This 4th of July I was able to capture some fab photos of my niece and son playing with sparklers and fireworks.  I knew exactly what I wanted on my layout–sparks that fly! 

To accomplish this look I first traced an XL Dazed Circle onto Pink Paislee patterned paper to make a base for the acrylic shape to stand out against. I added this to the Pink Paislee background paper after inking the edges with black ink. 

Then I stamped a series of dots in ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink on the back of the XL Dazed Circle and heat set the ink. On the front, I stamped a starburst pattern in MetaleXtra ink, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set the ink. I then mounted the XL Dazed Circle to the page with glue dots placed where I knew I would be mounting the photo. When working with clear or acrylic items. placement of adhesive requires extra attention because it should not be visible on the final project.

I sprayed two opposite corners of the layout with Smooch Spritz spray ink in Navy Twinkle and Sea Breeze and then sprayed the other corners with Gold Glow. As I heat set the spray ink with a heat gun, I folded up some of the softened acrylic scallops on the XL Dazed Circle to reveal the paper circle underneath. I then added my photos, stickers, and stars cut from Stacy Julian Core'dinations Cardstock.

I used the Pennants Embellishments to create festive pennant flags on sticks, inking the edges with MetaleXtra ink to make them stand out. I added Jenni Bowlin flag stickers on top of each acrylic pennant to cover the adhesive used to secure the pennants to the page.

The layer of inks on both sides of the acrylic make for a multi-layered spark effect perfect for the feel of my photos. That's one of the things I love about acrylic–so much depth can be achieved on a relatively flat layout by decorating both sides of the acrylic shape or diecut.


Hope you are inspired to make your next layout “spark”!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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