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Retro Layout

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

This retro layout also features a sponged background and a way to make paper flowers

"Retro: Involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past; retrospective"
~American Heritage Dictionary

This retro layout has been made using a very old photograph that was printed in sepia. I had been thinking about creating a layout with it for a long time as I was not sure how I wanted to scrap it, or even if I was brave enough to do so, but one day I laid a piece of my Soft Suede cardstock alongside it and it seemed so right, I was encouraged to take the next steps.

Retro layout, scrapbook, album, sponging, paper flowers

How I Made my Retro Layout

It can be daunting to scrap older original photographs yet so satisfying if you make something that pleases you. I finally decided I could wait till the last minute to adhere the photo down if I went ahead and created a background for it, and I could also scan and reprint the photo if I decided I still didn't have the heart to adhere it to the page. There are always options in papercrafting, and that is something I love about this hobby.

I decided the frame needed to have texture for this picture. I ran some Very Vanilla cardstock through my Big Shot with the Square Lattice Textures Impressions embossing folder. (This embossing folder is now unfortunately retired. It was a favourite of mine). I trimmed it into strips of paper to form a frame which I then sponged with Marina Mist and Soft Suede inks.

I distressed the edges of my Soft Suede cardstock and bent it around a little.

Then I found some Whisper White designer series paper that had been heat embossed in a diagonal pattern. I used my sponges and inks to make the background pop and seem weathered.I used Soft Suede and, since this was a photo of a little boy, Marina Mist ink. Pink would have worked wonderfully with the subtle colours in the photo but I just couldn't choose pink. Perhaps I could have used Crisp Cantaloupe (retired) or another peachy though? Oh well. I chose the blues instead.

Retro layout, scrapbook, album, sponging, paper flowers

Then I wanted to make some tattered flowers that were still simple, like the background and the photo. I didn't want to overwhelm that photo. So I took some graduated circles cut from both Marina Mist and Very Vanilla cardstock by my Big Shot machine and scrunched and distressed each circle.

Then I stacked the circles together to make the flowers, ruffling them up till I liked the look and sticking the layers together with mini glue dots.

I finished the middles of the flowers off with some stamped and punched mini Itty Bitty shapes and their matching buttons (both now retired).

Retro layout, scrapbook, album, sponging, paper flowers

You can see I finished the main embellishment off by punching and paper piercing a heart and finding some Chantilly Lace (retired) to tie into a sweet little bow. The journalling block was cut with the Big Shot using the Top Note die, (retired) then sponged.

I was happy with my retro layout in the end. I hope you agree that the photo has not been overwhelmed. I wanted it to be the main focus of the page and think that happened, happily!

Stepping It Up

On reflection, I might add another smaller heart to the red one, to make the red stand out less. I think I need to emboss it too and will probably make it out of that embossed Whisper White and grunge it up a little with some Soft Suede ink. I would also add some retro embellishments to the joins in the frame. I think I may have some little bronze metal embellishments that might work.

What do you think? Should I do that?

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