Right at Home Scrapbooking is a fabulous scrappy store in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. When I heard they were having a design team call, I knew that I had to apply! Here's part of my application:
"Right at Home holds a special place in my heart. I accidentally discovered scrapbooking at an AC Moore. I rapidly became obsessed with the hobby and went online looking for information. I stumbled into the world of cyber boards and learned about a thing called "a local scrapbooking store." I knew that I had to find one, and Right at Home was the one I found! Since then, I have thought of Right at Home as my "hometown lss" despite the fact that I live in New York City. I stop by every time I come through Massachusetts. I've taken classes at RAH and attended last Fall's retreat! I'm a fan of the store from the friendly employees to the merchandise choices, and I'd love to be a part of the team."
I was thrilled when they extended an offer to join the team and then the big box of goodies arrived! Lisa and Sharon have pegged my style precisely. They sent me sticky back canvas, paint, buttons, and beautiful paper from Cosmo Cricket and Making Memories. I dove right in and here's what I came up with....
This first one is my Project Fifty-Two entry for the week.
The scan isn't great, but you can see a close up here:
• I cut some sticky back canvas into strips, applied gesso, used a pin to write “all about me” in the gesso, let it dry, and then applied a wash of paint over it. I then applied those strips to my cardstock.
• I used a Christmas themed journaling card up at the top and simply tore off the Christmas part. An easy way to make your supplies go farther!
• I hand cut all the circles because I like that handmade, wonky look. The large ones are patterned paper and the smaller ones are sticky back canvas.
• I love the fact that the canvas takes many layers of paint without curling up.
• I painted the title.
• I used watered down acrylic paint to paint the background after the layout was finished.
This is probably the most traditional layout in the bunch. The alphabet was originally multi-colored, but I wanted all the letters to be red, so I painted them with gesso (while they were still on the sheet), outlined them with a pen, and then colored them in with a Glaze pen.
I'm in love with this layout. No journaling - which is unusual for me. But, it is so cool in person! Here's a close up of the dangling hearts:
• I silhouette cut the photos and then placed them over patterned paper. I love the way it looks.
• The photos are popped up with foam adhesive. The hearts are then attached to strings which dangle from the backs of the photos (so they hang off of the page).
• To create the background, I laid down a bunch of gaffers tape and then painted over it with watered down acrylic paints. Then I sprayed Glimmer Mist over it to create some glitter and shine.
• The alphabet stickers kept coming up, so I used some matte gel medium over the top of them to keep them down. It works great and doesn’t show at all!
This is definitely one of those layouts that's way cooler in person than in a scan, which is too bad.
Finally, the girls at Right at Home have asked me to do a couple of technique cards each month using the 7gypsies photo carousel as the base. Here's one I made using my faux Prima lollipop flowers:
I made them slightly differently than in this video tutorial I did a while back. The process is the same, but I made them from patterned paper instead of cardstock, and I crinkled the edges a little bit more. Variety is the spice of life, eh?
This card demonstrates the "masking with lace paper" technique that I used on this layout that people loved. And here's a little video that demonstrates the making of the card from start to finish....
I'm heading to a crop at Right at Home on Friday. So, if you're in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello!
Thanks for stopping by!