Making a scrapbook layout using my Spectrum Sherbet inspired background!

Hello all, I hope everyone is well and getting some crafty time.

I have had a few requests regarding the stamped Spectrum Sherbet inspired 12×12 background that I created, shared on my blog, filmed and put on my YouTube channel. Some people were interested in seeing how I would use this background paper and others were keen to know which Tim Holtz inks I used. So, yesterday I created the layout, using more Tim Holtz distress ink and the 49 and Market-Spectrum Sherbet acetate embellishments (these are drool-worthy, love them). I love how it has turned out, the acetate embellishments really make a statement. The translucency of these allows for parts of the background to show through if you are using white or light cardstock, for instance, my ink splatters show through. However, some of the embellishments are opaque which is necessary in order for them to stand out on your page if you are using a heavily patterned background like I have. So, the acetate embellishments are pretty versatile, and a credit to the designer, they really thought about a crafter’s needs.

If you haven’t watched the ‘Make your own Spectrum Sherbet inspired scrapbook backgrounds’ video you can view it here. Later today my new video will come out showing how I assembled the layout and what products I used. I noted in the description the main products I used if you are interested. I have not included where to purchase any of the products, as I’m not affiliated with any companies, and I’m a big believer in encouraging you to shop local when possible or stay loyal to your favourite online store. Having said that, the 49 and Market, Spectrum Sherbet collection has been very popular worldwide and many stores sold out quickly, so you may have to search for stock.

Anyway, here’s what I did with it, in constructing the layout.

I used the embellishment sheet which comes with the collection. I needed some pieces which would pick up the colours on my stamped background and the colours in my photos. The photos which I’m using are of furniture, the latest to enter our house last month. I went to a local charity auction on my birthday and couldn’t quite believe it when no one was bidding on these two very lovely wingbacked chairs. The auctioneer was so desperate to sell them, with no bids happening, that he said $5! Well, then I couldn’t not bid, I raised my auction card knowing that others would then start bidding, only they didn’t and so, I ended up winning the bid. I am now the very happy owner of two wingback chairs that only cost me $5 for both! Did I need any chairs…no! We are now contemplating which lounge to get rid of, as things are a little tight in the living room.

Next, I double-matted my photos using some white cardstock and some of the 49 and Market-Spectrum Sherbet-Classics papers. Then, I made my title using some Paper Roses alpha dies, the Spectrum Sherbet-Classics-Brumbleberry paper (B-side) and some adhesive foam to give the title some dimension.

I inked the edges of my photo mats and my cut-apart embellishments. The inks I used were Tim Holtz distress inks – Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Evergreen Bough and Mustard Seed (my favourite yellow).

Time to put it all together, it was just a matter of layering the embellishments. I use wet glue, Mono Aqua Liquid Glue, and double-sided tape to adhere everything. The Mono Aqua Liquid Glue worked really well to adhere the acetate embellishments, as it’s a clear glue.

Overall, I am very pleased with how it looks.

My next layout share will be working with the brown/grey stamped background I created, also inspired by the collaged effect found on the B-side papers from the 49 and Market-Spectrum Sherbet Classics pack. You can view images of this stamped background in my last blog post, scroll right to the bottom to view them.

To view the process video click here.

To view how to make the stamped background click here.

Making Spectrum Sherbet inspired backgrounds!

Hello, old friends!

Here I am back again playing after a very loooonnnngggg break. Life last year got completely crazy for me and time to blog was just beyond me. I was overwhelmed with going back to University to study for the third time, what was I thinking? Well, really it was studying, and upgrading my qualifications or losing the chance to further employment. Anyway, I qualified with flying colours and life is a lot more mellow. So, I have been loving having the opportunity to scrap and paint when I’m not working.

Anyway, let’s scrap! Like half the scrapbook community I have fallen completely in love with the 49 and Market, Spectrum Sherbet collection. A scrapbook collection with the most amazing colours, textures and patterns. I wanted to buy it all but unfortunately, my finances couldn’t stretch to buying the whole collection, plus I already have so many supplies to use up, that I held back and just purchased the one classic pack and two packets of the acetate leaves. Both products are absolutely beautiful.

So, beautiful that I don’t want to use the paper as I only have one of each! Being two-sided sheets, with gorgeous designs on both sides makes it even more difficult. How can I possibly choose which side to use? Well, my creative mind had an epiphany when I realised that I could try and make some of my own papers in the same style as these beauties.

So, make I did, and it was a wonderful experience. Yes, it took me a few hours but who cares about time when one is creating. I stepped back in time and used an old stamping technique, masking, which worked really well to create that collaged look. I chose to work with Tim Holtz Distress inks (for my first attempt) and chose to try and create a teal blue and green background.

I really stepped out of my comfort zone and even filmed the process. Yes, people, I have made my first ever scrapbook video. Something that I have been planning to do for years but have not been brave enough, nor had the time. It’s pretty basic, so be kind. If you are interested in watching it, you can view it on my YouTube channel here. I would appreciate any feedback, so please do leave a constructive comment and like the video. With some motivation and support from other crafters, I hope to continue to develop my video production skills.

Right, so let’s look at stamping and masking. First I selected a heap of stamps which could blend to create a similar nature theme. I also selected some travel stamps for fun, which I used on the second background. I chose to use some Vicki Boutin foundation mixed media cardstock for the first layout, it’s a good quality cardstock made to take wet media, so should easily handle a bit of ink. I also use some thinner Poppy Craft cardstock which I used for the masking shapes and for making a template.

Template? Yes, I decided to not directly copy the Spectrum Sherbet design making a 12×12 sheet but used the collage look within a circle template design. I masked off different sections of the circle and stamped on my images, colouring each section with the distress inks. It was a pretty easy process but a bit fiddly and time-consuming. I really like how it looks in a circle design. I ended up adding a little stamped splash around the edges where I accidentally got some ink smudges. overall, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

So happy that I made a second background, working with grey and brown inks and adding some travel stamped images. Not at all a sherbet colour, but I love it anyway.