Monday, August 15, 2011

Pepsi, Sprite, and Fanta, Oh My!

I think I have a new obsession: bottle caps!  After the success of my bottle cap flower card (see previous post), I decided to make a layout with a bottlecap flower.

Supplies: cardstock (Wausau Paper), patterned paper (all from October Afternoon), stickers (all from October Afternoon), adhesive (3M tabs and foam).

This layout is called "Western Influence," and here is the story behind it...  I visited Russia twice as a student in the 1990's.  On my first visit, in 1992, not many western products were available in Russia.  But by my second visit, in 1995, more and more western products were becoming available, for better or for worse.  The photos on this layout show some of the western brands that popped up in Russia in the 1990's: Gino Ginelli cafes, a Barbie doll store, McDonalds, and Gillette personal care products.

As embellishments, I used labels from two Russian beverage bottles...

Sprite (above), and...


And, the pièce de résistance is a Russian Pepsi bottle cap (above)!  (I know, it's a bit scratched and worn, but I have had it since the 1990's.)

I used the bottle labels as templates to cut out similar shapes from some commerce-related paper from the October Afternoon "5 and Dime" line.  The labels are matted, since they are probably not acid-free.  And for the sake of continuity, I also matted the "5 and Dime" cutouts (see example below).

I also used assorted October Afternoon stickers to create some embellishment clusters (two photos below).  Until I created this layout, I never thought I would use the dollar signs in my alpha-numeric sticker packs.  Well, it just goes to show that you should never say never!

As a final touch, I fussy-cut time zone clocks (photo below) from some October Afternoon "Boarding Pass" paper to make a few more embellishments for the page.  Some of these I lifted off the background with foam adhesive, so that the bottle cap would not be the lone dimensional embellishment on the page.  

Yay for reusing bottle caps on scrapbook pages--this was a really fun page to create!  Thanks for stopping by to look at my layout.


Kim Watson said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Denise...& leaving a comment. It is always great to 'meet' the CK readers. I love your projects you posted here. Using the bottle labels is a brilliant idea, mixing them with similar shaped patterned paper works so well too. Thanks a super day!!

Stacy Cohen said...

I love the concept of your blog, Denise! So many great "green" projects here. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. :)

Denise Price said...

Aw, thanks for the lovely comments, ladies!