I’ve never liked those beauty stories where women are shown “before” and “after” because I always felt that the subject’s personal style was lost in the mad dash towards change.
Gauche Alchemy is a place where the meaning of beauty and creativity expands. We like to make room for the slightly shabby, the fabulously vintage and sometimes overlooked object- we accept and appreciate all visual styles- no 250 dollar an hour stylist necessary.
A few of us got together and decided to show you our scrap pages BEFORE and AFTER we Gauched them up. Hope you like what you see!
First up is Maggi:
Maggi used items from the Lady Marmelade Orange Mixed media color kit, Banana Hammock Yellow Mixed Media color kit, Purple People Eater Mixed Media color kit , Pink Parts Mixed Media color kit and lace ribbon variety pack. She also matted the photo with purple punchinella for some extra texture and contrast.
I have to admit I had a hard time with this challenge. I usually design on the fly. Nothing is pre-planned or stays in the same location from start to finish so I had to force myself to be a bit more deliberate and “pre-plan” so that the before page was just as interesting (if a little empty) as the final one.
Gauche Alchemy’s Japanese affiliate, Yasu, used the Handsome Man kit (now retired) to make 2 versions of a masculine page.
How have you used Gauche Alchemy goodies to punch up the drama in your scrapbook or mixed media projects? Please link them up to our Flickr page or leave a comment here with a link to your blog so we can swing by and check them out!
Have fun creating!