Hello my gorgeous darlings.  

I am excited & honored to be a part of my very first layout blog hop alongside my wonderful YouTube Layout Hop group members. The theme of this hop was to share a layout of any kind and also explain how it was made.  I decided I would take a few photos of some of the steps I took to create this layout, so I hope it translates well in written words.  Hehe.

Starting with the paper, I used a 12x12 sheet of BoBunny's - Welcome Home - "Picket Fence" paper and sprayed it with some Tattered Angels "Coffee Shop" Glimmer Mist... you can't see it, but it's there!  lol.  Since I knew I wanted to have at least 2 spots available for 3x4 and 4x6 photos, I was able to first assemble my photo mats and then work my layout around that after I knew where I wanted to place them.

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The chipboard word "FAMILY" was a piece I found in my chipboard storage box, and I believe this was from "The Sweet Life" collection that was sold a while at ago at Jo-Ann.  I forgot the company who made it, it might've been Colorbok.  In any case, I was not happy with using a pinky/orange piece, so I decided to first paint it a darker blue and then go a few shades lighter.  Just sponging & dabbing the paint down on the piece was enough for it be saturated.  Since the chipboard was shiny, painting in strokes would have left streaks.  I heat-set the chipboard and distressed it with Walnut Distress Ink.

Behind the Tim Holtz "Weathered Clock" diecut is a brick pattern that I created using a stencil by Crafters Workshop and Walnut Distress Ink.

"Family" is not completely adhered to the photo mats,
so that there would be room to insert some photos.

The flowers I used were mostly from Wild Orchid Crafts, but I also added some buds from Michael's sprays and also some flowers that I received in a RAK from my friend Ana.

I wanted to also make an area, for the person who this is going to, to journal something, but I didn't want it to be out in the open.  If I added an area for journaling, it would have to have been small, and I wanted something with enough front and back room.  So creating a secret pocket with the grunge hinge that I alcohol inked, was the perfect idea.  It pulls out and tucks back in.

I accented all around with Recollections bling and Metal Butterfly Pieces that I sell in my Etsy Shop;  (along with other goodies); and the layout was complete.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you return soon.
x0, Damaris


As a thank you for hopping along,
I'd like to send one lucky winner
a package of goodies as seen in the photo above.
Just make sure you follow the rules below.
International hoppers are welcome.

3.  CLAIM YOUR PRIZE BY 4/20/12.

Your Next Stop on the Hop is: Sharon- 

If you get lost, see below for the list of Hoppers.


Becky said...

That layout deserves a frame! You do such awesome work!! So Pretty!

trav_shelle said...

I have this collection, you have inspired me! Thank you soo much. :-)

kim.scrapper said...

So nice to see a layout done by you, it is really gorgeous! I just love the blues/greens. Love it!, Hugz

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Hey D. I really like yor layout. So pretty and the colors are super nice together. Blue and green look great together and then those whites with yellows. Super nice.

Tammy said...

Love your layout, the papers and colors are perfect. I really like the hidden journal spot and how you arranged your flowers. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Tammy (tjskids)

Nancy said...

Love this LO Damaris! You color combo was perfect! Thank you for sharing your layout with us!

Haidee said...

super adorable!!!!!!!!!!!

Addicted Scrapper said...

Beautiful!!!!! Wonderfully done!!

Becky Dunham said...

Wow Damaris! This is gorgeous! I love the colors you used and that journal tag hidden behind the picture is so perfect! I am definitely going to try that with my layouts - then I can put on more pictures and embellishments but still have journaling included! Thanks for the inspiration! And speaking of inspiration - I love your craft room! I am currently trying to get my craft room usable and I can definitely use your craft room for inspiration! I am a new follower :)

berlykim37 said...

This layout turned out just beautiful. I love it...tfs

Sharon said...

Love the color combo!

ClassyDify said...

Damaris this layout is absolutely stunning! I love all the layers and different accents that you put on it! I especially love the Family chipboard and the pocket with the hinge. Amazing job! Katherine

Evethmoon Crafty Creations said...

You have done a great job with this layout and the colors go together real nice. I really like the Family chipboard you used and how you colored and distressed it.TFS

Corinne said...

Damaris, this is just AMAZING!! Love all the details you put into it and the colors! WOW

Samantha Wright said...

Such a stunning layout!!

Cathie said...

This layout blows me away! Love all the layers and texture! I'm a new follower!

MeLoveBono - Ms. V to you ;) said...

wow, this is AMAZING! This is really beautiful...thank you for sharing. Vicki

Crafty X said...

Damaris, this is such a pretty layout. I'm not a big fan of blue, but you made this blue pop and it looks amazing.

Thank you so much for participating you rock!

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