For my first layout "Life's beautiful", this is my mother-in-law in her twenties, just before having three boys. How cool is it that the October kit features acid-free doilies and shabby flowers from my Etsy shop products? (http://www.etsy.com/shop/vickyalberto). I used chalk ink to lightly brush color on the doily and twigs from a flower arrangement in my house (nobody will miss them, LOL). The butterfly is gorgeous Prima.
Design Tip: Add a string at the bottom of a circle design to anchor the page so your circle doesn't look like it is "floating".
For my second layout "Real Life", this is my dad with my mother's father in the kitchen - many moons ago. I just love this real rustic picture of them. OK, so we got this cool piece of cork in the kit and I used my nails to pick the edge off to make it look jagged. We also got a cool feather and Prima flower. I made my layout look like a journal by adding chipboard and lace from my stash.
Design Tip: Use walnut ink spray to stain your chipboard and lace for a beautiful matte finish on heritage layouts.
For my third layout "sixteen", that's my mom. When I saw the whacky G45 paper I knew immediately that this picture was perfect - you'd have to know my mother to understand. I used the ribbon flowers and Prima centers to create the black skirt and kept the rest of the design simple to let the picture shine amongst the chaotic paper.
Lastly, I paired my leftover papers and embellies from the kit with a G45 "Le Romantique" paper. The black die cut in the kit is Kaisercraft. I did some fussy cutting and inserted the picture of my mom and dad at their engagement party so that it blends with the papers. I also used my hole punch to make the white edge mimic the stamp images on the paper (used an original picture since the scan looked too "new" for these papers). The four peach roses are handmade. Check back here this week for a rose tutorial.
Design tip: Make your own flowers to match your layout out of coordinating pattern paper in the collection.
Here is a close-up of one of the mini roses.
Well, don't forget to check out the rest of the design team's work at http://scrapthat.ning.com and thanks for looking!