…channeling Mario and Lord of the Rings…

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It started with the sticker machines at the grocery store.  Then he asked for a “soft” Yoshi (aka, a Yoshi plush).  He also knew that Mario and Luigi were part of the “family”.  So after managing to procure the last small Mario plush at the toy store, he needed Luigi.  Once he had Luigi, he carried around the group all the time.  He loved them!  Still does, but I borrowed a little from LOTR for my title of “his PRECIOUS.”  Hee hee.

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Then there’s a lot of fussy cutting from patterned paper and journal cards.  I also added a metal clip holding some baker’s twine bits.  The background started as some Amy Tangerine Plus One paper (I mentioned this before, I love Amy Tangerine!).  Lots of people use white gesso before adding media, but I didn’t want to tone down the paper, just prep it for media.  So I went with some Matte Medium.

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Then I added some swaths of color, as well as some green through a Dylusions stencil, the did some stamping.  The tiny stars are a pattern stamp from a past Studio Calico kit.  Other words came from Citrus Twist kits, and “I Love You” is from 3rd Eye (a Polish company that sadly closed down, but you can still find stuff at other online stores).  I used a Citrus Twist sketch for this layout.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…rockin the green…

…headphones, that is…

“Green Headphones”

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Entering this for the Citrus Twist Dec. 13 Sketch challenge.  I was in Target, not really looking for them, but finding cheap headphones.  I chose the green (I’m Scotch Irish).  At the time I was working in the city, walking to and from Penn Station to get to my office.  And dealing the street salespeople.

It’s amazing seeing these people dressed for an office but standing in the street, so it’s obvious what they’re up to.  However, I don’t blast my music (hearing problems in the family, too), so I can still hear these people trying to get my attention, calling on my green headphones.  Blargh.

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I drew by hand and fussy cut the “GREEN” for part of my title.

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That’s a golden doily that I folded in half and sprayed with some Dylusions.  I also used some stickers and stamps from my stash.  A lot of my layers and embellishments deal with the work week (days of the week, “daily grind”), the nature of NYC (the globe), and my feelings about being singled out for my green headphones.  The smiley faces were great!

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Happy scrapping!

…recycling…

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So I planned on entering this for the Kraft + November challenge, which was to be inspired by P!nk, the musician, not the color 😛

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Now using kraft is a challenge for me, but I’ve seen some awesome interpretations, and I love P!nk, so I thought I’d give it a go.  Loving mixed media the way that I do, I had to art up my kraft background.

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I also tried to do a die-cut background, which forced me to cut my kraft paper in half to run them through my Cuttlebug.

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Unfortunately, with the holiday, and me trying to do too many things at once, I missed the deadline.

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However, I combined that challenge with the Off the Rails November moodboard.

I really liked the color scheme, and the recycling aspect, as I’ve always been into being green (I was super excited when they finally introduced paper recycling in my hometown :P)

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So my recycling on this layout comes from a clothing tag that I arted up.  I kept the word in keeping with the P!nk song “So What?”

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The main point of the layout is the number.  I started doing a local walk(Sounds of Silence, hence: SOS) to raise money and awareness about postpartum mood disorders (which I dealt with and in some senses, still do).

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When you register, the computer generates a random race number for you to wear.  You get your race number the day of the walk.  Now some people would probably get upset at the number that I ended up getting.  However, I’m not of that persuasion and simply found it hilarious (I’m weird like that).  And so thus the title of my layout, hee hee.

Happy scrapping!

…looking fabulous…

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I was trying to work out my background a few different times.  I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.

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I used the main November kit from Citrus Twist along with some thing from my stash.  My mother-in-law gets her nails done regularly.  I can imagine so many people saying that being around girls makes my son girly.

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Well, for one, I’m not girly.  For two, the boys outnumber the girls in our house.  So Grandma came back wth her nails done and little guy decided he needed his nails done.  Fingers and toes.  Oh yes.

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I used gesso through a stencil that is all about being who you are, regardless of what anyone else thinks.

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I also used some orange paint through a Dylusions number jumble stencil, as well as the “BORN TO STAND OUT” stamp from the kit.

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All the stamp and ink is Tim Holtz (distress stain, distress ink, archival ink) except the red, which is Liquitex liquid red ink.

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I used my TCW Cloud stencil and a Dylusions stencil to cut clouds and the number “10” from some of the patterned paper.

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I grabbed some journal cards from my stash, along with a manila tag sprayed with Dylusions through Dina Wakley’s dot stencil, and a planner divider from BoBunny’s Zip-a-Dee-Doodle collection (LOVE that collection).

Entering his for Citrus Twist’s Nov. 8th sketch.

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…thankful…

…for a seriously colorful and awesome moodboard!  This is right up my alley!

“U & Me”

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Scrap Around the World October moodboard

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Besides the colors, I used lots of hearts, circles, and stars along with some twine (from the hanging shapes).  My journaling card tells what I’m thankful for regarding the photos of hubby and munchkin working on a jigsaw puzzle together.

I also played with the single page sketch from Stick It Down.

Happy scrapping!

…gaining perspective…

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I had an idea pop into my head, and still had plenty of supplies that I hadn’t used, so after grabbing a couple other things, I managed to get this done in two days!  Unheard of!

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And I even added a little media to it!  So I grabbed some awesome patterned paper from my most recent Citrus Twist kit.  I turned it sideways and dripped from Liquitex liquid ink in red and yellow in two spots.  While and after it was drying, I put together my other layers.

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I’ve read from other people how it’s rather freeing to just use what you have and call it done.  I have to admit they’re right!

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For me it’s easy since I tend to grab way more stuff than I’ll actually use which means plenty of leftovers ;P

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However, a majority or this layout came from stuff that I’d grabbed but not used.  I added some washi, alphas from a past Citrus Twist kit, and a sheet of Kelly Purkey stickers.

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An UmWow Studio badge and chipboard arrow that I covered using my Sakura orange paint marker and used my white-out pen to outline it.

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That rainbow tag is actually a reclaimed envelope covered in watercolor crayons.

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The layout just didn’t seem finished until I added a little hand-drawn border.

I’m entering this in Scrap Our Stash #30 – LAYERS

Labels
Acrylic die-cut
Yellow
Edge distresser
Red ink
Stickers

and Stuck Sketches September sketch.

Happy scrapping!

…having a flashback…

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I’ve noticed that lots of mixed media scrapbookers tend to use gesso to cover their page before adding paint or whatever.  My issue with that is I usually really like the paper I’m using, so I’ve started using matte medium instead.  Same purpose, but clear.  So I grabbed some Amy Tangerine patterned paper and spread matte medium, then sprayed Dylusions ink through my Dylusions alpha stencil in a couple spots on my page.

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With Scrap Around the World‘s moodboard this month, I got inspired by the writing, letters, and school atmosphere.  I also had yet to scrap the photos from my little guy’s first day of pre-school (he’s now in 1st grade).

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I used cameras and hearts for my visual triangles.  That’s a Webster’s Pages cameo, a acrylic die-cut that I colored the heart green with paint markers, and a chipboard diamond from my Citrus Twist.

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Washi tape from Citrus Twist kit, Pinkfresh stickers and stamp

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UmWow Studio chipboard covered in gesso and orange paint marker and Heidi Swapp phrase stamp

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UmWow Studio chipboard frame colored with paint markers, alphas from CT kit, Pinkfresh puffy and epoxy stickers, MME chipboard paper airplane (a classic symbol of school in my opinion), SC chipboard camera, thread from my stash

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I stuck with grid and notebook designs in keeping with the school theme.  Simply Stories journaling card, Leftover tag from SC kit (I cut the top off for a previous project), chipboard shape with goil foil word

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Sodalicious (honeycomb with book text) and Little Yellow Bicycle (letters) patterned paper, paper clip from my stash, wooden phrase from CT kit, label from SC kit, Kelly Purkey label sticker, Pinkfresh sticker

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Journal stickers, paint splatters

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Amy Tangerine Stitched rub-on, cork alphas, Kelly Purkey label sticker, HS stamp

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Chipboard heart painted green, chipboard alpha stickers from CT kit, retro alpha stickers from stash

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Kal Barteski thickers, SC chipboard camera, Pinkfresh (?) wooden badge

I also want to enter this for Scrap Our Stash‘s challenge #30 – school supplies (Little Yellow Bicycle alpha patterned paper, paper clip, notebook and grid themed journal cards and chipboard paper airplane).

Happy scrapping!