String of Pearls: A Wedding Scrapbook Layout

String of Pearls:  A Wedding Scrapbook Layout by Alice Scraps Wonderland

Every bride is supposed to get a "something new" to wear down the aisle.  I knew exactly what my sister, Caitlin, would need for her something new the night she said yes to the dress.  The soft pink centers of the embroidered flowers all over my sister's Oleg Cassini wedding dress just screamed for a string of soft pink pearls to go with them.  

The perfect wedding dress:  An Oleg Cassini with embroidered flowers with soft pink centers.
I know I've shared this photo before, but I thought I'd share it again in reference to the
beautiful flowers all over the dress with those gorgeous, soft pink centers.


And when I thought pink, I remembered Prima's February PPP mood board challenge.  
Prima's February 2015 PPP

This month's PPP colors were too perfect a match to my sister's wedding for me to pass up an opportunity to be inspired by the board yet again (now that I managed to get my Oma and Opa's wedding photos scrapped in those colors also).

String of Pearls by Alice Scraps Wonderland | Soft watercolors and white gesso create a beautiful background for Prima Marketing flowers, a resin feather and velvet trinket bauble.
Soft watercolors and white gesso create a beautiful background for
Prima Marketing flowers, a resin feather and velvet trinket bauble.


Bridal Shower Gift: An Engagement Scrapbook Page + a Free Cut File!

A Bridal Shower Gift:  An Engagement Scrapbook Page plus a free Silhouette/Cricut cut file from Alice Scraps Wonderland

It's apparently wedding central for my family--my sister got married this past summer and now my cousin and bonus sister (much nicer term than step-sister!) are getting married this summer.  My cousin just had her bridal shower this Valentine's Day weekend and instead of just getting her something on her wedding registry, I decided to also include a more personalized gift.  

Bridal Shower Layout Gift by Alice Scraps Wonderland | Handmade flowers really add to the personalization of this scrapbook layout.  Little pearls add a bit of bling to the whole thing!

I love how Save the Dates are now a photo of the happy couple (or in the case of my sister's announcements, the happy couple's dogs).  It's so much more personalized than just a card with info about the upcoming nuptials.  My mom actually came up with the idea of scrapping the Save the Date card as a layout.


This Road: A Shabby Chic Wedding Scrapbook Page

This Road:  A Shabby Chic Wedding Scrapbook Page--a blog post by Alice Scraps Wonderland

Let's just get right to it:  I love this layout.  I mean I really LOVE this layout!  I'm so happy with how it turned out and the colors from CSI's challenge #155 are just perfect--too perfect!  (I'm literally grinning from ear to ear.)

This Road:  A shabby chic wedding scrapbook layout by Alice Scraps Wonderland that is full of flowers and mixed media elements.

I started off with white cardstock and used gesso and a mask to give half of the paper texture then dripped color mists down it.  I layered on some patterned paper from Prima's Something Blue Collection on the top then added two 3x4 ATCs under the larger photo and a die cut circles under the smaller photo.

B is for Boat Scrapbook Layout

B is For Boat blog post by Alice Scraps Wonderland

Another week another challenge over at Color Stories Inspiration!  This one is for the major case file, number 154.  

CSI case file #154

I was inspired by the alphabet and nautical elements and thought this would be perfect for the photo of the boat in San Francisco Bay that my sister and her husband took while vacationing in 2014.  

I started off with a base of thin chipboard and then layers of gesso.  I painted the gesso on then used a stencil.  I misted just a little bit of color spray over it.

Imagine the Unimaginable: A Dreamy Scrapbook Layout

Imagine the Unimaginable:  Blog post by Alice Scraps Wonderland

This month's mood board challenge over at Scrap Around the World was a dreamy pallet of greens, browns, blues and yellow-golds.  All the nature-themed inspiration made me want to pull out another photo from my sister and her husband's trip to California.  I just knew that one of the photos of the Redwood National Park would be perfect for this layout challenge.  

Scrap Around the World February 2015 Mood Board Challenge

I began by painting a thin layer of gesso over the background paper.  I just love how the chevron papers mimic the shape of the roots on the overturned redwood tree in the photo. Then I splattered and spritzed various color mists over the gesso.  I layered an additional chevron paper and a pastel green paper, both distressed and inked, under the photo.  I added ribbon, buttons, pebbles, thread, flowers and die cut vines.  A few gold sequins finished it all off.

Imagine by Alice Scraps Wonderland:  This dreamy layout is full of soft browns, greens and yellows.  Mixed media and layering add detail without overwhelming the beautiful photo.

The base simplicity of nature and it's seemingly complexity is what inspired me to keep my layout simple in colors and mediums, but give it some complexity through layering.  


The Vintage Wedding Scrapbook Layout that Almost Wasn't

The Vintage Wedding Layout that Almost Wasn't

It's hard for me to admit, but I had mixed feelings about scrapping this photo of my Oma and Opa (grandmother and grandfather) for Prima's February 2015 PPP.  The mixed feelings come from my relationship with my Oma.  For as long as I can remember, she and I have never had a good relationship.  Don't get me wrong, I love her very much but it seems like I never live up to her expectations and I'm always doing and saying the wrong thing.  My own mom said that my Oma "is particularly mean" to me, but neither of us really know why.  I share a lot of the same personality traits that I admire in my Oma--strength and determination, a love for academia, willing to speak her mind…perhaps we are too much alike.    

Prima Marketing's PPP February 2015

But my Oma can also be obsessive about things in general and she grew up learning that love is conditional--even for family members.  My Oma's mother was Jewish, and though she married a Catholic, my great grandparents became Protestants.  My great-grandfather was disaffected with his religion and my great-grandmother was attempting to escape persecution.  My Oma grew up with the fear of being discovered as a Jew, though technically she wasn't one.  The belief of many at the time was that it was a race and not a religion to be believed in and followed.  My Oma survived the Holocaust though she nearly starved to death.  She never was sent to a labor or concentration camp, but many of her mother's family perished in such institutions.  I know this scarred her for life and she has a lot of survivor's guilt.  

A Vintage Wedding:  Uses mixed media and lots of pretty Prima Marketing flowers and patterned papers. | Alice Scraps Wonderland
I created the background using inks, stains and mists on a non-stick craft mat, wet down the inks and swiped my white cardstock through it.  Once it was dry, I added gesso with a Prima stencil and later stamped on it using the vintage typewriter keys stamp from Prima's Coffee Break Collection.  

My Oma will be turning 95 this summer and she now needs 24-hour care.  I've been helping


A Rare Gem: A Shabby Chic Scrapbook Page

A Rare Gem by Alice Scraps Wonderland

I've recently been on the hunt for scrapbooking challenges to join and came across C.S.I.--Color, Stories, Inspiration.  I loved the color palette for the current challenge, no. 153 so I figured why not join this challenge!  

C.S.I case file #153

I have to say, attempting to use 5 colors in one layout was quite the challenge for me.  I like to keep things simple, usually using only 1-3 colors.  But here is my first stab it it!

Mother of the Bride by Alice Scraps Wonderland.  This layout was created for C.S.I. challenge #153.
Kraft paper, gesso applied with bubble wrap and paint splatters creates a pretty backdrop for a rare photo of my mom and lots of pretty embellishments!

I decided to use a photo of my mom at my sister's wedding.  This photo is a rare gem as my mother hates being on this side of the camera.  When she found out about this photo, she was like "Really?  Do I have to be in the scrapbook album?"  I reminded her this album was for my sister and Caitlin would want her in the album.


Over the Rainbow: A Colorful Scrapbook Layout

Vintage themed wedding at Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs
As many of my readers already know, my sister's wedding was this past August at Hillside Gardens--a local garden and nursery.  There is a spectacular view of Pikes Peak just behind the arch at the wedding ceremony site on the grounds.  It's the perfect spot to get married among nature with the iconic mountain in Colorado.  However nature had other plans for us that day.  

It's said that rain on your wedding day means good luck for the bride and groom.  So my sister and her husband should have buckets and buckets of luck--there was a huge downpour just before the ceremony was to start!  

The pretty mason jars on shepherd hooks down the aisle in the garden leading to the arch decorated with a burlap and lace swag and kissing balls was a foregone conclusion after that massive rainstorm.  Everything survived but there was no way we were making the bride traipse down a muddy aisle in her Oleg Cassini masterpiece!  I mean, just look at this gorgeousness!

Wedding at Hillside Gardens in Colorado, rained out
So the ceremony was moved to the pavilion where the reception was to take place.  Our cousin's husband worked hard to quickly recreate the arch drape for the ceremony under the pavilion with extra ribbon I had brought (my sister claims that I'm the world's best and most prepared Maid of Honor--so sweet!) and one of the decorated paper lanterns.  In the end, it didn't really matter where the ceremony was, just that my sister and her husband were able to get married among friends and family!

But just as the ceremony was ending, the sun was starting to come out.  Our photographers (our cousin and her husband!) had the wedding party take photos in front of the arch so the florist's hard work didn't completely go to waste.  As we were finishing up photos however, a beautiful rainbow came out and the result was this gorgeous photo.

Over the Rainbow uses a mix of mists and inks to create the colorful background inspired by the rainbow in the wedding photograph | Alice Scraps Wonderland
The rainbow inspired me to use every color of mist and ink I had at my disposal to create a rainbow background.  I just spritzed my mists on my non-stick craft mat and pressed my background paper into the ink.  For the distress ink pads, I patted some on my craft mat and spritzed with water then pressed my background paper into it.  I really love the ending result--a sort of water color-esque appearance to it.