Friday, May 30, 2014

All this week on the Heidi Swapp blog we have been sharing stories about our selves and our selfies!

I decided to create a layout with an added bonus of a memory file which allows for extra photos and hidden journaling inside. I used the soft pastel colours of the Dreamy collection to create my project.
 I went the brave route and decided to use a full sized selfie photo as the cover of my memory file.

I added a few pieces from the Dreamy Ephemera pack to finish the cover.

Upon opening the album you will find this double page spread.

On the left I layered another photo on some Dreamy pattern paper.

and used one of the layered stencils to spritz some Color Shine polka dots on the water colour tag.

 I  created my own patterned transparency using some texture paste, Color Shine and a transparency.
I share the technique in this video here.

Underneath the transparency I added some favourite family selfie photos and a jumble of Dreamy ephemera.

On the left side I used the selfie cut file Heidi created just for the selfie series on a memory file and added some more Dreamy pieces to create the cross word effect.

To add some hidden journaling I used the photo stack from the Dreamy collection to create some layers. I had my husband, boys and a few friends write me a simple note to add to my project.

and I added my journaling as well to complete my project. It was a very rewarding  process to get my thoughts down and more importantly very cathartic too.

I hope you had a chance to play along with us on IG sharing your selfies, it was a lot of fun !


Lizzyc said...

Kim this is beautiful.. such a precious little book of really lovely photos and memories.. I loved the idea of the texture paste on the transparency, that looks fabulous.. and your journalling is very touching too.. I have had issues with my looks as well.. when I had my thyroid out due to cancer I was left with a scar on my neck.. I wore high collars and skivvies for 5 years until finally I could handle the scar.. the only person who saw the scar was me.. when we become comfortable in our skin then we think we are good looking enough, meanwhile those who love us just love us.. and have always loved us.. I told myself this saying about the scar that still haunts me but at least now I can wear normal clothes... those who matter dont mind, and those who mind dont matter.. Thanks for sharing your beautiful selfie.. you are gorgeous!

Lizzy Hill said...

And AMEN to the Other Lizzy's sentiments....I think most women have 'body' issues...I have crooked ears, teeth & eyes. No money for braces - luckily the eyes WORK, even if they don't move properly! I guess I learned early on that if you can't be pretty, you can be a 'good' girl...nut sure how that's affected me over the years, but oh well...& now, I'm blessed to have a partner who loves me for who I am & seems to find me attractive [still can't figure that out, but there y'go!!!] And that's all that matters....BTW...LOVE your big front page selfie & that transparency is MAGICAL:):)

CalleLillyCafe said...

Love this Kim! Your selfie, your words & just know you are brave. Honestly, I saw the HS selfie thing on Instagram. I wanted to do it but I thought right away, I hate my selfies. I'm so not photogenic. Yes I'm still trying to get past that last one. Ugh. Thx for sharing!

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Ashley Horton said...

Great selfies Kim!! You look beautiful and I love the projects you created!

Sheila Kay said...

Thanks for sharing the video of the texture paste and transparency with color shine. I love the look of this little technique.

Patricia Roebuck said...

This is just gorgeous, Kim!! You outdid yourself. You are beautiful inside and out!!

Monica said...

Kim - as always, your work is amazing! You truly inspire me and have been blessed by God to do the work of art you create!!!! I tried the modeling paste and color shine on the transparency this weekend....
Lets just say that 90% of my work was not circles/dots but blotches... I was so disappointed but had fun making the mix and slapping it on. ha ha. Will try again and hope it works cause I love the look and wanted to add to my memory planner. Thank God I tried on the transparency and not the planner. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to try something new!!!

Chantalle said...

An amazing project. Beautiful in every way. Must try that technique sometime