Monday, April 8, 2013

Country Living

The moment my May issue of Country Living Magazine arrived in my mailbox, I was completely inspired!  I mean, look at the cover....the colours, the chalkboard, the fonts...I just knew I need to use this as a jumping off point for my next layout!

And here is what I came up with

In the top left corner, I used my Jenni Bowlin Quilting Star punch, and punched out 2 stars then stapled them in the middle to the page.  I also used some Glitter Tape along the top, and some enamel dots & sequins in the cluster also.

Once again I broke out my Paper Bakery Flair (my fav...the vintage milk caps) and added some washi, cabochon, sequins, enamel dots & rhinestones

Here you can see the bottom edge I used paper, washi & glitter tape.  I also cut out the Photos tab from a journal card from October Afternoons Midway collection. 

Under my photo here, you can see I layered some wide ombre washi tape. The "hello" & "arrow" have been heat embossed with grapefruit & aqua Zing

Here is a close up of the heat embossing I did on the background.  You can also see that I splattered some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard & Tropicana Teal

I had lots of inquiries on Instagram as to how I did the heat embossed background, so I will give you a quick run down on how I did it.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask and I will respond back

Heat Embossed Background

VersaMark Ink Pad
3 Embossing Powders
(I used Blush, Grapefruit & Aqua Zing)

  1. Place the mask on your background...I just used my fingers to hold it down, but you could use washi tape also
  2. Take your VersaMark Pad and stamp it all over the mask, on the will need to stamp this generously over the mask
  3. lift the mask off
  4. Start with 1 of the embossing powders, sprinkling it where you want it, then repeat the process with the 2nd and 3rd colour....
  5. Hold your paper over the garbage can and dump off the excess embossing powder, and also tap the page with your fingers.
  6. Now you are ready to heat emboss.  I turn my embossing gun on for a few seconds to heat it up then hold it about 2" above the paper, and start to heat it up. TIP I also switch the gun to the underside of the paper for a few seconds...this in my opinion helps limit the amount of warping your paper does
I hope you give this process a try, and if you do, link it up in my comments, I would love to see it!!!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. The embossing looks great and love the color combo!

  2. What a totally inspiring layout! Love all the details! And the colours. And the design. And...
    Also: thanks for the tutorial. :)

  3. I can see why you'd be inspired by the magazine cover. I love how you incorporated the style of it, and the photo, into your wonderful layout!

  4. Love seeing your inspiration!

  5. Great layout, love how,you used the magazine cover for inspiration

  6. Oh I love that magazine. Have subscribed to it for years and years. Great take on their cover.

  7. Wow I love your project every little detail is just perfect.

  8. Fabulous layout!! Love all the little painted, inked and embossed elements!


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