Sunday, November 27, 2011

I Am Layout

Happy Sunday fellow scrappers & bloggers! Today's page is one I did for the Once Upon a Sketch November 15th challenge. I liked the theme for this challenge which was to scrap yourself or any special woman in your life & to focus the journaling on being a woman--what is the best thing about being a woman?

Well my journaling was a combination of who I am & what I represent alongside the concept of being a woman & being darn proud of who I am! Journaling reads as follows:

I am strong, yet nurturing. I am independent & can be head strong--but I'm also sentimental. I am 34 & have embraced the few wrinkles that have already made their presence known in the corner of my eyes--I can't help it--I love to laugh. I am a dreamer--yet I am aware of reality & make the most out of what I'm blessed with. I am a wife. I stand by my husband through the good & the bad. I am a daughter. My everyday goal in life is to make my mom proud--I think so far I have succeeded. I am a co-worker. I share knowledge willingly. I am a friend. I try to share laughs, create memories & be there to comfort when tears are shed. Above all, I am a woman. I love who I am & what I represent...

Here's the sketch my page is based on provided on the OUAS site.

I had a blast making this page. I finally decided to get down & dirty with mixed media. My background is just a huge mixture of different mediums. I also got a little distress-happy. Even when distressing I tend to be 'careful' as to not rip the wrong way (if that makes any sense to anybody). This time I just didn't care...I ripped & tore away. I should've done this sooner!

I misted, stamped & hand stitched on this page. This close up is of the Tim Holtz film strip which I twisted instead of leaving flat to give it some dimension. You can also see some of the hand stitching here. I used a template to create the stitched flourishes.

The stamped floral branches behind the film strip is a stamp by Donna Salazar titled 'Branch'.

A photo of one of the clusters in the bottom corner. I'm becoming fond of small glass bottles & am using them in several of my projects lately. I filled this little bottle with small beads I have in my stash & then tied it with some hemp cord.

I primarily used the papers that came with the October 'Midnight Waltz' Swirlydoos kit which are by Glitz Design (Vintage Blue line). The tiny little spool was an embellie that came with the kit. I wrapped some thread around it & added it to my cluster of bits...

I used a couple of safety pins to keep my tears together. As for the background, let's see if I can remember everything I used on it. First I randomly & heavily spread some molding paste on it. I tried not to cover the entire corrugated cardboard. I still wanted small parts of the cardboard to peek through. Once the molding paste dried. I randomly painted over it with cream acrylic paint. Next I spread a bit of burgundy Stickles & Aged Mahogany Distress Stickles with my fingers. Once those dried I randomly painted the background with some Terra Cotta Spritz by Shimmerz & Holly Berries Smooch by Clearsnap. Phew...I think I'm finally done with that!

I also did some other random stamping on the background. The script stamp seen here is also by Donna Salazar. The birds in flight stamp is by Tim Holtz.

The two large light brown & cream flowers were handmade. I used the Spellbinders Carnation Creations die template by Donna Salazar to create them. I first embossed some light brown Core'dinations cardstock (Black Magic line) I had in my stash--sanded down the embossed design, cut out my flowers, layered them & finally added a brad as the center.

The beaded flower seen in this close up is also handmade. I have these available in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested.
A closeup of my journaling. I printed the journaling on vellum, tore around it & then inked the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink.

Finally, this is a closeup of the large chippie flourish by Dusty Attic. The chippie was first painted with Jasmine Mix'd Media ink by Donna Salazar. Once fully dry I stamped over the chippie with Faded Jeans distress ink & a French Script stamp by Hero Arts. Next I dry embossed the chippie with a swirl embossing folder. Finally I covered the chippie with embossing ink & embossed it with clear Kaleidoscope embossing powder by Stampendous.

A big thanks to all of you who stop by for a visit! Tomorrow it's back to work for me after a nice 4 day long weekend. Sigh...


  1. You're so pretty too! Great layout. Neat how all those beautiful colors came together.

  2. Beautiful layout! Love the brilliant colors, the stitching, all the textures! Gorgeous work! Thank you for playing along with us at OUAS!

  3. Love the way you've made every square inch a masterpiece, Kay!

  4. wow this is awesome ... love it so much and your journaling is fabulous .. thanks so much for playing with us x

  5. This is such a gorgeous page.
    Thanks for playing along at Once Upon A Sketch.

  6. HI.. this is amazing.. i love much to look at.. so many techniques you have used.. it looks a very creative and beautiful layout..

  7. Hi Kay!
    It's so nice to see you at OUAS. Your layout is stunning, I love the colors.This challenge has really inspired you. Beautiful.

  8. This is stunning! I love all your details and I can totally relate to all your journalling! Thanks for playing along with us OUAS =)

  9. Loving all the details. Thanks for joining OUAS

  10. I am so glad you had fun creating this page and it was totally worth it because I think it is just fabulous. Your details are amazing and I loved your journaling. I totally relate to it too.

  11. Kay this is just GORGEOUS!
    Fantastic details and I just love the way you place everything!

    Thank you for playing along with us! Have a great day! xoxo Nadia.

  12. This is just amazing. All your details are just perfect - I especially love the handstitching and the little bottle of beads!

  13. I love this so much. It is really beautiful. All those little details and touches are really impressive!!!
    Thanks so much for playing along at OUAS!!

  14. Oooh this project is totally lush Kay! Great job!! Thanks for playing along with us at Once Upon a Sketch :)


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