Memory Keeping Like a Pro with Nature Sketchbook Layouts
We are wrapping up this week by getting back in touch with Nature Sketchbook with two lush double page layouts from Einat Kessler and Kathy Clement. Einat leads us into the woods with a YouTube tutorial featuring a layout that celebrates love and being in touch with nature. The brightly colored fussy cut pieces and flowers really pop against the quiet background to evoke a vintage storybook feeling. Kathy then shares a her layout in honor of getting lost in nature with a loved one. The three dimensional effects make it feel like you are right back in nature. Make sure to read their tips for additional insight into how to make a double page layout that will come together as well as this one did.
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Life is the Flower Layout
By Einat Kessler
"I have been waiting for awhile to use the Nature Sketchbook collection because it’s so beautiful and I finally found the right photos for it. This layout took me more than 20 years back in time to when my husband and I were young and beautiful. The flowers and nature in the photos are complimented by the beautiful pieces I cut from the papers and the flowers I added." ~Einat Kessler
Add a piece of chipboard behind the photos to give them more dimension. For more dimension add more than one piece.
You don’t always have to cut an image exactly on the lines. Cutting around the image’s outer lines while leaving a little margin will take much less time!
Graphic 45 Supplies:
- Paper flowers
- Cheese cloth or bandage
Natural Beauty Layout
By Kathy Clement
"One of the best things about having grown children is the fact that every now and again, you get to run away from home with them and do something fabulously fun! My daughter Liz and I love to run away to the mountains of western North Carolina where we relax on the incredible garden trails at the Biltmore House in Asheville. Surrounded by natural beauty, we talk, hike, explore, relax, and reconnect. These unfiltered photos were taken in October 2016, and looking at them brings back the joy we felt under that bright October blue sky. Nature Sketchbook provided the perfect patterns, colors, and images to capture the memory of that perfect day in this double page scrapbooking layout. I call it Natural Beauty for the gorgeous surroundings, and the lovely subject of the photos, my daughter Liz." -Kathy Clement
- When doing a double page layout, you want to create a sense of flow and connection between the two pages. For this layout, I fussy cut the gorgeous wildflower image from Nature Sketchbook 12x12 signature page, cut it down the middle and then glued each half on the center edge of each page.The image serves as a bridge between the two photos and connects them beautifully.
- Turn negative space into a positive. I had used all my Nature Sketchbook cardstock flowers, but I always keep the empty template because it makes a great stencil! Trace the evacuated petal layers onto designer paper then cut them out. This way, you can make as many flowers as you need, and the colors will always be a perfect match for your layout.
- If mixed media techniques cause your designer paper to warp or buckle, don’t despair. There’s an easy fix! Paint the edges of two sheets of.12x12 medium weight chipboard with black chalk paint. Heat dry. Then use a Nature Sketchbook stamp and white pigment ink all along the edges. Trim your designer paper to measure 11.5” x11.5”, back with Scor-Tape or other strong, dry adhesive and press onto the prepared chipboard. Now you’ve created a sturdy custom mat for your mixed media layout, and your paper lays flat..
- To give chipboard elements extra depth and texture I like to paint them with Distress Paints. While paint is still wet, I sprinkle with embossing powders and heat set. Once the embossing powder cooled on the ferns in this layout, I went back and stamped over the tops with Jet Black Archival Ink and a Nature Sketchbook script stamp. I have a Snapguide tutorial from an older project that outlines this process for you. Here is the link:https://snapguide.com/guides/alter-chipboard-queen-annes-lace/
Graphic 45 Supplies:
- Nature Sketchbook
- Distress Paint: Peeled Paint, Broken China, Black Soot, Twisted Citron, Shaded Lilac
- Gold Crackle Texture Paste (Prima)
- Color Box Frost White Pigment Ink
- Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel
- Distress Embossing Powder: Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters
- Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Embossing Powder
- Pumice Stone Distress Ink
- Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: Fern Fronds , Queen Anne’s Lace,
- Petaloo Red Vintage Velvet Pansies
- Chicken wire stencil
- Jet Black Archival Ink
Thanks for getting lost in nature with us for a bit today. Also, thanks to Einat and Kathy for providing the gorgeous views. Maybe this will be the weekend for a retreat to nature for some of you. We'd love to hear about how you combine your crafting hobby and other activities in the comments below. See you back here next week for more crafting inspiration and, of course, chances to win Graphic 45 product.
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