Monday, July 20, 2009
Dancing with BoBunny Alissa
I fell in love with BoBunny’s Alissa collection from the first moment I saw it. As much as I love bright colors, I love a soft and beautiful collection to showcase the photos of more tender and girly moments.
Alissa is the perfect collection to highlight photos I captured of Abby on Easter day. She was still in her pretty pink dress from worship service, and we were visiting her grandparents. Grandma knows how much our girl loves bubbles, and she received some in her basket, and could not wait to get out and blow. Out to the yard she went, blowing, dancing and catching those bubbles. I was so glad for the fast shutter release on my new Nikon – I have a series of photos I am so looking forward to scrapping, but for today, I want to showcase a favorite.
I found a wonderful quote…one of those lifted from a plaque in the Kohl’s home décor department. It reads, “Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future, and Faith is the courage to dance to it.” I loved the quote from the moment I read it, and thought of the Easter photos. I do have to share, however, that our 6 yr. old “theologian” was quick to point out, as she read the quote, “that’s not what faith is! Faith is knowing you’re going to heaven with Jesus.” Ah, truth from the mouth of babes. (LOL) Let’s just say I hope she dances through her earthly journey until that day the promise of our faith is fulfilled.
I altered the photograph in Photoshop –duplicating the layer and converting the top layer to a black and white photo. I then used the eraser tool to allow Abby’s pink dress to reveal itself from the bottom layer. I created word art to incorporate the quote, and had a 5x7 printed at ScrapbookPictures.com – whom I had add the music border.
I wanted Abby to be dancing “out” of a frame, and chose to cut an opening in the pink patterned paper to create one. Strips of chipboard were adhered underneath to give the frame some lift, and I used pink Stickles on the darker shade of pink pattern that was in the paper. I distressed and tore the edges, and stitched around the frame.
On the circle shaped pattern paper, which is originally a black and white paper, I used pink chalk to softly color in the open flower. This adds a simple touch of soft color.
The BoBunny acrylic letters were treated with a coating of Cotton Candy Stickles on top. Once dry, I turned the letters over and outlined with a Sakura black glaze pen, which happens to catch nicely on the edge ridge. The black edging helps the letters to pop off the page. For a good measure of bling, I used Mod Podge Sparkle on top of the dried Stickles.
Stickles were also used to highlight the edges of the black BoBunny flower, and also on the punched butterfly shape. This layout truly called for lots of pretty bling! BoBunny iCandy brads and pink gem stickers by Kaiser finished off the butterfly sparkle. Prima pearl flourishes added the perfect dancing movement to the butterfly’s path.
I wrapped the layout with some white tulle – I just love to have the basics of black and white tulle around. You can get a good sized spool rather inexpensively at Michael’s. I wrote on one of the pretty Alissa journaling cards, added more bling and a flower, and used it to ground the title for the layout. The entire layout utilizes Bazzill dotted cardstock in black – I look forward to the day BoBunny releases double dot cardstock in ebony, or some other fun color name for black.
Would you like a run down of some of the techniques offered in this layout to get your mojo going? Here you go!
1. Add word art to a favorite photo, creating your own or using a digital .png file offered by many digital designers.
2. Add a digital border to frame in your photo – you can have it done by the print developer if you wish.
3. Instead of a photo mat, create a frame, distressing the inside edges.
4. Use sparkle on acrylic shapes and letters – it really is one of my favorite things to do with acrylic.
5. Add color to black and white patterned papers with chalks.
6. Mat a journaling card on cardstock, using Stickles around the edge. (For this layout white cardstock was edged with Lace.)
7. Punch a butterfly shape, enhance it with Stickles, bling, brads and a flourish.
8. Enhance flowers with bling, such as Stickles, glitter or liquid bling.
9. Use a sewing machine for a quick finished edge along patterned paper shapes.
10. Wrap up the layout with a wrap of tulle.