Scrapbooking Layout With Paper Lace: Peacocks at the Arboretum in Arcadia, California



Here’s another scrapbooking layout I created using paper lace. The photos show a gorgeous peacock that I encountered at the Arboretum in Arcadia, California. Peacocks roam free throughout the Arboretum, and seeing them is sheer delight! They are so beautiful!


Materials and Supplies



The background patterned paper is
“Get Happy: Pop” by Cosmo Cricket.
The round epoxy sticker
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at the top of the layout is from the Narratives Honeydew Collection by Creative Imaginations/ Karen Russell. The other papers are hand-painted and hand stamped by me. The stamp is a one of a kind Indian Woodblock / batik block that I got on ebay. I actually have several of them. Here is a photo of them.



These are so much fun to use. They are different in some ways than using a clear stamp or rubber stamp- but it’s basically the same stamping process for the most part. There is a lot of creative potential for using these. I originally bought them because I used to teach textile and surface design to fashion design majors and I wanted my students to be able to try out authentic Indian batik blocks during our classes. Well, they did, and you would not believe the results! Each and every one of them was able to make these wood block stamps look completely and totally different. It was mind boggling!

Making the Paper Lace:


This paper lace was made using The Fiskars Hearts Border Punch. I don’t have instructions posted yet for making this particular paper lace, but it is very similar to some of the paper laces I have already posted on the site. Also take a look at this page about the Fiskars Sunburst Border punch and this page about the Fiskars Threading Water border punch because the idea is similar. And then of course keep checking this blog for more updates to my Free Paper Lace Idea Book, where I will be sharing step-by-step instructions for the paper laces and projects you see on this site.


Note: If you do decide to make this paper lace, try to cut straighter than I did! But, if you mess up, don’t worry. The craft police are NOT going to come after you.


Thanks so much for dropping by!

Orchids, Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste, and Paper Lace

Scrapbooking Layout of Orchids and Flowers. The Layout Featuress Supplies by Cosmo Cricket, Stamps by Autumn Leaves, plus Photography, Paper Lace and Hand Painting by Amy Solovay.


Here’s a sneak peek of some different paper laces that you will learn to make if you keep reading this web site for more installments of my Free Paper Lace Idea Book. Here I’ve used multiple paper laces in a scrapbook layout.


Materials and Supplies



Patterned Paper is
“Primrose”
from the Fleuriste Collection by Cosmo Cricket. The journaling blocks are hand stamped on hand painted Strathmore paper. I used one of the clear stamps from the Stitched Journaling stamp set by Maryann Wise / Autumn Leaves.


Techniques Used:



Paper cutting, punching, stamping, collage, inking, painting, chalking


How To Make The Paper Lace



If you want to know how to make paper lace such as the examples you see on this layout, but you haven’t already begun reading my Paper Lace Idea Book, please take a look at it. I recommend that you read through the chapters that are already posted on this web site first. So far I have posted the basic information that you will need to get started. The specific instructions for the particular paper laces that you see in this layout have not been posted yet- which is why I referred to this as a “sneak peek”. I will be covering more details about how to make these specific paper laces in upcoming chapters.


About This Scrapbook Layout:



This layout features a group of 4 photos of orchids and flowers that I took at the Arboretum in Arcadia, California. At the time I took these photos, I was taking a class in botanical illustration. It was a wonderful class; I learned how to draw a variety of plants and flowers. During the time the class was in session, I took a bunch of reference photos of different flowers such as these lovely orchids. I still enjoy working from my reference photos when I want to do some floral drawings and paintings. However, nowadays I get even more inspiration from scrapping the flower photos. Flowers are probably my second favorite photographic subject (my husband is my favorite subject. LOVE taking pictures of him, I think he is gorgeous.) Since flower photos and paper lace work well together I will be posting quite a bit more of my layouts and projects that feature flower photos embellished with paper lace. So if you are interested in seeing more paper lace borders used in scrapbooking projects, please bookmark this blog or add it to your feed reader and keep reading!


Thanks so much for dropping by! I sincerely appreciate your interest in my work.

Free Paper Lace Idea Book: Updated Pages

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday!


I have been hard at work updating my Free Paper Lace Idea Book. I posted some updates to Chapter One: Materials and Supplies, including more detailed information about appropriate papers to use, and more photos and links for various recommended supplies. I hope you will find the updates helpful.


I also posted the first part of Chapter 2. This chapter includes basic instructions for making the simplest/ easiest paper laces. I haven’t yet had a chance to post the photos and examples that go along with this chapter, so consider it a starting point. As always, you will want to check the blog again in a few days for more updates. Thanks for your interest! Hope you will enjoy the “book”. :)

Good Deals on Stamps, Scrapbooking Papers and Supplies

I have been noticing a LOT of good deals on supplies for scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, and art. I cannot believe some of these deals. Thought I’d pass them along in case anyone else wants to take advantage too.


Basic Grey Patterned Scrapbooking Paper For Layouts, Greeting Card Making, Paper Crafts, and Altered Art.


For fans of Basic Grey paper, I just found this insanely good deal. You get 48 pieces of Basic Grey paper for only $19.99!! WOWZA. The normal price on this is $42.72- a huge savings, as you can see. If you do the math on that it works out to less than 42 cents per sheet of patterned paper. The only catch is that they only had 10 left at the time of this posting, so you better get there quick if you want to get in on this. I am not sure how much longer they will be offering this deal…probably not long.


Anna Griffin Rub On Transfers Family Theme Kit


Next we have an extremely discounted Anna Griffin Rubon Transfers Kit. This kit includes 752 family themed rub-on transfers (babies, weddings, children.)


The next item of interest: Twopeasinabucket.com is having a huge sale on stamps. You get 20% off selected stamps between now and 6/21/08. So if you want some new stamps, you will probably want to take a look at their offerings. ESPECIALLY EXCITING: Prima stamps on sale! OOOoooohhhwow. I have been wanting some of these, especially the oh-so-lacy “Build A Frame” stamp sets by Iron Orchid Designs; if you have been wanting them too, now is a good time to grab them!


Whispers Cardstock Scrapbooking Patterned Paper Kit by Prima Marketing


Click here to see additional Prima Cardstock kits and patterned papers that are currently on sale for 30% off. I noticed that Angelique, Morning Song, Cavalier, and Urban Cosmos cardstock kits are all on sale for 30% off. A lot of the patterned papers are discounted too. These are great prices on stuff that is still really new. Gorgeous too!


A Cherry on Top Scrapbook Shoppe has some fantastic coupon codes right now for even more good deals. I couldn’t possibly list all of them because there are a LOT of them, but some highlights include 25% off on single sheets of Bazzill cardstock, 25% off adhesives, 50% off a Cricut Cartridge, OR free surprise paper. If any of these deals sound interesting to you, please click over to their site and read the terms and conditions that apply for each coupon. (As far as I know coupons cannot be combined and some of these deals require a minimum purchase.)


If you are a bargain hunter, it certainly seems like a good time to load up on supplies with all these great deals! Enjoy!

So Much New Paper Lace!

Lace Patterned Designer Die Cut Scrapbook Paper Called Holey Cardstock by Creative Imaginations


Paper lace is really trendy right now, and I am really enjoying the process of discovering all the new die-cut papers and lace-paper effects that have recently been released. I can’t wait to get all these new products posted on this web site! I am working on a brand new page on the web site dedicated to Holey Cardstock by Samantha Walker for Creative Imaginations. It looks similar to KI Memories’ Lace Cardstock, but the patterns are different enough that I would be inclined to buy papers from both lines.


I recently added a new page to the web site dedicated to the Threading Water Border Punch by Fiskars. If you’ve spent a small fortune buying die-cut scrapbooking papers (like I have!), then this border punch is a must-have item, because it will allow you to create a scalloped lacy punched edge on almost any paper. I am so excited about that because I have been frustrated about the lack of availability of 6″ x 6″ papers with die cut scalloped / lacy edges. (I still wish some manufacturers would make a pad of 6″x 6″ die cut papers…please??? I’d be happy even if it were only the lower edge that is die cut, like the new Sassafrass Lass papers only smaller…) But anyway, until I get my wish, the Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch looks like exactly what I need. I think I could use it somewhere in pretty much every paper crafts project I do, with the possible exception of my husband’s extreme sports layouts- since I have been strictly forbidden to put ribbon or paper lace on his rock climbing / mountain biking/ dirt biking photos, hee hee. At any rate, extreme sports layouts aside, the punch is a versatile design with a lot of different applications; it’s a tool that I know I would get a lot of use out of.


I am still working on getting the next chapter of my Free Paper Lace Idea Book ready to post online, and that should hopefully be up within the next few days (if all goes according to plan.) I hope you’ll check back soon to see the next installment.


Thanks for dropping by- I hope you are having a fabulously interesting and creative day!

Frosty Lace Cardstock From KI Memories’ Bloom Collection


I just updated my web page about KI Memories Lace Cardstock to include more information about the Frosty Lace Cardstock designs in the Bloom collection. The page includes photos of the different designs, plus links where you can find these papers for sale online.


Also, if you haven’t already checked out my free paper lace idea book, please do take a look! The next chapter will be posted soon.


Thanks for dropping by!

Antique, Vintage and Collectible Lace Paper Ephemera

I collect amazing vintage and antique lace paper collectibles, in addition to other sorts of collectible paper and ephemera. The items in my collection range from Valentines to Holy Cards to completely unique items, with the majority being Valentines. I’m hoping to include pictures of my favorites on this website so that y’all can enjoy viewing these lovelies too!

Amy’s Free Paper Lace Idea Book: Chapter One Is Now Online.

I have been busy updating paperlaces.com with new pages. Chapter one of my free paper lace idea book has been online for a few days now, but I am still busy adding photos and links to it. Within the next couple of days it should be completely finished (if all goes according to plan.) Even now it is finished enough that you should be able to enjoy it, if you want to take a look at it.


Click here to See Amy’s Free Paper Lace Idea Book, Chapter One: Materials and Supplies. If you haven’t already read the introduction to the book, Please click here to see it.


Other recent paperlaces.com web site updates:


As soon as I finish up with posting the links and photos in Chapter One of the Free Paper Lace Idea Book, I’ll be moving on to posting chapter 2, which is the fun part; it is where we actually get into creating basic paper laces. I’m excited to share these techniques with you! Thanks for dropping by, and please check back soon.

SALE on Narratives Lacy Scrapbooking Stickers and Embellishments

Here’s a “head’s up” to all you paper-lace loving scrapbookers out there: 2 Peas is having a sale on selected items from Karen Russell’s “Narratives” Collection by Creative Imaginations. I’ve pictured a few of the items that I found on sale; you can click any of the pictures to go to 2 Peas for more information and to see the current sale price and availability. At the time of this posting, these items were all in stock, but I have no idea how much longer they will have stock on them, considering the fantastic prices. Some of them were even on sale for 50% off! Quite a savings. Even the ones that are only 30% off are a really good deal. The stickers shown coordinate perfectly with the other papers and embellishments in the French Sweet Pea, French Blue Bell, and Melonberry Collections from the Narratives Line by Karen Russell/ Creative Imaginations.

French Blue Bell Epoxy Stickers From the Narratives Collection

By Karen Russel / Creative Imaginations

Lacy Blue Bell ABC & Borders 12×12 Narratives Cardstock Stickers

Melonberry Narratives Epoxy Stickers

Lacy Melonberry Alphabet & Borders 12×12 Narratives Cardstock Stickers

Sweet Pea Hearts 12×12 Narratives Cardstock Sticker

Sweet Pea Borders & Alphabet 12×12 Narratives Cardstock Sticker

I’ve only pictured a few of the lovely items in the Narratives Collection by Karen Russell.