Sunday, March 23, 2014

Step by Step with Charm...

Hello Everyone! 
It's my turn to create a layout Step by Step!

I have used the fabulous 
Carta Bella - It's a Celebration Kit 
- only $25 in the SFS shop HERE!

Step One: Creating Background
I created my background by using a White Cardstock and a few splats at the top of the page using my newest LOVE Tim Holtz Distress Stains - Squeezed Lemonade

If you've never attempted splats I suggest you practise on a scrap piece of paper first. I decided to try to create the "candle light" effect.

Step Two: Photo Matte and Paper Layering
While that dries, I matted my photo, which is an Instagram square photo, but you can quite easily adapt using a 6x4 landscape photo. I cut a piece from the "Happy Birthday" Music paper 7x5in, making sure I cut the piece where there are the coloured streamers/stars in the bottom left corner of the paper. I've then matted this paper with the red/white striped paper.

I've attached my photo with double sided tape to the right side.

I've cut another piece of paper from the "Happy Birthday" Music paper approximately 13cm {just over 5in} This time I have used the blue side attaching it about 6cm from the bottom of the layout.

Using the opposite side of the red/white striped patterned paper, I have measured a piece 17x18cm, using minimal double sided tape I have attached it approximately 7cm from the top of the page and about 2cm from the right hand side of the layout.

I have then positioned my photo matte 4cm from the right side of the layout and about 9cm from the top of the layout.

Step Three: Embellishments and Title
Using the Cardstock Stickers from the kit, I have attached the camera to the right side of the photo overlapping it. Then using other cardstock stickers to embellish, including the "Birthday" Cardstock sticker as part of the title and the awesome Thickers for the "Happy" part of the title.

Step Four: Sewing
To secure the patterned papers down better, I have machine stitched around the edge of the Photo-Matte, but only the top, right hand side and the bottom. I machine stitched around the edge of the blue paper and also around the edge of the layout {you can omit this, or add doodling if you wish!}

I also stuck this Journalling card from the kit too {which I machine-stitched around the edge too}
Step Five: Create a Hidden Journalling/Photo Card 
Using two patterned papers - the blue paper measuring 17cmx10cm, and the blue/white paper measuring 9cmx17.5cm create the backing for the pull out hidden journalling/photos card.

I've added a leftover strip from the "Happy Birthday" Music Note paper, a couple of smaller photos and added a few more Cardstock Stickers. The "present" was perfect to use as the "tab" which I have stuck to the left, so that overhangs. I stuck another little patterned paper behind it so it wasn't sticky at the back.

I added journalling and machine stitched around the edges of the patterned papers as well...

it then slips behind the Photo Matte as you can see...

Step Six: Finishing it off
I couldn't go without adding my usual twine

I loved using this kit and I hope you enjoyed my Step by Step! I have created another 3 layouts and two cards with the Kit with enough to make another card or even two!

I would LOVE to see your creations using my Step by Step! Please link it up here so that I can see!

xo Charm

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