Wednesday 1 April 2015

Hold onto Your Hat

My son, Colin, on June 23, 2006

This 12" x 12" layout is my entry for the April mood board challenge at Scrap Around the World.  I used the colours from the mood board.

Scrap Around the World - April Mood Board

I feel like I've been in a rut with my last few layouts so I wanted to do something a little less "controlled".  I'm always a bit nervous using stencils and sprays because I tend to wreck quite a few sheets of beautiful paper and get very discouraged.  This time I used a plain sheet so I wouldn't beat myself up (as much) if it ended up in the trash.

I began with a plain white piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping paper (I like the way the mists don't soak into this kind of paper and you have more time to manipulate them).  I applied some molding paste with stencils in the center of the paper, overlapping the patterns in places.  Then I dripped blotches of mist (by Lindy's Stamp Gang) in several different colours over the top.  I used some Flat Fabio sprays and Starbursts that added some shimmer to it.

Prima stencil - Stone Wall 3
Crafter's Workshop 6"x6" template -
Cherry Blossom

I set it aside for quite a while after that, not sure what to do next.  Finally I tried doing some random punching around the edges of the paper which looked awful.  To cover that up, I scrunched up small strips of white tissue paper and a few bits of cheesecloth and glued them all around the edges and dripped more of the mists overtop.  It probably would have looked better if I had remembered the exact coloured mists I had used on the center portion but I had set it aside for so long and cleaned up all my supplies in between so I had to guess.  I was also a bit more heavy-handed with the mists this time and the colour looked too dark and distracting so I brushed white paint over top to soften the look and highlight the texture.  I also distressed the edges of the paper.

At this point I was thinking "Oh well, it's this far gone, might as well just go nuts with texture".  I added bits of drywall tape and corrugated cardboard brushed with white paint and did some more stencilling with molding paste over the drywall tape.

Then I just added the embellishments:  some white roses sprayed with the same dark mist used on the background, chipboard gears, coconut buttons. a small piece of lace, a berry stem, some prima metal and resin pieces, wood veneer asterisks,  and a bunch of Petaloo flowers.

I painted the chipboard gears with a metallic black paint and then sprayed them with black, copper and turquoise coloured mists by Lindy's Stamp Gang.

Here are some more close-ups:

Thanks for looking!


  1. Hi Tracy! The textures and spraying are wonderful! You sure know how to fix 'all of those mess ups' you speak of! The border is exceptional!!!

  2. Tracy this is gorgeous! I love all of the stenciling you did. How genius to use the tissue paper when you didn't like the punches. I must remember that. The colors are beautiful and the picture of your son is adorable.

  3. Hi Tracy, I took a view on your blog and I like the art of scrapbook you do.
    This layout is so beautiful, and the colours are my absolutely favourites. Very well done, I love it!
    LG Petra

  4. Stunning, what you did with a plain piece of white paper!! And the way you handled the border with scrunched up tissue paper and bits of cheesecloth - inspired! Love the addition of the drywall tape too! All sweet perfection!!

    1. Thank you Natalie! You inspired me with what you could do with a plain piece of white paper!

  5. The end result looks amazing, and the creative journey sounds like a few detours were taken along the way, but that is all part of creating! The texture looks wonderful and the photo is lovely too!

  6. Hi, Tracy! Your page is so beautiful! The texture of your background is fabulous, love it! And what a sweet photo! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Scrap Arund the World!

  7. Adorable layout! I love all the textures and bits you've put it to create that!! Thank you for joining the SATW challenge!

  8. Stone Wall is my favourite stencil ATM and you've worked it in beautifully! Love this creation. Thank you for sharing your work and joining us over at SATW xx

  9. . the layout is beautiful!
    I love the combination of the two stencils ,is like a coral ...
    and have mixed awesomely colors ,textures and trims!
    Thank You for playing with us at SATW!

  10. Stunning layout! I love all the textures and all details. Thank you for joining the SATW challenge!

  11. Gorgeous layout! I love all the texture on your background! Colors are wonderful! Great photo! You did a fabulous job with this Mood board! All the best from SATW! :)

  12. I love that stenciling behind the photo! It's perfect! The texture and detail are amazing! Thanks for playing along at SATW.

  13. Lovely background stencil-work!! Hugs from The Netherlands


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