Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"Show Me" and "Only You"

These two layouts, "Show Me" and "Only You" were inspired by the challenges over at ScrapFIT

When I saw Workout #44 over at ScrapFIT, I knew just the photo I wanted to scrap!

Now here is the challenge, and then some close-ups below:

ScrapFIT Workout # 44 - Stand by Your Man ~ We all have at least one man in our lives that we love! So let's dedicate this challenge to him Don't be afraid to think outside the box with this. I am sure your husband/boyfriend, father, and son quickly come to mind but maybe there is another man who is dear to you like Tim Holtz or Brad Pit??? Have fun with this, but be sure to make this a "man's" layout so give it a manly/rough/rugged look and feel.

As much as I like Tim Holtz's paper crafting style, I had to use this older photo of my dad and son sitting on a stump in our yard when we lived in North Carolina.  Joseph is showing his fishing tackle box to grandpa, and Grandpa is showing Joseph his vast knowledge of fishing. I wanted the page to be about that showing and sharing, so I chose the "Show Me" title. My dad spent quite a few of his growing up years in the "Show Me" state of Missouri, so that title has a bit of a double meaning.

One of the things I enjoy doing in my scrapping is to support and point to the story the photo is telling, so rather than journal about the fishing tackle box, I told that part of the story by finding the "f" "fishing" page in an old unabridged dictionary I saved from the trash pile a while back. How fortunate that it had those great sketches of the fish and fish hook in just the right places. "Fisherman" would be covered by the photo, so I trimmed it out, matted it with stamped cork and placed it right on the photo. The darker grey background paper also has fish on it, and I added that bit of fish net above the photo.

To meet the challenge of being a rugged masculine layout, I employed several methods of distressing. I used my Tim Holtz distresser to rough up a lot of my edges, some inked some without ink. I ran some Kraft paper through my crimper, then tore the edges and inked. The dictionary page, tags, and cords for the tags were rubbed with distress ink to give them some age, and the edge of the dictionary page was torn. One of my paper blocks and the banner edges were wet then pushed in to make them wavy, then inked. I pulled some threads out of the edge of my open weave fiber block to fray the edges. As I was cutting out the fabric piece, I noticed the great distressed texture on the salvage edge, so I cut it off and used it below the dictionary page. I used the small section of grey mesh to add some more texture. The photo mat and banner holder were cut with scalloped scissors and pierced before inking, and the scallop mat to the right of the photo was traced and hand cut before inking.

I also met a NSD challenge over at Let's Scrap to use a book page or dictionary text. That is what got me thinking about finding the fishing page in my unabridged.

Let's Scrap NSD Challenge #5 BOOK/DICTIONARY TEXTMy challenge for you is to use book/dictionary text on a layout based on any Let's Scrap sketch. You may use a book/dictionary page as a mat, accent photo corners, anything goes.

Here is the Let's Scrap sketch I drew inspiration from (Yes, I did add a few layers :-):

OK, here are those close-ups I promised:

I scrap-lifted the banner idea along with some design inspiration from the oh so talented Tara Orr. If you aren't familiar with her work, stop on over and be prepared to be inspired. The scalloped banner holder was a scrap of wrinkled cream cardstock I took from the scrap pile to write some notes on. When it was time to make this, I just grabbed that paper, turned it over and cut/pierced/inked/distressed it before glueing on the jute. If it wasn't taped down you could see part of my notes on the back - LOL! The metal flowers between the flags are from my bead stash, the "ribbon" laced through the scalloped punch edge of the paper block is faux leather, and I cross stitched through the twill tape before adhering it to the page. You can see some of the distressing in this shot as well:

This close-up shows what I did with the dictionary page and the selvage edge I cut off my fabric strip:

The tags and cording were bright white before inking, and you can see the crimped/torn/inked kraft paper mats I created for them:

I've also entered this in the following:

Scrapbook Sisters ~ Scrapbook Challenge #3 Flags and Banners
- I used flags and banner for the title (June 1)
Crop Suey May Challenge ~ Song and Dance - I used the song title "Show Me" for my title
Friday, May 27 addition:

This next layout, "Only You," is fun and funky. 

I chose this fun photo to scrap based on ScrapFIT Workout #43 - Only You ~ This challenge is all based on two little words 'Only You' - this is the title for your layout! Since this is a title challenge be sure to include plenty of journaling to back up the reason for the title. We want the juicy details.

When I was searching for photos to use for this challenge, these precious and funny photos jumped out at me, and that they would work best with a fun and light-hearted layout.

I used the sketch from the Bo Bunny Friday Sketch Challenge:

To alter the Bo Bunny Naked Chipboard flourishes, I painted them, then applied random rub-ons. I fussy cut the scalloped circles from Sophie Chic to create the scalloped circle border.

I was inspired by Scrap-Friendzy's May Challenge #4 to use chipboard, rub-ons, 2 photos, and paint.

To create this page I used:
Bo Bunny Papers: Sophie Chic and Tickled Pink; Cambridge; Mama-razzi Word; Paradise Flight
Bo Bunny Mama-razzi cardstock stickers (title)
Bo Bunny Bare Naked Chipboard
Bo Bunny I-Candy gems
Lace ~ stash
Rub-ons ~ stash
Making Memories Paint ~ manila; Glaze ~ sky
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Walnut stain, black soot

Also entered in:
FH2S May Use Your Stash Challenge to use chipboard (June 1)

Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your comments so much!

~ Blessings ~


  1. This is wonderful, Tracey. It's really great to see such great work aimed at a man. If you ever feel like making cards, I run a challenge blog called Cards for Men that you can enter.

    Fab work.

    Donna x

  2. Wow I love this LO! You put a ton of work into it and it really shows. It's gorgeous and manly. :) Great Job! TFS.


  3. This is a great layout. Lots of fine details, the banner, the alpha, the corrugated cardboard and the mesh. Certainly a great subject and title.

  4. Just beautiful, :)

  5. This is a truly wonderful LO. Absolutly smashing!
    Love n hugs

  6. Grace, please stop by blog to pick up an award awaiting your retrieval.
    Love you style,

  7. Amazing layout Traci, I love all the distressing and the vintage feel of the page. Thanks for joining in on the NSD challenges over at Let's Scrap.

  8. Absolutely amazing. Such a gorgeous, gorgeous layout. I love each and every element, just blends together so beautifully!! Loving the banner!! Awesome work!!!


  9. very cool. once again, another job well done! ;)

  10. Tracey, Oh my goodness, the page with your son and father is just AWESOME!! I really love all the layering and all the elements you used. I so wish I was better at layering, seeing your page definitely makes me want to work on that this summer:) The page of your daughter is just precious! How adorable she was with those socks on her arms:) Love it:):)


  11. Hi again Tracey, I have a blog award for you on my blog!


  12. Tracey, your work is amazing. I love the vintage look you have going in your layout. Very nice! TFS!
    Sherrie K

  13. Wow Tracey I am speechless. The first LO is just gorgeous. The details are amazing. LOVE all the papers. The banner is just perfect. I really love what you did with the ribbon and the X's on it. I was really touched by the sweet pictures as well. The second You really show how versatile you are. Both are so different, yet so gorgeous. Thanks for inspiring me.

  14. This is a beautiful layout. I love all the details.

  15. wow..Adorable card!!! I just love those card..
    This designs and the layouts are really nice. Those papers and the ribbon works are perfectly suitable for this card..Thanks for this nice post. outsourcing web design


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