Monday 17 November 2014

The Four of Us

My husband and me with our two boys on October 5th, 2014

I made this page for my mother-in-law who asked for a layout of my husband and me with our two boys.  I knew I didn't have any recent photos of the four of us so we went for a walk along a nature trail for a scenic backdrop and used the timer on my camera.  Picture me pressing the timer button then madly stumbling across the rocks to get in position.  I actually started this layout a while ago but had to put it on the back burner for a while because of my other commitments.  As it was to be a birthday present I had to switch it to a priority to finish on time.

The background of this layout is a piece of 13arts paper,  Always Reach Higher, from their Fly Away collection.  I added some colour with a green Faber-Castell Gelato and diluted Flat Fabio mist to the background, did some stencilling with molding paste overtop, applied a clear crackle coat over parts and did a light grey wash over the crackled areas

13arts paper, "Always Reach Higher"

The Crafter's Workshop mini template - Kasbah

The old paper doily behind the photo was coloured with a green Gelato and Flat Fabio mists then glued to the paper with matte multi-medium .   I punched around the edges and added a bit more red to some areas of the paper to balance it out and sprayed the paper with a coat of Krylon Low Odour Clear Matte finish (to tone down the glossy look of the crackle which I didn't like).

Ek Success punch - Round Binding Edge

The rocks were made from oven-baked clay using a mold and then painted.  I did a basecoat of grey and played with washes and dry brushing overtop until I got something I liked. The clay stays somewhat flexible when cured so I was able to cut pieces of it off and place some of the "rocks" on top to make it look more natural.  The acorns were also made using a mold and clay.

First Impressions Molds -  Cobblestone Path
Best Flexible Molds - Oak Arbor

These are some of the other products I used:

Dusty Attic chipboard - French Flourish
Dusty Attic chipboard - French Flourish Border
Creative Embellishments chipboard - Flourish 10
Sizzix Sizzlits die - Autumn Gatherings

And some more close-ups:

The chipboard leaves were painted green and sprayed with brown mists, then lightly inked around the tips with black. 

 The lacy die-cut leaves were made using  Prima dies.

I sprayed the die-cut maple leaves with red mist then inked around the edges in black

Thanks so much for looking.


  1. Tracy, your work is absolutely stunning! The creative thought behind all of the details is outstanding. This is a completely MAGNIFICENT LO. Beautiful in every way. I cannot get over those rocks! You made them look REAL! OMG! I have a lot of molds and a lot of baking clays....I just haven't been brave enough to do anything (except hand rolled bird eggs - LOL). I am always so inspired by your work...I just can't seem to get it onto the paper though (LOL). Beautiful LO Tracy. I am beyond impressed! Lisa : )

  2. Also, I have to also comment that you have a beautiful family! You are so pretty : ). Thanks for always detailing the processes you use. I might get brave and try a small spot here and there on a future LO. I really really LOVE those Prima leaves. So glad you used them. Now I know they would be well worth it to get! And thx for sharing the HILARIOUS story of you scrambling over the rocks to get into position. That made me LOL!


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