Saturday, 1 March 2014

Let's get scrappy....

Hello everyone and so lovely to have you drop by here.
All right, so I know February is a short month, but still, time seems to be flying so very fast at the moment.....
So it's March, the month that Spring is meant to start here in the Northern Hemisphere, and I have to say, I for one can't wait. But first of all, it's time for a new challenge over at Our Creative Corner.
Linda, also known as The Funkie Junkie, has chosen the theme: Let's get scrappy.
This is what she would like us to do:
Use our scraps and leftovers from previous projects, pieces of paper, scraps of ribbon, embellishments made and never used. I'm sure you get the picture. If you want the full details of the challenge and to see all the wonderful projects my team mates have created, just click HERE

Well, on to my project. Like most of us, I can't bare to throw anything away, so have tons of scraps flying about, - what fun to be forced to use them... Here is a picture of just 2 of the boxes of scraps that sit on my craft table:

I started by covering a piece of mounting board with scraps of paper in a pretty random fashion..
Next I covered it all with a thin layer of watered down Gesso and then wiped bits away again with a baby wipe..
I decided to use some little scraps of book paper too, I have tons of this, mostly received as gifts from friends. I added arrows to the photo so you can see more easily where I put them.
I added another layer of Gesso and when that was dry some texture paste that I stamped into with a wetted script stamp. I did this in two corners of the piece.

Well, that was the background done more or less, though I added a little bit of Vintage Linen Distress Paint over the Gesso in the center and Weathered Wood Distress Paint around the edges, blending them with a baby wipe. (Forgot to take a photo of that stage).
 At this point I chose a vintage photo I wanted to use as my vocal image. Again I have a large collection that I have hoarded over the years. Before doing anything with it, I now adhered more strips of paper and other scraps to layer behind the photo.
I also gave it some spritzes of colour from a home made spray, made with Victorian Velvet re-inker and added some background stamping and stenciling with black archival ink for more interest. I then added the photo and layered embellishments from my overflowing tub over and around it, until I was happy with the composition; I then carefully glued them down with gel medium.
.Here is the photo, I'm afraid I cannot tell you where I got it, it must have been a freebie from somewhere on the net. The flowers on the right were of my tub of scraps, I covered them with Gesso first, added some more colour with my home made spray and then added a bit of Frantage embossing powder. The number 5, little key etc were all just random pieces from my scrap box.

The ticket was a little Prima wood one, the word hope was made from little Tim Holtz letter stickers. I added them to create a balance to some of the darker scraps that were added to the top and to add a suitable sentiment, - I am so hoping for some lovely warm weather and sunshine...
The little resin dove I think I picked up some time before Christmas at my local Hobbycrafts shop. I highlighted some of it with some paint and a bit of Treasure Gold

Finally, a piece of a metal time piece with a flower inside, rescued from another project and covered with Gesso and touches of Weather Wood DP, and that's about it.
Well, hope you like my little vintage style lay out. I had great fun putting it together. At least my tubs of scraps are a little bit emptier, but to be honest, there is still an awful lot left.....
Hope I have given you a bit of inspiration as to one way you can use up some of your scraps. Do hop over to see much more inspiration and we hope you will play along with us this month!!
Thank you for visiting and have a good month!!

57 comments:

  1. Astrid this is gorgeous and a style I would love to try and with your details I am going to try and find time to have a go....it's scrummy! Hugs x trace x

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  2. Wow, this is really gorgeous, Astrid. Thank you for showing how you made this wonderful page.

    Have a lovely weekend.

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  3. really beautiful, the texture is so carefully balanced with the colour varations.EE

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  4. As ever you've combined scraps to create the most beautiful background with a real sense of depth, especially with the stamped paste. And then to combine all those 'cast off' elements around the beautiful image to frame her perfectly shows how talented and creative you truly are. Another very special piece Astrid. Jenny x

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  5. wonderful and such a pretty piece Astrid - great texture and amazing use of those scraps xx

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  6. Yummy - very beautiful :)

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  7. This is stunning with wonderful ideas to inspire. Love the use of the texture of die cut flowers :)

    Have a lovely weekend

    Chrissie x

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  8. Wow Astrid, another work of art! It never ceases to amaze me how a few scraps of paper can turn into something gorgeous like this, it really is truly stunning. Anne xx

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  9. This is just perfect. Keep on looking.Wonderful love the colors. This would be nice for the Women's day on 8 of march. Anneke.
    www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

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  10. What a gorgeous piece from a stash of scraps! Maude Fealy is such a beautiful image to create with. I have used her more than once in some of my creations.
    I love reading about the steps you took and love the effect of the stamping into the texture paste.
    Have a lovely weekend Astrid and thanks for sharing your beautiful creativity!
    x Suzy

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  11. Fabulous project Astrid with an amazing step by step tutorial. Love all the textures and layers and a great challenge theme. Have a great weekend x

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  12. WAUW this is absolutely stunning Astrid, and you´ve as always made a masterpiece here. it is so beautiful and what a fantastic use of old scraps. You should sit down and keepp on until they´re all used now ha ha ha. Think I´ll have to have a try for something like this too, as I too have loads of scraps here as well, but haven´t we all? LOL
    Have a wonderful week-end everyone.

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  13. My O MY , my new fave Astrid .. loveeeeeeeeeeeeee x

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  14. Stunning and inspirational, as well as being a great way to use up the scraps.
    Yvonne

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  15. An utterly gorgeous make, Astrid!

    And thank you for showing your scrap boxes, because I really loved seeing yours (nosey me ;).

    Being able to follow how you built up the layers is awesome too! And the little bit of "hope" sits in there sooo perfectly and well placed! Adorable!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  16. What a fantastic piece of art! I love the texture and all the scraps you incorporated! The soft colors are perfect with that lovely image. Beautiful, Astrid!

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  17. This is absolutely stunning! Love the texture! xo

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  18. Stunning creation from your scraps Astrid :-) xxx

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  20. Wow your textured collage art is stunning, I love it. The details are fantastic. It's wonderful to see the steps that you took, thank you for taking the time to take photos during the process. What a great idea to keep scraps to use in a collage. Happy Weekend, Shirleyx

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  21. Beautiful Astrid , lovely mix of papers! textures and embellishment make for a wonderful textural piece. The image looks wonderful nestled in all the wonderful layers . Tracy x

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  22. This is amazing! It's hard to believe it came from discarded bits and pieces it's so very well composed and beautiful. This is inspiring work with fantastic step by steps! Thank you! Julie Ann xxx

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  23. oh that's another amazing project and fab to see your progress Astrid! Thank you for sharing all your knowledge so generous with us!

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  24. wow this has to be my current favourite of yours Astrid its totally gorgeous. Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  25. Astrid, this is divine. I so wish I had this to gaze upon day after day. There is a beautiful dreamy feeling and a serenity to it.
    Wishes
    Lynne
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  26. an incredible eye catcher you have created.
    Love your Quote of the day, just so true

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  27. Beautiful! I love all the layers of papers & textures.

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  28. Beautiful scrapping!! What a great textures and embellishments and coloured all so beautifully. Thanks for the inspiration!!
    xxx Marianne

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  29. Astrid this is a beautiful piece. I so love how you've constructed that background with so many different elements. May need to have a go at that! The image is so lovely - I really think you choose the most gorgeous images. Thank you for such inspiration.
    Juliaxx

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  30. A gorgeous layout, Astrid - wonderful use of the scraps to create something so beautiful. I love the rosy colours travelling across the page, creating the impression of the soft blush you feel belongs on her face. Brilliant!
    Alison xx

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  31. WOW...How can something so beautiful be made out of scraps...It's amazing... Love the layers & image... the colours are perfect...I adore it all...Beautiful work as always Astrid...Hugs May x x x

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  32. A fantastic piece, love this Mixed Media technique.

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  33. Thanks for the inspiration. Its a great looking vintage piece.
    Julie x

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  34. No doubt this is some beautiful scrapping, Astrid! Watching the progression to the finished piece is amazing! I love the mix of book and designer papers with the gesso and paste! Beautiful project! Hugs!

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  35. Sencillamente precioso !!! Muchas gracias por la explicación !!

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  36. SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love the patchworky background and paint over! Fabulous image too!

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  37. Beautiful. You have some pretty nice "scraps" and you do an amazing job with them.

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  38. A totally gorgeous piece Astrid!!! Amazing how you've turned your 'scraps' into this divine piece of art. As always I love the colour the texture, the composition ... everything is simply exquisite!! You are a master!!! ox

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  39. Fantastic work, Astrid! I know all about that littlw boxes filled with scraps! Great challenge, too. Hope you soon get Spring, wish I could send some your way! Hugs, Valerie

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  40. A beautiful layout and thanks for the step by step pictures and explanations!

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  41. Wow Astrid, you've transformed all those scraps into a stunning piece of artwork! Absolutely gorgeous
    Hope you're having a good weekend
    Claire xx

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  42. Beautiful. love all the detail and textures, so pretty.

    Moira xx

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  43. Wow! This is a masterpiece! Love everything about it!! Hugs!

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  44. This is so lovely ... I really like reading about how you put your creations together ...

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  45. What an amazing page , dear Astrid, I really , really love it, I love the structure on your page, but olso the stamping deal is perfect , I love the colours and the photo, perfectly vintage, and so romantic!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  46. I find it incredible that this was made from your boxes of scraps, just how did all of this come together so beautifully? Well of course I know the answer to that question, your amazing talent my friend. I just love this, so me at the moment xx

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  47. Oh Miss Astrid, I love this challenge, it is getting everyone soooo creative with scraps, I'm dying to make a piece, this is glorius, all the texture, the blended colors, the fantastic embellishments, then the beautiful image, just a BRILLIANT piece of art work, thanks so much for sharing how you made it, hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS)))..

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  48. My word Astrid! That is stunning! I LOVE the many layers upon layers!! You have such wonderful style!
    xxDaniella

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  49. Wow.. this is such a stunning artwork! Astrid. The collaged background you created is beautiful! Love all the fabulous elements and details, too. Wonderful creation! :)

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  50. so much work and love put into it..it is a gorgeous master piece
    bibiana

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  51. Liebe Astrid,
    das ist ein traumhaft schönes Werk. Danke für die Beschreibung der einzelnen Arbeitsschritte.
    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

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  52. Love everything about this Astrid so much detail and most with scraps. Beautiful image as usual, lovely.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  53. I am very late to comment on this wonderful piece and I hope you will excuse me! It is an amazing layout! The texture that you can give your works are always wonderful, I love your ability to use very soft color palettes in this style! Barbarayaya

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  55. Such a beautiful page, I love the paper collage with gesso
    I must try this, I think we did something like it with FInnabair and I had forgotten
    The layers of details are so effective, such a beautiful surround for a stunning image

    Jools x

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  56. I again missed so many gorgeous posts here…I love every single piece Astrid and this one is not exception…great texture and layers, beautiful photo and colours…awesome! Big hug from Slovenia

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