Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Little Boy Blue ~ Robin's Nest DT Project

Some of the items we are featuring this month at The Robin's Nest are the new Special Delivery Baby sets.  I chose the Special Delivery Baby Boy set for my project.  I decided to do a one page, 8 x 8 layout and showcase it in a square frame.  I absolutely love the way it came out!

I used the following items in my post (click below to see the paper on the Robin's Nest website):

I started by distressing a piece of blue cardstock by sanding it and then adhering it to a piece of chipboard.  Next, I cut a rectangle out of the Rocking Horse Specialty Paper (no measuring, just a quick couple of cuts).   I cut various pieces from the Special Delivery Boy Paper and used distress ink to age them.  My cut pieces were all triangle type shapes (nothing exact).  I glued the Special Delivery paper (face down) to the underside of the opening in the Rocking Horse paper (wide end glued down).  I then used a few different trims I had in my stash to surround the opening, and then glued the smaller end of the Special Delivery pieces down around the trimmed out area.  I completed my layout by adding a "Little Treasure" tag  and then adhering the Rocking Horse portion to the solid cardstock  portion and then adding the piece as a whole to my frame.  I just love the colors and the way the frame gives it such a finished look. 

In these last pictures I added a piece of scrap paper to show how you would just insert your photo and glue it down . . . or I was thinking about gluing a mini clothespin at the top of the opening so that you could even change out the photo.  What do you think?

Make sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by; make sure to hop over to the Robin's Nest Website to check out the New Baby Boy and Baby Girl Special Delivery sets.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ride On 4 Page Layout ~ Robin's Nest DT Project

This month we are featuring the Robin's Nest Hot Flame line. I have some pictures of my youngest son riding a Harley Davidson toddler scooter that I know will go perfectly with this paper.  With that in mind, I created this 4 page layout.  I used:

I think this paper is the perfect match for my little biker!  The paper was a little bright for what I was doing, so to tone it down a bit I made a "wash" with gel medium in a matte finish and added a couple of drops of white paint and a couple drops of yellow ink.  This gave me exactly the look I wanted.  It was a more washed out, old look. 

For the far right page I used the Mango Flame Border paper for the background.  I created a pocket from plastic packaging.  I used another portion of the Mango Flame Border cardstock and fussy cut the flames so that I could adhere them to the clear pocket so that I had a place to add a large tag. Adding the fussy cut flames above the patterned cardtock give the page a little more depth and more interest when your tag is out of the pocket.  The second from the right page is a neutral page with a tag backed in Mango Cardstock given the same "wash" treatment.  This pulls the pages together.

The second page from the left was created using the Mango Flame - Thermal Icing as the background.  The paper has so much interest that you really don't need to do too much with it.  I simply added a filmstrip die cut with a an insert to attach the photos so they can be pulled out revealing the patterned carstock behind.  I might even put two more photos behind the tag so that this page can now hold 4 pictures.  The first page from the left is another neutral page with a Harley Davidson sticker to finish it off. 

My hot tip for this project is to use aluminum plumber's tape.  I ran it through my diamond embossing folder and voila . . . faux diamond plate!  I love the way this finishes off the layout.

Keep an eye out on my blog as I post more pictures using the Robin's Nest Hot Flame line.  Make sure you hop over to the Robin's Nest website and check out all of their fabulous products.

Thank you for checking out my project!  Be sure to leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

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