as well (the main rules being that you please resize your photos to 600x600 pi and that you not put on any watermarks for the challenge page entry....also that you must use some Maja Design papers to enter the challenge). We had loads of entries last month and look forward to seeing your creations this month as well!