Wednesday 24 June 2015

Photo Tutorial by Valia Katzaki
{Design Team 'Moment To Shine'}

Hi everyone! 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 stunning layout by Design Team 
member Valia Katzaki
 from Greece. Valia was inspired by our current challenge here.

We saw a sneak peek of Valia's layout in the mid-month reveal 
now she is sharing a photo tutorial of how she made her beautiful project.

Valia was inspired by the colours of the mood board, but chose to 
tone them down to match her gorgeous vintage photo. 

Lets learn a little about Valia....

"Hello! I am Valia Katzaki & I live in Athens, Greece. I am happily married with 
3 children - a teenager & 2 toddlers; a lethal combination!

 I started scrapbooking 3 years ago & I have been hooked ever since! I love 
flowers & chipboard embellishments & I always incorporate these onto 
my layouts, even when I am scrapping my boys. I love muted colors but I 
occasionally enjoy experimenting with brighter ones. I love shabby & romantic 
styles but I really enjoy getting my hands dirty with mixed media too. I just 
try to make my projects 'me'.

My blog is here handmadebyvalia, Facebook is here, Pinterest is here & Instagram is here.


1. Choose your base paper. Prepare the paper by applying a coat of clear gesso. 
Clear gesso makes the paper more durable against wet mediums. The paint 
is also more manageable because it doesn’t soak into the paper.  After the clear 
gesso dries, apply some crackle paste with a spatula through a stencil 
& allow it to dry naturally. 

2. After the paste is completely dry & the crackles appear, spray the paste with 
the Vanilla Breeze & Soft Teal mists.

3. Spray with the Deep Teal mist then stamp with brown ink to give some 
depth to the background & to make it more dramatic. 

4. Prepare the papers for layering under your photo. Distress the edges with your 
scissors & ink them. Add a small die-cut Moroccan panel, a page from an old 
book & some chipboard. Spray two flowers with the Vanilla Breeze & Iridescent 
Gold mists. Paint your chipboard with Apple cider Blingz, remembering to stir it 
well first as the glimmery particles tend to stay at the bottom of the jar. Apply a 
coat of gel medium to the Mechanicals then sprinkle on 13 arts gold 
Microspheres & press gently to ensure they stick well.

5. Assemble your page. Add flowers, leaves, a die cut doily, some die cut 
skeleton leaves & torn pieces of a doily. The one I used is an original 
vintage doily knitted by my grandmother in the photo. 

6. Apply more crackle paste in random patterns across your page & use 
paintbrush to paint some areas with all 3 mists. Make random splatters 
with these mists as well as the Gold Foil mist & add some more stamping too. 

7. Slightly dry-brush some gesso on the flowers to add to the vintage 
look. Apply gel medium on random areas of your page & sprinkle 13 arts 
gold Microspheres over it. Your layout is now ready! 

Valia has created many layers by using a variety of mediums.

Although this is a vintage layout, Valia has added gorgeous touches 
of shine & glimmer to lift the page.

The final project.

Here are the products Valia used to create her project.

Supplies List
Timeless Memories Paper Pad & Chipboard Stickers – Prima
Clear Gesso, White Gesso & Gel Medium – Liquitex
Stencil  - Prima
Stamps - Harlequin & Cartographer - Prima
 Border Die - Tessatina - Memory Box
Flowers - Capistrano Milk Shake - Prima
Leaves - Chantilly Velvet - Petaloo
Chipboard - Frond Set 1 - Creative Embellishments
Mechanicals Bottle Caps - Prima
Dies - Pineapple Doily & Leaves  – Prima
Mists - Color Bloom Soft Teal, Deep Teal & Gold Foil – Prima
Mists - Vanilla Breeze & Iridescent Gold - Tattered Angels
Crackle Paste - Decoart
Ink - Timber Brown – Stazon
Ink - Old Paper Distress Ink - Ranger
Floral Lace Trim - Prima
Apple cider Blingz - Shimmerz
Gold Microspheres - 13 arts>
Vintage Doily - stash

Please leave a comment for Valia if you enjoyed her 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 6 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


Sanderijn de Bruin said...

It is really beautiful, such soft colors and vintage findings! Thanks for the tutorial!

Athanasia said...

Very beautiful Valia! Bravo!!!

Heather McMahon said...

Thanks for showing us such a beautiful project and tutorial!

ellyscard creatief said...

Very beautiful project.Thanks for the tutorial too.

Jane said...

Beautiful project thanks for sharing the step by step it's always so interesting to see people's creative thought processes

Heike`sAugenBlick said...

Amazing layout !! I love the layering perfect for the beautiful photo....

Toni Hinchcliffe said...

What a beautiful layout! And an excellent tutorial too! I love seeing what products other people use--I'm still hunting for the perfect spray ink. Thanks for sharing!

Jean Bullock said...

this is magnificent! Outstanding colors, embellishment and layout. I pinned!

Kathy Bradley said...

An absolutely gorgeous layout - as is the photo of your grandmother. Your colors are lovely, as are the flowers, papers and embellies. Thank you for sharing the step-by-step - very helpful.

Yasmin said...

Awesome tutorial Valia! :)

Katia said...

Beautiful and awesome, thanks for the tutorial!

Fiona Paltridge Designs said...

What a fabulous tutorial. I loved seeing it all come together xx

Di Garling said...

Fabulous tutorial Valia & such a wonderful vintage layout too. Thanks for sharing your creative process with us. xo

Marianne/skorpionen said...

So beautiful Valia! Thank you for the great tut!

langeatheart said...

Gorgeous layout Valia! Thanks for sharing the how to!! All the best! :)

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!