Ahoy! Old Techniques!

Ahoy, me hearties! I am finally sharing the process photos for these very nautical layouts. Both layouts include papers from the ‘Hey Sailor’ DCWV paper pad. The papers in this pad are all glossy and some have gold foil, the patterns/designs are mostly cream, navy and black. There is everything nautical included, ships, anchors, whales, etc., and I bought it thinking that it would be great for scrapping our many holiday trips to the Albany, Whale Station.

These layouts are the first I have made with the papers and they are nothing to do with a whaling station! The first layout is of my son-in-law who works at the Black Anchor Tattoo Studio, see the connection? Anchors! This paper had the perfect design, mood and feel for scrapping this photo of him, taken at work for marketing purposes. I selected five papers for this layout, a cut apart sheet, some black with gold anchors, a cream with navy anchors, a stripe which is lengths of rope and a framed design to use for the background.

The photo I had available was quite distant and I wanted to have a close up of his face included in the layout, so I cropped and enlarged the photo. This turned out a little grainy and not to the quality I wanted, so I used an old technique to enhance the photo, putting a layer of vellum over the photo. The vellum reduces the graininess of the image. I stitched it roughly together using my sewing machine, I wasn’t precious about it, wanting it rough and ready to work with the look I was going for.

Next, I stepped back in time with another old technique…sanding! The glossy surface didn’t appeal to me for my background and I grunged it up with a sandpaper pad. I got some lovely texture with the sanding, as I worked on my cutting board and all the cuts and nicks on the board were picked up in the sanding process.

Next, I built up layers mounting my photos on the patterned papers and using some of the cut apart embellishments. Then I added several wooden embellishments leaving some plain and inking others black. The last touch was adding some Tim Holtz chipboard quotes. 

I love how this one turned out, the papers and sanding really captured the mood I was going for. By the way, as a proud mother-in-law, I just want to say that the photographer did a great job taking Dane’s portrait but he did make him look quite stern and serious. Dane is the sweetest, nicest young man, and a very talented artist who works very hard, and is always ready with a smile and a joke. I’ve rarely seen him looking this stern.

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For the second nautical layout, I used an AB Studio paper for the background called ‘Rustical Journey‘, some scraps from an AB Studio paper called ‘Diary, sheet 7‘, and a few DCWV leftover scraps from the layout above. The chosen background paper worked beautifully with the photos of my daughter and son in law dressed up for a Halloween work event.

The first step was using some old nautical stamps to make some tag embellishments. The wooden stamps have been sitting unused for many years!

I used Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black to stamp the images and then used some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks to add some colour. To add a little bling, I mounted one tag on gold foil cardstock.

Next, I worked on building up some texture on my background paper using stencils and distress inks. The green stencils are from Kaisercraft and the white from a Uniquely Creative kit. *Note: Did you know that Uniquely Creative are now producing their own papers/collections? Oh my, they are awesome, with the same quality as the AB Studio collections. The papers are thick cardstock and each collection has cut apart sheets for those of us who love to fussy cut. Great to see an Australian company doing so well, check them out on their website. I will be posting soon about using one of the latest kits, their third collection, the gorgeous ‘Urban Garden’ collection. Not affiliated with the company, just a subscriber and big fan of their products.

The last stencil I used was a beautiful lace image, I lightly inked the image by swiping the ink across the stencil to create a soft grey, rather than the harsh black of the inkpad. I also lightly stamped in the pirate and his treasure chest, making sure it was slightly washed out to give an old-worldly effect.

The tag edges were inked and some recycled (from a gift) twine added.

I used some gold enamel dots which have a look of what you might see on the sides of a treasure chest, the bolts, just to add some bling. These are from the local cheap shop, about $2AU. Then I popped on some quotes, inking the edges and added some gold glitter chipboard Thickers for the title.

Another successful nautical layout with mood and feel. How beautiful is my daughter, so lovely?

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I hope you are all getting some scrappy time, I’m off to scrap with my Uniquely Creative monthly subscription kit. Have a scrappy weekend 🙂

2020…First Layouts of the New Decade!

Happy New Year to all, hope that you all had a lovely time celebrating with family and friends. My New Year celebrations were spent with my girlfriends who help me get through every year with love, laughter and support. None of them are scrapbookers and they don’t really get it, but they are artists and we try to spend arty times together throughout the year. 2019, was a little lacking on our normal arty events with us all dealing with busy lives. I hope to make more effort this year in keeping our creative catch-ups happening with a few arty outings throughout the year.

Anyhow, to kick off my 2020 scrapping, I chose to do a scraplift. The problem I have is 2020-01-02 09.13.09that I don’t know who created the original layout, I tried Google image search and had no luck…they linked it to artificial flowers! I wonder why? Haha. So, if you know whose layout this is please let me know, I would like to credit them? What I loved about this layout was the negative space and the layering on both sides of the layout.

My attempt started with building up some background using gesso and a stencil. The main reason I did this was that I didn’t really have a whole heap of embellishments to use with my photos, plus it gave me time to get messy and really play. I wanted to use some new supplies from Santa, the papers, plus use up some neglected products, the ribbon and frames.

I blended out the gesso edges, rubbing it with my fingers. Then, I sponged on some oxide distress ink, as the white gesso was a bit too stark.

Next, I mounted and built up the layers behind the photos and used the same papers to begin the corner embellishment cluster.

I then, layered up my embellishments with some found old Sizzix cut die cuts, wood veneers and die-cut alphas for the title. The last touch was adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops to create enamel dots. I’m slowly getting better at applying the Nuvo drops, though some are trickier than others due to how thick the mix is.

The finished layout is pleasing but I do need to add some journaling about why we have to do this for every new tree planted, one word…kangaroos! They devastate pretty much anything new, if they can reach it they will eat it and the tree guards can not be removed until the tree is well established.2020-01-02 08.51.33-1

The second layout for 2020 is about my husband’s shoes, not a topic that most people would scrap. The reason I wanted to capture this memory is that he is finishing up his baking career, he did his last shift two days ago. No more flour-dusted shoes and night shift, it will be a change for us all having him home in the evenings and not having him arrive home while I am drinking my morning cup of tea.

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The papers I used were from Santa, a mix pulled from several paper pads, including this gorgeous alpha sheet from Maggie Holmes’s Bloom collection. I fussy cut this sheet to use as embellishments and selected four of the alpha cards for this layout.

I smeared some white gesso onto two opposite corners on my background to try and get a floury texture and sprinkled on some white ink for spots of flour. In the end, most of this got covered by embellishments and is hard to see in the finished layout photo.

Then, I went to town mounting and layering papers, adding the photos, embellishments and titles. I quite like how it turned out and think it just needs a thin journal strip at the base outlining the story.

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The last two layouts I completed are of my grandson, I tried to add some bling to both and use up some sequins. The top layout is made with a Vicki Boutin, mixed media, printed cardstock. Yep, Santa thought that I needed some time off from creating my own mixed media backgrounds and bought me the paper pad. I couldn’t resist adding a touch of colour and stencilled around the edges using a Uniquely Creative stencil and some TH distress inks. Both layouts have some Maggie Holmes and Shimelle papers/embellishments, and the bottom layout has some more Nuvo drops (don’t look too closely, some of the dots are not round…haha).

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I hope you all are getting some time to scrap and have a fabulous crafty year. For some of our Australian friends and crafters, life is tough at the moment with the extreme fires burning across our country. Many have lost homes and loved ones, if you can support them in some way, please do? It may be just in prayers, offering accommodation, food and supplies, or donating cash to one of the many collection funds which have been set up across Australia and the World. Every little bit will help in this intense time of need. Thank you to all our emergency services and volunteers across the country who are working at full capacity, and to the USA firefighters who are coming to help us out. Let us all hope that rain will arrive soon and help quench the flames, it is really the only thing that will stop this firestorm.

 

Happy scrapping everyone  🙂

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RTS…Heritage Inspiration

Good morning,

Back in November, Janet from RTS Scrapbooking released her 4for4 Series – Heritage Round. It is a great series with many tips and tricks for creating heritage layouts. Now, I’m not a fan of making heritage layouts and I think generally this is because most people use very dull coloured papers with old fashioned flowery/object prints. I’m more a bright colour girl and so, I thought I would challenge myself and have a go. Around the same time, in the Love RTS FB group, there was a post suggesting you sort and collect up papers which challenged you, the ugly, the old, dated and ‘the untouchables’ and make them into kits. Now, I have a stack of papers that don’t appeal to my tastes, so these were the papers I decided to use for my heritage layouts. Some Love RTS members loved the papers which I detested, we all have different tastes and for me, purple is yucky, as are flower prints which remind me of my Nanna’s wallpaper!

Here are my ‘untouchables’, papers I don’t like…

I started off with the pink and green patterned and floral papers, using a photo of my grandfather. Now, flowers and men usually don’t mix but the story behind the photo is quite romantic and I thought I would get away using these girly papers. This is the photo that my grandfather had taken to send to his sweetheart, my Nanna, during the war. On the bottom right corner, you can see the sweet message he scribed to her.

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Janet’s layout features a diagonal patterned paper format and I followed the same process. You can watch Janet’s video here.  As my grandfather was in his motorcycle uniform I found some images related to his job in the war and printed them out to use as embellishments. A tip when using home-printed embellishments, they can sometimes look a little flat in colour, but you can achieve a more polished finish 81Bd+w4oVAL._SY550_by rubbing each image with a little Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze. It just makes the colour pop a little more and looks like a bought die cut. I also printed a heritage document from the website recommended on RTS, https://olddesignshop.com/.

The finished layout turned out quite dashing with just a touch of floral.

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My next layout is of my Nanna, the photo she had taken to send to my grandfather. I used one of the purple ‘untouchable’ papers for the background. For this layout, I wanted to use some embossing folders which I had recently purchased secondhand on FB Marketplace, they had come with a whole heap of steel dies I got cheap. I have hardly used embossing folders in my craft life, they fall into my old fashioned, untouchable category. So, this was the perfect time to try them out. I made embossed papers to use for mounts and layering behind the photo.

It is a simple process of inking one side of the plate before adding your paper/cardstock and running it through my Sizzix Bigshot.

The results are quite stunning and really did remind me of the old embossed wallpaper and brocade furniture in my Nanna’s house.

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The next photo, I believe to be of them both on their wedding day. It was wartime, so times were tough and for them, there was no white wedding. For this layout, I used the rest of the green and pink untouchable papers. Amongst these papers was a rose floral which was just calling to be fussy cut, fussy cut I did! I also used more printable embellishments from the Old Design website, and it gave me an opportunity to use up some ribbon bows.

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It was a fun experience creating heritage layouts and I didn’t mind the end results, however, I did lose interest and moved on to other challenges. One day, I will have another go and finish scrapping the small pile of heritage family photos that I have.

What I did have a go at was getting rid of some more of the purple ‘untouchable’ papers and scrapping some old family photos from the ’90s. I’m not sure I pulled it off, the papers were pretty ugly and gaudy, but I gave it my best shot. Anyway, more layouts in albums…the ultimate goal.

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Keep on scrapping! 🙂

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RTS 6×6 SG Challenge Layouts

Hey all,

I am playing catch up and only just sharing these layouts from several weeks ago!  I had a lot of fun joining in with Janet Maden’s challenge from RTS which focuses on using 6×6 paper pads with scrapbook sketches from Allison Davis at Scrapbook Generations.

It has felt like a step back in time, using double page sketches, as I tend to focus on single layouts with a matching pocket page these days unless it is for a challenge. When I do use a double layout format it seems to be all or nothing, I make a stack of them in one week, then none for months and months. I do have have a few on my blog from last year which I will share links too at the end of the page.

So, here we go, my seven layouts from the RTS 6×6 Challenge

I mostly followed the Allison Davis sketches whilst watching Janet’s RTS 6 x 6 series, Janet always has a different slant on how to use your cut pieces in multiple ways. My first layout is of my grandson after he took to himself with a permanent marker! I’m pretty sure he will end up with real tattoos when he is old enough, he is influenced by his parents who both have tattoos and he has an uncle who is an apprentice tattooist.

Layout #1. Cool Tatts, homemade! Lots of ink splashed around here and some stamping, every layout has mixed media in this bunch. I used some old TLC rubons and a mix of quote embellishments.

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Layout #2. Big Blow Up! A blower vac war between my hubby and grandson. Ink and stencils this time, some of the new Vicki Boutin honey stencils and a Kaisercraft floral stencil.

 

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Layout #3. First Train Ride. Some more splashed around Oxide ink and lots of stamping to make the craft stock background. The patterned papers and die cut embellishments are from Kaisercraft.

 

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Layout #4. Round We Go, photos from a day at the Perth Zoo when we tried out the merry go round/carousal. Circle stamps to get that ‘mood and feel’, as Janet would say.

 

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Layout #5. more Zoo photos! Our zoo trip was not planned and we weren’t prepared for a day in the sun, so we bought very daggy zoo hats. Looking very fetching we just had to have a selfie taken.

At the Perth Zoo, there are many large, ancient, pine trees and I thought this cute decorative fake foliage, which I picked up for $2 from Spotlight, would make great pine trees on my layout.

 

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Layout #6. Lets Go Mumma, fun in a jeep at the zoo.

More splashing of ink and some stamping using a Uniquely creative metal die as a stamp.

 

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Layout #7. Amazing Hot Dogs. I think this one is my favourite, no mixed media. I like how the photos are laid out in a sequence of the event, cooking hot dogs on a campfire at home.

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And…that is where I stopped. I didn’t make the last layout, number 8, perhaps I’ll get to finish it during the summer holidays. Only three more sleeps and school’s out for me!

Here are some links to previous double layouts which I have shared…

Jan CKC 4 

CKC 2-3

CKC Always Enchant

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CKC Oct. 2019 – Layout #3

Good morning,

A quick share of another layout using my CKC October kit. I used three papers from my kit, the navy and white polka dot, the yellow polka dot and the text dictionary print for the background.

I wanted to combine two challenges with this layout, my favourite online store, Annas Craft Cupboard,  and FB scrappy group had a mood board challenge for this month which I 72086680_10157321391587931_4661759538892898304_n (1).jpgloved. The colours were perfect for my photo. There was a slight hint of blue in the background of the photo and some lovely creams and golds from my daughters, hair, skin and jewellery. I used three different Tim Holtz oxide inks to grunge up the background using the plastic bag technique, a very simple technique using just ink and water to create amazing layers of colour. 

Then I rummaged through my embellishment supplies in my kit and on my desk. I pulled out some very old chipboard frames and a heart, some new Vicki Boutin die cuts, a scrap scallop edge from a chipboard sheet, and some Tim Holtz chipboard quotes and rose die cuts. Also on my desk was some copper glitter and a bag of sequins waiting to be put away, so I decided to use these as well.

I distressed the edges of my matting papers which included a few scrap pieces and the polka dot papers from my kit. I roughly laid out where I would place the embellishments, paper matting and photo, at this stage, I take a photo and use it as a reference later when adhering things in place.

I needed to make some changes to the chipboard frames/shapes as they stood out too much being plain white and cream. I dunked them onto a mix of oxide ink and water (to activate the oxidisation) and create a little implied texture and colour. I added some little specks of glue to each, using my finger, and sprinkled each with glitter, then shook off the excess. Let me just say that I am not a glitter girl and it is rare for me to use it if I do use glitter it is usually on Christmas items. For me, a lot of glitter is gaudy, but a little can add some magic to a layout.

After I added the embellishments, some of that glitter made its way onto the background, once again a little smear of glue with my finger and a very light sprinkle of glitter. Then, I added some sequins and some Nuvo crystal drops ( a recent purchase). I am still trying to master adding Nuvo drops, some had little peaks which I squashed down when they were half dry. The blue Nuvo drops worked every time, the metallic did not!

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I enjoyed putting this layout together, it is always fun to get messy playing with oxide inks. I think the layout came together well and I love how all the embellishments coordinated with the colours in the background.

Keep on scrapping everyone 🙂

*Note: if you are purchasing glitter, please only purchase the environmental type now available. We all now know how bad it is for the waterways and wildlife. When cleaning up your work surface, use a baby wipe, damp tissue/paper towel which will hold onto the glitter during the cleanup and try to dispose of it in a more eco-responsible way. As crafters, we all have a tonne of glitter in various forms, we need to try and do the right thing. Here are some links with advice on responsible use and disposal…

How to get rid of your plastic glitter

How to dispose of glitter

The eco-friendly guide to glitter

‘Go forth and sparkle responsibly’ 

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Lemon Tree…Very Pretty!

Morning,

Does anyone remember that old song where it goes ‘Lemon tree very pretty…’? When I looked at my photos of my citrus garden this song popped into my head and became the inspiration to my layout. This layout is all about pretty with lots of mixed media, flowers and foliage.

The background was fun to create with a layer of stencilling using a Kaisercraft stencil and texture gesso paste, some painting and splatter with Tim Holtz oxide inks and then sponging on some more ink using a Vicki Boutin leaf stencil.

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Next, to finish off the background, I stamped on some leaves using a Vicki Boutin stamp.

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Time to make some embellishments with more layers of oxide ink, Vicki Boutin stamps and some fussy cutting. It’s amazing what you can do with a scrap of white cardstock.

With my leaves cut, it was time to punch out some hearts. I pulled out a range of patterned paper scraps with different textures and patterns to keep things interesting, and even used the Vicki Boutin packaging!

Next, I dribbled some Heidi Swapp mustard color shine onto the background where I wanted my photo to be placed. I adhered my photo in place with some fun foam and glue and got to work adhering and layering my hearts and foliage embellishments. I added a Prima die cut and some stamped Vicki Boutin flowers. Then, finished off with some mustard coloured puffy hearts, a gold title of chipboard alphas and some white and yellow watercolour paint splatter.

I love how this turned out, it is so fresh with the mix of greens and yellows. A fun layout to create, though it was time-consuming…6 hours! I don’t usually spend this amount of time on a layout but I was chilling out and creating on a Friday night. Overall, time well spent!

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Fears! What spooks you?

Good morning,

It is a lovely spring morning here, the birds are tweeting, the golden sun is streaming low through the trees and I’m wishing that the school holidays were starting today! Unfortunately, we have one more week until I don’t have to set the alarm clock and will have the freedom to scrap every day if I feel like it. Who am I kidding, scrapping will be happening every day?

Anyhow, this layout share is about something completely different, no spring and no holidays. What I’m sharing is based on what I fear, with all the Halloween collections out now and the spooky paraphernalia in the stores, it got me thinking about spooks. For me, it is always the little creepy crawlies which do surprise attacks! For example, the other day I was outside enjoying and admiring the garden, the citrus trees are in blossom and hubby has been working on re fencing the orchard. I come back inside and I feel that creepy sensation of little feet crawling across the back of my neck! I do what any sensible adult does, I freeze. Then, I bravely try and flick the offender off my neck…really hoping that it is not a spider. Flicking success I think until I realise it’s on my arm! By now my heart is racing, I’m starting to panic, I’m telling it sternly to get off, it’s not doing that! Next, I’m screaming…it’s a baby pray mantis! I’m going to leave the story there, I’m pretty sure that you have an image in your head of what happens next, you know…the dancing and screaming!

So, back to scrapping. This layout is more like a story page, I have no images of the many times I have done the critter dance but I do have many stories I can tell about this insane reaction of mine to tiny insects (um…sometimes they are as big as my palm). I have left journal space to type up my story and add it in later, I may even add a tag/s with several SBC_sta-cms328_23365stories and slip them behind the journal mount.

Creating this layout gave me a great excuse to get messy with mix media and get out my favourite stamps from Tim Holtz, the Stampers Anonymous, Entomology set (CMS328). Ok, so now you will think I’m nuts, yep I said favourite. I love any papers, embellishments, dies and stamps which have insects, in fact, I kinda collect them. And…I have pet stick insects which I dote on, big suckers!

Let’s get down to the important stuff, scrapping. I started off creating my background using white cardstock and building up layers of Tim Holtz oxide distress ink. I’m trying to develop a grungy feel to my background, after all, I’m after spooky.

Next, some stencilling using a Kaisercraft 12×12 brick stencil. I’m going for a connection with house and home, so this was a perfect choice.

More stencilling, this stencil came in one of the Uniquely Creative kits. It creates a gritty, sandy, water like texture.

Now to add some details, I love this house plan stencil. It is quite intricate, including fine lines and text, so if you purchase it be gentle when applying the ink.

Next, some splodges! Nothing says grunge like paint splodges. I used a Kaisercraft stamp set and some purple oxide ink, purple speaks spooky to me and the Dusty Concord oxide ink has a lovely mottled, chalky effect. I overlapped the splodges to get more runs down the page.

Step 6! Wow, this background is taking some time. What spooky layout doesn’t need cobwebs? Another amazing stamp set from Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous, Tangled Web set (CMS346). This stamps beautifully, creating very fine, detailed lines.

The last step, grunging it up with a baby wipe. I mixed some texture gesso with some black Stazon ink (refill bottle), you could use any brand of black ink, I just grabbed what was handy on my desk. Use the baby wipe to smear on the gesso and wipe away excess. I love how this worked and had to stop myself from overdoing it.

After I dried off and ironed my background paper, I pulled out some patterned paper scraps to create embellishments. I had some AB Studio paper with text quotes which I cut apart to fit my fear theme. The quotes were actually about positives, never give up, fly high type of inspiration. I then used my new WRMK Clear Cut 2″ hexagon punch and punched a heap of PP hexagons. I distressed the edges of each but took ages adhering them to the page. I didn’t want to cover my lovely grunge which I had created…should I, shouldn’t I? In the end, most of it was covered.

I also pulled out some large Jillibean alphas (Farmhouse Stew collection), I love these, they are very versatile. It’s great to see that using large alphas and fonts is coming back in fashion, have you seen the gorgeous Ali Edwards ones? Devine. With these alphas, I inked the edges brown before foam adhering them in place.

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I needed a subtitle but didn’t want it too big or too small. I ended up using white glitter alpha Thickers which is on my bash (use it list), I am not really a glitter girl but seem to have a large collection of glitter Thickers. The white was too bright, so I applied some ink to tone them done to a subtle grey.

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Here come the critters!  Stamped, smudged with some distress ink and fussy cut (after I couldn’t find my matching die set which I own…grrr). I also stamped some critters straight onto my background.

Next, the final assembly adhering everything in place with double-sided tape, fun foam and tacky glue, adding my journal spots, quotes and critters. I love the end result, it was a lot of work, about 6hrs but it’s good for the soul messing around with ink and stamps. I do not usually spend this much time on a layout, it was a Friday night and I was home alone and just wanted to play with my supplies. No photos or sketches for inspiration, just all my creativity!

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Happy upcoming Halloween for those of you who celebrate it. I hope you are all creating Halloween pieces and layouts for the season, it looks so fun. For the rest of us who don’t celebrate, perhaps look at making a page about what you fear, it could help reduce the fear or phobia.

I would love to see what other spooky things you all create and welcome you to share your link in the comments. Remember if you are on the home page that you need to click on the title of the post to open the posting page to comment.

Keep on scrapping 🙂