Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Chasing Away the Blues with Stamperia's Blue Land - Frilly & Funkie Challenge

Challenge Theme

Time for a new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Kathy Clement is our host this time around and for her challenge, Winter Blues, she wants you to "take the winter blues in a positive direction and create a monochromatic vintage or shabby chic project done up in shades of blue. You may use a bit of white or grey for contrast, but I would like the blues to be front and center in this project."

My Take on the Challenge

I decided to return to my scrapbooking "roots" with this challenge and create a layout.  I don't do too many layouts anymore.  I'm not sure why, but I think it's because I've scrapped all my scrap-worthy photos.  BUT I did just purge a TON of layouts and so now I can scrap those photos all over again.  😄

So here we go!  I've created a heritage layout of my grandparents when they were quite young.  It could be their wedding photo as my Mom told me that she had a picture from the  day they were married.  This photo came from my brother and Mom never found the wedding photo she spoke of, so I am wondering if this is it.  Unfortunately, Mom is gone now so I can't ask her.

I've used the absolutely divine Stamperia Blue Land collection, Yep it's perfect for this challenge 'cause it's all blues, grays, and subtle whites.  I started out by stenciling a pattern using a layering stencil and white opaque texture paste on the upper right side.  It's framing the layers around the photo.  This design paper is so intricately designed, that it's hard to tell the paper from the stenciling in a photograph!  If you were looking at the actual layout, you would see the dimension from the stenciling.

I added a bit of lace around one of the layers to enhance the vintage charm of this layout.

Most of the time, I mat my photos onto plain card stock, but I decided to break out of that mold and do something different so I've used a die-cut photo mat.

I cut a rectangular piece of card stock that was large enough to fit the die in the corner. I die-cut the bottom corner, and then ran it through a second time, die-cutting the upper corner.  Next, it was just a matter of matting the die-cut onto a slightly darker blue piece of card stock and topping with my photo.

Gotta have flowers!

You know I have to put flowers on everything!  I've used some really pretty blue flowers from Little Birdie Crafts.  Aren't these just gorgeous?  (Little Birdie Flowers are available at AC Moore Arts & Crafts.)

I love the look of chipboard underneath my flowers, I think it anchors the floral cluster.  I've used two corner chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments under my floral arrangements.  To color the chippies, I covered them with embossing ink and then heat embossed with Emerald Creek Baked Texture - Deep Sea embossing power.  They were really dark so I lightened their effect by dabbing on a little bit of embossing ink here and there on the chippy, and sprinkled on Emerald Creek Allure Powder in Soft Fallen Show being careful not to fully cover any area.  The title chippie is also treated in this same manner.

Supplies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Stamperia Blue Land
Sizzix Alterations Mixed Media #5 Die Set by Tim Holtz
Emerald Creek Alure Powders - Soft Fallen Snow
Seth Apter Baked Texture - Deep Sea
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Weathered Wood
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic Winter Blues project  and link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Winter Blues.

The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Frillie and Funkie challenges. The other three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to take a look at the creations of my talented teammates, you can see their creations here, at the Frillie and Funkie Blog.


  1. Wow! I love this layout so much, Maggi! All those wonderful layers of stenciling, die cutting, textiles and papers really add to the beauty of this old photo. I think maybe I love your layouts the really have a gift! I love the direction you took this Winter Blues Challenge! xo

    1. Thank you Kathy! I really love doing layouts and have missed it.

  2. Maggi, you have created a masterpiece around your wonderful treasured photo! I love the papers you've chosen and how you've added the framing of stenciling and lace--really special touches! Your chippies look great under your luscious flower clusters and as the title. You make the most beautiful layouts! Want to come scrap my photos??? Hugs!

    1. Sara Emily, you are so kind with your comments and I appreciate it so much!!

  3. What a treasure! This is such a lovely way to preserve this photo of your grandparents even if it turned out that it wasn't one of their wedding. I love the die cut mat and pretty patterned papers. Everything is framed so nicely with the gorgeous floral sprays. Beautiful layout. Hugs!

  4. My kind of page, Maggi!! Gorgeous & romantic! I'll bet this is their wedding photo since they are dressed up. What gorgeous paper and I love every detail you did to make this such a special layout of your Grandparents. The title & chip corners stand out beautifully! The stenciling is fabulous and inspirational, as I have the same one but haven't tried it yet - I LOVE how you used it!!

  5. Totally beautiful from the photo to every aspect of this layout! It's an inspiration for my own family history album. tfs

  6. What a wonderful photo of your grandparents and I love the layout with the beautiful soft blue hues and flower elements. Beautiful page and a treasure!

  7. This is so stunning Maggi - the perfect way to honour your grandparents on their special day. I love the details you've included like the die cutting behind the photo, the lace trim to another of the layers and of course the beautiful floral flourishes that frame it all so wonderfully.

  8. Absolutely gorgeous layout and how wonderful to have a picture of your grandparents celebrating the start of their lives together, a really precious memory that you have showcased beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo


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