Polly Guest Designer - Linda Trace


Hi!! I'm Linda and I am BEYOND thrilled to be guest designing for Polly! today!

I have been paper-crafting "seriously" for about 4 years, but Ive always been interested in (obsessed with) crafts, stationary and papers (it was always going to lead to card making and scrapbooking). I live in Perth, Western Australia with my 3 gorgeous daughters, husband and 2 noisy dogs (they always give me PLENTY of amusing quotes and cute photos for me to scrapbook about!). 

I was the blog and design team coordinator for an Indiana-based scrapbooking store for almost a year before they had to close their doors. My blog, Linda Trace Designs, started in April 2010. I run A Blog Named Hero, a challenge blog dedicated to the love of Hero Arts products, and I'm on the Design Team for Neat and Tangled. The best part about the paper-crafting industry (apart from all of the amazing products and pretty papers) is the group of friends that Ive made from all over the world!!!

I decided to use a mixture of both the February Kits, Passionfruit Souffle and the Pocket Life Kit, Salted Caramel Icecream.  The papers in the My Minds Eye "Charmed" 6x6 pa are really neutral and I wanted to find a way to use them, along with my more usual pastel/brighter colour palette.

To create the hearts, I simply used two Faber Castell Gelatos and roughly drew the hearts onto white textured cardstcock.  I then used a wet paintbrush, and 'painted' over them, to blend the colours together. I love how the blue and green are still visible seperately, as well as being blended in areas.  I then added a tiny bit of the gold Gelato, to tie it back in with the gold in the papers.  
I then used a thin black journalling pen, and drew the outline of the hearts, repeatedly goiung back over each line, purposely making the lines a bit more 'freehand' (not too perfect, I wanted them to look messy) I added a few little stitch marks to finish them, before cutting them out!

To begin the process of layering, I took 3 pieces of 6x6 paper and cut them down just slightly, each a different amount (one of them about an inch, another half an inch etc).
I used these as my base layers.

Next I took several of the pocket life kit 3x4 cards, and layered them up, fussing with the 'order' of them until I was happy with how they looked behind the photos I wanted to use.

To finish the layout, I added some embellishing, using all the other products within the kits. The thin yellow washi to the right of the photos as well as at the top of the main page. one of those fantastic metal arrows and some My Minds Eye - Wood enamel dots, ampersand paperclip, a little clothespeg (from the Peppermint Tea add-on kit), the  "Hello My Name is", library card and the title thickers are also from the add-on kit.

For the little label at the bottom of the page, the 'note' tab,  and the 'hello love' arrow, I used the  BONUS exclusive printables by Mandalika Designs and hand cut them to place around the page.

For one last touch, I added some grey mist, splattering it in a diagonal line over the entire page (I covered my photos and part of the layered area, with a spare piece of paper, so that only the edges of the papers would be splattered with ink.

I love to incorporate as much of the packaging that comes with the kits, as I can, so I also used the little glassine bag that the embellishments came in, as well as the February diecut tag that comes tied around the outside of the kit parcels (how cute are they?!)

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  1. This is absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Love it! And I love that bokeh photo of you, too. xo

  3. How can you put so much goodness on one incredible page, my beautiful friend? I love it!!!

  4. Fabulous page! Love those layers and the hearts especially!!!!


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