By Els van de Burgt
For a long time I had an idea and a dream: To someday turn my collection of close-up photos of textures into printed papers! Well, it turns out that dreams DO come true and my Through the Lens patterned paper pack series is now a reality, part of the exciting new Els van de Burgt Studio product release taking place at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) show in California in early January. And this project is a sneak peek at sheets from the pack called ‘Wood Series’ – Forty-eight 6×6 sheets (80lb/220gr), 16 designs, 3 sheets per design. Please check out the other two packs, Stone Series and Metal Series, too, as they were designed to coordinate with each other.
Of course, I’m sure that what you noticed first about the project was not wood grain, or even the ropes and hearts. I know it is my granddaughter Annika’s face that caught your eye! And that was precisely my goal with the project: To show how easy it is to mix textures in Through the Lens papers to create frames and backgrounds for the focal photo.
In addition to Through the Lens papers, the project also incorporates the new Ropes die set (4 different dies), Fitted Rectangles and Stitched Rectangles dies from the new release, as well as hearts from Ornament Set 5 that came out a few months back. My dies have always been designed to mix and match, to combine and collect. Dies you bought years ago, whatever you choose now and in the future will always be easy to coordinate because I design them for maximum versatility. It’s like how I furnish my home and organize my studio: New things and old things getting together.
Because no two people will have the same photos to showcase, my instructions are written with tips on how to alter and customize the project. Here’s how it works…
- Choose a focal photo. Use a vertical rectangle as shown. Other options – Circles, ovals, squares.
- Choose Through the Lens papers in 3 different coordinating patterns that compliment the photo. I love the contrast that a black and white photo offers, but color photos work well with Through the Lens papers, too.
- Choose 2 Fitted Rectangles and 1 Stitched Rectangles dies that fit one inside the other. Starting with the smallest of the three, die cut the photo print. From two different Through the Lens papers die cut a Stitched Rectangle for the first border (the wider, inner mat) and a Fitted Rectangle for the second border (a narrower mat). Use Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to adhere the layers. Alternatively, die cut the photo and two mats using Fitted and Stitched Squares, Ovals or Circles dies.
- Again using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere the double-bordered photo to the third 6×6 Through the Lens paper. Adhere to an 8×8 square of coordinating solid color cardstock.
- Die cut 4 Ropes strips from Soft Finish Cardstock backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape prior to cutting, 5 heart charms cut from Through the Lens papers and 3 heart charms cut from Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz that has been lightly sanded. (Hearts are not backed with adhesive.) Reminder: A Metal Adaptor Plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. View my video tutorial HERE if you are new to this technique. Use Distress Ink to lightly ink the edges of the Ropes strips and bring out the embossed details.
- Use twine to tie heart charms to the rope that has open areas (the strip that looks something like a chain). Layer and overlap the hearts as shown.
- Assemble the project with 1 rope as a horizontal element across the bottom of the photo (positioned so that the rope curves upward and an unraveled end stops at the right side as shown) and 3 ropes (including the one with hearts) as vertical elements toward the left, overlapping for added interest. Make sure that the hearts ‘dance’ and are not hanging straight down. They are grouped at angles to the left, then right, left then right again.
- Mat and frame the project. (I chose a simple and inexpensive standard 8×8 frame.) Options: Add the page to an 8×8 scrapbook. Back it with chipboard and display on a bulletin board or easel. Add flat magnets and put it on the fridge!
I can’t wait to make more projects featuring Annika! I’m having so much fun with my dream-come-true Through the Lens paper packs! And I can’t wait to see what you create, too, so be sure to join the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Family so you can post your projects for the community to see.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
8” frame with mat
Distress Ink (any shade of brown)