Wednesday 8 January 2014

SOPHIA - Helena Johannson

This is my beautiful sister, Sophia, on her wedding day. When I got this photo, I knew it needed something special. Then I got my DT-box from Dusty Attic, and in it was a large Window with Shutters (DA0946) and I just knew it was the perfect chippie for this amazing photo!

I started making this as a regular layout, but decided pretty soon in the process to make it into a canvas, so I just glued the papers on a 30x30 canvas. This page is made to display - not to be put in an album because it's way too dimensional!


Now let me walk you through this layout and how I created it. I started with a single piece of paper and laid out the window with shutters. It looked a little flat, so I took out the window frames and let them be open, as if you are watching this gorgeous bride from the outside.

I then painted the window and shutters with white gesso. A tip - if you want an instant shabby look, just let the painted surface dry for a minute or two on a piece of paper, then some of the paint will stick on the paper and voilá - a shabby look!

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I glued the window frames into place with hot glue, you need something that sticks fast when you are doing this! I then added lots of flowers and vines. You can spot a couple of Dusty in Blooms - Celestial White (DA0800) and lots of Dusty in Blooms leaves. I then painted two Swirly Vines (DA0751) white and tucked them into the flower clusters, one on each side of the open window.

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I continued to build up with flowers, and also added a couple of Flutterbies #3 (DA0766) that I kept raw to make them more visible against all the white.

Here's a better look at the shabby shutter. I have used gorgeous butterflies from Reneabouquets, the black accents this light page perfectly!

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As a final touch I added bits of Tim Holtz filmstrip and arranged them over, under and around the flowers and window frames.

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I then just needed something special for the top of the window, and here I have used a metal embellishment from Petaloo, a resin piece and a metal door knob that I had laying around.

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Here's another look of the filmstrip and some of the flowers:

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Just a few more close-ups for you:

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Thank you for stopping by today!


  1. This is stunning, and I agree this needs to be put out on display not shut away in an album!!

  2. Amazing Helena - and thanks for the tip on painting shabby chippie!

  3. so enchanting .. loveeeeeeeeeeee x