Monday, 18 February 2013

A Walk in the Park - Donna Salazar Designs

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Hi lovelies!  This is a layout I created with Natasha, we set a challenge to use the same papers and the same sketch to see what we'd come up with.  

Here's the sketch we used:

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I have created some deep layers on this one, building up the matts under the photo with chipboard offcuts so they were level with the grungy ruffle I created.

This beautiful satin rosette flower was the perfect shade for the green and blue hue of Donna's papers, and a bow from natural jute ribbon accented the natural tones of the layout.

Below is a view of the depth created, and the fabulous grungy ruffle.  These papers worked well for wet distressing, they tattered just the right amount without falling apart.

Here's how I created the ruffle:

You'll need some offcut strips, about 2 inches wide, double sided tape, fast drying PVA glue and a water mister.  Plus a narrow offcut for the reverse and punched border or lace trim for the front.

Spray the strips with water so they are quite damp.

Then scrunch them up and unravel...

Use some tape on the reverse and gather into random messy ruffles.

Like shown here...

The tape will just hold it long enough to finish... keep adding ruffles until you have the length you need.

Remove the carrier strip of the double sided tape and add a strip of glue to the reverse.  The glue will help the ruffles adhere better while wet.

Attach a strip of paper offcut to the reverse to hold the ruffles in place.

Then add a punched border, piece of ribbon or trim to hide the top of the ruffled edge and your grungy ruffle is finished!  The key to making this is not to be neat, don't worry about being precise, and let the edges get messed up and worn, it just adds to the grunginess!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time, take care.

Products used:

Patterned Paper:
GCD Studios Natural Beauty - Flying Free, Green Burlap, Nancy's Mushrooms

Green Tara Satin Rosette, Primula, Petals, Leaves

Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx Chox - Sparrow

GCD Studios Alphabet Chipboard Stickers - Fun and Funky
Handmade Halo Dew Drops
Green Tara Natural Jute Ribbon
Crocheted Doily
DMC Perle Embroidery Thread
Hot of the Press Template

Sketch Savvy, by Susan Stringfellow


  1. Nice very nice indeed. Lovey walk in the park Layout.

  2. so beautiful and love that ruffle

  3. Beautiful layout Mistra and thank you for sharing how you made the ruffle. Another gorgeous technique I shall have to try. ox Marg

  4. Thanks for the ruffle tip, beautiful page love the photo

  5. perfecto, thanks for sharing the love of the ruffle!!!!
    ava g

  6. I love both yours and Natasha's take on the sketch Mistra! Love all the grungy layers and your ruffle!