Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Out of my comfort zone

Hi everyone and welcome, thank you for dropping by!
Today I am sharing a project that took me out of my comfort zone, - it's a lay out, featuring my little granddaughter (of course...) The photo was taken a few months ago.
I hugely admire many of the scrapbookers out there, but somehow the 12 x 12 format always scares me off. However, I have so many lovely photos, that I thought it was high time I would scrap a few of them, so here is an attempt. I love the painterly scrapbooking style of many Australian scrapbookers, so that is the style I tried to follow. I used two paper collections for this, Pink Paisly Butterfly Garden and Prima Tea Thyme. I started with one of the 12 x 12 papers of the Butterfly Garden collection. I fussy cut roses from the 6 x 6 Tea Thyme collection and also some further scraps from the Butterfly Garden, arranged them around my photo and then started to play with Geso, paint, stencils, texture paste and stamps. Finally I added some highlights with water colour pencils and bits of treasure gold. Many layers later it was time to add the embellishments and do some spritzing, and voila a page...... I am not totally happy with it, the embellishments look too heavy and the photo looks somewhat strange with all that paint around, so I think I will need some more practice, but I did enjoy the process and I guess that is the main thing...
Here are a few close ups still:





Thank you for visiting today and I just want to let you know that I really appreciate your lovely comments!

I am entering this to the Zeus and Zoe May Challenge Mood Board

40 comments:

craftimamma said...

Well, I think it's beautiful Astrid! I love the composition of your layout and the colours are lovely. I love the areas of texture you've added too and the photo is beautiful. Gosh she's growing up so fast and such a little sweetie.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Netty said...

Your page is lovely Astrid, loving the photo and all the textures. x

Rita said...

What a beautiful page Astrid. Made all the more special when it has your cute little Grand-daughter enhancing the lovely textures. Stunning. Hugs Rita xxxxx

PeggyR said...

I love what you have done.

Margaret Mifsud said...

You're too hard on yourself Astrid. This layout is gorgeous ... and your granddaughter is such a cutie! I love how you did the background with all the textures and that little flower cluster in the corner with the banners ... I'm afraid I'll probably pinch that idea for one of my cards.
A totally stunning creation. ox Marg

suzieq23 said...

are you kidding? the layout is fantabulastic!!! and your grandbaby is precious! how could this page not be beautiful with that darling pix.

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a great page of love , beautiful background , and very cute baby!!!

Greetings
Maria

marda said...

Comfort zone or not.. you created a beautiful layout. Love the textures you created.. and all surrounding a precious little girl.

Maryann Laursen said...

No matter I think your work is amazing, cause if this is outside your comfortzone, then it has to be heavenly, when it´s not LOL. I love this LO, and you´ve done an outstanding job with it. She´s sooo cute and the LO is just perfect for her.

Ephemera said...

Fantastic layout Astrid, totally gorgeous like everything you make and your granddaughter is such a sweetie. X

inkypinkycraft said...

Looks great , love all the wonderul textures!! Amazing ...gorgeous picture too x

Paula Whittaker said...

Have to agree with Ephemera - everything you make is gorgeous and this is no exception.

chrissies said...

A very beautiful page made with love Astrid. Your makes are always special for us to see but I am sure this one is special to you as it features your beautiful grand daughter.

Have a good day

Love Chrissie x

Ros Crawford said...

What an amazing piece of work this is! And what a cute little baby!

Redanne said...

I don't think you need to worry, it is stunning, I love how you added all that texture, the colours are wonderful too. Love your gorgeous roses, I don't think it is too much at all. I would love to be able to create a page like this! Hugs, Anne x

Dena said...

Astrid, this is gorgeous! I love coming to see what you do! You give me so much inspiration!!!!
Hugs, Dena

Marianne said...

This is very beautiful: lovely textures and flowers!!
xxx Marianne

Brenda Brown said...

Oh wow Astrid this is just too fabulous for words. I love the style of this, so many gorgeous textures and elements that surround your beautiful grandaughter (she is just scrumptious)and a fabulous composition. I love it.
Sorry I have been mia since my holiday, just catching up on DT work.
Take care.
hugs {brenda} x0x

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shamela said...

Astrid i think your page is just gorgeous! I am busy with a canvas for my daughter...this has just sparked a few ideas
TFS
Hugz

Nicecrane Designs said...

Absolutely a pleasure to watch Astrid,,,,,waht a beautiful baby....Y ou did such a great work here,,,,, I envy you.

Buttons said...

Have to say I share your love of Australian scrap layouts. There are some amazing artists out there. Georgia Heald is a particular favourite of mine currently.
Love how you've tackled this and managed to get so much of your own style into it. Working on such a big area can be scary but I reckon you'll have it mastered very quickly. Hugs, Jenny x

Solange Barreto. (Lange) said...

Adorável, muito preciosa, Beijo.

Marjie Kemper said...

What a sweet baby and a beautiful LO! Love all the dimensional pieces.

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, first of all,-your granddaughter looks so sweet in the photo here,-a lovely baby! and your LO is so beautiful, with your added dimentional pieces, the roses are stunning,- Did you roll and fold them yourself? they are so beautiful!!
Also your background is fantastic,-and the banner and flowers in left corner, gives balance with the LOVE and die piece- so I just love this new art LO -, it is so wonderful
Hugs and x
Dorthe

May said...

Astrid I think your page is GORGEOUS... Your adorable Granddaughter's photograph is perfect for the style of layout... Love the papers & texture...the elements are perfect...Those flowers are Stunning... Hugs May x x x

Terry said...

Astrid, this page is beautiful as is your Granddaughter! I so love the soft color palette you used and the subtle texture! Lovely all the way around!

Tamara Churchill said...

Astrid, as usual, your layout and use of texture and design is beautiful. I do agree with you this time, however, on your observations, however slight imperfections they may be. Try matting the photos a bit larger so they aren't butted right up to the surrounding texture. The embellishments would have looked more synchronized with the page in a light to mid-tone color. These are such very small points, though, and you have done a wonderful job. Just think of 12 x 12s as a very large tag!

Anita Houston said...

It shouldn't be out of your comfort zone....you turned it into a piece of wall Art...WOW!!!! The texture is simply stunning, along with the gorgeous pastel colors! That baby is pure eye candy...what a cutie!

Denise van Deventer said...

Sweet page and love the soft detailing! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Zeus and Zoe! ;-)

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Wow! Beautiful work! I love all the texture and the way the adorable photo pops. Thanks for joining the challenge at Zeus and Zoe!

butterfly said...

Not just a page, a really beautiful page... the layers of paper, paint, stamping and texture give it such depth of detail, and I love the composition of your dimensional embellishing - beautifully done! Well worth stepping outside your comfort zone for - I'm thinking it won't be long before you feel completely comfortable here too!
Alison xx

Dianne said...

Well Miss Astrid,your comfort zone is flying high. The layout is stunning all the lovely texture, beautiful colors,That gorgeous face just pops off her background, you would never know your new at this. So now you can create a showcase of that little beauty. I'll look forward to see more of her in your work. Stunning make. Thanks for sharing your princess and incredible talent with us..

1CardCreator said...

She is beautiful and so is your layout! ~Diane

Bärbel said...

Mit diesem wunderschönen Layout, auf dem es so viele Details zu entdecken gibt, ist ein weiteres schönes Erinnerungsstück entstanden.

Riikka Kovasin said...

Really beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Zeus and Zoe!

yyam said...

Such a gorgeous layout. The textures are amazing!
Thanks for joining us at Zeus and Zoe!

yyam said...

Such a gorgeous layout. The textures are amazing!
Thanks for joining us at Zeus and Zoe!

yyam said...

Such a gorgeous layout. The textures are amazing!
Thanks for joining us at Zeus and Zoe!

Norma Gomez said...

Hi Astrid, how are you! I'm so glad you've joined us over at Zeus and Zoe. Your layout turned out beautiful. I really love all of the texture you created. Thanks for sharing with us :D

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