RTS…Heritage Inspiration

Good morning,

Back in November, Janet from RTS Scrapbooking released her 4for4 Series – Heritage Round. It is a great series with many tips and tricks for creating heritage layouts. Now, I’m not a fan of making heritage layouts and I think generally this is because most people use very dull coloured papers with old fashioned flowery/object prints. I’m more a bright colour girl and so, I thought I would challenge myself and have a go. Around the same time, in the Love RTS FB group, there was a post suggesting you sort and collect up papers which challenged you, the ugly, the old, dated and ‘the untouchables’ and make them into kits. Now, I have a stack of papers that don’t appeal to my tastes, so these were the papers I decided to use for my heritage layouts. Some Love RTS members loved the papers which I detested, we all have different tastes and for me, purple is yucky, as are flower prints which remind me of my Nanna’s wallpaper!

Here are my ‘untouchables’, papers I don’t like…

I started off with the pink and green patterned and floral papers, using a photo of my grandfather. Now, flowers and men usually don’t mix but the story behind the photo is quite romantic and I thought I would get away using these girly papers. This is the photo that my grandfather had taken to send to his sweetheart, my Nanna, during the war. On the bottom right corner, you can see the sweet message he scribed to her.

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Janet’s layout features a diagonal patterned paper format and I followed the same process. You can watch Janet’s video here.  As my grandfather was in his motorcycle uniform I found some images related to his job in the war and printed them out to use as embellishments. A tip when using home-printed embellishments, they can sometimes look a little flat in colour, but you can achieve a more polished finish 81Bd+w4oVAL._SY550_by rubbing each image with a little Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze. It just makes the colour pop a little more and looks like a bought die cut. I also printed a heritage document from the website recommended on RTS, https://olddesignshop.com/.

The finished layout turned out quite dashing with just a touch of floral.

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My next layout is of my Nanna, the photo she had taken to send to my grandfather. I used one of the purple ‘untouchable’ papers for the background. For this layout, I wanted to use some embossing folders which I had recently purchased secondhand on FB Marketplace, they had come with a whole heap of steel dies I got cheap. I have hardly used embossing folders in my craft life, they fall into my old fashioned, untouchable category. So, this was the perfect time to try them out. I made embossed papers to use for mounts and layering behind the photo.

It is a simple process of inking one side of the plate before adding your paper/cardstock and running it through my Sizzix Bigshot.

The results are quite stunning and really did remind me of the old embossed wallpaper and brocade furniture in my Nanna’s house.

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The next photo, I believe to be of them both on their wedding day. It was wartime, so times were tough and for them, there was no white wedding. For this layout, I used the rest of the green and pink untouchable papers. Amongst these papers was a rose floral which was just calling to be fussy cut, fussy cut I did! I also used more printable embellishments from the Old Design website, and it gave me an opportunity to use up some ribbon bows.

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It was a fun experience creating heritage layouts and I didn’t mind the end results, however, I did lose interest and moved on to other challenges. One day, I will have another go and finish scrapping the small pile of heritage family photos that I have.

What I did have a go at was getting rid of some more of the purple ‘untouchable’ papers and scrapping some old family photos from the ’90s. I’m not sure I pulled it off, the papers were pretty ugly and gaudy, but I gave it my best shot. Anyway, more layouts in albums…the ultimate goal.

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Keep on scrapping! 🙂

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RTS 4 for 4, Summer Challenge!

Hello again,

Just a quick share of my layouts I created when I participated in Janet Madison’s 4 for 4 Summer Series. For those of you who don’t know, Janet is a wonderful, experienced scrapbooker who loves to share her skills and knowledge with others. Janet has her own unnamedYouTube channel where she offers a huge range of videos based around the various needs of her followers. Some of the series she produces deal with the organisation of your supplies, making your own scrapbook kits, and scrapbook tips and tricks to speed up the scrapbook process.

The 4 for 4 series demonstrates how to create layouts using only 4 papers with some embellishments, and a few supplement papers (which are optional). You end up with 4 layouts, either single or double (you choose) and a set of cards. I tend to only make the layouts and never quite get to the cardmaking, using those paper pieces for more layouts. It’s a fun process to try and those participating often share what they create on the FB Love RTS group page.

This series was a summer theme and for us down under, in Australia, well we are dealing with winter, wet and cold days. I didn’t have any summer photos to scrap, so I went with gardening photos, more of a Spring and Autumn approach. Below is what I worked on, four double-page layouts of my garden.

I started by selecting my papers, a range of patterned papers and some coloured cardstock. The beautiful garden-themed papers are from the DCWV Botanical Beauty pad, it is one of those collections which you never want to cut into. Absolutely gorgeous botanical beauty DCWVpapers, and if I get the chance to buy a second pad I will snatch it up, it’s amazing. I ended up using very little of the cardstock or supplement papers, and just focused on using my main four papers and white cardstock. Mainly because I wanted to include some stamped images, some lovely insects from the Tim Holtz Entomology stamp set.

My embellishment selection ended up huge. I went through everything looking for anything that had a garden feel or went with my paper colour selection.

Janet’s instructions, putting together your kit.

The first part of the process has you cutting your 4 papers into pieces following Janet’s very clear advice in her video.

Janet releases the videos slowly, about a week apart for each layout. It can be agonising waiting for each video, as you are excited to get creating! The videos are worth the wait, her delivery is very friendly and down to earth, often you will find yourself laughing along with Janet who has a wicked sense of humour.

My Layout #1.

I used photos of Gazania flowers in our springtime garden, they are so colourful and cheery and worked beautifully with the paper I had selected. The black strips on the layout are actually copper metallic washi tape, it didn’t photo well, as it is reflective.

Janet’s instructions are here.

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My Layout #2.

This layout is of our vegetable garden just before our Spring planting. The garden beds have been weeded and prepped ready for new seeds and seedlings. Luckily for me, Hubby is a mad gardener and loves growing produce which helps cuts grocery costs and gives us a healthy diet. It was very useful when we had young children, now we produce far more than we can eat and pass it on to family and friends.

Janet’s instructions are here.

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My Layout #3.

This layout is some Autumn colour in our garden.

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Janet’s instructions are here.

My Layout #4.

My last layout is various shots of the garden and property in October, hubby likes to snap photos on his phone of what is happening in the garden each month. I used fewer photos than Janet, as my photos were larger.

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Janet’s instructions are here.

Well, that’s it! I have lots of bits and pieces left to complete some more garden layouts. If you are interested in making Janet’s cards here are the instructions.

Look into joining the Love RTS Facebook group and join in the fun, a great bunch of people who share and help each other with their crafting needs.

Keep on scrapping 🙂