This picture just came across my Facebook news feed. It’s of the incredible amount of snow that’s fallen over our Eastern neighbors. To all our friends that are experiencing wicked snow storms and cold temps- I hope spring makes a speedy entrance to your neck of the woods! We would all love it, but I’m fairly certain y’all are looking much more forward to it than us westerners! Hang in there!
I wish I had a bright, sunny and summery layout to share with you- maybe it’ll help thaw you out a bit! Unfortunately, it’s a winter themed layout. Still. And, just like all the layers of snow that’s buried our Eastern friends, there’s a lot of layers in this layout too- but they’re good layers!
The background card stock has a ton of different layers. First, I sprayed it with a few different ink mists, and gave it a little misting with water too. Once that was dry, I added some stamping; next came some acrylic paint, and lastly, I employed a neat trick I came across on CTMH’s Facebook page. To make a perfect polka dot, load your sponge dauber up with ink and press firmly straight down onto your paper. Voila! DIY polka dots! (You can find the short video tutorial on my Facebook).
A long time ago, I stopped using bulky embellishments, like the paper and fabric flowers I used here, because it was too hard on my post bound albums. Literally, only a few pages were enough to fill the album to beyond bursting. Can anyone relate? Recently, I discovered d-ring albums. I used binders too, for a short time, because our Walmart only carries post bound. We have no other crafting stores in town. Our LSS closed a few years ago, and while I think our town would benefit from a craft store, I’m not sorry the old one closed. To me, it seemed as though one could only buy paper. I wasn’t very impressed with it. So, if I happened to be driving into Edmonton (our nearest big city), which isn’t as often as I’d like, I’d stock up then. Over the summer, Michaels had a BOGO event on d-ring albums, so I splurged and bought two. Well. I’m hooked. I’ll never go back to post bound. So much more can be fit in a d-ring album! So, I threw my caution to the wind and loaded my page full of flowers, layering first with flat paper die cuts I’d cut with my cricut and building on top of that with flowers I’ve had in my stash for years. (Note: I altered the paper flowers a bit by spritzing them with more spray ink.)
I gave the same treatment to my title and the journal tag, also stamping over the journal tag with ink to give it a bit of a silhouette effect; I also crumpled it up a few times, and tore it a bit, to give it a worn and shabby effect. The quote says: “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. ” (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
I chose the word “treasure” as my title to highlight my quote. It really is the sweet and simple things in life that I treasure the most- like the wonder and amazement my daughters viewed their first bonfire with!
I hope you enjoyed the layout I shared today, and thank you for dropping by! Here’s a list of the materials and products I used:
– Skylark patterned paper and assortment
– Glacier card stock
– Smokey Plum card stock
– Smokey Plum My Exclusives Ink
– Ponderosa Pine My Exclusives Ink
– Juniper My Exclusives Ink
– Pear My Exclusives Ink
– Timberline Assortment
– background stamp (I threw out the packaging for some of my stamps when I started selling CTMH. This was one of them. I don’t recall the proper name for the stamp set. It’s the chicken wire stamp)
– card stock
– M45509 (It dawned on me to record what cartridge my cut images came from. So, this one is from Sophisticated).
– SU embossing folder
– Cuttlebug embossing folder
– Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
– Ranger Perfect Pearls Ink in Sunflower
– Ranger Perfect Pearls Ink in Green Patina
– Dylusions Ink in Bubblegum Pink
– Dylusions Ink in Calypso Teal
– DecoArt acrylic paint in Early Spring Green