Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I'm not sure what's up with me but I've been doing quite a bit of scrapbooking lately. Usually I make cards because they are so much quicker but I guess my mojo has been strong. I've also been getting lots of inspiration from my stack of scrapbooking magazines! For example, today's layout is inspired by Scrapbook Trends March 2011 Challenge Sketch (p. 84).
My darling son after he received an award at school

I tried a few different techniques for this layout which was pretty exciting. First off, I don't think I've ever layered this much, or used so many different papers. All of the papers are from Basic Grey's "Oliver" paper pack so I knew they went together but it was still pretty scary!

Then I couldn't find a background paper that I liked so I made my own! I started with a silver cardstock and then sponged on Jet Black distress ink in a random pattern. I should be honest though and admit that at first I was just inking up the edges of the paper but the sponge slipped and left a streak on the paper. I could've started over but instead I decided to go with it. In the end I love the rough, burnished appearance of paper.

I also inked up the letters and embellishments for the page. It was fun digging through my chipboard box for suitable shapes - I chose the spirals because they felt so festive. Some of the chipboard was already coloured, other pieces I inked.

I'm really going to try and make some cards this week so for you card-makers out there, stick with me! Thanks for visiting!



  1. Your layout for such a special occasion is wonderful! Love the colors you used and the different embellishments. Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  2. OMGosh this is such an amazing creation, and such lovely choice of colours,

    thanks for sharing with us at Secret Crafter: 126 Anything But a Card

    Good luck with the challenge,
    Hugs Bridget :) x.

  3. Gorgeous creation

    Thanks for joining us at Secret crafter Saturday this week and good luck!


  4. Thanks for joining in our Crafty Cardmaker's spotlight. You LO page is of course fine. What a sweet LO it is , congratulations on your award little one. Caz

  5. This is fab hun, love your handmade paper, your recycled ribbon is fine too, thanks for joining us at Basic Grey, hugs Liz xx

  6. Shelley, this is amazing, I truly love everything about this. The layout is great, I adore that cluster of embellies, the colours & of course your backing paper! Not forgetting the subject too!! x

  7. Lovely!

    Thanks for joining us on our "Anything but a card" challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE :)

    Hugs Jane x

  8. Fab LO!
    Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
    Helen x

  9. WOW, what a gorgeous layout! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown! We hope to see you again next time!


  10. Beautiful layout! Thanks for joining in Basic Greys recycled challenge!
    /Hanna xx