Monday, April 8, 2013

Birds of a Feather...

We are taking flight this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

It is up to you if you choose to jump onto the feather trend, put a bird on it, or perhaps take the challenge more loosely and take a soaring approach - perhaps just blue skies or talk about what makes you feel like you’re on cloud nine in your art journal, or even use a metal bird (aka an airplane!) on your project. Whatever approach you take - we can’t wait to see how you spread your wings and fly creatively this week!

The feather and bird trend is super fun, isn't it? I have played with this trend a bit, but haven't jumped in with both feet yet. This is the week for that! 

I have cut some Grungeboard using my Sizzix bird die, gathered some feathers from the craft store, a bit of Disney ephemera, and some photos of my little birdies all snuggled up...
First things first, though... 
Let's get that little birdie all fit for a layout.
A little coat of white paint to start:
 While that dries, I gather up some embossing powders and glitters:
Then I just go to town playing on some Grungeboard scraps. I like the one on the far right the best...
 YEP! Some white embossing, followed by a hint of gold glitter and then a dusting of pink:
Okie dokie! Now it's time to work on the page composition. I have this ephemera, and these two photos. The photo on the top is the cutest and the one I want on show. It also makes the most sense with my birdie theme. But, that photo of the pool on the bottom is part of the story. What's a scrappy girl to do?
One of my favorite things to do on my layouts lately is to make a little photo flip book of sorts. This allows me to include multiple photos on my layout, while leaving lots of room for creative play. I simply just adhered my photos front to back:
With my little photo flip-up all set, I start playing around with the placement of the feathers and my little birdie:
I like that but the background needs a little something, yes?
Washi to the rescue!
OK! Now, I just place my photo using some washi tape. This acts as a hinge of sorts, allowing the photo to flip up... revealing the photo on the underside, as well as the rest of the ephemera...
 Speaking of ephemera, I want to add a decorative touch to this hotel door hanger. And, twine it is!
With my feathers all adhered with Matte Medium, the last step is to add my title work and final embellishments. I'll tell you, I futzed around with where to put my lettering for quite a while. I finally settled on allowing some of the letters to be part of the interactive flap:
The birdie embellishments acts as the tab for the photo flip-up:
And with the last little touches of pen work and misting...
My Birds of a Feather...
Are all together!
Alright! Your turn! I can't wait to see what you do this week! Make sure to link-up with us for your chance to win! Remember, one random linker-upper is drawn to win a $50 shopping spree from Simon Says Stamp. How awesome is that?!?!

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  1. Oh gosh is that bird adorable! I love how you worked this week's theme into your page and your title. Awesome, as always, Ashli!

  2. Ashli...this is such a sweet layout. The photo of your girls is so sweet, sitting amongst the feathers and all of the little die cuts and letters you have so skillfully colored with embossing powders, etc. Such a cute layout. <3 Candy

  3. Hi Ashli, lovely layout, those feathers give it a real dreamy appearance and I love that sweet little bird. Gorgeous candy floss colours too. Adorable picture which you have showcased beautifully. Tracy x x

  4. Ok, so this may be a silly question, but if I were to open your SB and come to this page, how would I know to flip the picture to view the other one? And do you cut the page protector somehow or just pull the LO out of the SB? I've been playing with interactive pages and cutting my page protectors, and just wondered how you handled this one.

    1. Hi Dawn! Great question :) Yep... I cut the page protector. So, it is pretty obvious to open the flap when the layout is turned to in the album since part of it is sitting outside the protector. Hope this help!!!

  5. OH WOW!! This is amazing. Love the feathers, the bird - rocks, and the washi is perfect. And embossing.! I always make a mess.

  6. My commenter stopped commenting :). I'll continue..... :).
    I LOVE this little birdie and the door hanger, oh my goodness, so cute!!
    Have a Blessed day friend ~~ dawn

  7. Ah, that photo is so adorable, with the girls all snuggled together. So sweet! I have not tried the feathers yet, but I almost picked some up at the craft store the other day. But too many other things found their way into my cart and and the feathers went back on the shelf. Maybe next time! :)

  8. Such a sweet page, Ashli! The sentiment perfectly accompanies the gorgeous photo & feathers!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. I LOVE the feathers and now need to pull mine out! Love all the texture and color! Beautiful!!

  10. Lovely way to incorporate feathers into your layouts. Love that little birdie! Very pretty page.

  11. Sweet layout!! Love that you mixed some feathers into your design. Hope you have a great Monday :D

  12. Really cute Ashli! Love the way you created the flip up for your photo and used that adorable birdie as the tab! And the feathers look really awesome!

  13. What a perfectly sweet and charming layout! Love that you used your girls as a flock! :) Mine would be fighting geese! LOL! Sweet layout and the feathers are a wonderful embellishments.

  14. Beautiful layout, Ashli! Love the feathers and what a cute picture! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Wow!!! I just found your blog, and I am so glad I did. I love your work, but I also really appreciate your blogging style. I will be back!
    Those feathers are so soft and fluffy and add beautiful texture to this page!
    - Ann Jobes

  16. well done ashli! i like how you had the title partially on the photo flip book. such a pretty layout with lots of fun dimension, and photos. :)

  17. You totally had me with the feathers!!! Amazing! Fab layout!

  18. The feathers give such a gorgeous softness to that snuggly picture, and I love those patterned stripes - what a fantastic layout!
    Alison x


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