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Leather Layout by LOUISE CROSBIE

Leather Layout by LOUISE CROSBIE

Hi there folks.
I am sharing a layout with you today. Originally I had bought the leather effect paper to do a vintage style junk journal but Lori beat me to it and WOW what a beautiful book she made. I am not sure mine would have been so lovely so it probably worked out for the best.
Instead, I tried to think about using the leather paper another way. As a steampunk, I have to say leather (or fake leather) features a fair bit in my outfits. So I decided to use it on a layout for a photo of my husband and I wearing some of our steampunk clothes.
As I was also wearing a corset (they also feature a lot in steampunk) I added a “corset feature” to the layout. 
I cut a narrow V in the paper, punched out evenly spaced holes on either side and put in some eyelets. I placed some lovely teal floral paper behind it to look like a floral blouse or something. Although you can not see it well in the photos through the lace I also added. It is far more obvious in real life.
I used a Dusty Attic damask stencil with some bronze texture paste to decorate my “corset”. Putting ribbon through the eyelets finished off the corset look.
I hoped to make it feel like it was all coordinated and visually held together so I tried to reflect the colours and elements from the photo onto the layout page.
For example, I’ve picked out the clock details with my metal embellishments. The sepia colour tones of my outfit blend well with the faux leather paper, the red eyelets pick out my husbands waistcoat and to reflect the orange of my hair, I used rust paste around the frame and embellishments. 
I’ve put it in a 12x12 shadow frame thing for now but I think I may put it onto a 12x12 canvas at some point. 
So there you have it. A layout that’s not a junk journal. But hopefully you can still see how awesome this leather effect paper looks. 
Now I may get another sheet and make myself a journal anyway. 
Thanks for looking.
Louise x 

Supply list:

Memory hardware: leather texture paper.

49 & market: Vintage Artistry Wedgwood

Dusty attic: Damask stencil

Dust attic: Swirl frame

Modelling paste* see foot note.

Finnabair: Red rust paste

Narrow Ribbon: Yellow/gold 

Metal found elements from personal stash but you can find lots of similar craft supply equivalents HERE

* As the bronze modelling paste I used is no longer in stock, I would like to suggest mixing some 3D gloss gel, which is clear when dry, with some lovely metallic paint such as Finnabair, metallique ancient coin. 


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Susan Crease - June 8, 2021

Wow! This is just beautiful, I love the corset effect and the texture through the stencil is wonderful too. X

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