Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pink Dancing Ballerina Layout

This is my entry for the September Challenge over at the Scraplounge where we had to have polka dots (2 x frames), fabric (tulle behind the frame) and a journaling block

My gorgeous little girl back in 2002 being a fairy / ballerina

This is a redo of an old layout, so glad I redid it, couldn’t stand looking at the other one – what was I thinking the paper was hideous! And I obviously had too much time on my hands back then cause there were 5 photos which I cut around her – no easy task with the tulle skirt!

I like it but think it might be too busy, DS said its too busy and Sarah well she loved it cause she was in it! And mum said it was beautiful, but still I dunno…

Papers are from Carolee’s Creations Adorn it Dance Collection

I framed the main photo with our white scalloped felt frame and the pink butterfly is cut out from our Flowers, Scrolls & Butterfly felt ribbon

Tucked in the background is doilie sprayed with glimmer mist and a music sheet of Swan Lake downloaded from the internet.

It also gave me the opportunity to use our ballerina charms which I made a chipboard frame for with tulle in the background. The other frame was done the same except I put one of our pink frangipanis and princess crown charms in.

I left our rhinestone dance word on the plastic backing and just made a chipboard frame for it.

These gorgeous pink and white flowers were originally in the 200 bulk flower pink packs but a few of you have asked for them to be sold individually and finally they arrived last week. I twisted the stem on our black and white flowers for the “I am Beautiful” charm and laid some of our silver cup chain into the mix.

Kindy glitz was added to the Buzz and Bloom Chipboard frame.

Speaking of our bulk 200 flower packs, I spoke my supplier yesterday and he explained to me that mulberry paper is made by hand with a process that has changed little in 1000 years. The mulberry tree is farmed specifically for the production of craft papers.
Once the bark has been stripped and processed into paper, unlike most trees, the mulberry tree will regenerate another layer of bark which can be harvested again in about 12 months making it a renewable natural resource that will not harm or deplete the environment. (that's gotta be good!)

The processing also involves drying the bark out, which can at times take awhile especially if the temperatures are humid, or it is rainy season.

And so after all that ... the bulk packs will be in stock in about 6 weeks LOL finally I got to my point. But I thought it was quite interesting to know of the process.

When I first arrived on the Gold Coast I didn't know anyone so to meet people & to help the community I volunteered at St Vincent de Paul for their Children & Family Programme (which lead onto much bigger things but that's another story) and during this training I heard this quote...

Life is a school, you never stop learning till the day you die

So true ah?

I hope you learn something new today


Tracey said...

I think that layout is beautiful Tracy. Very girly :)

Karen A said...

I think we all go thru the ballerina phase - love the layout :)

Anonymous said...

oooohhhh miss T this is simply gorgeous and no its def not too busy at all i just love it

love na

Jo Powell said...

This is just gorgeous! Very girly I like :)

amanda73 said...

love love love that LO, and very interesting about the mulberry flowers, that quote is sooo true

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful layout and what a gorgeous little Sarah. Whoops am I being biased being the grandmother??????? You certailnly give lots of ideas for us who maybe not so great at creating layouts.

TaswegianMum said...

Simply Stunning LO..this is the one I saw in the Scrap Lounge and I really wanted to touch every thing on the page :)