Sunday, 17 March 2019

So This Happened - TTCRD Design Team Spot

I have to say I'm pretty excited!

Design Team roles usually come in two main types - either designing for online challenges or for a retailer/brand.

This one is the former, except Through The Craft Room Door also has an electronic magazine so writing articles for the magazine is part of the role too and that's the bit that made this one really interesting to me.  I's not like I like writing much judging from my blog posts, right?  🤣🤣🤣
Sadly I found out just after posting that the magazine has been discontinued and the last issue just came out.  My acceptance was in January but I didn't get my start date til recently so haven't been privy to all the behind the scenes stuff

I think it was less than 24 hours since sending off my application that I got a reply inviting me join the team! 😮😮😮.  My term officially starts in April, so if you like to get your craft one, please join in the weekly challenges!

You can find the blog (with challenges) here: TTCRD Blog
The TTCRD Facebook Page
There is a public Facebook group too: TTCRD Facebook Group

That's all for today!  There are a few things I want to make sure I get done in March before I start making for TTCRD so stay tuned!

Love and caffeine fueled creating!

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Return to the Collection and RYS Challenge

This month over at Sara Scraps' Rediscover Your Stash Facebook group the product focus of the month is...letter stickers.  They're another one of those products that you can use in vast quantities and yet the stash remains undiminished.  Except Thickers where the very pack you want is always missing a critical vowel or T, S etc.

You get the idea!

Sara threw down a challenge to post a project using all the letter stickers while she and Khristina Sorge were away co-hosting a retreat.  A crafty retreat is exactly what I need need, but since I'm inconveniently located on the wrong side of the world, making amidst feeding hungry boys is the best I can do.

The layout I made that used the most letter stickers was one I made last year for a Paige Evans challenge and while it's basically done, I still want to add a few finishing touches.  Definitely cheating to upcycle it for this!  I'll post it in due course - (probably when I binge scrap all the other partially started Paige Evans challenges).

The other possibility is a rudimentary layout that originally began for a 2014 class by Shimelle called Return to the Collection.  I have a whole lot of partly finished layouts for a small holiday we took at about the same time. 

We rarely get away so despite being a short getaway and not far from home, it was a memory worth recording and in its own album since we crammed a lot into those few days.  We had a two day pass to Sovereign Hill and as a Janeite (yes it's an actual thing) I got a bit excited when I saw this guy leading his troops through the park before giving a rather lengthy speech about his conquests against the Russians (much my my amusement and NPCH's* consternation).

 Shimelle also used a 5x7 photo, but in the landscape view and I wanted the lines from the novel to serve as a kind of long title or journaling.  I applied most of it before peeling it off and throwing the layout back unfinished and pulled apart before it was even half done.  I just couldn't get it to work.

Five years later I was determined to get it done and I'm pleased to say I have, although with a LOT more of the page covered than the original prompt and my expectation required, but I'm reasonably pleased.

The passage of time allowed me to come up with new directions and adding supplies to the original ones I pulled out to use in the album.  I added a few extra layers of paper  - in particular paper with a notebook, text or bookish feel.  Even a strip of stickers on the My Mind's Eye sticker sheet I had been using looked like a row of pages so I shared it around the areas of embellishment.

The quote required smaller stickers and to be positioned next to the photo to get the proportions right (although taking up more page space than I initially hoped). 

I even managed to fit in a title and little bit of journaling.  For any given layout in a "themed" album, no page requires a lot fortunately!

And here's the finished page - the first finished page in the album! 


Love and alphabet antics!

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Don't Grow Up, It's A Trap! RYS Challenge 8, Boy Layout

Remember how I said I would be trying to work on as may of the now closed challenges from JANUARY'S spending freeze over on the RYS Facebook Group run by Sara Scraps and Khristina Sorge

Well today I'm sharing another one.  I really did finish it on 28 Jan, buuut blogging took a bit longer!

his one uses both January and February's product focus which was 6x6 (or on this particular case 8x8) paper pads and February's product focus was really exciting - VINTAGE products - both in terms of era (think companies who atr no longer with us) or vintage style.  I'm running with October Afternoon which is both!  I so miss their collections! 😭😭😭

The Rediscover Your Stash challenge I'm doing is #8 called "Reach for the Stars'.  I was thinking that maybe I could sneak it into challenge #10 which is called "Top 10".  It's about making a top 10 list and while my layout isn't about a top 10,  it definitely is about the number 10.  I toyed with the idea of working a top 10 list, but wanted my page to have a lit more breathing space.  I failed in that as well, but on the balance of things, I'm not unhappy with it.

My first objective was to figure out how to get stars as the focus. I use them a lot, so it's one of those times where initially the number of options made it hard to decide.  I wanted to include it all!

You may remember my Silhouette playing up last December?  I had a couple of solutions to implement and figured a simple star cut file was the ideal test subject.

I found one in my Silhouette Library called Spooky Stars by Paige Evans.  The stars were relatively big and sparse compared to some designs and charmingly irregular in shape.

I did have to make a few adjustments to get the stars to fit nicely and evenly on the sheet without any of them being too small.  I also wanted to use October Afternoon's  Rocket Age collection.  The colours were right for what I was thinking,  I have multiple copies of (most of) the 12x12  papers, and the paper pad 9which due to its smaller scale) will be ideal for backing the cut file.  I probably also have some of the original embellies.

I had to borrow more red from other OA paper pads when I had an idea that revolved around a particular sheet of pattern paper by Shimelle from her Starshine Collection.  That paper (called Voyager)  is basically a cut apart number paper with a fantastic B-Side.   I'm talking about the one with the different coloured blocks numbered 1 to 10 in words.  Since I have this paper in a variety of sizes and both single and double sided sheets, I figured this would be a good opportunity to use up at least one of them. 

(And no, Sara Scraps I am NOT counting Starshine as vintage!) 🤣🤣🤣

I ended up using the largest one (mostly covered) to the right of the photo... and the smaller one from the 6x6 paper pad as an embellishment. 

Seeing the smaller one in its entirety makes it more obvious the the big one is the same even tough you can't really read what it says

Before I made any decisions on where such large pieces should go (I hadn't figured out what I was doing exactly!),  I had get on with backing my cut file and that meant cutting up small pieces of 8x8 paper pads and maybe the off scrap from my scrap box.  Backing the stars was easy since there is plenty of room around them and the pieces didn't have to be accurate,  I had the urge to stitch around the stars... in SILVER thread!  Not as easy as it looks!  I wasn't going to go near the tiny ones, but that's OK,  Still looks purposeful.  In hindsight, it might have been better to use the free motion foot on the machine to go around he stars and and maybe "scribble" messy circles of thread around the stars.  Next time!

(Can you see the remains of the previous two layouts n my desk?)

Every so often there is something I have learned on this crafty journey so today I will share one such thing with you.  I hope you find it useful ab I'd love to hear about your journaling habits on the comments.

Today I'm going to tell you about matching a photo to a story that might not have one


(click on pic to enlarge)

 Believe it or not, despite having an idea for a story, I didn't have a photo!  I do that sometimes - having an idea for a story then finding a photo to go with it even if the pic isn't directly related to th story or of the event in the journaling.

This layout is about SmallCraftyDude turning 10.  I don't celebrate birthdays and this isn't about a birthday, but more a general reflection of is first decade ad how I feel about it and about him growing up,  I found a photo of him posing (with a pencil sharpener of all things, but the soft focus and warm slightly vintagey atmosphere seemed pretty good to me.  It was taken in June which was the same month he was born, but not the exact day I don't think.

I love this photo yet never had any idea for a story,  I mean what can you say about it?:  
"This is Max and his tiger pencil sharpener his friend gave him,  It sharpens really well" 
I have. fair few of such photos, but I find that biding my time will find me a story eventually like this tune!

Now where was I?  Oh that's right!

After applying my usual paper layers under the photos (from the same OA 8x8 sheets that I used to cut pieces out for the stars).  I chopped up a square 6x6 sheet that looked like a data log from Shimelle's Starshine collection into pieces for the journaling,  It ended up being longer than I expected!  I also added the largest "ten" die cut ticked into the right hand side just enough so that the full one at the top makes the connection between them - I hope!

For the title I really wanted to use the phrase from a Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Collection set of chipboard Thickers,  They are quite big and can be challenging to use, so they work well for titles...except on this one because the colours didn't quite work and while I did mix white and cream, these were really white.  I will hve to make another one with this as a title,  Perhaps for my nieces?? 🤷

I went with Shimelle's Fitzgerald Thickers in silver and OA's faithful mini market stickers in red.

At this point it seemed Starshine was the way to go for embellishments so that's what I did along with a lot more stitching on the machine.  Shimelle's collections often include a sheet of numbers.  I found a few bingo style patterns among my remaining OA stash and cut out the 10 from those.

I also wanted the branding strip from the one of the Starshine papers,  I think it might have even been the Voyager paper since I remember it had a countdown!!

Because the background was dark, it make a good opportunity to use those clear stickers designed or photo, but in white,.

At the same time, the clear stickers from Starshine would not work so I just mounted on cardstock scraps and cut them out. Too easy.  A scattering of word stickers to each embellishment grouping and more stitching!

There has been a great deal of controversy online in the crafting community about flair badges rusting,  I find it depends on the backing, because some with a particular type always rust and others never do. Unfortunately OA badges are the kind that rust. 😭😭😭

The rust is contained within the badge so I don't worry about it getting on my layout, Certain layouts actually lend themselves to rusty badges and I think this is one of those, so I threw on half a packet! Another tick and another dimension to the vintage product focus at RYS!

While looking for finishing touches, I remembered I still had some metal stars by Basic Grey which I used on the "Game Boy" layout

Due to their age, the glue on the foam dried up on both sides and fell out, so cutting up teeny bits of foam squares wasn't fun,  but these ones were not so bad.  Maybe they were from a newer batch?🤔

Huzzah for another vintage product!

Lastly I thought the red half beads by Ink Road Stamps (which are actually named after me - for reals!) kinda looked like moon rocks so on they went.

I think I have learned enough over the past few days to stop!  I think I pulled off fairly sizable embellishments as it was and didn't want to ruin anything.

I have to say that while the block with the photo and journaling (and also the embellishment clusters themselves) turned our a bit bigger than I expected, it definitely was not as bad as it could have been or as big as yesterday's clusters!

Big clusters aren't a bad thing...they just aren't always what I want!

So here's the finished product:

Don't Grow Up, It's a Trap!

Well, my projects for this week didn't come on the order I expected, so if you've been waiting patiently for cards, I do apologise and please check back in a day or two!

Love and lets-hope-she-makes-them-cards!

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Ode to Joy with CKC Jan Kit and three challenges!

Well this is a very efficient page in terms of challenges (unless you count the two backgrounds I hated and tossed along the way 😂)

I'm using my January kit that I put together for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, I'm still working through the January challenges over at Rediscover your Stash and this layout will count for Challenge 6 - "Floral Frenzy".

The cutfile is a freebie from the lovely Jen Schow and she has challenged everyone to use it and post in her Facebook group - Crafty Use it or Lose It (incidentally I was gonna do a series with this name but she beat me to it!!)

Lastly, Virginia Walker is challenging everyone in her Facebook group (Confessions of a Paper Addict) to dust off the mixed media and make a mixed media layout by 2 March.

Since Joy suggested adding a bunch of mixed media items to include in our kit, it seem to be the right time!

The journaling on this page will a lot more in depth about how we became friends and how it evolved over the years and other little bits and pieces.  Far too much to write straight on the page or put on a single journaling card, so I'm doing a pocket next to the photo. I have plenty of glassine bags and I'll slit the page protector in the approximate spot to make retrieval of the journaling easier.  It's not super private, but a bit personal maybe,

So...on to the layout then.  The first thing I did was cut the floral bouquet by Jen Schow in 2 sizes.  I backed them with papers from 6x6 paper pads (and the odd bit from my scrap box) so that's a yay being the product focus for the month of January at Rediscover your Stash

Next came time to recap of the mixed media items I put into the kit.

Colours - Soft Greens, Peach and some Pink
12 x Patterned Papers -
*1 x 6 x 6 Paper Pad
(Paper pads are also the product focus of the month on the Rediscover your Stash Facebook Group so I'm picking two)
*Wooden Embellishments
*2 x Mists
*Texture Paste
*2 x Stencils
*1 x Cut File
*1 x Washi Tape

I ended up choosing more than 2 mists to get a better rainbow effect, but only so the basic colours of peach, pink and green would look OK when mixing so a bit of yellow was needed to separate them and I threw in some deeper turquoise to balance things out.

This is all after treating a sheet of patterned paper (I wanted one with roughly painted black stripes and this one by Dear Lizzy was the first one to fit the bill.)

I did have a different paper which went horribly wrong so I got another sheet of the same paper which was better but also horribly wrong.   I can still use the reverse side of those so it's not an entire waste!

I really really love the look of layouts that use large cut files and mixed media, but I'm just not that good at them,  I don't want all my layouts to be like this, but I want to include them often enough in my albums to be something that's a change from most pages, but not super rare either.  Maybe a bit more frequent than that.  Am I making any sense?  (cos that'd be a first! 😂)

I started by prepping the page with the customary layer of gesso.  If  I wanted the stripes to remain uncovered I could have gone with a translucent or clear gesso, but I deliberately went with white to tone them down a bit.

Next step was white texture paste through a butterfly stencil before adding the colour with the "smooshing" technique, but gave up pretty fast since it was too slow and I wanted the colour to be more intense, so I sprayed right onto the layout (but aimed close to the page to reduce cast off spray) and if necessary adding a spray of water to help it move around,

It lightened a lot as it dried so I just layered more mist.  So much for my plans to have just a little bit of colour in the middle which peeks just beyond the flowers and photos I layer over it.

I felt like I wanted some stamps or stenciling or something else, but you can understand my reluctance after previous disasters at this point 😂!  Joy specified TWO stencils so I should have added some before I even added the embossing paste, but at worst under the mist.

What if I use something opaque and not too runny on top?  🤔 I have some distress paint in bronze which I used on the leaves of the cut files.  It's still a bit runny, though.  Would it look really bad if i added gold instead?  I'm thinking Viva Decor Inka Gold.  I only have it in gold and silver, but it's more like a waxy polish and doesn't have thickness so it's perfect (except for the colour!).  The bronze leaves aren't hugely obvious and I'm sure I included rose gold, copper and yellow gold together on yesterday's facing page!!

I have been putting aside any kind of embellishment with "Joy" on it for months.  This cut apart sheet is actually from a Christmas line by Studio Tekturek, but it has some great neutral B side patterns in black, white, red and peach so there is lots to use even for people like me who don't celebrate holidays,

The heart was just open so I punched a few holes and hand stitched to bring in the green and I had another punny title in mind so I let the journaling card form part of it and black Thickers made it look more like a title.

The plan is to try to bring in some of the papers from yesterday's layout and layer up a nice thick stack under the photo and determine a space somewhere for the pocketed journo. 

This ended up being to the right of the photo and balanced the title card on the left.

I positioned the floral cut files roughly where I wanted them, BUT I wanted MORE flowers!  I fussy cut the Maggie Holmes paper from the Gather Collection (the one with the green roses and peachy leaves).  I shoved these under the cut file bouquets, but it still wasn't enough. 

Out came my box of flower die cuts and fussy cut flowers (mostly Maggie Holmes and pulled out some pink and peachy coloured flowers.  Much better!👍👍👍

At this point I remembered the original CKC inspiration kit had some kind of tulle embellishment so I made up this super fast tulle flower. 

While searching for something unrelated, I found an unopened packet of Maggie Holmes mini tassels in pink, peach and mint,  After threading them onto paper clips, they weren't even that hard to use!  No idea what all the fuss was about. 🤷

As I looked at the layout and lamented that all but about 2 of the texture paste butterflies were now covered up, I found some of the Maggie Holmes paper called "Monarch"  from Chasing Dreams which I started fussy cutting for other layouts.  Naturally, I wasn't going to leave them like that - I punched some smaller butterflies from vellum and stitched them together,  They're kind of subtle since the colours are so similar to everything else, but that isn't a bad thing considering how out of control this page is getting and I haven't even got to the small things!

There was this large sticker with the map of the world on it when I was struggling to use and Joy suggested I use it on on of "our" pages.  I wanted both UK and Australia to show so I did trim it down then slice it in half and split it across the page to make it less heavy,  I added arrows just to point out the relevant countries.

As I double checked the list, I realized I was still missing Washi and wood veneers!  I went with black washi to break up all the other colours and not make the title look like an anomaly.  Three small wooden hearts added to three groupings.  I probably wouldn't have if they weren't on the list, but at this point it was so out of control and even exceeded my limit of stuff that I just rolled with it!  Besides I don't use wood veneer as often as I'd like.

I didn't even add any crafty motifs or other word stickers - just the ones I pulled out about "Joy".  Stuff about out day out or travel or "today" wouldn't have really worked with the journaling.

I added some small postage stamp style stickers to give the words somewhere to sit, but that was about it (besides some bling at the very end!!)

It was about this point that I realized I needed somewhere to write. The journaling cards needed to be custom cut since the glassing bags were narrower than 3".  I figured a paper pad might be the answer since I could have a pattern on one side and white on the bag for writing, 

The search as over when I found the Maggie Holmes paper (aptly named "Library") from Chasing Dreams which has all those book covers,  I fussy cut them since THEY were the perfect size for the pocket!

I can use as many or few as I need.  I tried stamting one on the plain side with a notebook style stamp.  The lines were too widely spaced so I stamped twice,

OK brace yourselves.  This is a bit much even for me! 🤣🤣🤣

Ode To Joy

Love and excessive embellishing!

Monday, 25 February 2019

Rediscover Your Stash Challenge #3 and January CKC Kit

I know,  February is grinding to a halt and I'm finally using my Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit from JANUARY and completing challenges from JANUARY'S spending freeze over on the RYS Facebook Group run by Sara Scraps and Khristina Sorge

So what was Challenge #3 for January I hear you ask?  It was about being a "copycat" aka scraplifting someone's work you like.  And here is a link to my kit reveal for January.  In that blog post I talk a little bit about the inspiration behind the kit and one layout I already planned was inspired in both colour and style by THIS ONE by the lovely Shimelle.  It was her page that helped me come up with pink and peach to go with the minty green.  That blog post talks a bit about that too.

Since January (and pretty much all of February) has come and gone, I decided I would use my kit as a starting point, but if I wanted something else that wasn't there I would just use it and not count it or anything like that.  These pages are too important to not use what I really want to.   There are lots of little details (aren't there always?) on this layout and pretty much all of them have relevance to the story.  You'll have to indulge me in going through them in detail for this special page!

I knew I wanted to use green since it's Joy's favourite colour (and a challenge for me) and she would do the same with pink.  I liked the idea of including some pink since this particular page is about us.  After watching Shimelle's YouTube video, adding peach struck me as a really lovely idea for something a bit different and the paper that looks like mermaid scales brings pink, peach and orange together.

This colour combination was further extended by incorporating  Echo Park's I'd Rather Be Crafting line.  Shimelle's layout was one of few that use themey papers and this one needed craft themed paper since the photo doesn't show this part of the story.  Joy and I met in Shimelle's Scrapbook like a Superhero Facebook group and the embellishment in the top left corner is a nod to that.  The one Shimelle used in the same spot was smaller and that's my only regret with this one since it competes with the title.  There were tiny versions among the stickers and die cuts from the collection, but they were too small and I needed to change the "my" to "our" in any case.

For the background, Shimelle used a pattern paper that was already made up of 2 patterns on the diagonal.  I've never been able to get my mind around it so I thought I'd try.  I did decide to use 2 different papers rather than a pre-printed version (one of them was actually the deeper turquoise from the same Dear Lizzy paper Shimelle used, because I couldn't find one that was exactly right),  I also felt that stitching was absolutely essential and partly due to the papers not lining up exactly.  Getting an exact cut on the diagonal isn't as easy as it looks!

The frame from American Craft's Autumn Crisp worked well with everything else,  I did mean to use more of it, but as it was I had to leave off so much that I hoped to include.  At least I have a few more stories and layouts to try to use more on.

I wanted to use that journaling card on the right, even though it probably takes up a bit more room than is ideal.  For some reason, printed accents like stitches or staples bother me, so I stitched over the dotted lines (ok so not exactly printed stitches, but it was a nod to the ones I used on the background) and used the Tiny Attacher to go over the printed staples.  I also added staples to the "superpower" accent (and stitching too) for the same reason.  Even though it was well into Autumn when we had our outing, it was quite a warm/hot day.  The card summed it up beautifully and oddly, the colours on this layout aren't totally least not to me anyway!

I love punny titles or alliteration, so this one worked well,  The "Let's Go" was from Shimelle's A Head in the Clouds sheet of word Thickers which can sometimes be a challenge to use so I try to when I can.  And the word "JOY" was from a similar set of word Thickers from Shimelle's Little by Little collection now that I think of it.  TWO in one layout?  I'm on fire! 👍👍👍

See that wrinkly map above?  It's a blast from the past (FabRips by Studio Calico) which I kind of  scrunched when I stuck it down for extra texture.  I added a little bit in a few other spots.  It's meant to be subtle, but the idea of both local travel that day and international travel for Joy is the inspo behind it.

I absolutely had to include the graphic of Shimelle and a "glitter girl" sticker considering how Joy and I met!  Plenty of wordy stickers everywhere relating to friendship, adventures and having fun. ➡

While Joy doesn't come from London itself, I'm sure she will forgive me for using a double decker bus.  I have a few of these with little opportunity to use them.

A map of Australia would have to suffice to represent me (although I don't feel Aussie - is that odd?).  I'm always trying to find opportunities to uses globes and I thought I'd be able to add more.  Well there are several more layouts in this series so as long as I don't forget...

If you watch Shimelle's video, her page has lots of detail, while still remaining light and airy.  This one is definitely not airy, but I do love that all the "stuff" has meaning.  Even the roses - they are fairly synonymous with England (being their national flower and all of that!), but there are certain motifs that I consider fairly general and work well without specific reason,  Flowers are one of these.  I love flowers and roses are a favourite of mine too.

I hardly ever use a white pen for journaling, but I really wanted to this time.  There was plenty enough going on and it really didn't need weighing down.  The journaling itself may or may not make sense on its own, but a second page with a lot more detail and background info will be either to the left or right of this one.

A crafty motif tag on top of crafty
motif patterned paper?  Admittedly, more of that paper ended up being covered than I expected, but I used it as much for the phrase as for the motif.  Can you see more FabRips here?  And more word stickers and roses and gold mist and the coppery geotag (naturally not pointing to any specific location) and other sparkly bits (to the left of the photo) and in most of the other areas of embellishment.  That Maggie Holmes sticker book really got a workout!

...oh...and did you notice the small stickers saying "Joy"?  there are surprisingly many of such stickers and die cuts across many scrapbooking collections.  I did it because I could and it's such a beautiful name!

Let's Go On a JoyRide

Well done on reaching the end and I hope to see you back for the facing page in a few days.  Tomorrow I'm hoping to do something a bit different!

Love and crafty catch-ups!

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Altenew Educator Cerification Program

Well I finally took the plunge last month thanks in part to some encouragement from Sara Scraps.

I applied and was accepted to do the AECP!

I toyed with the idea when they first announced the program, but I was too afraid to commit in case my body let me down.

Well 2019 is going to be different.  I'm going to do this and more.

So what is "this"?  It involves completing selected classes from the ones Altenew offer online.  There are two levels and and the end of each class and each level you submit a final project and move onto the next stage. (I believe there is a third level as well).

The idea is to be qualified as familiar with the products and to be able to teach using them among other things,

Altenew explains it better than I can here

Love and successful stamp study!

Monday, 21 January 2019

RYS Challenge 7

Well...I'm on fire.  No, not really. 😂

See I planned to have my workspace de-cluttered and almost functional by now and promised not to make anything until it was a good part of the way there.  🤷

Yesterday I succumbed to the temptation of a clean desk. 😳😳😳

I have a lot I planned to do in January.  There is of course my vert special CKC kit (and no still haven't done any Forgery on the Fourth) and there is also a LOT going on at the Rediscover Your Stash Facebook group run by my friend Sara and Khristina Sorge.

January is traditionally a spending freeze and to boost morale (because let's be real - a shopping hiatus is bound to induce bouts of depression!) there are challenges and giveaways (including one hosted by yours truly so check it out and enter my giveaway if you want to win a scrappy prize!!)

I know I can cross over at least three layouts from these two challenges, but for now I bring you challenge 7 from RYS.  It would have been much more organized to start with Challenge 1, but I wanted something fast since I hoped to finish it before the rest of the fam woke up.  Didn't happen that way, but I got one finished nonetheless.

This is the sketch that Khristina posted in the group for everyone to use as Challenge 7.  A bit of banter later had me challenging Khristina to a scarp-off using this sketch! 😂

The first thing I needed to do was to convert it to a 12x12 layout since I don't scrap 8.5x11.

I decided to move the strip on the RHS to both the top and bottom, and the shapes on the RHS reminded me of retro video game elements.

I just so happened to have a photo of SmallCraftyDude playing a 1990s Sega Game Gear which happened to be taken with an "Old School" Polaroid camera.

I have loads of boy papers and plenty of gaming motifs.  In the end, most of the paper embellishments were partly from Crate Paper Boys Rule from 5 years ago and the rest from what REALLY inspired me - The Boyfriend collection by Cosmo Cricket.  Oh how I miss Cosmo!  😭😭😭

There is a little bit of Echo Park, Carta Bella, Jillibean Soup and a bit of Kaisercraft and some Cocoa Vanilla too.

 What I really wanted was to use lots and lots of textures.  I used plenty, but so many more possibilities remain for another day.   I was particularly pleased that a pack of Basic Grey rub ons - FLOCKED rub ons - still worked just fine!  I forgot I even had them and would have been ok even if they applied imperfectly.  More force was needed than standard rub ons, but they went on reasonably well!

I used some messy stitching to adhere the strips to the top and bottom, a few paper layers behind the photo and bravely tried some random stamping - in Distress Ink to get a slightly fuzzy imperfect feel.  Since I didn't know exactly where the embellishments would go, I had no idea whether the stamping would look OK.

It did require some pulling up and moving around.  This sketch is pretty far removed from my usual - no distinct areas of embellishment clusters and no scattered line either.

I decided to work it more into a diagonal line since I planned to have some in the top left corner anyway.

All that remained at that point was journaling.  That changed everything.  It created a large block of trapped space because I didn't wrap it all around to the right,  Disaster!!!  😫

Once I decided for certain to fill the space, I went with an acetate arrow and vellum word.  It just felt less heavy than chipboard or stickers or anything more solid and it had the bonus benefit of having a place to add more messy stitching.

I added another vellum video game critter to the top left to have another spot for stitching and to try and rectify something that just didn't sit quite right when I looked at it.  I got there in the end!

Well, back to clearing the craftermath and hoping to finish all my projects before the end of the month!  Hete's the finished page:

Love and successful crafty cleanups,