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Bring a little nature and a bit of fussy cutting to a scrapbook layout.

I have been scrapbooking since 2006, however, it's been more than a minute since I have sat down to make one. With the beautiful paints and mediums from Perfect Paints paired together with 49 & Markets' yummy papers and die cuts, it wasn't hard to step right back in and create a layout of my daughter and her fiance, Ben. Now my layouts have never fit in scrapbooks, they are usually far too dimensional and have to be kept in plastic containers. This one is no exception.

First I pulled out a beautiful 12 x 12 scrapbook paper from 49 & Market from their "Vintage Artistry Naturalist" collected, titled "Meadow." I am a self-professed fussy cutter, so all the butterflies throughout this collection made me very happy. I grabbed a sheet full of butterflies and got to cutting. Once cut, I distress the edges and on the large butterfly, I painted it with Perfect Paints Shimmering Acrylics, "Cantaloupe", "Bright Gold" and "Vintage Patina" to give it more vibrant color, effect, and shimmer in the light.

Painted a butterfly using Perfect Paints
Painting using Shimmering Matte Acrylics

Next, I wanted to enhance the colors on the actual paper itself, this is a great trick to use on many pages using paint. I added "Vintage Patina, Cantaloupe, and Bright Gold," Shimmering Matte Acrylics directly to the page. Check out the before and after below, it's subtle but adds color and shimmer.

49 and market before painting
49 & Market paper before adding Shimmering Matte Acrylics

Painted scrapbook paper using shimmering matte acrylics
49 and Market after painting with Shimmering Matte Acrylics

Now lets add some texture to the page itself using Polishing Plaster "Gilded Azure," and TCW's 6" x 6' "Hole Punch," stencil, and Liquitex Palette Knife to create a moment in the top left and bottom right corners.

Using Perfect Paints Polishing Plaster and a Stencil
Polishing Plaster "Gilded Azure" through a stencil

Using polishing plaster through a stencil
Polishing Plaster "Gilded Azure" through a stencil

Shimmering matte acrylics & Polishing plaster
Closeup of Layout showing Shimmering Matte Acrylic paints

Shimmering matte acrylics & Polishing plaster
Closeup Polishing Plaster with a stencil

I wanted to add a cool dimensional aspect to the layout so went out on my homestead and foraged some cool sticks that still had a little bark on them. I used the same color paints as the page plus Shimmering Matte Acrylics,"Peacock Blue" to the stick. I wanted to create a perch look for the butterflies to launch from.

Painting with Shimmering MAtte Acrylic paints
Painting Nature using Shimmering Matte Acrylic Paints

Painting with Perfect Paints Shimmering Matte Acrylics
Closeup of Shimmering Matte Acrylics

I used all the paints randomly and covered portions of the bark. I left areas bare wood as well. Adhere to your page with Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry.

Polishing Plaster on a scrapbook page
Closeup Gilded Azure Polishing Plaster

Once everything dries, you can start assembling the page. I added the large butterfly to the stick and placed all the butterflies around it to look like they were all flying around to the picture of the kids. Added lots of die cuts from 49 & Market Botanical Ephemera Bits using both the "Meadow" and "Botanical" kits.

finished scrapbook layout
Closeup finished scrapbook layout

Polishing plaster
Closeup Polishing Plaster

shimmering matte acrylics
Shimmering Matte Acrylics painted on 49 and market paper

The final layout has a ton of paint, texture, and shimmer from Perfect Paints and really enhanced the overall look of the finished page.

Finished painted scrapbook layout
Finished Scrapbook Layout by Candy Rosenberg

I can't wait to see what you do with paints and textures on your next scrapbook layout. -Candy Rosenberg


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