Shabby Chic

The beauty of a shabby chic design is that you don’t have to be able to line things up accurately and it can hide a multitude of sins!

I love the designs of Pickled Pear – a little vintage but with some modern twists. This allowed me to add some fun details to the page.

One easy but effective alteration is to create tears in the background to reveal paper below. Simply tear the paper and curl back the edges.

Then place paper behind the hole that you’ve created. I stamped Vintage Fence  (which looks like wooden planks) onto grey cardstock using brown ink, then stuck it below the aperture.

Another easy alteration is to turn back a corner of the page, adding a new page corner behind. This is a great spot to add flowers and embellishments as I have done. If you like a little distressing, then you can crumple the corner and ink the edges.

For the main cluster of flowers and embellishments, I layered elements from the Collectables and tucked in some bandage, flowers and leaves. The fence is made from coffee stirrers and finally I added a button from The Vintage Garden.

This gorgeous set of buttons feature delightful vintage images of birds and flowers but with a modern twist, making them truly versatile.

Products Used:

Pickled Pear Collection
Boutique Buttons – The Vintage Garden
Clear Stamps – Pickled Pear, Vintage Fence, Magnolia Grove

I hope that you’ll try some of these easy techniques on your next page.

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Mix & Match

It’s good to mix and match – to stretch the possibilities of your stash. The Pickled Pear Collection is an eclectic mix of delightful images. I love how the vintage style isn’t old fashioned and not too girly – important in our house where even my DD can be a little tom-boy like.

In this layout I wanted a vintage style but with a more edgy look to it – something more modern. To do this I used the Willow paper with the plank effect as my base.

I layered stamps next – The Pickled Pear foliage stamps first in blue, before overstamping with Numbers. This technique is great as you only ink up part of the stamp and try to get an uneven image.

By adding more stamps below the photo it makes a great base for the embellishments. I layered elements from the Collectables and various flowers and leaves. Did you notice the cool journal strips? They look just like Dymo strips only you peel them off the Sticker Sheet and voila! Gently bend them in the middle for a real designer touch.

You can see the brand new Boutique Button from The Vintage Garden collection. I adore these original vintage images  –  they are so delicate yet vibrant.

Check out the tiny weeny lettering! The Tiny alphabet sheet contains loads of little letters for extra-cute journaling!

Check out all the Pickled Pear goodies here.

Thanks for dropping in.

Morag x

Layered Texture

I do rather like texture on a page although the amount varies depending on my mood and papers. This month I have been working with the utterly gorgeous Pickled Pear collection.

There are many ways to add texture to a layout – not all of it has to be bulky. One method is to use stamps to add detail to the background for example (Emilie is obviously an expert in this method!)

After adding some  texture to the background, I then wanted to add some additional interest by creating an opening. This is a simple tear in the background paper (Quince) which is then distressed and curled. To add even more to this area, I added some paper strips from the collection and taped them to the back.

Each one protrudes slightly further out than the one above so you can see all the layers. Distress the edges with a tool or scissors and some ink for definition. I also layered up some of the black lace trim.

You may have noticed that I do love a little envelope. I made this one from Apple using a simple square design. I tucked in the tickets and journal strips from the Collectables and Sticker Sheet. I actually wrote my journaling on the back of the tickets for a fun change.

You can also see the pretty button from The Vintage Garden collection.

Grouping the embellishments together help to give them impact on the page. I start off with placing the flowers before tucking in the various collectable shapes, leaves and finally a bow made from the lace trim.

Other products used:

Thanks for stopping by.

Morag x