Monday, September 8, 2014

Guest Designer for September ....Irit Shalom

Today I would like to introduce our Guest Designer for September .... Irit Shalom from Israel

Hello my dear crafty friends! 
My name is Irit Shalom and I am an Israeli designer who is thrilled to be Imaginarium Guest Designer for September.

First something about me.
In my "real life" I am a dentist and for the last 6 years I found my artistic side, I work part time only. I have been a crafter since I remember, but I found scrapbooking and everything around paper just 6 years ago and I am in love with everything stamped, cut and painted.
Right now I design for a few industry manufacturers, mostly stamp and paper companies and I am a chipboard addict. I don't think that I have made a single project without chipboards for the last year or so. I have been print and web published around the world and I hope to inspire you with my Imaginarium projects.

And now for my first project made with the most gorgeous Imaginarium chipboards: a layout made with a lovely photos of my twin girls.

With the current trends being more towards Pocket scrapbooking Project life style and very messy and very artistic Mixed Media pages, this layout is heading back to the more traditional way of scrapbooking.
But there are two main reasons for my scrapping in this style.
First one is the meaning of scrapbooking itself. .....I believe that we scrap to tell a story so our family can remember it and it works great with Project Life style that I don't like and doesn't work at all with pure artistic Mixed Media style that I do like a lot, but as my altered projects.
Then I believe that working with manufacturer products should make those products your page stars and it's totally impossible with all those tons of gesso, mists and paints when you do a very artistic page.

So I made a close to classic page with one focal photo and a lot of Imaginarium chipboards as my main embellishments and I think that this page tells a story and showcases the chipboards in the best possible way.

As you can see I used the "Simple things matter most" title and it's really the perfect title for my girls: they are so much connected in love and they are just two halves of one unique creature called twins with all those small things that only they can understand.
Most of the chipboards used here were covered with embossing powders, but it a couple of different ways.
The title was  covered with clear embossing ink and then with a thick layer of white powder and pink powder was heat embossed over the basic white layer.

The clock face was inked with distress ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give it this "water drops" look. The border long piece was inked with the same ink and left in this a bit distress way.

The butterflies added over the photo and near the title were covered with a mix of pastel embossing powders.
Then I decided to make the "art gallery wall" with hand cut from patterned paper frames and I used the chipboards to display inside the frames. All words and shapes were inked with pigmented  light green ink and some of the pieces were glazed over with Glossy Accents.

And here are the Imaginarium chipboards used for this page:

Other products used for this page:
Paper, stickers: Paper House Productions
Bling: Flourish with a Bling
Inks: Ranger
Embossing powders: WOW! Embossing Powders

I hope  you liked my layout and see you in a few days with my next creation I made for Imaginarium.


  1. congrats on GDT Irit.. amazing page .. fabulous colouring, details and amazing accents

  2. LOVE the colors and layout, great job!

  3. CONGRATULATIONS on being Guest Designer Irit!!!
    Great getting to know you :)
    LOVE the layout you have shared today, your white framed art gallery with the green words & shapes is SO PRETTY and WOW, the embossing of your chippie title is DELIGHTFUL!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION today, I look forward to seeing your next project!!!

  4. Such lovely creations!
    Carla from Utah