Ariana is here!

This week we will be focusing on the Ariana paper pack, and since it is Monday, that means that it is the day for a Layout!

Isn’t this just a gorgeous page? I have had THIS page pinned to my board for more than a year. I just loved it so much, but it sooooo isn’t my style. In fact, I almost didn’t make this layout . . but, I decided to challenge myself and just do it!

I have used a number of different products on this page. In this cluster, you can see I have used some cardstock, a few pieces that are cut from the B&T paper, some textiles, some Trinkets wooden shapes, and some retired pearls.

This flower was FUN to make!! I cut a strip from the textile, and because I can’t cut fabric straight (this is why I’m not a quilter), it was a bit lopsided. I ran a stitch through one side with a needle and thread. Then I went to fray the end a little bit, because I wanted a bit of a shabby looking flower, and found that I REALLY liked how it looked with the long strings hanging off of it. Then I tightened the fabric on the thread, and wound it in a bit of a spiral shape, so that it overlapped. {part of this is because I used black thread, and didn’t want you to see it!!} I added one of the wooden flower shapes to the middle (to hide the ‘hole’), and added a pearl on top.

I cut out a tiny rose to add a bit more detail, and added a butterfly from the trinket embellishment pack.

You can see in some of the close up shots, that the paper is torn and curled. I tore the shapes with the help of Kiwi Lanes Designs Cascade Trails Border kit. They made it REALLY easy!! After I had my shapes torn, I then wet a washcloth with some water, and dabbed the torn edges with the washcloth, and rolled them. I wasn’t particularly careful in the process, as I wanted it to look a bit worn (otherwise I would have cut the edges, right?). I kept the curls a bit tight. After they dried, they became pretty hard! (much harder than one might think they would be, anyway . . . . well, at least more than I thought!)

In the upper corner of the photo spot, I have another little flower ‘cluster’. It isn’t really a cluster, but because of the multiple layers, it gives more heft to the eye than if it were just one single flower. I cut out two flowers from one of the B&T sheets, and layered the smaller on top of the larger with some foam tape, then added a pearl to the middle. Both layers are just slightly tucked under one of the curled layers, to help with depth as well!

On the edges of the top and bottom piece, I wanted to give a bit more dimension, so I distressed them. There are many ways to do this, the two most common are straight to paper (i.e. ink pad directly touches the paper) and with a sponge. I usually use the sponge method, because I want light coloring on the edges of my papers. This time, however, I did straight to paper. It’s still really soft though, because I didn’t use the regular ink, but the pigment ink pads. They are a great size to be able to do this, and because of their sponginess, they keep the soft look that the sponge distressing does.

I do hope you have enjoyed my layout today! I know I had fun making it!!

I hope you have a crafty day!!

~ Michelle

Items used to create this fun layout:
Paper Pack: Ariana
Cardstock: Cashmere, Sky, White Daisy
Ink: Cashmere Pigment Ink
Embellishments: Chantilly Textiles {retired}, Trinkets Wooden Shapes, Pearls {retired}
Glue: Tombow, Liquid Glass, 3-D Foam Tape
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Cascade Trails {Kiwi Lane}, Micro-Tip Scissors, Art Philsophy Cricut Cartridge

4 thoughts on “Ariana is here!

  1. Marilyn McLeod

    Michelle, I’m absolutely AGOG at this page! wow and triple wow! Just my style.. I love shabby looking designs. I rarely do scrapbook page layouts but this tempts me to do one. Of course, Ariana is my MOST fave PAPER this spring too. I wish ALL of it was in bulk as love the blue stripes too, but the flower page is so vintage and shabby. Crafting “out of the box” is fun and hope you do it more often!


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