It might just be official! Becoming a member of the Mad Scrapper design team turned me in to a scrapbook layout enthusiast.
The layout I am sharing with you today has a photo of one of my fellow Steampunk’s. She wore this outfit to a Christmas parade our steampunk society took part in a couple of years ago.
When lockdown first struck, my steampunk society committee (of which I am a member), decided to try and boost moral of our group via social media as we could no longer go to any of the events and outings we had arranged.
One of the ways I tried to do this was to use photos of the society members in their steampunk outfits and make a comic strip style story with them. This evolved and I started using computer apps to animate the comic strip. And before i knew it, I had started a serialised animated comic adventure.
Ambika(in the photo) had the role of a magical queen who lived (and ruled over) a beautiful snow moon. Her military and security forces were lead buy the wonderful and brave “Wolf Guard” regiment. And the photo in the layout is a photo edit I did in an app.
The comic strip was a great hit and society members began dressing up at home and taking “action photos” to send to me so that I might include them in the animation. So all in all it ended up being quite a good moral boosting activity.
So much so that it has found a space in the hearts of some of us. I just had to do a layout to capture a part of the story.
The 12x12 background is from Stamperia cosmos pad. As is the wolf in the bottom left corner. Although the moon on the paper was not very snowy and had a lot of subtle colour so I used some translucent white paint on it to subdue it.
For the background, I used some texture paste through a Finnabair stencil and also added some other random bits of texture with a pallet knife. I included some snowtex and glamour dust glitter.
I know that adding mixed media to your layout can cause the paper to curl or become warped but once it is dry, I take a cool iron over the back of it and get it reasonably flat again. I just make sure I lie it face down on a heat proof non stick craft mat first.
Once it looked appropriately snowy, I started adding white paint and glamour dust glitter to all my Dusty Attic embellishments. Some smudges of white paint and glitter were added to the flowers too.
I distressed the edges of the 12x12 paper and made some tears in it (as is my way) and began layering up all my components.
I cut a piece of cheesecloth (uneven to keep it looking soft and random. No straight lines.) to put behind the photo.
Once it was done I attached the whole layout to a piece of 12x12 white card. This also helps the layout to hold its shape despite the mixed media.
Sadly, all the sparkle of the glamour dust does not show on the photos so it lacks a touch of frosty magic. You will have to use your imaginations.
So there you have it. Queen Eira Ilaued of the snow moon Criostal Mór with the general of the Wolf Guard. 😉
Other supplies include: translucent white acrylic paint, Glue, and a pallet knife.