Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friends Forever

I've tried to incorporate all the Japanese scrapbooking essence in this layout. It's somewhat vintage, but not too brown. Tea dye distress over vintage photo. The blings and the pastel colours. The dreamy effect. And of course, the need for a frame structure.

I've created the frame using a lace stamp and metallic gold Staz On, bought by my dad from Japan last year. He has been bugging me to used it for the longest time but I couldn't find an occasion for it. I thought it look perfectly nice and apt in the Japanese style design.

The swirls in the background were created using prima mask and a mixture of pastel colours ink. I had fun dabbing the ink over the mask to create the dreamy effect. I've also added some little pebbles I bought from the craft store in Japan. Not forgetting to mention, I made the roses myself too. I love how it turn out so sweet with the sparkle on its petals.

I love this part the most. I got the idea from a scrapkit Joyce bought from Japan. Basically it's to ink the wooden flourish with white ink and then create a toning effect using another colour. After all is done, a little patience in lining it with glossy accent for the glossy effect. Super love this technique.

Lots of effort has also been made to fussy cut the flowers and fairies from the G45 papers. I realized that the flowers from the recent Ladies Dairy collection complements the fairies from their older collection very well. I've also added some dried flowers as embellishments in the flower cluster. No prizes for guessing where I bought them from. I really love the craft stores in Japan. Wished I had more time to explore more.

Finally the last part, I lined the frame with some glass glitter from MF.

I definitely have many areas of improvement in this Japanese style, but I will try my best to do a better one the next time. I hope you like the dreamy effect as much as I do.

Materials Used: Prima Reflections pattern paper, Graphic 45 Once upon a Spring Time pattern papers, Graphic 45 Ladies Dairy pattern papers, Kasier Craft Wooden Flourishes, Kasier Craft Friends Rub-Ons, Prima Swirls Mask.

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