From Post To Page – turning an instagram post into a scrapbook page

April Swingler
April Swingler

It all started last year with this post. 

You can see there what Leslie Smith commented, and of course she was right. I began to cut pieces to make a page and then I went to California to visit my dad and the page was forgotten, until now.

I couldn’t really remember what my idea for the page had been, but when I tracked down the photo, I also happened across a photo I had taken of the pieces I had prepped.

I knew this page was intended to go into the Canvo Journal I bought to scrapbook in so I cut some paper to that size (7×9) and began to play with how my page would look.  I printed my photo and based on that I auditioned colors and papers I might like to use. I was inspired by a 6×6 Pinkfresh Keeping It Real Paper Pad but did not strictly choose those same ink colors. I checked my ink colors against my copic hex chart to keep the colors I used consistent. I love the Copic Hex Chart I got from Sandy Allnock she has painstakingly organized the colors for blending success. Check out all of Sandy’s color charts here.

I ink blended clouds and grass onto my pages to form a background using Picket Fence Studios – Layers of Grass stencil and a Close To My Heart cloud stencil that has been in my collection for 20 years.  I like to stencil on a Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion which is a metal surface with magnets that I use to hold the stencils and paper in place. I use Picket Fence Studio blending brushes to do my stenciling. I used Catherine Pooler inks Hot Tub for the clouds and Martini and Seafoam for the grass.

I laid out elements to get an idea for placement. In retrospect I should have used a smaller photo with a different crop/orientation because what looked good in white was very busy with the actual images but live and learn.

Several attempts were made before I got the type and the eggs to align into something useable.
Stamps Catherine Pooler  Old Oak and Spring Into Easter. Rabbit stamps are Picket Fence Studios Peach and Piper. Basket and foliage dies are from The Stamps of Life.

This page comes complete with a hidden recipe.

To make coconut nests melt chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli I know for a fact that Nestle morsels do not work something has changed in their formula because they used to work). Mix in coconut and form into nests on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. I generally used to spoons to form the shape. Use jellybird eggs, jelly beans or Cadbury mini eggs for the eggs. If you can find chenille chicks perch one on the edge of each nest.  Place nests in the refrigerator until they set. 

The scariest part of this was punching the holes with my arc punch. I knew it SHOULD work but this was the first time I tried it. 

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