Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Biggest Surprise Ever Layout


Welcome to the Hampton Art blog today!  I ( Vivian Keh) am excited to visit with you here and share with you how I put together this 2 page multi-photo layout to showcase some of my all-time favorite pictures.  These photos capture the range of emotions my mother experienced when I flew in to surprise her on her 76th birthday.

biggest surprise

A Big Surprise Layout

Of course, approaches to layouts vary from scrapper to scrapper.  For me, it is seldom a spontaneous transfer from the unconscious mind to paper - I dream and aspire to that.  More frequently, it is a long, contemplative meditation on events and loved ones.  And on occasion (like last Christmas) :-/, it's a "let's just get this done because there are so many dang pictures" attitude haha.

For this layout, I took time to focus my energy and love on my momma, who sadly lives as far from me as one can get and still be in the good old US of A.  As I approach middle age, my relationship with her grows even more precious to me and I will confess that I so lament over the distance that I often bawl like a big old baby!  So stamping and fussy cutting quite a bit and hand-making all my embellishments afforded me a wonderful opportunity over the course of several days to stroll down memory lane with my momma.  Isn't this a most awesome part of scrapping, folks?

After my last "Journey Card" that posted to the HA blog, I kept working with the Hampton Art SC0396 Blossom Sentiment stamp setdesigned by Kelly Panacci.

Blossom Sentiments SC0396 Stamp Set

  The flourish is full of whimsy and movement.  I love the funky, graphic blooms, and used several of these stamps with fresh pastel colored inks to add a happy, springtime feeling to this project. By doing this...

Stamping Addict

This crafter's inner stamping addict was sated.  And then, paper and scissors in hand, I fussy cut all of it while being forced to sit through reality shows on TV (just kidding, I like a few of those shows)...

Fussy Cutting Addict

Appeasing the other inner addict of the fussy cutting kind.  I'll use all of these pieces in future projects.  In order to assemble the elegant blooms below,

Fussy Cut Blooms

I simply curled the edges of these leaf shapes with a bone folder, arranged the pieces radially, and affixed them using small glue dots.  In keeping with the spontaneity of my spritzed background, I rather randomly chose buttons from my stash to put in the centers of each bloom.

I also used the adorable cloud and critter stamps in the HA/Art Warehouse SC0040 Whoo Loves You? stamp set you see below to create the backdrop for my layout.

SC0040 Whoo Loves You Stamp Set

Those heart blooms at the bottom of the set are just precious, don't you agree?  In order to be sure the cloud would show up on top of the spritzing, I stamped these images with my Colorbox pigment inks.

Shock and Confusion

I will never forget this moment and my mother's priceless expression!  At first she really could not comprehend the fact that I was standing there!  It just didn't make sense haha!  Here's a close-up of the final shot, which displays the bountiful joy for which this amazing woman is famous.

I get it now!

The swirly bloom that you see on the right (one of many on this LO) was stamped, fussy cut, squished into a watermark ink pad, and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I was looking for a bit of sheen, and a nice surprise happened in the process.  The embossing seemed to add a nice kick of saturation to the inked image!


Thanks to the HA/Spellbinders IC0184 stamp/die combo set below,

I was able to include an abundance of insects in this layout.  I collect all things butterfly as I don't think there exists in nature a more beautiful embodiment of transformation!  And dragonflies swarming about always infuse the mundane with magic - so there are plenty of those here, too.

If, for some reason, you are new to these die-stamp combos, they are fantastic.  You stamp your image, align the die on top, temporarily affix with a small piece of scotch tape, send it through your manual die-cutting machine and voila.


Push through the open space on the right side to release the image.

Butterfly Die

And your fingers thank you as you've released them from the strain of fussy-cutting.

Die-cut butterfly

A friend of mine that I recently introduced to the world of papercraft voiced some frustration to me about sprays and spritzes during our last scrapping marathon.  "They don't spray uniformly," she pouted.  No, they don't.  When I reach for one, I'm ready to get a bit messy and loose, go with the flow, and approach the layout with a spirit of equanimity.  The good news for you perfectionists - you can plan the spritzing to an extent.  Firstly, I suggest trying out different lines of sprays - each one has different qualities, degrees of transparency/opacity, types of shimmer, etc.  Secondly, I suggest playing around on your scraps with distance and angle.  Up close you will get a concentrated splotch.   At a distance, the specks will be more diffuse.  If you angle your nozzle directly towards your paper, the shape of your pattern will be circular.  The more acutely you angle your nozzle, the more your specks will fan out across your page.   And remember to get any other projects out of the way before you spritz - I learned that lesson the hard way!

Thanks so much for visiting with me here, today!  Hope you all enjoyed, and if you haven't had enough of me, I have yet another project on my blog that I'd love for you to hop on over and check out!

- Vivian


Hampton Art SC0396 Blossom Sentiments Set
Hampton Art/ Art Warehouse SC0040 Whoo Loves You? Set
Hampton Art/ Spellbinders IC0184 Die Cling Stamp Set

Colorbox Pigment Inks - Chestnut, Lilac, Old Rose, Canary
Jenni Bowlin Dye Inks - Stick Candy, Chicken Feed
Memento Dye Inks - Tangelo, Dandelion
Watermark Ink - Versamark
Clear Fine Embossing Powder - Ranger

12x12 White and colored papers - DCWV
Stamping Paper - Recollections @ Michael's

Studio Calico Mister Huey's Color Mist - Clover

Small Floral Paper Punch - Fiskars
Scallop Edger Punch - Fiskars
Circle punches - EK Success

Sizzix Bigz Flowers 3-D
Sizzix/Tim Holtz AlterationsTypeset Alphas

Self-Adhesive Pearls - Recollections @ Michael's
Jewels - Los Angeles Downtown Fabric District

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