Sunday, August 16, 2009

Guest Designer :: the inspiring Pamela Young

Hi everyone! I've been a little busy lately so I'm sorry for not posting regularly. I miss hearing from everyone. :)

I'm exciting to share design team projects this week. AND... be sure to check in tomorrow for our DESIGN TEAM CALL (yes, it's that time again!)

I wanted to share this *adorable* project by one of our Guest Designers this month, Pamela Young. Isn't this little ladybug about the cutest thing?! I love the stitching accents on the polka dots. I'm excited to introduce you to Pamela. Her work really inspires me. You can read on for more info on her and also the fabulous tutorial she created on this little bug.


Hello! My name is Pamela Young. I absolutely LOVE scrapbooking. It is a way of life for me. :) It is my therapy and my peace. I have been scrapbooking for about 8 years and card-making for 7 years. I have just added altering and digital/hybrid scrapbooking to what I do this past year. My style keeps evolving. I love to try new things. I also tend to stick with my favorite techniques and designs. If I find something I love, I tend to use it a lot. :) I have been published in several different magazines (Cards, Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, Scrapbooks and Cards Today, Scrapbooks Etc, and Scrapbook Trends). I keep an updated blog at http://pamelasworldofscrap.blogspot.com/.

I am currently living in Colorado, and I am a SAHM to two wild boys, ages 6 and 4, and a baby girl (5 months old). They grow up so fast. I am enjoying life right now, even though it can get a bit chaotic. J I am so thankful that I scrapbook and will be able to look back over these days. I have a wonderful husband who is supportive of my scrapbook obsession. We have been married for 9 years. Family plays a big part in my life.

Read on for complete step by step instructions on how she created her little ladybug!



There are a lot of ways to do this, but here is how I did my ladybug. :)

· I started with painting the antennas pink.


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· Then I wanted to cover the head with patterned paper. The way I like to do this is to use a transparency. **If you don’t have a transpareny use the cellophane trash that comes on a lot scrapbooking supplies.** I place the transparency over the head part and draw the shape and then use a craft knife to cut it out of patterned paper.


Let me tell you right now, I believe perfection is highly over-rated. Besides that, I think you can hide or fix almost any imperfection. If you look at my piece of paper then you will see that it is NOT perfect at all. :)



Now I like to use Mod Podge to adhere my paper to the wood. I use a brush and dip it in the mod podge and then paint a thin layer of it over the wood. After laying my paper on the wood, I roll over it with my roller. Just be careful if you have glue hanging over the edge of the paper (like I do in mine) you don’t want to roll over it because then you can get it over your paper. However, like I said before, perfection is over-rated so if it happens…no worries…it adds to the design…plus you can always try to cover it up later. Anyways…



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· Next we want to cover the rest of the body with patterned paper. We don’t need to draw a shape on transparency this time because we can just line up the edge of the paper under the head. After adhering the paper, I turn it over and allow it to dry some, then I take my craft knife to the paper and cut off the excess.




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· Next thing I do is sand down the edges. This helps with the over-all look but it also helps hide flaws. J You’ll want to use a smaller sander for the smaller spots. Using emery boards? No problem…cut one in half to make it narrower.



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· Next, I paint the edges. I typically like darker colors, like a dark brown, but since I already had brown on my ladybug I choose pink. Now, you’ll notice in my picture that I already put my pearls on my ladybug (I just got too excited about the pearls, lol.) But I suggest you paint the edges before adding embellishments. J Also, I allow paint to overflow on the top so you see some of the paint from the top. This is another thing that helps hide flaws.



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· Now we move on to the spots. I am always adding stitching to my projects because I love the look of it, but keep in mind that this project would look just as cute if you left the stitching off or just drew a circle. I distressed the edges and added stitching to my circles BEFORE I adhered them to the ladybug.




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· Next I added the lace…just for fun. I flipped my ladybug on it’s back and placed some strong double-sided tape on both sides of the space in between the wings. Then I laid some lace on the top, folded it and moved down for another row. After completing that section. I put more double-tape around the bottom and added more lace.










· Next I added large pearls for the antennas and drew squiggly lines.




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· Finally I added a stamped saying on the head. J And it’s all ready to be hung somewhere in the house.



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Now I know this may seem like a lot of steps, but take your time and enjoy the process! I am a fast worker, but I did this whole thing in one night so maybe it will go faster then you think!


What a fabulous tutorial and the project - too cute!! Aren't the pearls a pretty finishing touch?! You can find your own ladybug right HERE in our shop. And be sure to visit Pamela's blog for more inspiring projects. Have a happy day everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by.

4 comments:

Raechelle said...

This turned out so cute!!! I really like the lace detail.

dawnhopkins said...

That little bug is adorable!

Kory said...

Very cute! I love the stitched spots!

LaurieStar said...

This is beautiful! The spots are my favorite part.