Thursday, September 26, 2013

"la tazza" by ~ Vivian Keh GDT

Hello, friends! Vivian Keh here to share with you my last post as a Guest Designer with Donna Salazar Designs. I've had such a ball creating projects for you here at Donna's nook in the ether, and I hope I've been able to inspire your craft. My last layout here was bold and quite juicy with media. But for today's post, I have a much more quiet project, celebrating the simple pleasure of a great cup of coffee across from my favorite person. I'm not much of a "selfie" scrapper, and much prefer to scrap the beauty around me, meaningful objects, the folks I love.
 If you'd like to read more about the inspiration behind this project, come visit me at my blog today! For the past week or so, I've been scrapping away from my permanent home base, so I've enjoyed working simply - much of this layout was done with a good ol' pair of scissors. I cut out some basic petal shapes from a piece of dictionary paper from Donna's Mix'd Media Stax, scrunched them up, and inked the ridges with Truffle Mix'd Media Inx - a great deep espresso color.
Then I flattened out the pieces and went in with some more Mix'd Media Inx, this time in Vintage.
I adhered the petals to a pretty pink denim patterned paper from Donna's "Natural Beauty" Collection, and cut around the edges, leaving a narrow imperfect border which was then sanded.
For a delicate background, I used a small spiderweb stamp over random areas that I had gesso-ed, and then I moved into that wonderful process of designing the composition, moving things around, seeing what works.
The buttons seemed like they'd be happier atop little nests, so I cut out crepe paper circles of varying sizes from Donna's Mix'd Media Stax, inked them lightly with Vintage Mix'd Media Inx, and adhered them underneath each button. This crepe has a fine texture that takes ink nicely.
Doing the same for the central point of my flower. The choice to incorporate the crepe paper in this manner added a definite overall softness to the project.
 I made a tag much like the one from my video tutorial earlier this month, using a wonderful stencil that Donna produces.
Topping it off with an airy length of organza.
 I journaled on both sides - the front covers what we did...
 On the back, what meant the most to me...
There's much to be said for my handwriting, which is why it's most often hidden lol! I inked Donna's alphas with the same colors present in the rest of the layout. "La tazza," means "the cup," in Italian. Love love love a beautiful cup of coffee!
 I hope you enjoyed my projects this month and that you'll keep in touch with me via my post in the ether! Thank you so much, Donna, for the honor of designing for you this month! 

 SUPPLIES: GCD Studios/Donna Salazar - Patterned Paper and Chipboard Alphas - "Fun and Funky" Collection Patterned Paper - "Natural Beauty" Collection Dictionary Paper, Crepe Paper - Mix'd Media Stax 2 Want2Scrap/Donna Salazar -Stencil Clearsnap/Donna Salazar - Mix'd Media Inx - Truffle, Vintage Other - Buttons Spiderweb Stamp Organza


  1. I love the leaves and the way you used the crepe paper! The spiderweb stamp really works here. I love that you used it to achieve a soft, romantic look. Thanks for the inspiration Vivian! :)

  2. This is one of my favorites of your layouts! And that spider paper made me think you had used crackle paint. Very cool.

  3. Love this one Vivian! There is a richness in the simplicity of thr shapes. It all came together beautifully, like a good cup of joe.

  4. Oh, I soooo love this one!!! It has such a calming feeling to it. I actually own a few Tazze (pleural). And I would have never thought of taking photo's of them to scrap. So I think you have just inspired me with your gorgeous rendition of scrapping every day things around you that you love. This is truly beautiful!! xo

  5. I love the tip about stamping over gesso. And had to chuckle over the button nests! I love this layout, V. So pretty!

  6. Beautiful page Vivian. The soft colours are very soothing. I like the fact that you scrap about the everyday beauty around you. I think the photo of the cup is more interesting and better expresses the beauty of your experience rather than a photo of the coffee shop. The leaves and button nests give the page a simple beauty and add lovely dimension to the page, without overwhelming it. Thank you for sharing this inspiring page, also for sharing the beauty of truly enjoying and living in the moment.
    Jacquelene L