Hello everyone!

My first layout that I produced for the Social Papercrafter Magazine is a Pinterest scraplift.

For my first Pinterest Make and Review, I went to my general Scrapbooking board in Pinterest where I seem to dump every single layout I come across that I like… I should really tidy up my boards and maybe organise them by type of layout? Anyway… I have thousands of pins in there so I was sure to find something to lift. I didn’t have to look for long, though, as one of the latest layouts that I had pinned really jumped at me and I knew right there and then that it was “the one”. Lately, I have been making very simple and clean layouts, and that’s probably why this one by Sasha Farina for Studio Calico really grabbed my attention.
I miss you (tom) | Crafts by marialachica | The social papercrafter magazine - scraplift
As you can see, all the main elements of the original layout are also on mine: the photo with a tag behind, the other two clusters, the stamping and the stitching. I have added a few other bits to my layout, in order to make it a bit more “mine”. I really love a few ink spray splatters and sequins are my latest favourite embellishment.
I wasn’t sure of the process that the original designer followed for her layout, but this is what I did:
– First I started with the photo cluster. I have used Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Endless Summer” collection for my pattern paper and embellishments. I have used this collection before with kraft cardstock and I really love how it looks. I knew I wanted to use kraft as my background, as the colouration of the photo was calling for it!
– Secondly, I made the other two clusters and I positioned them roughly in the same place as the original layout. I ended up moving my top cluster a bit to the left, as I knew that I wasn’t going to add the stars elements of the original layout, so moving my cluster to the left balanced the layout a bit better.
I miss you (tom) | Crafts by marialachica | The social papercrafter magazine - scraplift

– Thirdly, I did the ink splatters. I used white Heidi Swapp Color Shine, which is not super bright white, but still gives a very lovely shine to the page. I used the “splatter” technique rather than actually spraying.

– Next, I stamped the “I miss you” sentiment in random locations. The stamp is from a very old Hero Arts stamp set. So old that I don’t even have the original packaging anymore and I can’t remember what it’s called!

I miss you (tom) | Crafts by marialachica | The social papercrafter magazine - scraplift
– And lastly, I stitched the cardstock. I used my ruler and punched holes after every centimeter. It is a much bigger gap than in the original layout, but I don’t normally have the patience to do lots of stitching, so the wider the stitch, the better for me! I used normal embroidery thread in an off-white colour.
– For the finishing touches, I used a couple of white enamel dots and a few sequins too.
I hope you have liked this layout and it has inspired you to actually try some of the pins that you have in your Pinterest boards! As you can see, you can copy a layout but by using your own papers and embellishments, you can make that layout your own!
The social papercrafter - Maria La Chica - Papercraft artist