…time traveling…

…to 4 1/2 years ago when my little guy was first born.


I’d been told by a co-worker to remember the photo session that immediately follows a birth, i.e. when the mom usually looks her worst from said birth.  Sweaty, hair a mess, the works…yuck.  So I decided that I wanted to look halfway decent in those shots and planned accordingly.  I wore one of my trusty bandannas (I’ve got several).  And have first baby hospital photos I don’t hate.  Though, my little guy still outshines me 😛


I used the color palette from the last ScrapFriends challenge, because it was an awesome palette.  I also incorporated the current sketch challenge because among other reasons, I thought the patterned paper (which I’ve been saving *cough* hoarding*cough*) worked great.  However, I realized one problem almost immediately.  I used gesso with the dots section of my Heidi Swapp stencil.  And realized my issue.  The patterned paper is not regular cardstock, it’s shiny, as in wasn’t going to soak up anything I put on it.  Okay, for adhesive, not for paints/mists, etc.  So, what’s a girl to do?  I lightly sponged gesso over the whole page.  Enough to give it “teeth” but not cover up the beautiful design.

I originally planned to mat the photos on several strips of patterned paper, but wanted to add something to the background.  So, I tore longer varied strips of same patterned paper, and mod podged them down to create carrying lengths.  Also in line with the sketch, I wanted the white gesso to create a fading effect.  So I gessoed over the patterned paper strips, “fading” it to the dots (I made more, hehe), but still showing the beautiful paper strips.


Then I set to work with my photos and embellishments.  I made photos mats out of fabric, a few of the small strips, and a chipboard frame and tag (lying around and marked from other projects)  The half star is from a stencil used on patterned paper and cut out, edged inked.  I added washi tape, TH film strip ribbon and reinforcements, a gear and bottle cap, decorative pin stuck in the bottle cap adhesive, feathers, Amy Tangerine embellishments, buttons, layered butterfly, journaling stickers, as well as a raw chipboard dress form and cardboard piece (which transformed itself into two small circles and a heart) painted yellow.  Oh, and that flower next to the butterfly?  White tissue paper with run-off from my gold Tattered Angels spray mist.  I had tried to use it on other projects and never quite worked.  I rolled it up into a small flower and stuck it on!


I used three different alpha sets for my title.  The journaling was done in my black Sakura pen.  On a whim, after outlining my title letters, I added the border around my journaling, and repeated the pattern in a couple corners of my layout to pull  it together.


After I took my photos, I realized I’d forgotten to fix one thing.  The “t” in still was originally an “l” because I’d stuck down my title before noticing I had no “t”‘s from that set.  I went back with a white gel pen and made the letter a “t”, then grabbed my camera and shot it again (thankfully the light was decent).  Whoops!

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

Extra, Extra! Third Installment in Legands of Windemere series…

…Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies has Arrived!!!

Allure Final Cover

Buy it Here!

The epic adventures of Luke Callindor and Nyx continue after their journey down the L’Dandrin

River in Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower.

Reeling from his failures in their previous adventure, Luke leads his surviving friends to his

hometown. With his mind frayed and his confidence fractured, Luke must face the family and

fiancée he left behind. It is a brief homecoming when the vampire Kalam attacks the village,

forcing Luke and Nyx to break into his lair for the key to resurrecting a fallen warrior. It is a

quest that will force both young heroes to reach new heights of strength and power that they

never knew they had.

Can Luke and Nyx escape the lair of Kalam? And, what role will the orphaned gypsy Sari play

in their looming destiny?

Wondering what you’re in for? Check out the praise earned by the first two

installments of this high fantasy series.

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Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero:

“I greatly enjoyed the vivid characters, the gripping plot, and the refreshingly unique writing style

(present tense). ” – kdillmanjones

“This is a sophisticated and delightful read. I recommend this book to lovers of Fantasy or to General

Fiction readers. The story is compelling enough to entertain a wide audience.” – John Howell

“One of the things that won me over was the bouts of humor. Especially in the beginning. “This is not

possible! I am a Paladin!” I thought I was going to die with delight.” – C.N. Faust


Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower:

“Something I find unique about this fantasy novel that I don’t often find in others, is that the hero, Luke

Callindor is rather of the unlucky variety. He does not get everything he asks for, he stumbles, falls, gets

knocked down (literally)and taught lessons as he goes. This is helping him to grow into the hero that was

promised in the first book.” – Ionia Martin

“Nyx is such a strong personality. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and more of the other

characters, new and already known, with the rich tapestry of Windemere unfolding in between intense

actions scenes and moments of kindness and budding friendships.” – Danielle Taylor

“Almost like the Harry Potter series. The books start out so young and innocent, but by the last book –

watch out!” — Momto4Booklover

Charles author photo B&W

Author Biography:

Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life

wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this

world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he

returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his

wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that

it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the

house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He

looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone

else to play with.

Blog- http://www.legendsofwindemere.com

Twitter- @cyallowitz

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/CharlesYallowitz

Another big event to celebrate the debut of Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies is that I’m

holding a Goodreads Giveaway! The prize is a paperback copy of ALL THREE LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE

NOVELS. Winners will be picked at the end of December, so go HERE to enter the contest.

…is still tickled…

… to have placed in the Top 3 at Unscripted Sketches for my “time to Soar” card.

Woot!  Woot!  (Yeah, it was awhile ago, but it’s still really cool!)

So yeah, I was surprised and please to see the little display, and all I was doing was checking the next sketch out!  If you haven’t visited this blog, please do.  They’re sketches are really cool, simplistic but you can do so much, so not so simple :P!  But, yeah, I’m really loving this challenge blog.

And yes, I’ve been quiet, but I’ve been super busy!  I had a six card custom order that I just recently finished.  I’ll upload those photos in my next post.  For now, I wanted to share a layout I made quite awhile ago.  It started out as something a lot different.  The challenge was to use some paper you’d been saving, fot just the right layout.  I had a sheet of red and yellow with a yellow bird.  Now I’ll readily admit thst I tend to be protective of my yellow papers, being that it’s my favorite color.  So this was big for me.  I was attempting a new paper technique, where you make snip in the paper and pull the sides apart (like a unzippering a jacket) to reveal the paper layer underneath.  Not sure if it has a name.  So I adhered my hoarded yellow patterned paper to a sheet from DCWV Performnae paper pack, since I wanted the sheet music to show through.  So, I tried it, but it wasn’t working, so I ripped the pieces off, then inked the area along with another area and a K&Co. fabric remnant (the piece below “OF”) with my brown pigment ink.  Then I used a Studio G clear phrase stamp “I love you” with the same brown ink on the exposed area in the top left corner.


I used a lot of K&Co. ephermera, including the copper transparency die-cuts.  The green bird was cut from another patterned paper, and I also added a piece of yellow doily.  There’s a wooden clock and butterfly from Little Yellow Bicycle; I outlined the clock with teal Adirondack paint dabber, and sprayed the butterfly with yellow mist spray (yellow craft paint mixed wth water in a Mini Mister bottle).

For the teal blue tag above, I outlined a tag on patterned paper, then used a text stamp with black ink for an allover patterns, and added my lace clear stamp (both from the Tattered Angels Rockin’ Renaissance set) with my copper pigment ink on it, added a Tim Holtz washer and bakers twine, and called it done.


I folded some wide yellow ribbon that was a dollar bin find, and stapled it to the corner.  My intent was to staple more and make a big flower, but I like it as is.


I used the same stamp technique on the red and blue flowers for added dimension (the flowers are from a Prima collection).  The red flower got a vintage “coin” for a center, while the blue got a tan brad.


For the title, I used Cosmo Cricket clear and gold mini letter stickers and phrases, along with large white rub-ons.


Enjoy and happy scrapping!