Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tutorial for creating a layout....with the "Madame Butterfly" April Kit

 Hi everyone, Tina here to show you all how simple it is to create a layered page with your lovely April Kit!  Don't feel bad if you have a hard time even choosing what papers to use first. I always do! That will be your first battle:)
After choosing what papers you will use, have a rough idea of a design in your head.  **TIP** I sometimes use scrap pieces of paper or old cheap cardstock to precut and arrange my layout. This way your not cutting into your pretty papers, before you know exactly the sizes, arrangement, number of layers etc. 
Once you have your papers and a design idea, you can get started. Here is my paper I will use and first layer.
I decided to cut out the scroll on the page, so the layer doesn't cover it up. Using a pencil lightly draw a line along the added layer. This will give you a guide to how much of your design needs to be cut.
Now you are ready to make your cuts. Move your layer to the side. Using a craft knife make your cuts.
When you are finished cutting around your design you will be able to slide your first layer in, under the cutwork.
I will add a second and third layer on top of this one. Another square slightly smaller than the one that's been cut and a circle. Okay now the fun part! Once you have your basic design and photo in mind, you can start playing with your embellishments.Add your photo placement and layers.
Now that you have your whole page in front of you, time to ink and distress. **TIP** You can use wax paper instead of a craft mat to do your inking. It works just as well!
Add adhesive to your layers. I used Zots and some Clear Tacky Glue.
I added some rock candy stickles, diamond dust and some pearls to my embellishments.
Added the title from the stickers included in the kit. more stickles and diamond dust around the title.
Using molding paste and the Liquid Pearls included in the kit and the beautiful laser cut Dusty Attic Dress forms. I covered the Chipboard Dress Forms. You can see the complete tutorial for this at Dusty Attic

Add adhesive to your embellishments. I sometimes use hot glue. That is going to wrap up your page...YAY!! You are finished!!

Happy Creating!
Tina  xo


  1. Thank you for this, Tina! Layering - I love it but it is new for me. I've have torn, distressed, and wasted a lot of pretty paper trying to get a handle on layering. I've been wishing for a tutorial - and here it is! Terrific.

  2. Tina, great tutorial. Really appreciate the great step by step photo's to demonstrate your written instruction.

  3. that is a great tutorial it and its great to see it from start to finish :)