Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Flower How-To plus a Border-Punched Paper Embellishment by Nicole Doiron

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My Creative Scrapbook Design Team member Nicole Doiron is back to share more creative techniques with you featuring our May Album kit.

Here's Nicole:

"Although I am by no means an expert at creating my own flowers and embellishments, I love to try, and every time I dare say I get a little better at it. Trying and learning is all part of the fun!

When I got inspiration for my 'Enjoy the Everyday' layout created with the Album kit, I thought that these old book papers that I had received in a prize a few months back would look great with the colors and designs of the Simple Stories patterned paper.

I started by punching out strips out of the book paper using a border punch.

I punched out 3 strips, each border being about 6 1/2 inches long.

The book paper being very thin, it was easy to scrunch each strip, accordion-style.

I then lined up the 3 strips one after the other on the back of my layout, using scotchtape to keep it in place and making sure to keep it ruffled in spots.

And here is how the border looks on the finished layout.

Second, I decided to make flowers out of my book paper.

To create 1 flower, I punched out 3 medium-sized flowers out of the paper and 2 smaller ones.

I distressed each flower with Old Paper Distress Ink.

Using glue dots, I stuck each flower on top of the other, the 3 larger ones at the bottom followed by the small ones. With a piece of styrofoam underneath, I used the rounded tip of a paintbrush to push the flower layers down, making the petals curl upwards. Since the book paper is so thin, one has to be careful when doing this to not rip the paper.

A generous drop of Liquid Pearl in the middle...

and voilĂ !

I liked it so much, I ended up making 3 for my layout.

I hope you've enjoyed my creations with this month's kits! See you next month!"

Nicole Doiron
My Creative Scrapbook Design Team member


Here's the May Album kit:

We shared Nicole's Album kit projects in our previous post- please scroll down to view them.

Nicole also designed with our May Main kit:

here's her beautiful work using the Main kit:

You can see more of Nicole's work on her blog, here.

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