Blooms & Bliss DSP: At the Aquarium Scrapbook Layout

I recently sat down with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) to create a few double page scrapbook layouts which any beginning scrapbooker could recreate and still happily show-off with pride.   All of this month’s layouts have one thing in common: they all start with 1 piece of 12″x12″ DSP which I used as the focal paper for the double page spread.  How I cut and used that DSP and the other papers I added changed only slightly.  However, the photo orientation and matting is what changes the layout designs.

This Aquarium themed layout starts with 1 sheet of  the 12″x12″ blue speckled paper in the Blooms & Bliss DSP pack.  As you see in the final double page spread below, the chosen DSP will be cut and be used on both the left and right pages of the layout.

Island Indigo & Mint Macaron, the main colors in the DSP,  were pulled as I chose the color scheme for this aquarium layout.  In addition to these two colors, I added Whisper White cardstock to brighten and provide a nice stamp background for the images. Plus, since I’m now mainly working with photos printed from my Selphy printer, I like to double mat my photos (I’ve always preferred double mats and with the postcard size prints from the Selphy, it is easier to trim a smidgen off one side and double mat.)

I have more (small) photos I’d like to use and decided to add them to the area with the jellyfish.  During my thought/creative process I thought that would be a great place for title placement using the Brushwork Alphabet stamps to stamp, “At the Aquarium”, but have since decided the photos & journal block (lower left, right page) will speak for themselves and I would rather have the added photos on the page.  Since you, my readers, might also have the same dilemma, I thought I’d pencil in the sizes for these small photos and you could decide if you stamped your title here or added additional small photos as I have chosen to do.

Because I knew I would be using the watercolor pencils and aqua painter pens to color in my images, I chose Archival Grey Ink as my stamping ink. It handles the water (always distilled) well.

If you are very new to watercoloring, you may wish to use watercolor paper only.  Until you learn to control the water content, it is very hard not to overwork Whisper White cardstock (it pills easily).  I used watercolor paper to create the turtles, which I later cut out only after allowing them to dry & then embossing with clear powder. You could certainly use this same process for the jellyfish and marlin and apply with glue; it would even provide added dimension to the page, which you may prefer.

Materials recreate this layout:

  • 2 sheets 12″x12″ Island Indigo cardstock as background
  • 1 sheet speckled Island Indigo & Mint Macaron 12″x12″ from Blooms & Bliss DSP stack. Cut once to create a 4.5″x12″ (Left layout-applied up to inner spread edge) AND 7.5″x12″ (Right Layout-applied to inner spread edge.)
  • 2 sheets 8.5″x11″ Mint Macaron cardstock.  Cut both sheets as shown in the photo below:
  • 1 sheet 12″x12″ Whisper White cardstock. Cut 6) 4″x6″ and 2) 2″x4″
  • 1 sheet Watercolor paper
  • 1 Aqua Painter Pen filled with distilled water (tap water could later lead to mold or spotting problems).
  • A paper towel to blot off water & previous colors as you watercolor
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Versamark (Using a dry aqua painter a Versamark refill can be used to apply Versamark to the area which you wish to apply the clear embossing powder. Should you decide to cut out all images from watercolor paper you could smoosh the Versamark pad over the images.  OR… If you own the retired, but still widely available in other markets Versamark pen, that can be used)
  • Clear Embossing Powder (all my images were dried after watercoloring, covered with versamark, and embossed.)
  • Heat gun to set Embossing Powder
  • Stamp Set From Land To Sea
  • Archival Grey Ink
  • SU! Snips-fine tip scissors
  • Tombo or other adhesive (I used both Snail & tombo)
  • Clear Wink of Stella (If you desire glitter on the jellyfish and marlin, do this prior to adding the Versamark & Embossing.  It will seal in the glitter!)
  • Paper Trimmer to cut the cardstock

Further Instructions:

  • The pieces Mint Macaron 1/2″x2.75″ and 1/2″x3″ are butted up against the Blooms & Bliss DSP. Both 1/2″x2.75″ pieces were flush with the Island Indigo edges.  The 1/2’x3″ is centered.  (This allows me to use my scraps & avoid cutting down a 12″x12″ sheet of Mint Macaroon for a 1/2″x12″ strip)
  • My small photos (faint pencil lines) on the jellyfish mat are: left top to bottom: 1.75″x1.75″, 2″x1.75″ & 1.75″x1.75″ Right side: 2.25″x2″

I hope this helps some of you create your layouts.

Until next time…

-Joanne

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