Monday, 16 May 2016

The Graduate

I'm SO PROUD to share this layout of my nephew Rodney.
He has graduated with a Bachelor of Graphic Design.

The background patterned paper is "vibrant" from the Kaisercraft Limelight Collection.  They have such a variety of different woodgrain and natural backgrounds (along with a gazillion other fabulous designs).

The title is American Crafts DIY Thickers, they are foam self adhesive alphas that have adhesive on the top so that you can apply glitter, micro beads, flocking etc.  I initially applied charcoal glitter (trying to keep the layout all shades of grey) but it was the wrong "tone", so I painted on some liquid adhesive (Helmar Acid Free Professional) and smothered the letters with onyx black glitter from American Crafts.

I wanted to celebrate his moment, so I triple matted his photo with cardstock using my Perfect Layers ruler.  It is great to be able to adhere a layer down and know that you can cut the mat perfectly every time using these rulers.  I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry to adhere each layer.  The layers are photo, 1/16" 3/16" then 1/8"

The bursts of "fireworks" are from Fiskars XL, L and medium Bling Bling Squeeze Punches.

Think I might make a tassel to attach to the end of a tag and have it dangle over the front RHS and hide some journaling instead of just writing on the back.

American Crafts DIY Thickers - Shoebox
Martha Stewart Glitter - Onyx
Fiskars Squeeze Punches - XL, large & medium Bling Bling

I am going to enter my layout in the following challenges:

The PaperCrafter's Corner
Magazine Mondays Week 144

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 144 Inspiration Piece (image)      
I hope you can see how I was inspired
... the Bling Bling punch outs are like miniature May Poles.
Also, it is such a celebration with the ribbons & flowers radiating from the central pole,
just like my bursts of punchy fireworks surrounding the photo.  If you flip the image it matches my page, with the title across the bottom and the celebration happening around the photo.


Scrapbook & Cards Today - The Blog
3:00pm iNSD with Nicole Nowasad
The challenge is to create a masculine layout


Hiding In My Craft Room
HIMCR #250 - Super Scraps Saturday
The best thing about using squeeze punches is that you can use the smallest of pieces.  A tip to get the most out of your scraps is to attach them to a post-it note so that you can flip your punch over and align the piece perfectly with the image you want to punch out.  It is surprising what you can get out of even the smallest of scraps
=> HAPPY punching :)


  1. What an amazing layout! I love the wood grain paper and the simplicity of the embellishments that make the picture pop! Thanks for joining us at HIMCR this week!

  2. Awesome! You all must be so proud!!

  3. What a great page!! love how you used your scraps! :) Thank you for joining us over on the HIMCR blog!


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