Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Swinging Together ~ Scrapping Stamper Reveal

Shannon gave us two sketches to choose from this month. I created a layout with a flowering dogwood tree earlier this year, so decided to go a different direction from the tree. I've been wanting to extend an element on out of a photo for a while, and this photo worked perfectly. Grace is pushing Maria on our wooden swing set back in North Carolina. The set is not in the photo, so I extended the swing chains and recreated the wooden structure. I told my wonderful engineer husband that I felt like I was doing an engineering project creating the swing set - LOL!

My title was inspired by the Bird is the Word "Together" Challenge.

Here is the fabulous October Scrapping Stamper Sketch that I chose to work with:

Be sure to head over to The Scrapping Stamper to see Shannon's other great sketch for October and to see the inspiring layouts created by her DT!!


Chain: I purchased some chain from the jewelry department at JoAnn's and applied the blue alcohol ink with a fine paintbrush. I mixed a couple colors of alcohol ink on my craft mat to get a color that would match the blue chain in the photo. I cut small pieces of glue dots to adhere the chain to the page. The chain eyelets were formed with craft wire wrapped once around a round tip plier and then twisted. I made the two pieces and then cut part of the twisted section off with wire cutters so they would be the same length.

Swing set: This was a fairly simple project. I located a photo of a swing set similar to the one this swing had hung from and recreated it in a wood-like paper. I cut strips of the paper and inked the edges before assembling my swing set. I alcohol inked the screw brads before adding to strategic spots.

Butterflies: These little butterflies started out as simple punched cut-outs. I brushed coordinating stickles across the wings, and Black Diamond Stickles over the bodies. When dry, I curled the wings over a round bar to add dimension. Such sweet little butterflies for pennies.

Title Letters: These letters were plain white. First I took the letters for my title and stuck them down on my non-stick craft mat. I rubbed distress ink over them then painted a thin later of stickles.  When dry the adhesive backed letters peel right off of the mat, and are ready to apply  to my project. This is a great way to get sparkly letters that coordinate perfectly without the cost of expensive glitter letters or attempting to cut glitter paper, which can be a challenge and may not be just the right color.

Bo Bunny Fusion ~ Tangerine, Free Spirit, Mesmerize, Love Me Tender
Pixie Press Memories ~ Crackle Mustard

Chain ~ Stash
Screw Brads ~ Stash

Technique Products:
Ranger Alcohol ink
Tombo ~ ABT N15
Zig Textile Marker ~ Brown
Distress Ink

Martha Steward Circle Cutter
Martha Stewart ~ Ruler
Fiskars Softgrip Craft Knife
Fiskars 14 in Self-Healing Rotating Mat

I'm participating with this LO in the Cuttin' Up with class Show and Tell

Thanks for stopping by. I treasure your comments! 

~ Blessings ~


  1. WOW WOW WOW WOW! This is AMAZING! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee how you added the chain for the swing and loveeeeeeee the swing set! This is BEAUTIFUL! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. oh how very clever you are! the swing looks fantastic!! love this!

  3. Gorgeous, you sure aced this layout and then some, you're amazing on scrapbook pages, I would love your talent on what goes where and how much is just enough. Hugs, Lori m

  4. How pretty! I love all of those butterflies!!!!

  5. What a fun Layout! I love the swing set!!

  6. Very clever Tracey...you are so good at 'thinking out of the box'!
    Alison xx

  7. Tracey--that's very pretty! Great swing!

  8. Beautiful LO. I love the way you extended the swing set onto the page. Great job on the "engineering" project :)


  9. I love how you made the swing on a swing! So cute :) Thanks for linkiin' up with us as Cuttin' Up With Class Show and Tell :)

  10. OK Tracey, I was so excited about your LO that I forgot to thank you for linking up with Cuttin' Up With Class. LOL

  11. What a wonderfully creative, engaging, delightful page! Inspiring work here, my friend!

    Oodles of hugs & joyful Wednesday wishes,

  12. Oh my goodness!!! This is amazing! I love this, Tracey - this is sooooo creative! Love the swing set you did!!! WOW!!!

  13. This all came together brilliantly! Love how you extended the chain, it really grounds the photo into the layout design.

    Great work and such a lovely photo.

  14. Wow, Tracey, I love your fun and creative page..Very Pretty!!! love the chain effect in the photo...looks fantastic!!! Beautiful work!!
    Thanks for playing along us at BITW!!!
    Hugs and Blessings!! :)

  15. You are so creative, I love this swing!

  16. This is great. That swing looks awesome!
    It is so rewarding to see our children playing and getting along!

  17. Hi love :):):):):):) Thanks for the love on my lo's! :) Here is the link to the ribbon I used on my lo... it's from Maya Road :) http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/60-1950---6997353951599361791.jsp

    Have a great weekend! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  18. Gorgeous page! I love all that work you did - it really paid off!
    CUWC Design Team

  19. What a fabulous idea, love your swing and the butterflies!

  20. Hi Tracey, Great Job!! I did this technique a LONG time ago, back when scrapbooking supplies were circle,square,oval and heart templates LOL I did mine of my daughter on a Merry-Go-Round (she is 20 now) yours is Much, Much, Much better, the colors are so pretty together. Thanks for reminding me of a page that I loved making, and the memory of a wonderful day with my daughter. Karen♥

  21. Beautiful done
    tks for playing along at BITW

  22. awwww, so beautiful!
    Eva :0)

  23. Ah, that's cute! Always love polka dot paper.

  24. This is darling! I love how you share your techniques with us. Truly a very nice gesture on your part.
    You are such a kind lady.

  25. this is amazing, love that you "built" the wooden part of the swing set!! so fabulous!


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