Monday, June 6, 2011

Sister Love

This is a fun photo of the girls from 2000. The ground is bare dirt because they had graded our property to begin building our new home.

ScrapFIT has the most wonderful challenge going this month.

Workout #45 'Around The House'

Have you ever stopped to think about what items you have around the house to help aid your scrapbook creativity?  There are hundreds of items you can use either directly on your layout (ex: a tag that came off a new piece of clothing) or to aid you in creating a technique on your layout (ex: run your sons hot wheels car through your ink pad and then run it on your paper for a great tire effect).  Lets see what you can find around the house to make this layout awesome!

Any of you who are regular followers know that I relish repurposing found items on my scrapbook pages, as I have done on this LO:

My repurposed items include the distressed cardboard and the metal flower. I came home last week to find an old pair of tennis shoes in the trash, double checked with our daughter to make sure they were goners, then proceded to cut off the metal eyelets that held the shoestrings in place. I rubbed them with some pitch black alcohol ink to give them even a little bit more age, then arranged them into a flower for the layout.


I used the same technique to create the metal bracket mat as in my recent Graduation Card Post.

Distressed Cardboard ~ you can take any piece of corrugated cardboard and roughly tear it into the general size and shape that you are looking for. Then strip off the flat paper from the top to show the corrugation below. Be sure to leave some bits of that top layer on for texture. At this point I use some kind of archival/make it acid free type mist on the front and back, so it won't turn my papers and photos yellow over time. Then I take a distress ink pad and apply it directly to the stripped down cardboard, being sure to get in all the groves at the torn edges.

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This layout is also one of my challenge pages for the fabulous Scrap-Friendzy "Day at the Spa" Crop which runs until midnight Monday June 6 CST (That's tonight). Hint - my challenge is "white" space. 

So if you've got time to scrap today go see the 16 fun challenges our DT has waiting for you. Each completed project gets your name in the hat for our crop prize. Don't have scrappy time today? Come on over and play anyway. You have the rest of the month to complete the spa challenges for chances at our June Scrap-Friendzy Girlfriend of the month prize. Plus you'll find a fun and friendly community of scrappers to hang out with!

Used to create this layout:

DCWV ~ Tattered Time Paper Stack - Background paper and tickets
Craft Store Purchase ~ 36 Gauge sheet metal (comes in a roll in a plastic tube)
Ranger Alcohol Ink ~ Pitch Black, Denim, Ginger, Oregano
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Stormy Sky, Pumice Stone
Stash ~ decorative paper clip
Discarded Tennis Shoe Eyelets
Discarded Cardboard
Sizzix Movers and Shapers Die ~ Ornamental by Tim Holtz 
Embossing Folder (borrowed)
Krylon ~ Make It Acid-Free

This layout is also entered in:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ ~ Challenge #92 John 13 34-35 - Something new: I used corrugated cardboard on a project for the first time, and shoe lace eyelets to make the flower. ••
One Stop Craft Challenge ~ Week #134 - Texture: found in the corrugated cardboard, embossed metal, metal eyelets to create flower and paper clip embellishment **
Delicious Doodles ~ Challenge #28 - Texture: found in corrugated cardboard, embossed metal, metal eyelets to create flower, and paper clip embellishment **

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy reading your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. I love this layout

  2. Another fantastic layout. I just love you work and love your blog!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!!


  3. hi tracey! this is crazy gorgeous!! love the shoe lace thing-y flower and the cardboard is too cool!! and what a super cute bunch of girlies!!

  4. Hi, Tracey! This layout is spectacular! First, I love the photograph! So cute! I also love your metal embellishments and distressed corrugated cardboard always looks great. How imaginative to create the star out of shoestring eyelets! I don't think that would have ever crossed my mind. Love the card with the embossed metal medallion too. I think I'll have to start using more metal in my projects after seeing these last couple of your projects. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such sweet comments. They're very much appreciated.


  5. This is so pretty and different! I love the layout and the shiny colors. Thanks for joining us this week at Stampin Sisters in Christ!

  6. As always you have GREAT work!!! Thanks for Working out with us at ScrapFIT!

  7. thanks for playing along...i love the colours in your layout


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