Monday, May 27, 2013

Looking through a window!

Good Morning everyone!  Sharon here.

Happy Memorial Day!

Today I would like to share how I created a layout with the illusion that my photo was looking through a window.

I look for inspiration everywhere, and my pages usually start with some sort of inspiration.  This came from a page in my 2012 Mary Engelbreit calendar:

I loved this image, and used it as the basis for my layout.  

Here are the steps I used to make my page:

First, instead of siding, I wanted my background to resemble bricks.  I started with paper that I loved from 7 Dots Studios:

Then I got out my brick template:

and spritzed the background with "Goosebumps" spray and Moon Shadow "Long John Silver" mist to give it subtle color and texture:

to get this result:

I created the window frame with one half of a piece of a chipboard gate that I had:

I cut out the parts that I didn't want and ended up with this:

To create a window box,  I used cardboard from an old box and cut out flowers and borders from the Pink Paislee Indigo Blue collection:

and I made this:

Finally, I wanted to make the shutters for my window.  I used Bo Bunny paper and brads that I had on hand:

And the final results of my shutters look like this:

and again, here is my finished layout:

To give you more inspiration, here are 2 more examples of "Looking through a window" pages that I made:

this one is from a mini-album:

and this one was made with a sketch from and color scheme from Color Me Scrappy:

I really enjoyed making the "looking through a window" effect and hope you give a try on your layouts!  It was easy and fun to do!

Cathy Dippolito
Dolores Schaeffer
Cindy deRosier
Marlene Murphy
Lesley Walker
Gael Spence
Sarah Routledge
Sharon Fritchman
Tanya Ham
Sheila Burns
Pam Callaghan


  1. These look wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. wow that is simply fabulous,LOVE it! Thanks for sharing how you created this, It is very creative and I like how you used the inspiration of the calendar to create your layout

  3. This is stunning! The way you transformed the chipboard gate is so cool. And the bricks look awesome. I love it!

  4. Wow - You have a beautiful blog! I love this idea! You are a brilliant, creative crafter!