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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Introducing Guest Designer Laura Drahozal!

Good morning!  
Today we would like to introduce you to Guest Designer, Laura Drahozal  

Hello, I am Laura Drahozal and I am thrilled to be the Samantha Walker guest designer for this month.  My project is a scrapbook page.

It was from a recent trip to Walt Disney World.  I was truly inspired by Samantha's doily designs.
Here is how I made it:

Silhouette Machine with Blade and Mat
San Serif Font
White Card Stock
Red "Velvet" Paper from Creative Imaginations
Gray Paper from DCWV Timeless Treasure Stack
Manual Die Cut Machine and Mats
Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat
Mercart Red Coated Aluminum
Mercart Teflon Tipped Metal Tool
An Old File Folder
Memories Mist in Sparkling Silver
Xyron in 9", 5" and 1.5"
A Big Bite
Red Ribbon

1)  Open your Silhouette program and create a 12" x 12" page file to size project on.
2)  Open Samantha Walker files.
3)  Ungroup the Doily file and select the portion you would like to use.
4)  Resize the doilies to fit the space.
5)  Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the Eyelet Lace and Multi Label Sets.
6)  Ungroup letters and line up next to each other.  You need to select the letters that you would like to use for each part and place so that they are touching to create the word.
7)  Weld the letters.
8)  Use the Offset Function to create the drop shadow.  I used it at .065 with rounded edges.
9)  Cut all the parts out of your selected card stock.  I used the red velvet for the title.
10)  Run the letters through the 5" Xyron.
11)  When applying the letters to the drop shadow, lay the first part of the letters down carefully.
12) As you add letters, flip the backing paper over and bend.  It will be easier to remove.
 13)  When you have the letters down, crumple up the top (sticky) layer of paper and tap it over the title to remove any excess adhesive.
14)  For any portions that you would like in metal, cut them four times each out of the file folder.
15)  Put the folder pieces through an Xyron.
16)  Stack all of the pieces on top of each other, leaving the final one attached to the backing.
17)  Run through your manual die cut machine with metal and the rubber embossing mat.  The Cuttlebug sandwich is A Plate, stacked folders, aluminum red side up, rubber embossing mat and two B Plates.
18)  Refine any edges if desired using the Mercart Teflon Tool.
19)  Sand.
20)  Use regular scissors to trim around the edges.
21)  Cut a large doily to use as a mask on the background.
22)  Place doily on the background paper and spray.

23)  Move and spray until you like the shimmer.  A great side effect is the fact that I now have a sparkling silver doily for use in another project.

24)  Assemble the page.  When you add the metal elements, you can just remove the backing and place on the page.  For the element with the ribbon through it, use the Big Bite to make the holes before you attach it.
I wanted to show you this picture so that you can imagine what the shimmer looks like on the back of the page, it didn't show up too well in the previous shot.

My name is Laura Drahozal.  I am a former art teacher who loves paper crafting because I can use a variety of artistic techniques on my work. I push myself to try new things each time I create.  Because of this, my projects tend to go a little overboard. I design for Dreamweaver Stencils, Art Glitter, Connie Crystal and Globecraft Memories.  I also taught Silhouette classes and enjoy all the creative possibilities of Samantha Walker's beautiful files.  Most of my posts (or links to them) can be found on my blog at Stop by and see it sometime--or better yet, become a follower!

A big "Thank You" to Laura for sharing her projects with us today!  
Be sure to stop by Laura's blog to see more of her fabulous creations! 


  1. Love these techniques Laura!

  2. Nice tutorial...I like all of the tips and tricks with the embellishments and how to make an embossing template. Great layout!
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