Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Pages from the Heart Reveal - Nikki Sivils Collection

My Projects:
These are the two projects I made for my reveal this week over at Pages from the Heart. 

Two Page Layout of Grant's Farm
Thinking of You card
I was given the fun and colorful family themed collection from Nikki Sivils to work with.

We Are Family Collection
The Two Page Layout:

Title: Who's Stabled in Grant's Farm?
Featured Collection: Nikki Sivils' "We are Family"
Sketch: PageMaps by Becky Fleck

Page Maps by Becky Fleck

1. Feel free to change up a sketch according to your own preferences and style. I like having more photos in a layout so I added 2 inches to the length of the photo sections. This gave me the chance to add three more 2 x 2 photos and increase the size of two of the photos on the sketch.  

2. To focus in on the solo photo, I machine stitched around the central characters several times and added some twine. I was also going for a lasso look to match my horse theme. The sketch had a scalloped frame which I substituted with the circular stitching, which was actually quite scary to sew directly on the photo.

3. The new Pearl Pens were a quick and easy way to add some dimension and pearls to a page without using messy liquid adhesives or heat. I put a dot at the top of each ruffle. It also mimicked the yellow polka dots printed on the paper. 

4. The paper collection had a family theme which didn’t necessarily match my photos, but the colors were perfect. So feel free to use a collection for the patterns or colors even if you aren’t using the theme. 

The Card:
I really liked the little houses that are in Nikki Sivils' We are Family collection. But, I ended up not using them in my layout because they were too small and the scale was off as embellishments for a large two page layout. It was the perfect size for a card though, so I designed a card featuring the cute lil' houses. 

Title: From Our House to Yours
Project: Make Your Own 3-D Scene

1. I started by using part of a patterned paper that had a road and one group of trees. I glimmered misted it in yellow to break up the large expanse of blue. 

2. I fussy cut 4 houses, 2 of each design from another section of the patterned paper that contained houses. 

3. I glued one house straight on the paper. I popped up the other one of the same house on top of the first one using foam adhesive. This gives kind of a shadow effect. On the windows I added some Glossy Accents to make it look reflective like glass. I added some Pearl Pen on the roof, doorknobs and nail heads to emphasize those aspects of the house and to make them appear 3-D.

4. Further down the road, I repeated the same process with the other 2 houses I cut out. I also cut out some trees to balance out the scene. 

5. I connected the sentiment from one house to the other like a telephone line using a black pen. So with the addition of a sticker from the collection it reads, "Hello from our house to yours". 

6. I finished off the scene by cutting out some kites and gluing it in the sky near the "Hello" sticker, so the sticker wouldn't look to be floating by itself. 

If there isn't the perfect scene on a patterned paper, then just take the various components that a collection has to offer, and create your own. It will be the right size and scale to your project. It will also be much more interesting with the 3-D elements and any extra finishing touches you add to give it your own personal flair. 

Hope this information was helpful in your scrappy endeavors,


Linda Beeson said...

So loving the sketch you used and wowie on your use of those Nikki Sivils papers! Sooooo cute! said...

What gorgeous vibrant work. Love you 2-pg LO with the wonderful detail stitching and gathers!! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration! ~ Blessings

sandi said...

Wow! Love both of these! The 3 D is such a neat idea! So sweet looking!!

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