Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Canvas For A Good Cause and Creating Art Deco Layouts

Julianne, joining you here today. A friend recently asked me to donate an item for a charity auction to raise funds for bowel cancer. I was honoured to be asked to donate, especially because I have lost many members of my family to various forms of cancer. After much consideration, I decided to create a canvas for this event. I wanted something pretty and whimsical, feminine and colourful. In the end, I can honestly say it was not easy to part with this canvas (my eldest daughter was devastated that I was giving it away), but I knew it was for a good cause and reason.  

Over many years of scrapbooking and creating, I have seen so many different methods, techniques, and products, for creating canvases. But in this case, I created with my gut instinct. I have used rubons and stamps, layers of paper (Marion Smith's Motley range), texture paste, chipboard, flowers, rhinestone flourishes, glitter, beads, sequins, and copic pens. 

For my fairy wings, I took a large set of the Monarch butterfly wings, cut them in half, embossed them with Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder, stuck them down behind the doll image, and filled in various sections of the wings with Martha Stewart coarse glitter. 

I took a 6"x6" Moroccan chipboard sheet, and cut it into various sized pieces. I then inked them gold, before adhering them to the canvas. Then for something totally different, I filled random sections of the Moroccan sheet with gold beads and turquoise sequins. I then covered everything with Mod Podge to ensure that nothing would fall off, and everything would be protected. 

I can say the fundraising event was a huge success, raising over $1000 for Bowel Cancer research. And my eldest daughter has already put in a request for another canvas for her room. :)



Earlier this year I was approached to create a sketch and three layouts for the Australian Scrapbooking Ideas magazine. The layouts were to be created in the Art Deco style using Meg's Garden papers.The article was recently published in Issue 29 (October) of the magazine, titled "Sketch Interpretation: Art Deco, pages 24-26. Today, I am sharing the sketch and layouts that I created. (You can find the sketch further below). All three layouts have been created using the same sketch. I have simply flipped or rotated the sketch for different outcomes

My first layout was created using the sketch as it was, and by replacing the three mini photos with one large photo. I have added punched borders and chipboard flourishes for depth, detail, and dimension. And I have cut a large flourish into two smaller pieces to create the swirls on my layout. 

I opted to use a pretty shade of pale pink to contrast with the creams, grays, and blacks of the layout. All my chipboard pieces have been inked first, then embossed with various embossing powders. 

My second layout was created by turning the sketch sideways, to the right. I have used three photos, but have layered them upon each other, instead of displaying them individually. I opted to use a soft gold to compliment the creams, greens and blacks of this layout. 

I have used a large flourish cut into smaller pieces for my swirls among the flowers. Again, I have used lots of punch work for depth and definition, and the chipboard pieces has been coated with various embossing powders. For even more depth, I have fussy cut the flowers, and layered them at different heights.   

My third layout was created by taking the sketch and moving the centre of the design to the left of the page. I have clustered flowers and cogs on the page, but have also left a little white space for balance. It's hard to believe, but these photos of Adelaide were taken back in July 2011 - 6 months later we were living here because I fell in love with the beauty of this city.

Working with masculine papers can be a challenge for me as I rarely doing masculine or vintage type layouts. Most of my layouts are girly and feminine, so I really enjoyed the challenge of creating something a little different to my usual style. And to help create a more masculine layout, I opted to go with pale dusty blue to contrast with the creams, browns and blacks of the papers.  

Here is the sketch that all my layouts have been based upon. 
If you would like to recreate any of these layouts, the instructions can be found in Issue 29 of the Australian Scrapbooking Ideas magazine. 


Thank-you for joining me today. I hope I have provided you with a large dose of creativity, and the desire to go play, create, and have fun. And don't forget to leave a comment to automatically be entered into the draw for a bag full of Imaginarium Designs goodies. 

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Cheers and hugs, xxx


  1. More beautiful work.
    Loving the doll and
    all those flowers on
    the first layout.
    Carla from Utah

  2. I just love your gorgeous canvas!!! So much eye candy here!

  3. The beauty of your work is overwhelming.

  4. The card and the layouts are all just gorgeous! Loving the chipboard!

  5. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING canvas and DELIGHTFUL layouts Julianne!!!
    Your canvas is such a thoughtful donation which I'm sure was very popular ... hoping you can make another similar one for your daughter soon :)

  6. Amazing! Loved the colours and layers and bling!