Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tracee's February Shares (along with a short photo tutorial)

Hi 2Crafty fans, this month I went view finder crazy! 
I also have a short tutorial explaining how I covered my large 12 x 12 Viewfinder piece.
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"We Are Family"

When I first looked at this 12 x 12 Viewfinder I had a totally different plan in my mind. 
I was going to fill the openings with photos. It totally didn't go the way I had planned
 and this is how it finished up instead. I created a short tutorial showing you how I 
covered the large piece with decoupage paper.

Start by cutting your sheet of decoupage paper slightly larger than your frame.

Using a wet glue (I used soft gloss gel, but you can use decoupage glue or a glue of your choice), carefully start gluing your paper at one side. I did mine gradually moving across the chipboard, taking care not to tear the paper when it covers the openings. 

Once you have glued the whole sheet over your chipboard, turn it over and make diagonal 
slits across the opening but not right up to the edge. Cut away the excess leaving about a 
1 cm border that will enable you to glue and fold it towards the back.

Once you have cut all your openings, turn over the viewfinder and using glue, gently smooth 
all your loose edges down. Sometimes the paper is not very forgiving and will tear slightly,
 but you can make sure that is isn't noticeable from the front by working it into position 
whilst still wet.

If you are happy with the colour of your decoupage paper as it is, then you can skip this step
 and go straight ahead and decorate your piece. I wanted mine to be lighter and distressed,
 so I covered it in a coat of gesso, For those harder to reach places I simply used my finger 
as a paintbrush! Finally, I splattered some white acrylic paint on top for an even more distressed look.

Here are some close ups of my finished page.

I couldn't wait to use the "Kites" on my projects. After tracing around the shape and then 
paper piecing it back together, I clustered it along with some clouds in one of the openings on 
the "12 x 12 Viewfinder"

I covered more clouds in patterned paper and adhered them with staples.

I inked the "We Are Family" title with black ink. A few small splashes of white paint accidentally
landed on it after I had glued it down, but it all adds to the distressed look, so a happy accident.

I covered the "Mesh Heart" with pva glue and added glitter, I decided it didn't look 
white enough so blobbed on a little more white paint over the top.

2Crafty Products Used:
12 x 12 Viewfinder
We Are Family Title
Mesh Hearts
Mini Weather Icons

Happiness scrapbook page tracee provis 2crafty chipboard 01

What a happy little family this is! I love how they are often out and about just spending time
 together and having fun. I chose to use the smaller set of "Viewfinders" on this page, along 
with the "Polaroid Frame Assortment" as my main embellishments.
I love the "Long Word Titles." I inked this one with black ink for a bold statement across my page.
I wanted the black to be bold throughout my page, so I inked the frames in black also. 
I used a foam brush and some mists to create the stripes of colour behind my elements, 
and I kept the corresponding colours for my embellishments. 
I don't know what made me choose this colour combo as its not typical of a heart themed layout,
 but I really like how it turned out. I used patterned paper to cover the "Tag" and the large
 heart that is from the "Hearts" set.

I painted the 2 smaller viewfinders from the set with white acrylic paint and used a
 fine pen to outline all the details. This makes them really pop from the page and it's
 a technique I use quite often.

2Crafty Supplies Used:
Assorted Arrows
Assorted Polaroid Frames
Happiness Long Word Titles
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars

Thank you for visiting
Have a lovely crafty day!



Fiona Paltridge Designs said...

What a fabulous use of that chippy view finder!! And those Polaroids in the second LO are perfect!

Debbi Tehrani said...

You are so creative! Love all the little surprises tucked into that viewfinder layout, and that bottom page is just gorgeous too!

Shari Czerwinski said...

Another 2 beautiful layouts! LOVE the big viewfinder chipboard, and the colors are fantastic on the second one. Had to pin them for inspiration!

ValerieOuelletScrapbooking said...

Very fantastic layouts! Good works!

ValerieOuelletScrapbooking said...

Very fantastic layouts! Good works!

Di Garling said...

Love your tutorial Tracee & your second layout is my new fave of yours. Great post.

Marianne/skorpionen said...

Wow!! Stunning viewfinder!! And love the colors of the last one!

Pawsitively Creative said...

Eclectic and cute way to display some photos. The kites on the first design were a perfect added touch and your second design is awesome sauce! ~Niki

Rachael Funnell said...

FANTASTIC tutorial... 2 BEAUTIFUL layouts Tracee!

Kathy G. said...

Beautiful layouts! The viewfinders are Amazing - especially love the decoupage you did on the large one. Phenomenal job on both.

Tania said...

Beautiful pages and great tutorial :)

Unknown said...

Loved the layout and the viewfinder