As I mentioned in my previous post, I've been camping over the Easter break. I had an awesome time resting and relaxing but mostly I enjoyed the opportunity to scrapbook. I never go camping without taking at least something to do that is scrap orientated. This time around I had only planned to do this layout for Scrap Around The World but I ended up doing my WW1 challenge as well. So all in all it was a very successful camping trip this time.
The mood board at SATW this month caught my eye immediately. Not that they always don't, but this one in particular jumped out at me. I love blues and aqua's. They always end up being some of my favourite layouts.
I took my inspiration from the butterfly's mostly. I just love butterfly's. In fact, lately, I haven't done a layout with out at least one on it. So I was extra pleased when I saw them here. I also loved the crackle affect. One of my favourite mediums, that I really don't incorporate into my projects often enough, is crackle. I also loved the circle swirls. I'm starting to get into Art journalling and the swirls look like something I could add onto a journal page next time I give it a go.
Isn't this the most ideal scrapbook studio? That's my mum's camper van in the background. She's so inspirational, she travels all over Australia in that, on her own. She's also my biggest fan when it comes to scrapbooking. The phoot is of my beautiful doggies. Xander is the Jack Russell sitting casually on top of Harry part Shepard part Malamute. Unfortunately Harry is no longer with us but he is always remembered.
I started this page with some stamping. As per usual, you can barely see it now but I used the Kaszazz background stamp "Subway Word Art". I love it because the wording is huge. Then I added the stencil. It's near impossible to see in the photo but it's important to mention because I tried something different with it.
You can just see it, in the photo below. I put Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the top of the still slightly wet modelling paste that I'd used for the stencil. It worked a treat. The modelling paste absorbed the crackle paint and began to crack as it dried. I later emphasized the cracks by adding some water colour.
I also used some of Tim Holtz's coloured crackle paint "Pine Needles". I also used a trick I learnt accidentally last week on one of my creations. Except this time it wasn't an accident, it was deliberate. Don't you love it when a miss fortune in scrapbooking actually creates a whole new technique. Well this one is gold!
I cover some chipboard or wooden embellishment (anything actually) with modelling paste and then, when it's not quite dry, stamp on it. It makes the best embellishment. I did it on this layout with the little wooden hexagons. One says Dream and the other, Wish. I also altered the other hexagons with Ink spray, crackle paint and black gesso.
Next weekend I go camping again (all these Public Holidays are fantastic). I'm hoping to do a couple more layouts or maybe I'll do some journalling this time. I'll see where the mood takes me.
Thank you so much for popping by and checking out my entry. I can not encourage you enough to attempt the challenges that are on offer. They stretch your creative rubber band like you could never imagine. Don't be afraid. Have a go. Like the mood board says "Don't Over Think, Just Let It Go". I am definitely much better at letting go when it comes to my creative side now days. I'm loving it!!