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June 10, 2010

KISS (Keep it Sweet n Simple) Heritage Layout

Happy Thursday, Friends!! This is my first Thursday Treats Blog post. I'm Nicole, aka NicoleSmith, from the MB. :) This is only my second Guest Designer spot so please bear with me if it's not too exciting. I am currently working on a Heritage album of old family photos so I'm right on track with this month's cartridge!! Anyone who follows my blog will know that my style is very KISS - Keep it Sweet n Simple! I do very detailed layouts maybe only one out of five of my layouts.

I found this photo of my Grandmother when she was about 9 years old. I thought that this photo would go perfectly with the bicycle on the Heritage cart.

So, the cuts I used on this layout are:

Bicycle on page 63 - bicycle and shadow
cut at 5.56" by 3.5"
Accent on page 62 - corner decorations with shadow
cut at 2.22" by 2"
Frame on page 31 - bookplate and shadow with name and date
cut at 3.27" by 1"
Charm on page 52 - frame and shadow for the photo
cut at 4.9" by 7.6"

I started with my background base color and cut a 1 inch boarder from the inside of the 12 X12 sheet of cardstock. I'm cheap like that and want to save the paper for another project. :) Then, I cut the patterned paper at 11 X 11. That will leave a 1/2" boarder around the layout.

The first item I worked on was the bicycle. I cut it out and put the bicycle together with the shadow. Before adhering them, I added a small white Prima flower with a yellow brad to the basket. I used Flower Soft to create a flower bouquet for the basket of the bicycle. I used colored toothpicks for the stem of the flowers and put some Tacky Glue on the ends then rolled that in the Flower Soft to create the flowers. I made about 5 of them and put them in the basket of the bike. I then finished adhering the bicycle to the shadow. You can see how the blue top part of the bicycle puckers out a bit from the shadow to leave room for the bouquet.

My next step was the frames for the photo and nameplate. I cut all four pieces and used Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Tarnished Brass on the top layer of the frames. I love the finish this paint gives to the project. In case you can't get it from the name of the paint, you get a very cool antiqued crackle design to the finish of the paint after it's dried. It's a perfect effect for Heritage projects. You simply paint the surface of the frame and wait for it to dry. :) The thicker the layer of paint, the deeper the crackle finish.

Next, layer the corner accents top and shadow and adhere to the layout about 1/2" from the corner of the patterned paper.

About 4" from the left side of the layout run a coordinating piece of ribbon from the top to the bottom of the layout. I used the Bow-Easy bow maker to tie a bow to adhere to the top 1/3 of the ribbon. Somewhere I read that scrapbooking layouts should be designed in thirds. Don't remember where I read that, but it works for me :)

I always try to use my handwriting on my layouts. I think it adds a personal touch even though I really don't like my handwriting. So, I wrote my grandmother's name, the date of the photo and how old she was on the small bookplate frame.

And...... here is the finished layout. Hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my first Tuesday Treats post. I hope everyone enjoyed my project using the Heritage Cartridge. Please let me know what you think! I love reading your comments. Stop by my blog if you're in the area :)


SharonS said...

That is so cute how you put the flowers in the bike basket! Fun!

latinacreativa said...

This is so sweet! I do think there's lots of detail here even if it's not a busy page. TFS!

scrappyRN said...

I love it, and the flowers in the basket were such a great touch.

nikki said...

Thanks! :)

Ohhh Snap said...

This is lovely! I love the basket on the bicycle, and the frame is gorgeous. TFS : )

Sharon said...

Awesome layout! Isn't it wonderful to have these old photos! Love how you did the flowers using toothpicks for stems. Great idea!! :)

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

This is such an awesome layout. My all time favorite now is this little bike and you know I will have to do this on a layout in the future! AWESOME! JUST AWESOME!

Pam aka TheBugBytes said...

awesome layout. clean lines and the soft feminine touch of the flowers. I love flower soft.. beautiful and charming layout

217 Creations said...

I love it!!!!!! You did such a fab job! I love that color of Flower Soft! Enabler!!!!! LOL!!!! Great job!

flowerdisco said...

what are you talking about girlfriend...this is so the bicycle and the flower soft, the frame and the corners...fabulous! you did great!

nikki said...

Thanks for your kind comments, Friends! It's funny how inspiration strikes sometimes. I first saw this pic of my grandmother and I decided that the bike from Heritage would be perfect! As I was putting together the bicycle, I decided that she must have been out collecting flowers in her basket and that reminded me that I had some Flowersoft in my stash and thought that would be perfect! Other than the pic - that's my fav part of the layout, too.

Kraftychick said...

Beautiful LO! I'm also into the Heritage scrapping and I really appreciate some more ideas! TFS!!

love2create said...

love your layout! Great colors and textures on it!

June said...

Gorgeous layout!!!! I really love that bicycle and the flowers were just perfect!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Java Jen's Creations said...

Love the flower soft!! I have never used it before! Guess I'll have to go get some now!! Beautiful layout! Thanks for sharing!!

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, that is so sweet. I love the flowers and the bike.

Sentimental Scrapper said...

Love your layout! The bicycle with the flowers is great!