I love this paper from K&Co. and had to work it into my layout!!
Here was my original sketch. I knew I wanted to hide some photos, but I changed the background a little bit.
I opened a 12 x 24 mat on my Gypsy and started my layout. I put a fancy page from Elegant Edges on my mat at 12.01w x 11.46h and rotated it -90 degrees so the flourish/swirl was on the side. I put the border on the mat at 11.06w x 2.38h and rotated it -90 degrees. I moved both of these items to Layer 3.
I found this flourish on Home Decor sized at 9.11w x 3.09h. I copied a second one on, flipped it and welded it together to create this corner. My good friend Sheila from ShesASassyLady first did this on a project a while back and I love the look! I also copied a second border, sized it to 6w x 1.29h and welded a rectangle to it so I could sandwich it between a photo and photo mat.
Here is a close up. I cut these pieces out in light blue shimmer cardstock.
I took a piece of 8x6 cardstock and folded it in half at the 4 inch mark. I opened it up and adhered the two pictures I wanted hidden inside. I sandwiched the blue border piece between the top photo and the cardstock to create a flap.
I added some gems and flowers to my flourish.
I tucked in a few flowers by my photo.
I adhered the word beautiful right on my photo of the "after" shot.
Here is my before shot on the stage. We went on stage before the concert started.
Here is my after shot after an hour of pampering.