Yes, I know. The title is cheesy. But come on, it’s nachos! So I am totally one of those scrappers that take photos of my food and scraps them. Cooking is my next favorite thing to do.
There is some back story to this giant pile of deliciousness. My mom and I go for Nachos almost every week. It’s our thing. However, since February there have been no Nacho outings. I was sick at the beginning of march for nearly 2 weeks, and then Bam! Quarantine. So these are my Quarantine Nachos, I made them for my family, and they were so good. And they looked so pretty. They needed to be remembered.
On to the Layout!
This is what I started with. I wanted lots of layers, and I wanted to pull out those bright colors. I went with Green, Yellow, and Red with White and Ivory Accents. I had a few things I bought just for this picture, the Taco Tuesday Epoxy Flair from ScrappinHappyStudio, and the “Oh Yum” acrylic piece from ColorCast Designs. Outside of that, this was a fly by the seat of my pants layout.
I started with one of my favorites, Cougar White Cardstock, and pulled out an easy, basic shape stencil. I used Purple tape to keep my paper still and the stencil in place. I am just a tad OCD and will redo ’til it’s right. Long story short, I also hate wasting my favorite cardstock, enter Purple Tape! I went with 3 Oxide Inks, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, and Candied Apple. Overlapping these colors blend well together and won’t create that brown, mud color.
My all-time favorite tool for blending inks, Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brushes. Beautiful. They are indeed Life-Changing.
After laying the green, I simply pulled up the stencil, let it dry just a minute, overlapping one of the green, laid it down again, same for the red. Then overlapping one of the yellow, and blending the colors together. I did not clean the stencil, I wanted those colors to blend thoroughly across the page.
I only did the bottom of the page, because I wanted that white cardstock to be seen since it breaks up some of those bright colors. Also, I didn’t want the pattern of the stencil to be lost under my title, or for it to look overly cluttered.
Setting the background aside to dry, I pulled out my picture along with DCS Light Yellow, Pop-Tone Gumdrop, Curious Metallic Poison Ivory, and a sheet of Red, I believe it’s Bazzill Wax Lips. I started with the Ivory and just started layering those colors behind, ending with a larger piece of the Ivory and made it off-centered. The Poisoned Ivory is also one of my all-time favorites!
Moving on to my title. This is a beautiful cut file from CutToYou. I used the same Cougar White paper, it cuts so nice on the silhouette. I needed to change it up a bit so it didn’t blend right into the white background. I pulled out some Ranger Liquid Pearls in Avocado, and Stickles in Unicorn and Candy Cane. I pulled some old washi tape out as well. I used the Pearls and Stickles on the cut file itself. Adding the Washi to the negative letters from that cut. My plan is to use Foam Tape to pop them up out of the file.
Embellishments. I found adorable paper piecing files of Nachos, Avacado, tomato, and hot sauce. Way back when, this was a favorite of mine. I LOVED making my own embellishments, and after playing with these, I may go back to it. With all the inking, and Nuvo, glitters, everything, it made this so much fun to make.
I used the Gumdrop Cardstock and the Kraft Cardstock to make this lovely little Avacado! He is my favorite on this page. The Nachos used the Light Yellow and Fraft Cardstock, and some darker Scrap yellow i had on hand. The hot sauce was the same colors as the photo layers. What made these so fun was the embellishing of them…..
Using Nuvo Crystal Glaze and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red, that hot Sauce bottle, now pops! The Avacado. I used Mowed Lawn, and just a little Mustard Seed Oxide inks in the center where the core is. And the core, Frayed Burlap Oxide ink, and what makes the core so awesome, Ranger Crackle Accents. When the wet hit those oxide inks, they reacted to it and made such an awesome finish. The chips… the cheese is English Mustard Crystal Nuvo. It cracked because of the amount I used. It was a lot, but on purpose. The cracking added to those nachos.
Putting it all together. Everything had to be completely dry before anything touched that background paper. I let it all sit over night to ensure there would be no smudges, smears, or mess ups. I added 2 of the chips, and my title, Using Double sided Foam Adhesive. Finishing it off with an acrylic heart from ColorCast Designs.
No layout is complete without Flair and enamel dots. I didn’t go too crazy this time with the embellishments, Those ones I made, I wanted them to really stand out. The details on this page were the stars.
I certainly hope you enjoyed this process as much as I did. I loved creating those embellishments, and the amount of detail I got on them, me from 10 yrs ago is so Jealous! I would love to see anything this has inspired you to create. Or if you used these amazing papers in some other way! Please always share!