Imaginarium Designs: October Creating & A Tutorial!

Hello Friends! 

Welcome back for more Imaginarium Designs chipboard inspiration! 
Today I am sharing a quick tutorial that demonstrates some really effective ways to dress up your chipboard. I'm also sharing a special cultural page dedicated to all my Japanese friends too! 
With so much wonderfulness to share, I better get straight into it!

Here's my first layout, 
"A Moment In Time"

Naww! I {heart} this moment! My heart is full, indeed!
I've used the delicate and soft Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Love Always collection and teamed it up with some of our favourite chipboard designs, & Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals to create this wonderful page.
Let's take a closer look.....

So much chipboard prettiness! 

How awesome is that delicate title?! 

And how about that sweet lil birdy?!!
I mean, can it get any cuter?!

Wanna know more? 
Well, here's a step by step process of how I created this page.....

I start by playing around with my photo, papers and chipboard til I come up with a 'base' plan. 
I like to have a good idea of where I am going before I start getting messy. 
You'll notice that the frame I use is actually the Family Snap Shots Frame with the inner removed. I plan to cover the cut out word with pattern paper.

I glue my heart, as well as the frame, onto my pattern paper. I cut out the design with a craft knife, and then file down the edges with a sanding tool. 

This is the result. Love it! Papering over chipboard is such a fun way to dress it up! 

I decide to use white embossing powder for that pretty heart - I love the gloss finish that heat embossing gives to your chipboard!

And lastly, I apply my favourite juicy inks to the remaining chipboards. The colours are Silver, Petal Pink & Seafoam. 

Now time to assemble the layout.....

I start by applying gesso and Lindy's Magicals in Tiffanylou's Blue, with a palette knife in a circular fashion.
I also add a few watered down drips and splatters to soften the gesso shapes. Allow to dry.

I assemble the smaller RH corner embellishment cluster first. 
I glue the papered heart down, and then layer this chipboard with a tag, that sweet little seafoam bird and an accent vellum shape. 
I add the tiny hearts for balance. 

I decide it looks unfinished, so I dress the papered heart with a sentiment and add a little thread too.

I move onto my photo cluster now. I layer my photo onto a few of those pretty Love Always pattern papers. I slide my embossed heart into the pattern paper layers and glue everything into place.

Next, I attach the frame to my photo. I dress that frame up a bit more with a sweet flair button and an acrylic bow charm - also from the Love Always collection.

I embellish around the frame with some Cocoa Vanilla Studio Die Cut Ephemera and Bits n Pieces. I love the tassels that come in the Bit n Pieces pkt! 
I also glue down that tiny, silver title, "A Moment In Time" just beneath my frame. Gorgeous!!!
Here's an extra look at that sweet title....

Love it!

I decide to add a little more thread - just beneath that ephemera cluster. I then attach those darling little hand drawn hearts by Natalie.

You'll notice that I position one of the tiny hearts onto the embossed heart - this time layering my chipboard with more chipboard. Love this look!

To complete my layout, I add a few Accessory Stickers and those incredible silver Sparkles-Enamel Dots. 

One very pretty layout packed full of ideas on how to dress your chipboards!
Hope you enjoyed my process / step by step layout!

My other layout that I am sharing today is really special. 
My daughter recently undertook an inquiry into the history, and culture of Japan. It was a wonderful learning journey and included a day where she wore this aaaahmazing Kimono and shared her discoveries about the Cherry Blossom Festival. Naturally I took lots of photos! 

Here's the resulting layout, 
"Fairytale Life" 

I know, how special is this?!!
Loving everything about this layout!
That cherry blossom paper is just perfection for this page! 
And take a look at those divine blossom chipboards!!! 
The culture of Japan really is a beautiful story

Here's a closer look at those pretty chippies.....

That title! SO exquisitely cut that I needed to do it justice. 
I inked it in ombre pinks, and then coated the lighter word 'Fairytale' in Glitzin Glamour Hot Pink. Love the glitter shimmer!!!

I used the ombre technique on the smaller blossom too, and then finished it with a rose gemstone.
The branch with leaves chipboards have both been heat embossed in white. The smaller one has also been embellished with some tiny blossom stickers. So very pretty!!!  

The larger blossom is inked in Rose Red, and then also finished off with a rose gemstone center. 

It's just so very beautiful!

Hope you liked this sweet, girly, pink page as much as I do! 

Thankyou so very much for visiting today!
Til next time, 

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo 

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  1. Stunning pages Amanda, just adore them both. Love your work <3