Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beauty Unrefined Layout by ~ Helena Johansson

Hi everybody! I hope you all have had a fabulous Christmas and New Years. I think 2014 is gonna be a great year for us all. It sure will be here at Donna Salazar - just look at this fantabulous Girly Grunge Sketch'n'Color challenge! Take a look HERE for details on how you can participate.


Today I have a layout to share, and I have used the beautiful sketch, made by Mistra, and the colors: Honey, Sage and Truffle. These colors are amazing together!


I have used papers from GCD Studios and Donna's Natural Beauty collection - Flying Free, Green Burlap and Soaring. I layered two of the papers, distressed the edges, and then I teared pieces from a few of the other papers to build up a background for my photo. I also cut a circle using the paper Soaring (backside).

Here's a tip on how to get lots of dimension: Glue pieces of chipboard scraps (I have used scraps from Want2Scrap and Donna's large chipboard swirls) under the photo and paper pieces, this way you get lots of dimension and it's easy to tuck smaller pieces of paper and diecuts - and even flowers - under photo and papers!

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I have decorated with the chipboard swirls, painted with white gesso and then dried upside down on a piece of script paper from GCD Studios and Donna's Mix'd Media Stax so that some of the text rubbed of onto the swirl, and some of the paint rubbed of on the paper so the chippies got a shabby look. I have also tucked some swirly die cuts from the Natural Beauty collection here and there on my page.

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The dark green leaves I cut out from the 12x12 image sheet from the Natural Beauty collection, the title "Beauty Unrefined" is also cut out from there.

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For the butterflies I have used Spellbinders Wonderful Wings dies and the script paper from the Mix'd Media Stax.

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I love dimension! Here you can see what my page looks like from another angle, with the diecut swirls peeking out and the butterfly on top of the flowers.

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Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you will play with the Girly Grunge Sketch'n'color too!



Products used:
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Natural Beauty collection, Flying Free
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Natural Beauty collection, Soaring
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Natural Beauty collection, Green Burlap
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Natural Beauty collection, 12x12 image sheet
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Mix'd Media Stax
Spellbinders: Donna Salazar - Wonderful Wings
Die Cuts 
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Natural Beauty collection, die cuts
Want2Scrap: Donna Salazar - Large Swirls


  1. I love the colors, the layers all the textures... just all so pretty... I get sooo excited when I see these... so creative the torn edges , dies, backgrounds ... my goodness!!!

  2. So gorgeous and I just adore this fabulous layering! ~ Blessings, Tracey