Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Today Scraps of Darkness unveils it's February Kit-Victoriana! This kit is packed full of so much gorgeousness, you better grab one fast, because they will disappear quickly!

The main kit includes:
The following papers
Prima- Printery, Emperor, Signature, Page 4, Love Ledger, Monogram
Kaisercraft- Lingerie, Camisole Petticoat, Blouse
Hambly- On edge screen print
And Embellishments
Prima- Resist Canvas
Prima- Parchment Petals Vintage
Zva- Blue Pearl Flourish
Kaisercraft- Madame boutique rub ons
May Arts ribbon
Vintaj metal flower and bay leave
Metal Cameo

The Main Kit also comes with one of the always inspiring sketches by Sue Pup:

The following is my interpretation of the sketch, titled "Believe", and features a photo of one of my son, Draven's best friends since they were in 1st grade, Katie. Katie is such a sweetie and this layout will be going to her Mom, Pam. We have both watched each others children grow up, and I know I have enjoyed having Katie be a part of my extended family. We have spent many hours, hanging out at the house, laughing and chatting it up, and I know that Pam treasures memories of Katie as much as I treasure mine of Draven, and will love having one of them captured in a layout.

If you would like to see how I put this layout together, plus the flocking technique on both the dress from and the Dusty Attic Cameo slides, please check out my Pandora's Box Tutorial on the Scraps of Darkness Website. Each month one of the Design Team Members put together one of these videos showcasing how they put together a layout, so check them all out for loads of inspiration!!

This kit had some really beautiful vintage papers that took on a heritage feel and I had wanted to scrap this photo of my Aunt Annie for a long time and this kit offered up the perfect opportunity. As many of you know, I spent a lot of time living with my Granny, and my Granny had quite a few children of her own 7 to be exact. One of those children, was my Aunt Angela. I have always called her Aunt Annie. She is only 3 years older than me, and when we were growing up, she was my BFF, my sister, and my Aunt all rolled into one. We had some fun times. We spent many a day, dancing (we knew every version of The Bump), laughing, singing and running all over the mountain side. We were as wild as bucks, as silly as loons, and as giggly as two little girls could be. Even though I don't see her as much these days, when we get together, you hear nothing but laughter. It's as if we are still those two little girls laying under the quilts, and whispering secrets till all hours of the night. She holds a very special place in my heart, and I will never forget those sweetest of days.

 As you can see, I layered in lots of the kit papers. The kit also contained this beautiful die cut paper. I wanted to change it up a bit and make it my own, so I first cut away the outer edge with the design, inked it up with multiple layers of ink, and then took the leftover center and attached lace on top of the edge. I then misted some Prima Mistable Canvas from a past Color Add On and layered that in behind the lace. Next, I took the edge that I had cut off, and layered it behind the circle piece, and then tucked the edge under the distressed paper I had ran down the side.

 The top corner piece is made up of a gussied up Dusty Attic piece, some foliage I cut out of the Prima packaging and inked, some flowers from the kit and from the Flora & Fauna Add on, and some of the Prima Resist Canvas pieces from the kit that I inked up in multiple layers of color.

 The bottom left hand corner is made up of another piece of that Dusty Attic, some more foliage made from packaging, and flowers from the the Flora & Fauna add on. See that lace piece? That was some gifted lace from my DT sister Karen aka LostCoastScrapper. I actually hand dyed the lace to fit the colors of my layout. Thank you Karen!

 The sweet little birdacage is another piece of the Prima Resist Canvas from the kit, with more package foliage and flowers from the kit and F & F.

 The journaling piece was fussy cut out from a piece paper from this month's paper add on, as were the little alphas that make up the title. The pattern on the photo was created using the Kaisercraft Rub Ons from the kit.
I loved creating this layout of my Aunt and letting it take me back to those days so long ago. I found myself dancing, singing and laughing-I felt young again if only for a little while.

This kit was so full of vintage look pieces that I just had to create an altered memory box with it! This box is so perfect for storing old photos, treasures, and pieces of the past in.

  The top of the box features some of those beautiful Prima papers that have been distressed, inked and punched to create multiple layers.

 I rolled back one of the corners and tucked in an inked Doilie and a fussy cut tag from some of the papers that I inked and blinged up. The metal piece is part of a vintage look pin that one of my Dark Sisters, Bexta gifted me.

 The clock is one that I fussy cut from the kit papers, inked and pleated a Doilie behind it, and then popped on one of the brads from the Romance Add On. The foliage piece behind the clock is one of the Prima Resist Canvas Pieces from the Kit.  The Shabby Green Textured Roses are from my Etsy Shop.

 I had a small piece of  dark brown rose ribbon left over from some other project I had done, so I popped it on the bottom for visual interest and texture.  The Sweet Memories Butterflies are also from my Etsy Shop.

 I had painted the whole box with gesso to prime it for my other colors. I ran Tim Holtz tissue tape around the lip of the lid and inked it in multiple layers of color. I then stained the whole box, distress stamped it on all 4 sides with a Glitz Stamp from a previous color add on, and then distress crackle painted it in places to give it an aged look, and went over it with multiple layers of distress inks.

 I attached a Tim Holtz button to the front for a faux drawer pull look. I love the way this box turned out, the colors are some of my eyes favorites to look upon. I really encourage you to go off the page and try an altered project. They are so much fun, and give you a chance to create something unique and functional!

This next layout was inspired by a canvas piece that I saw in a Canvas Corp add. This layout looks nothing like the one in the add, but the bottom banner attached to the canvas comes from their design, and I wanted to be sure to give them credit for the inspiration. I loved the thought of the banner being a totally separate piece from the actual canvas. I created the canvas to go into my son, Draven's room and wanted it to be a piece that reflected him and his love of the Industrial Art look, as well as one that would inspire him. I chose the quote "In A World Where You Can Be Anything Be You" as the inspiration behind the piece, and I used a self portrait that he had done of himself as the center piece. It was really hard to get a good photo of this piece. I actually ended up taking it outside and hanging it on the side of my house, but it has been so overcast here and trying to capture the canvas and the banner, and have the photo turn out ended up being a little trying-lol.

 I started with a piece of canvas that I gesso'ed then painted brown with acrylic paint.

I did some brick work with a Prima Stencil from a past Color Add On, gel medium and lots of different paints and inks. The City Scape is my own design that I came up with for a past layout. I just changed the colors here with alcohol inks and smooch paint and then filled in the windows with Copper Mica Flakes. The barbed wire is Dusty Attic Chipboard that I treated with a layer of Mica and then some Tattered Angels Glam for accents.

 The gears are Chipboard pieces I cut out with my Sizzix and then cut out paper from the kit to layer on top with lots of inking. I also did some machine sewing to add even more texture and color in.

 The skeleton key was a piece that was gifted to me by one of my Dark Sisters Bexta-thanks Bex! I then laced some cheesecloth that I misted with different layers of mist, into the key hole and across the brick work. The Romance Add On came with these super cool steampunk look tiles that I layered onto Tim Holtz Acrylic Pieces that I had alcohol inked.

I nailed some Tim Holtz Metal  pins into the sides of the canvas, then braided some hemp rope and tied it on through the loops. I then took some Canvas Corp Burlap Pieces that my friend Shelly Anne gave me, did some machine sewing on them, then took some Thickers Letters and coated them with the Copper Mica Pieces and attached them to the burlap pieces. To hang the burlap pieces from the rope, I took some Tim Holtz Metal Clips and colored them with alcohol ink and then used them to hold the pieces on.

My son loved this piece and it will be going onto his wall as soon as I am finished using it! I love the Scraps Of Darkness Kits because of their unique ability to go in just about any direction, which allows me to scrap my mood, and to scrap uniquely. Thanks Melinda for giving us such amazing kits to work with!


Carol said...

WOW Renea - I love all your amazing layouts and altered projects. Your talent amazes and inspires TFS

Monica said...

wow.. I love all that you did with it.. and that canvas... is wonderful.. I love that! I really want to do one of my son!

Pat said...

Your work is so beautifully done!!

Cindy Gay said...

Love the layout with your aunt!

Vicky Alberto said...

you REALLY rocked this one!

Michelle H. said...

Your LO's are so very pretty!!
Love the canvas it is gorgeous!!
Love all the techniques you used on it!!

Sharon said...

Oh my goodness! These are all so, so wonderful, creative, and just fabulous! I have missed my dark sisters so much!!!! Saving money can be NO FUN!!!!!