…jumping, just because…

“why jump? because”


Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for this challenge at Off the Rails by thismuch.  They’re based in Australia, so time zones weren’t on my side.  However, I wanted to post this because it proves that even if you aren’t the biggest fan of the challenge, you can still make it work for you.


So the March challenge was a vintage moodboard with a sketch.  Browns, old paper, vintage photo, you get the idea.  I don’t love brown or vintage.  Just not my style, I really struggle with it, if I can get anything done at all.  So at first, I wasn’t going to enter.  Then I saw other entries that were using the orange tones from the moodboard, so I decided to give it a try.


I used colorful photos to help me work with it, and I tried to stay with the orange-ish shade and metal, cardboard, and wood embellishments.  I did use a little old school type paper from October Afternoon (pretty sure).  I also practically tore this layout apart and re-did it.  I’d had a lot of layers, and I just wanted feeling it.


Again, lighter colored papers and I was struggling.  So I took stuff apart, switched papers and embellishments a bit, and put it back down.  I’m fairly pleased with what I ended up with.


I knew what background paper I wanted to use, but I took a picture of it before I did anything cuz I want to try to recreate it myself.  Yeah, I really like it.  Anyway, I wanted to use Dyan Reaveley’s circles stencil, but didn’t want to use something opaque over the orange, so out came the gloss gel.


After that I added two shades of orange with my watercolor crayons to my background and my layers.  Little guy helped with the doodles/scribbles :).


As I said, I went through my stash and pulled out wood, metal, and cardboard for the brown/vintage tone.  Inspired by the rose’s leaf, I added a few pops of green
After I glued and re-glued all my stuff down, I added some orange paint, as well as splatters from my homemade orange spray (orange paint and water, baby!).  I also rough outlined several pieces with a black pen (fine point Sharpie and Fude ball 1.5 tip).


I used a mini star background stamp (courtesy of my SC kit) and stamped using black archival ink.  I didn’t put it on a block, just used my hands.
I LOOOOVE Kal Barteski’s brush lettering.  I’d gotten some thickers in the brush style, and since they were pink I gessoed over the top.  I painted the letters for part of my title, then grabbed cardboard letters and TH letters (which I covered in white, then orange paint) for my title.  I had journaling all set, but no place to put the card, so I decided it doesn’t need it.  Cuz how long have kids been jumping for fun?  Since, like, the beginning of time.  I’d say that’s pretty vintage, hmm?

So even if a challenge isn’t to your immediate liking, give it a shot.  You might surprise yourself.

Happy scrapping!

…getting some sleep…

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The final champion stirs and reaches out to any who can hear her voice. Yet all who heed her call will disappear into the misty fugue.

Awakening their new ally is only the beginning as Luke, Nyx, and their friends head south to the desert city of Bor’daruk. Hunting for another temple once used to seal Baron Kernaghan, they are unaware that the game of destiny has changed. Out for blood and pain, Stephen is determined to make Luke wish he’d never set out to become a hero.

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Charles E. Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz

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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.

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…getting in by the skin of her teeth…

I’m really sorry for this photo not being the best quality.  I’m off the bed and wanted to get this in before the deadline for Scrap Around the World’s March moodboard challenge.  I’m also entering this into Sketchabilities #136


Here’s the moodboard:


(I typed this all out before, so I just cut and pasted it here).  Is that moodboard awesome or what!  I’m not the girly, pink, flowery type, so this moodboard was very awesome for me.  My fave color is yellow, so that grabbed my attention.  Everything else, however, did too.  The turquoise chevrons, thread (I try to include it on most of my layouts), lego man (not scientifically minded, but Legos rock!), and I do like horses.  I’ve gone horseback riding before, and loved it every time.  So when choosing my background paper, I went with a SC sheet that looks like turquoise thread running across it.  For me, many thing bring sunshine to my soul.  One big thing is art, scrapbooking, etc.  And I like mixed media, a lot.  And art gets my mind running, it’s always looking at stuff from an art perspective.  A bag, design on a building, colors, all make my artsy heart squeal 🙂  So I scrapped a couple photos I’d taken of my inky, painty fingers 🙂

I used gloss gel through a chevron stencil in bits all over the page.  I searched my stash for yellow and turquoise, which included spraying some wood plus signs with Color Shine Teal, and some chipboard stars with Color Shine Yellow and Dylusions Lemon Zest (I warned you I liked yellow :D).

I also used my Lemon Zest spray on some mistable letters for the word “soul”.  I initially grabbed what I thought was an “O” but turned out to be a geotag.  Since the sunshine phrase tells about a “place”, as in there is sunshine in my soul, I though the geotag would be a really cool addition.  I used some Amy Tangerine Plus One, and die-cut more letters out of a doodlel pattern paper that I splattered with Dylusions teal, lemon zest, and my homemade orange mist (orange paint and water in a spray bottle).

Happy scrapping!