Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Photo tutorial by Fiona Paltridge
{Design Team 'Moment To Shine'}

Hello again!  It's Heather McMahon back with you today to
 share our fabulous March photo tutorial by our super-talented Design Team 
member Fiona Paltridge from Australia. Fiona is sharing how she created
 this stunning layout, inspired by our current challenge here.

Please let Fiona know what you think by leaving a comment!

 Fiona was inspired by the colours, chevrons & quote from the current mood board.

Here's an update on Fiona:

"Hi! My name is Fiona & I live in South Australia with my husband.
I have 2 adult children who have both moved away to pursue their careers.
I have been a scrapbooker for almost 15 years now but I have only recently
discovered the online world of challenges & design teams! 

I'm enjoying meeting so many amazing & talented people & having a chance
to share my love of creating as well as being exposed to a never-ending stream
of ideas, techniques & wonderful creations from my online compatriots.

My work is contemporary & I absolutely love using mixed media on my projects.
Since I've discovered modelling paste, gesso & watercolours I love using them
on everything I create! I currently design for 4 other teams ranging from a kit club to a challenge blog & a couple of product companies. I am also a current Scrapbooking Memories Master.

I am loving being part of SATW & enjoying sharing my love of creating with you all. 
You can find my blog HERE."


1. Begin by preparing your background paper with white or clear gesso. I used both 
as I wanted the white gesso to soften the background & the clear gesso to
 give it extra tooth for all the water colour I was about to add. Once it's dry,
 add some stenciling using white gesso mixed with Matt Gel Medium.

2. Once the stenciling is dry, add some colour using 13arts Chalk Sprays 
in pastel turquoise. Tip the paper up & allow it to drip. Use a small paint 
brush with water to spread some of the colour around the page.

3. When dry, stamp with stamp sets designed by Kasia Krzyminska as these are 
perfect for adding a hand drawn look to the background.

4. Add some papers to frame the photo & some washi tape to accentuate the "T" shape 
in the design. Add some white cotton under the photo.

5. Use blackboard paint to create contrast in the design. Smear a large 
section to write your title on with a white marker once it is dry.

6.  Add doodling with a black marker by tracing around some of  the triangle shapes created by the stencil & adding some square shapes similar to the stamp used on the background.

7. Add a splash of yellow by mixing a very small amount of Flat Shot powder 
with water & sprinkling it over the design. This powder is very 
pigmented so only a tiny amount is required.

Here are some close ups to show you the amazing detail on this project:

Fiona has used a stunning colour combination here.

The variety of textures & the hand-drawn look are strong features of this page.

The finished project is full of life and colour!

Products used:


Patterned Paper - Glitz Design Dapper Dan collection Chevron,
various scraps & old book pages
 Gel medium, Gesso and Chalk Board Paint - Faber Castell
Mist - 13@rts Ayeeda "Pastel Turquoise"
 Flat Shots - Lindy's Stamp Gang "Pineapple Paradise"
Stamps - The Scrapbook Diaries Kasia Krzyminska 
(aka Czekoczyna) stamp sets 1 & 3
 Stencil - Clear Scraps
Embellishments - Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Prima Marketing Junkyard 
Findings by Ingvild Bolme & 2Crafty Chipboard
Washi tapes, white cotton & hemp twine
Pens - black felt tip marker & white ball point marker

Please leave a comment here for Fiona if you found this tutorial inspiring!

There is only 1 week left to get your entries in for this month's challenge! 
There are 11 awesome prizes up for grabs so be quick!

You can find the challenge details here.

Complied & posted by Heather McMahon


Kathy Bradley said...

As always, a gorgeous layout! I love the colors and the photo is wonderful!

Julia Kissel said...

Wonderful page!

Kreativsüchtig said...

Thank you for this tutorial! <3

famillemarleau said...

It's a very beautiful page. Love every details. Thanks for sharing, Johanne Lacombe

Di Garling said...

Brilliant tutorial Fiona, love the layout, so very you. FABULOUS.

Katia said...

my goodness your layout is so vibrant! thanks for the amazing tutorial is brilliant!!!

Heather McMahon said...

This is wonderful Fiona! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent.

Lizzyc said...

Beautiful layout Fiona, love the color combo and love those stamps on your background!

Lilibleu said...

Fantastic layout Fiona, I love your tutorial !!

Unknown said...

I am loving this. Thank you for the progress shots and the close up details shots- I really wish I wasn't at work right now and could get started on a layout of my own!

Valia Katzaki said...

Amazing Fiona! Totally you and fabulous!

Unknown said...

Fiona, as always, it's an amazing layout. You rock!

Fearless said...

in love <3

Karine Gagnon said...

This is stunning! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Fabulous tutorial!!! I love the mists you used, colours were fantastic. I need that blue...

Нюрка из гнезда said...

Very cool! Thanks)

Kasia Udalska said...

Oh, it's look so easy! But...it isn't :D Beauty LO!

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

Absolutely stunning layout!