Tuesday, 14 October 2014

'Wonderful Boy' Layout {Prima BAP}
Cartographer, Princess, Color Bloom Sprays,
Art Sugar & more!!

Hello there everyone~!  I do hope you are having a wonderful week?!
Mine is VERY busy - I have a lot going on on ALL fronts so am feeling
a little overwhelmed by it all but it won't last forever!!

Recently I played along with this month's Prima BAP {Build-a-Page Sketch}.
I LOVED Jen's sketch - SUPER  awesome - & I was definitely inspired by it,
although at the end of it my layout veered off the visual path somewhat :))))

I set out to create a masculine layout with this beautiful photo of my son, 
who is now 16 now, so I have STRICT instructions from him now - NO FLOWERS!!
 {he did NOT mention BLING, lucky for me, hehehe....} 
so I  began with a neutral base from the Cartographer collection.

I have made a resolution with myself, to use up all my older Prima patterned
 chipboard this year, so I tucked in a couple of pieces as you can see, 
along with some gauze & the pretty clock that comes on most
 of the Prima packaging.  

As I really wanted to use this photo, & it is landscape orientated, not portrait, 
I made my own "card" with Color Bloom Sprays, where I added some 
Prima word stickers describing my son's personality.

More Prima chipboards on this side as well as a Prima wooden ticket 
tucked under my "journaling card".  Just look at the depth you can
 create with the Color Bloom Sprays.  They have not disappointed me!!

For the base I gessoed first, then I used the circles stencil like the one in the sketch, 
together with some Art Sugar, but it is so subtle that it's hard to spot in the photos 
except for the main photo.  I then sprayed & stamped. 

 Before I began I randomly {following the diagonal line of the composition}
 placed some Prima Princess stickers {shhhhh...he doesn't need to know....}
 & some old circular alpha stickers,  which I then intentionally covered
 with gesso, just to add some more interesting texture.

  If you scroll back up to the main photo you can spot them!  
Thanks so much for swingin' by!!


Valia Katzaki said...

I always stand in awe before layouts with no flowers! Amazing work, I have to learn how to do it as well! Though I have some time before my toddlers start giving me instructions lol.
Good luck with the BAP!

Debbie Sherman said...

Gorgeous Helen! Love all the splatters and stamped doilies!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Soooooo gorgeous! I love love love the colors, the misting and the pearls!!!!!

Lizzyc said...

This is stunning, that back ground is awesome!

Lizzy Hill said...

Good on you not using flowers....love the texture & dimension....& I won't say a word about PRINCESSES and 'pretty' clock faces!!!!! In all seriousness, this is a fab boy page:):):) Oh, & all power to you using up Old Stash!!!

Helen Wallace said...

A standout page Helen. Totally masculine even though you "snuck" some things in there! Great job dipping into the stash; it always feels good :D

Margaret Mifsud said...

Awesome page Helen!! The background is spectacular and I love that you snuck in some bling (he!he!) and good for you using up some of your stash ... always a good thing!! Love this!! ox

Paula said...

oh it is a fabulous sketch & I love what you've done with it! That background is amazing :)

Patricia said...

How I wish I could also start using up my old stash!!!This just might inspire me to do so...loving all the different "pretty's" you managed to snug in...lol!

dstandard said...

Such a gorgeous page - beautiful photo as well! Your background is amazing!

Mitralee said...

No flowers! gasp! No just kidding, I can see my boy coming up with that rule at some point soon...so lets not tell him about all that! Enjoyed this post quite a lot there Helen! Hope things slow down enough, but not so much that you are bored! ;-)

gracescraps@gmail.com said...

Such a gorgeous masculine layout, Helen!! Love, love the splatter!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Marilyn said...

Wonderful boy page Helen!! the splatter looks spectacular and your boy is big...oh my how times flies. Good idea to use all the old stuff, I always try to mix the old with the new. I'm super busy too, not much time to blog or social media these days...:( hope thing are great for you over there, I always have you in my thoughts. Gorgeous work hon! xxx

Sandi Clarkson said...

Great masculine page and background! Egads, no flowers! I'd go crazy! Sorry I haven't been by more .. still under the weather but thinking of you!

Gayle Price said...

Wonderful page !! Such a good interpretation of the sketch, especially love the black, doily details...even tho doilies would be considered "feminine" the heavy, dense blackness of these adds a masculine solidity.

Val-Belle said...

hahahahahahahaha love it... and clearly he did not mention doilies either.... a fab mix of boy meets bling. Perfect balance and lovely photos. Love it.

Lynette Jacobs said...

Gorgeous mixed media page Helen. I love to see how well you use pearls and sometimes flowers on your masculine pages...and they always look so good.

Heather Jacob said...

swoon and sigh .. Helen this is both charming and creative , with so many amazing elements .. love x

Marjie Kemper said...

As always, I love your combination of elements and exquisite photography. A beautiful LO!

Denise van Deventer said...

Gorgeous page....love the details and layers!I also have so many older Prima chipboard pieces too...and I am also on a mission to use them...so good on you for tucking into the stash! ;-)