Guest Post: Laura from Live. Laugh. Photograph!

Hi All! I’ve got another fabulous guest poster for you today with a fantastic tutorial!
Welcome Laura!


Hello Bloggy Friends!

I am so excited to be guest blogging today here at A Glimpse Inside!! Thank you Allison for having me!
My name is Laura and I’m the crazy crafty lady behind Live.Laugh.Photograph!

A few words about myself: I am just your typical wife, mom and crafter.

In addition to those, I am also a cosmetologist {i do hair!}, love photography and digital scrapbooking! I’ve always got ideas swimming around in my head so it’s nice to actually get them out and make them a reality!

I started blogging after my daughter was born almost 5 years ago. It was mainly for family and friends to keep up with us since my husband is in the Army. I’ve been bloggin’ off and on since then but decided that it’s time I put it to good use and share all the things I love… with YOU of course! I have a lot of new ideas and crafts to be posted so be on the lookout. And if you want to follow my blog, please do so!!

Now, let’s get to the reason I’m here! Today I will show you how to make a beautiful glittery shadowbox of rosettes!

Remember how I said I was a digital scrapbooker? Well, I made these using templates using the cutting files paper roses at The Digi Chick. They are designed to be printed on letter sized paper. These can be used with a digital die cutting machine, or virtually any photo editing program. I made mine using Ps Cs4.

So, before we get started I printed out 15 rosettes in the papers I wanted. I printed on the front AND backside. The papers I used were also from The Digi Chick called Every Life has a Story. {if you don’t have a clue how to do this, you can always free hand the templates on regular scrap paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s more realistic if it’s not!}

Supplies needed:

shadow box

paper of your choice

cardstock to match background of shadow frame

mod podge



glue gun

paint brush


I got this in plain wood at hobby lobby for $4. I painted it black and white.

Above, you can see that the rosettes are on one side and I printed a patterned side over the whole backside. That way I don’t have to worry about them not matching up when I go to cut them out.

Here’s the time consuming part and where a die cutting machine would come in handy! But, since I don’t own a fancy shmancy machine, I did it with scissors!

Get to cuttin’!

Now that they are cut out you can see the front and back side of the rosettes.

Grab your tweezers ‘cuz it’s time to start rolling them! Fold over the edge a bit and place a little dab of glue there to hold the center of your flower in place!

Keep rolling it down until it looks like this…

and when you get to the end, place a dot of glue with your glue gun and fold over the flap to hold the flower in place.

For added effect I distressed the edges by pulling them down and folding them back and forth. It makes them look worn. And I lurve the worn look!

Once you have painstakingly done this grab a piece of cardstock or paper. Just make sure it matches the inside of the shadowbox because we are going to glue the flowers to it.
I lined up my flowers as seen below and started gluing them down one by one.

Now that your flowers are glued down to the paper it’s time to decorate!!

Take your paint brush and mod podge the insides and out of the flowers.

Sprinkle a little or a lot of glitter onto them and then turn over to get excess out.

Trim around the edges pretty closely to the flowers. You don’t want to be able to see the paper beneath them :)

Now grab your shadowbox and place a little glue of your choice to the inside of the frame. Glue the rosette set to the box and Wam Bam Thank You Mam! You are DONE!

Are you still here? I didn’t scare you off? OK good then!
I really hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! This is definitely one of my more in depth crafts but still a fun one and oh so pretty! I even made one for my Mom for her birthday. She loved it… then again, she sorta has to say that!

Thanks again Allison
for having me here today!
Please stop by live.laugh.photograph anytime to see the new stuff I’m making!


Super cute Laura! Thanks so much for sharing it and guest posting!
Everyone, please stop by Laura’s blog and tell her hello!

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  • Pink Stitches
    May 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Really cute Laura! I love shadow box projects!!

  • The Answer Is Chocolate
    May 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    This is so absolutely gorgeous! I'm off to go check out more of your Laura's blog right now!

  • Jayna Rae
    May 11, 2011 at 5:31 am

    What a great tutorial. I love the added touch of glitter. What gal doesn't? Laura is just the cutest thing EVER!