Monday, September 22, 2014

Adore layout and Altered Book By Sue Smyth

I was inspired by a layout I saw recently that used lots of chipboard doors
over a layout. I though I could do the same with frames.
Often the repetition of the same shape or concept 
can look very pleasing on a layout.

I have embossed all of the frames to give them something in common.
Though some I have crackled and aged some for a slight variety.

Some frames do not have a photo in them 
just a resin shape.

Because the frames are so ornate, you can keep the journaling 
and title simple and plain.

Adhere some of the frames to the layout flat and 
others with 3 D tape for a interesting play 
with layers.

A mini Tutorial on the gold crackle frames

Step 1
Spray the frames with Matt black spray paint 

Step 2
Apply embossing medium with a crackle stamp.
I have a crackle roller .

 Step 3 
Sprinkle with gold embossing powder.

Step 4 
Shake off excess 

Step 5 
Heat emboss 

Imaginarium Chipboard 

Altered Book 

Old books are easily sourced as a base to start a project on.
I have used an old Reader's Digest here.
Which cost just $1.00

Do make sure it has a sturdy and unbroken
cover to start with. 

Open out to the middle, and this may 
take a little time, adhere every page together 
on each side with gel medium or PVA glue

Handy Hint
Tear out every 3rd page or so, to reduce the volume
and the amount of pages you will have to glue.

When dry, use a scalpel to cut out the centre, to form 
a recess for the photos.

I have used embossing powders to alter the chipboard
children, in the same colours as the rest of the project, and painted
the butterflies with Metallic blue paint.

The top flourish, is painted with white gesso, several coats
give a better look. Then I have stamped randomly over
it with a sepia ink. Ink around the edges
in a sand colour for a soft gentle look.

The thistles and wildflowers have been painted with gesso. Then I have
added micro beads over certain areas, with Dimensional magic.
When dry, paint with gesso again and spray with Olive 
glimmer mist. Rub over a little metallic blue paint where
the beads are for greater detail.
I have used a white paint pen to add even more detail to the 
thistle and leaves.

Imaginarium Materials

Happy Crafting 


  1. Stunning as always Sue! So very beautiful, & I just adore that altered book! :)

  2. Super cool display in this
    book! Great idea.
    Carla from Utah

  3. Everything is so beautiful. I especially enjoyed the scrapbook page and pinned it.

  4. BEAUTIFUL layout and book Sue!!!
    LOVE your golden frames - WOW - they look fabulous layered together, thank you for sharing your crackle tutorial too!!!
    Your book is DELIGHTFUL, LOVE IT - I've not altered one before and appreciate your handy hints :)