Well, I got my newest DT package from Floren at Generations Crafting and couldn't wait to dig in!
Among my goodies was Graphic 45's new Steampunk Debutante collection. Talk about gorgeous! I had initally had a few misgivings about being able to pull something off with it but once it arrived and I actually saw it .. WOW!! It is so ME!
For my first project I wanted to carry through the Steampunk bent to celebrate the mechanisms of machines operating prior to the Electrical Age. I had some photos of the last coal burning steam engine in Southern Colorado that my cousin had photographed earlier this year .. just wanting for time and opportunity to present itself. Well, this was a marriage made in Heaven, I'm telling you.
I wet distressed my papers, inked, layers and did some punchwork around one of the pages. I crumpled and tore and generally got my hands dirty! But because this is also about the beauty of those mechanisms, I added some girly stuff, lace, a feather, pearls, rhinestone and diamond dust. And Prima! Gotta have my flowers! LOL
I also worked in a new fun piece from CraftySprinkles' (Mandy) Etsy shop. You can shop for her goodies HERE. I thought the gas light would make a grand embellishment, so I stained it walnut and then added some distress stickles in Vintage Photo.
Here are a couple of close-ups. I'm just loving this page! Let me know if you have any questions. And be sure to visit Floren's store and get some of this gorgeous paper for your own projects. I have another layout done already and will post it in a day or two. It is more traditional and I thought I could show you how it can be used differently.