Sunday, October 2, 2011

Share the Future Together ~ ScrapFIT Workout #53 Reveal

It's reveal day at ScrapFIT for workout #53 The Journaling Goes Round and Round.

It's important to add journaling to our layouts so generations after us will know the details and feelings of the pictures. For this Workout I want your journaling to "go around" the outside of something. It can go around the outside of your page, around your photo or even around an embellishment. Show us how you journal around!

For this challenge, I created from Joseph and Rachels engagement photo shoot. This is Rachel's favorite photo taken that day.

I was so excited to see this challenge, since I enjoy journaling around things. Like many of you, I'm not a huge fan of my own hand writing, but it doesn't seem to bother me so much when I write around things in a small hand. I wrote out the love verses from 1 Corinthians 13 around the heart. I actually fit most of them in before running out of room. I tucked the reference into the bottom inside of the heart. To do this, I traced the heart onto my layout in light pencil, marking my photo placement. I used this line to write my journaling, then erased the line before adhering the heart.

Click on photo and then click again to view close-up.

I hope you have been inspired to join us at ScrapFIT for this fabulous journaling workout!! Once you complete your project go here to link it up. You'll want to see the fabulous projects created by our design team posted at ScrapFIT as well.

The lucky winner of Workout #53 will receive this lovely kit by The Paper Bakery Kit Club:

The Paper Bakery is offering a special discount to ScrapFIT followers this month. See the Workout #53 description at ScrapFIT for details. Be sure to drop by The Paper Bakery to see their gorgeous kits, full of wonderful goodies!!

Cardboard Heart:
I was inspired to create this heart by the wonderful work of Marilyn Rivera. First I drew a heart on a large scrap of card stock, then took a piece of cardboard box to size and stripped the front layer off. I used the heart template I drew to cut out the cardboard shape, then spritzed it with an acid neutralizing spray front and back. I used three shades of distress ink to get the color and shading I desired for this particular LO. Finally I wrapped some red DMC embroidery floss around the top right part of the heart in a repeated V shape for some added texture.

Before masking, I spritzed the area with some mist for some extra visual texture. I recently purchased several stencils. The shape on the right side of the heart was created by rubbing distress ink over a portion of one of the stencils. I then added some rhinestones for some extra bling.

Embossing Metal/Alcohol Ink
This technique can be done with colored or plain aluminum sheet metal. Cut the desired shape with some old scissors (I have a pair of old kitchen shears I reserve for my sheet metal so I don't dull my good scissors.) You can also cut a shape with a die cut machine like a Big Shot. Once you get your shape cut, place it in an embossing folder and run it through the machine again to emboss. If you don't have access to embossing folders/machine. You could also free hand emboss your metal. I chose three alcohol inks to get the colors I wanted for my layout, and used a felt applicator and dabbed it on until I got the texture I was looking for. The longer you dab at alcohol ink, the smaller the "blotches" become. They are quite large at first, but as the ink starts to dry some they become smaller and smaller. It might take a couple of minutes, so be patient if you want smaller separations between your colors.

Altered Chipboard:
The chipboard swirl was coated with a very thick coat of white puffy paint. After applying the puffy paint, you really need to set it aside for at least an hour. Then use a heat tool to make the paint bubble and puff up. Once it cools down a bit, you can paint it in the color of your choice. I mixed a couple different metalic paints together for this swirl. If you have a variety of paint colors, you only need to purchase puffy paint in white, and perhaps black.

Altered Brad Flower:
The pink flower was a white brad that I painted with metalic paint. The clear rhinestone in the center was altered with alcohol ink. The rhinestones attached to the chipboard swirl and masked area were also colored with alcohol ink. No need to purchase rhinestones in a bunch of colors if you have alcohol ink. I've even mixed drops of different alcohol inks on my craft mat to get the shade I'm looking for.

Altered Tissue Tape/Paper
I cut a rectangle of chipboard to place behind my embossed metal and covered it with tissue tape. To get the desired color, I rubbed it with distress ink. The tissue tape has a shiny texture, so I rubbed it with some paper towel after inking to remove any excess ink so it wouldn't smear onto other parts of my LO as I was working on it. I don't need to do that when working with regular paper/cardstock. The little hearts, title letters/word blocks started out as a scrap of of the MME paper that I cut the postage images from. I just took plain sections of that scrap and rubbed them with several colors of distress ink until I got the desired look, then printed my word blocks and cut the letters and shapes. I had some coordinating paper that would have worked, but I didn't want to cut into it for the little pieces that I needed for this layout. (Yes, I use my distress inks a lot and own all the colors including the gorgeous new fall limited edition ink pads.)

I got away from hand stitching on this page and went with a couple rows of straight machine stitching around the border of the page.

Cosmo Cricket ~ Fleuriste - Flora Bella
MME Lost and Found ~ Portobella Road "Family" First Class

Idea-ology ~ Mini Paper Clips
Deluxe Designs ~ Freeze Frames - Natural Wood
Darice ~ Rhinestones
Creative Imaginations ~ Love Bird Metal Flower Brads
Idea-ology ~ Swivel Clasps

Technique Products:
Ranger Distress Ink ~ multiple colors
Ranger Alcohol Ink ~ multiple colors
Tombo ABT ~ N15
Zig Millennium 05 ~ Pure Violet
Moo Eraser
Recollections Stamp ~ Script
Idea-ology Tissue Tape ~ Sketch Pad
Jacquard Lumiere ~ Metallic Acrylic Paints - multiple colors
Delta Stencil Magic ~ Elegant Fleur-De-Lis
DecoArt Paint ~ Dazzling Metallics - Renaissance Brown
TPC Studio ~ Clearly Better Ink - Chocolate
Smooch Spritz ~ Log Cabin
DMC # 902
Walnut Hollow Colored Metal ~ Light Blue Aluminum

Boss Kut Gazelle
Font ~ Pieces of Eight - from the internet
Big Shot
Darice Embossing Folder
Make It Acid Free Spray

I've entered this in the Bird is the Word "Share" Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by. I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. this is lovely.. i adore the heart!! fabulous layout!

  2. FANTASTIC job as always!I just LOVE all the great details,Have a SUPER weekend!!:)

  3. Wow gorgeous layout!!!!! Love that heart!!!! Excellent work as always!!!!!

  4. I love the heart too! I love how you cut it out like a frame as well! Fantastic work! :D

  5. Oh my gosh, Tracey! This is amazing! That heart is so cool...I LOVE your techniques here! I love all your detail...I can tell you put a lot of time & energy into shows! Fantastic layout!!

  6. Wowwwwwwwwwww! This is GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeee the colors and that big heart! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  7. That is a wonderful layout, beautifully embellished!!!

  8. Beautiful layout Tracey.....I love the heart, great photo and your journalling looks great. Wish My hand writing looked as good as yours:)

  9. Stunning layout Tracey, gosh the details and beautiful photo, truly a work of art that will be enjoyed many, many years. Hugs, Lori m

  10. Great LO- the heart looks fantastic- so sweet!

  11. Love this Tracey!!!
    That big heart just makes the whole page POP!!!
    Take Care

  12. Such a lovely page. Those colours are simply gorgeous! Well done!
    Also thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I really appreciate it!!
    have. Nice evening.

  13. This is a gorgeous page - I love the dimensional things you added. Love that background color, too.


  14. Fantastic page Tracey.. the corrugated heart looks fabulous!! Thanks so much for playing along at BITW :))

  15. Wow, Tracey!!!! So many techniques and an eye-catching result... stunning work!!
    THanks for joining us at BITW!!!!

  16. love the big heart. very cool

  17. This is incredibly beautiful.

    I love all the different techniques you used.

  18. looks love that huge heart..

  19. gorgeous~ love the heart and the key! very nice lo!!

    p.s. i'm sorry i haven't been here, i have the hardest time leaving a comment on your blog. hopefully i got it done this time!

  20. Tracey you won on Lisa's site! please email her ASAP


  22. lOVE THIS! Really like your style sister!!!

  23. So darling! Love the sentiment & the bible verse around the heart is just genius.
    Love it!


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