Warm Winter Memories Layout with Frosted
In less than a second, I could smell the wintry air, feel the bite of it on my cheeks, hear my boots squeaking in the snow and smell my mom's homemade bread. I don't usually do layouts, but I knew right then and there that I had to scrap that photo to hang on my studio wall. The memories were just too sweet! And what collection could possibly go better with this photo than Frosted?
This is the original photo, and while it looks great online, it printed out very dark and blurry. So I began this project by cleaning up the photo in my editing program. I decided to remove the telephone poles, streetlight and wires because these things were not installed when I was growing up "on the hill." Once I had the photo cleaned up, I got down to the fun part of creating this 12" x 12" layout.
- First, mat a 11 3/4" x 11 3/4" square of Light Blue Linen Cardstock on a 12" x 12" piece of Blue Denim Linen Cardstock.
- Next, trim Frosted Three to measure 11 5/8" and stitch the three layers together on a sewing machine. (All the edges are lightly distressed and inked with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.) Leave the threads long in the upper left hand corner so you can tie a little silver charm there.
- Now cut an 11 1/4" x 9 1/4" panel of Frosted Two and mat on slightly larger panels of the same Light Blue and Blue Denim Linen Cardstock. Stitch around the edges once again. Center and adhere to the main panel.
- The next step is to cut an 11" x 3 1/2" panel of Frosted Five. Mat this as before. Before you adhere this to the page, die cut 4 sets of white snowflakes using Tim Holtz "Snow Flurries" On the Edge Die. Adhere the snowflake borders above and below the panel, then adhere to the page.
- Now cut a 5 1/2" x 11" panel of Frosted One and mat as before. Adhere as seen in the photo.
- My photo is printed 4 3/4" x 5 1/2". For stability, I backed it with a layer of chipboard, then adhere it to the snowflake panel.
- Create embellishments by fussy cutting images and sentiments from Frosted Six. Back these with dimensionals to make them pop. Add sentiments from Frosted "Elements" Die Cuts.
- Die cut mittens from Frosted Three and Four. with a Spellbinders Smitten Mitten Steel Contour Die. To create the contrasting cuffs, cut along the cuff line of the die and adhere as seen in the photo. Join the mittens together with an eyelet and bit of ribbon. Place dimensionals between the mittens and adhere as seen in the photo.
- Die cut custom flowers from Frosted Four and One using Tammy Tutterow's Shabby PosyThinlits Dies. Add vintage buttons or purple stamens to the centers and adhere in the corners of the photo.