Friday, 24 July 2015

Photo Tutorial by Heather McMahon
{Design Team 'Moment To Shine'}

Hello fellow scrappers! It's Heather McMahon back with you today to welcome
you to another photo tutorial in our Design Team 'Moment To Shine' series. 

Today we have a layout by, well me actually! I'm from Australia
 & I 
used the stunning mood board from our current challenge here as my 
inspiration. Today I'm sharing a photo tutorial showing how I made my project.

I was inspired firstly by those pink steps in the mood board. They immediately 
reminded me of the gorgeous steps everywhere on the Greek Islands &as I have 
a gazillion photos of these places, I thought it was a great opportunity to scrap 
them. I was also inspired by the amazing blues in the flower pic. 

Here's a little about me:

"Hi there! I'm Heather McMahon & I'm thrilled to be a part of the Scrap Around 
The World team. I live in Australia with my husband & 2 teenage kids.
 I was introduced to scrapbooking 15 years ago & was immediately addicted. 
My children were young when I started, so finding scrapping time was hard,
 but now I have much more time to explore & create. 

I love to experiment with different styles but I lean towards more arty, funky designs. 
There is a lot of variety in what I create but colour always plays a key role in my work. I 
like my layouts to reflect the mood or feeling of the photo & I use colour to reinforce this. 

I love to connect with people online. You can find my Blog here, Facebook here
Pinterest here & Instagram here."


1.  Stamp a few background stamps onto a good quality cardstock, using archival ink so it
 won't run when water is applied. Draw a few rough circles with pencil.

2. Paint inside the circles with acrylic glaze. Add a little water to the glaze
first for a more transparent look & easier application.

3. Spray a very light spray of water over the area you want to colour. Take pinches of sparkling pigment powder
(use gloves if you don't want to stain your hands) & sprinkle it across the 
wet areas. Spray another very light spray on top of the powder. The areas coloured with 
the glaze will slightly repel the water & powder, letting the circles peep through.

4. Dry thoroughly. Using embossing ink, stamp a small flourish onto a few places 
on the background & apply silver embossing powder. Heat to set.

5. If your background has buckled, place it under a heavy weight to flatten it while you 
work on the embellishments. Paint the chipboard flourish with gesso & let dry.

6. Paint the chipboard alphas with gesso then paint or ink the top half
 blue. Add blue embossing powder to the top half only & heat to set.

7. Drop silver & blue metallic threads across the page & glue down the photo, title 
& chipboard flourish. These will anchor the threads in place.

8. Add a variety of blue & silver bling, write in your journalling & ink the edges
 of the page with blue ink. Your layout is done!

The more water you use, the more the sparkling pigment powders will blend together. Try varying
 the amount of water you use on different areas for interesting effects.

Small details like bling & embossing powders can make such a big impact.

On a busy or eye-catching background, you sometimes don't need too many
 embellishments. A gorgeous flourish & title are all that's needed on this layout.

The products I used:

Supplies List
Cardstock - Core'dinations Heavyweight
Chipboard - The Dusty Attic - Wrought Iron Design Set & Dusty Curls ABC Set
Embossing powder - Tinby Designs Metallic Melts - Blue & Silver
Silks (acrylic glaze) - African Jade
Magicals (sparkling pigment powder) - Lindy's Stamp Gang - Tibetan Poppy Teal
Gesso - Derivan Matisse
Inks - VersaMark Watermark, ColorBox & StazOn
Stamps - Pink Paislee, Kiasercraft & Bo Bunny
Bling - Bella!, Paper Xtra & Kaisercraft
Thread - Gutterman Metallic
Pen, Pencil

Please leave a comment if you enjoyed my tutorial
& remember every comment you leave puts you in the running
to win our $50 FOLLOWERS' PRIZE from The Dusty Attic!

Remember - there are only 7 days left to enter this month's challenge!
To be in with a chance to win 1 of our 11 amazing prizes you'll need to be quick!

You can find the challenge details here.

Complied & posted by Heather McMahon


Unknown said...

GORGEOUS Layout! Love the half embossed title...Thanks a lot for the great tutorial!

Gina said...

Wow Heather! Simply amazing! Your tutorial is very clear! Thank you! Though I'm afraid I won't be able to repeat the result :) I will start with making a list of the materials you have used :) You are a great designer! Creative regards, Gina

Unknown said...

LOVE this layout, love the colours, thank you for the fantastic tutorial

gata salvaje said...


Elena Arts said...

wow!!! it as a really great work and thank you very much Heather for this tutorial!!!

Veronica Regazzi - Le Idee di Penelope said...

Wow!!!! it's simply perfect, i love it so much!!!! you are a very good scrapper... I hope a day became so good like you.
From Italy

Michelle Logan said...

Fabulous work as always Heather!
Loved the use of magicals to create that rich background.

Seawoman (Светлана) said...

Very interesting project! Great!

Lizzy Hill said...

Fabulous tutorial, especially having been to Santorini! Loooove those blues you've used and the magicals look....well, magical! Fabulous step by step & VERY inspiring. TFS:):)

Valia Katzaki said...

Fabulous Heather! Than you for the inspiration!

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Omg! Heather is so talented!! And the tutorial so easy to follow! I thought of the Greek Islands as soon as I saw this layout! Gorgeous work!!!! xo

Ella Swan said...

Heather you are the tutorial QUEEN!!!! What a BRILLIANT layout and of course you make it look quick and easy!!!!

Unknown said...

Работа заслуживающая восхищения и аплодисментов!

Djam said...

Thank you for the beautiful process and layout!

Tsaima Eirini said...

Fantastic lo and so creative !!

Mariela Conci said...

Hermoso Heather!!! Fabulous Gracias!

Helen Wallace said...

Wow - what a standout page. You are clever to find the exact dome and capture it for your friend. Thanks for the tutorial. Your Art is inspirational :)

JaMajka said...
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JaMajka said...

Ooooh, such an amazing idea with the journaling and this beautiful background! You are so creative! And the artwork is great!

JaMajka said...

Ooooh, such an amazing idea with the journaling and this beautiful background! You are so creative! And the artwork is great!

Heather McMahon said...

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments ladies. It really is special to know that people like and appreciate my tutorial. xx

Unknown said...

I love your techniques. You also chose beautiful colors. Great job!

Cath said...

une superbe page très harmonieuse et merci pour tes explications.

Kathy Bradley said...

A beautiful page and what a wonderful photo! Your step-by-step was awesome on putting together your lovely page. Thanks for sharing.

Lidia R. said...

OMG !!! Impresionante trabajo!! Muchas gracias por el tutorial. Saludos desde Costa Rica!!!

Unknown said...

What a GLORIOUS background Heather - just BEAUTIFUL colors and I love how your circles look almost translucent under there. Soooo fun that you found the blue domed church - what a wonderful story. Thanks bunches for sharing this super tutorial and LOVELY page. j.

Katia said...

Thanks for sharing this amazing tutorial!!! is so beautiful!!!

Rebecca rande said...

wonderful tutorial!!!! love the background and embossing powders

Celyscrap said...

A very amazing layout!!
Thanks you for the tutorial, i have loved to use

Marianne/skorpionen said...

So gorgeous Heather!! Love your tutorial and the amazing colors!

Di Garling said...

Great tutorial Heather and such a BEAUTIFUL layout too. Great step x step and easy to follow what you have done. this Aqua tones make it look like you could just jump right in there. TFS.

Jane said...

Gorgeous project, you are a girl after my own heart, I loved using mixed media in my work.Thanks for sharing, the journalling really adds to it x

Donna Espiritu said...

gorgeous layout! love the tutorial, tfs!

Fiona Paltridge Designs said...

Brilliant tutorial Heather .... TFS xx

Katie said...

Beautiful layout and great tutorial

Gribouillette said...

Magnifique !