Back again to join in with Scrapping Outback for their next challenge: February "White with a Twist". Here is their inspiration photo:
Knowing I had to incorporate a piece of chipboard into my layout, I decided to plan my entire layout on whatever piece I could find in my stash... I came across a ScrapFX Wordlet ~ "Siblings" ~ and here is my layout based on that piece of chipboard:
The next morning, I used texture paste tinted a nice brown colour, and used a circles mask to create that feature on the background. I went 'outside the lines' with the mask and the texture paste, but I figured that added dimension... Again, I needed to wait a while for it to dry.
I used a piece of gold sequin mesh and a brown ink pad ('Chocolate Chip' Stampin' Up!) to create the border at the bottom by coating one side of the mesh with the ink and stamping it onto the page. I also stamped the mesh in a couple of random places on the cardstock. I also added a piece of the gold sequin mesh to the cardstock to add texture.
I matted the photo on a simple piece of brown cardstock. Down the right hand side of the page I heat embossed a heart image with white embossing powder. I also heat embossed the chipboard piece with white embossing powder (several times to make it thick and chunky).
Using my Avery Elle 'Needle Little Heart' die, I cut out the heart and, using brown DMC thread, I cross-stitched the heart. To finish off the heart, I edged it with 'Tea Dye' Distress Ink.
I needed something to balance the other side of the photo, and so I quickly punched out some paper flowers using the 'Mixed Bunch' punch from Stampin' Up!, curled, inked and finished them off with buttons.
I added a piece of roughly-torn brown patterned paper, some strips of yellow and white striped washi tape and some white and brown gel pen doodling to the upper right had side, and here is my page.
Phew! Much more work and a much 'busier' layout than I normally create - but it is great to push oneself outside of a comfort zone! Thanks to great blogs like Scrapping Outback, I am firstly starting to scrapbook again; and secondly, creating much more diverse types of pages.