Friday, 2 March 2012

Adding some Zing! to Dear Lizzy...


The new 'Neopolitan' Dear Lizzy line by American Crafts is very 'me' and was really pleased to get my hands on some when it arrived in the shop.  I love the summery feel to the papers and the interesting graphics used in their designs: the polaroid pictures and jam jars are particular favourites of mine.

I find that when I really like the products that I'm  using, the layouts come easily.  This happened last year with My Mind's Eye 'Stella and Rose' line: I couldn't stop creating with the papers and am still hoarding tiny scraps of them.

I love paper designs with bits that I can cut out to make my own embellishments and the sheets that I chose from the new Neopolitan line were mainly ones that could be used in this way.

The jar stamp set also caught my imagination and I knew that I wanted to include the images in my layouts somehow.

My pages:
(click on the pictures to view larger versions of the images.  Then right click and select 'view image' which should then allow you to zoom in)

'You'
To create the background here, I made some splatters with a few different coloured mists to match one of the parts of the papers that I had used to mat the photo.  I then stamped the star and heart using versamark and then covering with some co-ordinating embossing powders to add some gloss and texture:
I also machined-stitched some zigzags to match the chevron paper and to draw the eye around the page.

'At the Beach'

The background effect on the cardstock here was created by spraying a mix of mists to create a sand/beach type look.  I stamped the stars and embossed again in matching colours:

I cut out some of the polaroid images from one of the papers, choosing ones with colours and designs to match the beach theme of the page.  One was embellished with a sticker whilst the other two acted as a base for the typed journaling strips:


'I Love You Three...'

I absolutely love the jar stamp and have lots of ideas for how to use it.  For this layout, I stamped and embossed in cream.  I then filled the space in the jar with mod podge before dropping on some punched hearts.  I repeated this to add another layer and some more depth:
 
The sticker sheet has a great selection of word stickers, perfect for adding to titles.  I cut out the word 'three' twice using a couple of the different papers.  I arranged them so to give a shadow effect before painting the top pink word with mod podge and sprinkling with a light layer of pink and white glitter:

So from only four sheets of the Dear Lizzy papers and a couple of sticker sheets, I've created 3 pages and still have plenty left to make lots more.  I also wanted to demonstrate that whilst these papers are particularly girly they can still be used on boy pages too.

We'd love to see what you create with the range, and indeed any of the items that you purchase from the shop.  If you're on Facebook, feel free to share your creations on our page.  They may even be chosen to feature on the blog here too.




Click on the links below to go straight to the products in the shop.  

NB. Restocks of the Dear Lizzy products are due in to the shop very soon.


3 comments:

Louise said...

Oooooo they're proper yum they are!!!! You are bad for my bank balance!!! I'd never have gone for this range, but you've shown how lush they are when they're used right. Gorgeous x

Jenga said...

Gorgeous pages. I love the effect of the little hearts in the jar xx

Vanessa Stokoe said...

Gorgeous Helen. :) Love that jar xx