Sunday, January 1, 2012

Love Never Fails ~ ScrapFIT Workout #59 - Inspired by the Music!

I have to admit, I was a little stumped when I saw this challenge, but then I remembered Joseph and Rachel's engagement photos included some of Joseph in his Cleveland Browns jersey and Rachel in rival Steelers jersey "battling" it out.

ScrapFIT Workout #59 ~ Inspired by the Music!
 - Love is a Battlefield

I love 80's music and we are working out with Pat Benatar this week! Her song "Love Is A Battlefield" is your inspiration for this workout! I can't wait to see how this makes you move! Your can find the lyrics here.

I hope you are inspired to put your scrapping to the music and join us for this fun Workout. Be sure to hop on over to ScrapFIT to see the inspiration by our fabulous DT!!

The winner of this Workout will receive this amazing collection of goodies
sponsored by Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits

Boys Rule is a monthy scrapbook kit club for those who love to paper craft boy subjects. Cool embellies are paired with handsome papers each month that you will love to play with and includes exclusive embellies with each kit . . . all different and very unique. It's fun to create when you have a complete kit that is designed for the memories of dirt, grunge, and smelly things!


My metal, eyelet, and wire work was inspired by Misty at Perfectly Imperfect - Thanks for the inspiration, Misty!!

Metal Work ~ The metal work was created with aluminum tape from the hardware store - in the piping section. I adhered it to a piece of cardstock then placed it over foam. With craft metal working tools, I doodled random images into the metal then ran a couple different metal roller tools over it to give the dots and lines. Once it was sufficiently distressed, I used Ranger alcohol inks with the felt tool to apply rust, terra cotta, caramel, and espresso to the metal strips. (If you have crafting metal in your stash that is large enough - that would work as well. Of course with this distressed look - pieced together metal strips would work just as well.)

Eyelets and Wire ~ I randomly set eyelets into the outer and inner papers - 9 on each outside edge and 8 on the inside edges so the wire would share an inside eyelet at each corner. I had this old rusty scrapbook wire in my stash and knew it would be perfect here. I cut each wire a little longer than the span between the eyelets and bent each end underneath to hold it in place. I wanted a random grungy look, so I also bent most of the wires a bit to avoid a stiff look. 

Punchenella ~ I like to use what I have on hand, and a friend had given me this length of iridescent punchenella with square holes. The design was perfect, but the color not so much, so I ripped the punchenella to give rough edges and then painted it black with craft acrylic paint, Voila - transformed into the perfect grungy accent. 

Altered Flowers ~ I had these wonderful charcoal Petaloo Flowers, but they weren't quite dark enough, so I inked two of them up with my pumice stone Distress Ink, to get the color I was looking for and removed the bright green leaves from the bottom. 

Layered Vintage Buttons ~ I have a collection of vintage buttons  inherited from my mother-in-law and picked up at yard sales. I applied black alcohol ink to a couple silver filigree buttons and  then sanded for the raised details to stand out. I used glue dots to adhere them over larger black buttons. The black buttons were old and used with wonderful wear marks/patina on them - if they were new, you could sand them randomly to give then some "age." I also included one large black button with wonderful detail without the layered metal button. If you don't have vintage buttons in your stash, fabric stores like Joanns hae a nice collection of buttons that should work with a bit of distressing. 

Dictionary Page ~ Take a look at the upper left corner of the layered dictionary page and you will see the word "battlefield" ~ a nice little tie-in for this fun Workout. I have an old unabridged dictionary that lost its cover, so I can find just the right page for my projects. I inked the page to age it and rubbed the torn edges with some black soot Distress Ink. If you don't have an old dictionary laying around (one of the benefits of being a home educator - LOL!) you can do a Google image search for dictionary pages and print one up to use on your layout. 

Misting/Stamping ~ Although my background paper has a grungy feel, I wanted even more, so I misted and then stamped with several grungy background stamps using pumice stone distress ink. Then, with the darker black soot, stamped my focal images of 1 Corinthians 13 and the grungy heart image to which I added in my handwriting "Love Never Fails" to finish out that verse and bring home the focus of this page. 

Authentique ~ Glowing - Music Notes
Idea-ology ~ 12 x 12 Paper Stack - Lost and Found

Around the Block ~ Flair - Big Metal Brads
Pixie Press ~ Antique Charm Collection - Rusty Metal Wire
Idea-ology ~ Keyholes, Gears, Word Sticks
Petaloo ~ Canterbury Rose - Charcoal, Canterbury Collection - Holiday Leaves, Gilded
Punchenella ~ Thanks Mandy!
Black Lace x 2 ~ Stash

Technique Products
Aluminum Tape ~ Shurtape AF912 (from hardware store)
Stripped Cardboard ~ Found Objects Stash
Glitz ~ Clear Stamps - Distressings
Recollections Rubber/Wood Stamp - Script
Prima ~ Clear Acrylic Stamp - Brick 3
Visual Artistry ~ Clear Stamps - City Central
Cloud 9 Design ~ Rubber Cling Stamps - 8 x 6 Love Phrase
Ranger Distress Inks ~ Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain
Ranger Alcohol Ink ~ Ruse, Caramel, Terra Cotta, Espresso
Smooch Spritz ~ Log Cabin
Zig ~ Writer - Pure Black
Eyelets ~ Stash

My journaling was inspired by the Bird is the Word Challenge to use the word Wonder. "It's a wonder they found love despite the Browns ~ Steelers rivalry."

One more important reminder. The Scrap-Friendzy Sketch-A-Thon starts today. If you're looking to get a jump start on your 2012 scrapping, come on over and join us for a sketch every day in January along with RAK's, and games. The girlfriend with the most pointz at the end of the month gets a prize package and will be featured as the "Girlfriend of the Month" during the month of February with the opportunity to create a challenge for our February theme. I hope you'll come on over and join us!!

Thanks for dropping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Wow what a gorgeous scrapbook page!!!! Love the colors and embellishments!!!!! Happy New year and best wishes in 2012!!!!!!

  2. Absolutely fabulous page! So creative and very fun! I love the message behind the page, too!!! I really like your blog, too!

  3. Happy New Year!

    What an absolutely gorgeous page!! I am always amazed with the amount of embellishments you use, but it looks so elegant and not crowded at all!!

    I love the dictionary page idea as well.

    Another awesome layout!!


  4. I love it!!!! The embellies and colors are perfect! Great photo, too!

  5. I like the eyelets and metal work.

  6. This is AMAZING!! I love love love all the metal work and loveeeeeeeeeeee the weaving!!! Happy New Year! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  7. Happy New Year! oh wow! this layout is amazing! so many details..i love all the eyelets!! and the photo is perfect for that song.. they look like they are doing battle!! but in a lovely way!!haha!! this would have to be my new fav of yours!! well done!!

  8. This is fabulous! I love all your details. The eyelet work is gorgeous and your photo suits the layout perfectly.

  9. Gorgeous layout!! Great choice of work out music, she's an amazing musical artist.

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Hugs, Lori m

  10. Happy New Year Tracey!! A lot of blessings for you and your family!!! Wonderful page with fantastic techniques and great details!!
    A big hug!! :)

  11. Hey friend what a beautiful design !!

    hugs carla

  12. Wow, this is so amazing. Love all your details!! Thanks for the beautiful close-ups- what a visual treat :)!

  13. this is AWESOME... I love love this. I have sooo many eyelets and I never use them for lack of ideas maybe or inspiration. you have inspired me to pull them out and get going. Thanks.. Fantastic ideas on your blog!!!

  14. Wow, this is awesome! It looks like it must weigh about ten pounds with all of that metal on there, I love it!!

  15. This is so, so fantastically cool! What an amazing, creative, seriously fun page that is bursting with awesome techniques and details. Completely fantastic LO, my friend!

    ♥ Jessica

  16. That is an awesome layout, lots of interesting details and oh my, the texture!!!!

  17. great LO! love the metal work and the eyelet frame! very cool!! thanks for visiting my blog!

  18. It looks like heavy metal! Wow such a great details. FAN-TAS-TIC manly LO.
    xoxo Annette

  19. Hi Dear
    lovely lovely page
    I really like it!
    tks for playing along at BITW

  20. Such a FAN FAB U LAS Layout Tracey.....
    Just LOVE the close Ups!! They really show all the Amazing array of details to this Layout!!
    Always a pleasure to have to play along over @ Bird Is The Word.......

  21. Wow, such amazing details!
    Love those eyelets!
    You are so gifted!!!!

  22. Hi my friend!!! me again, this is wonderful!!! and
    Thanks for playing along us at BITW!

  23. Eye-catching, bold, full of techniques! Wow!!! Thanks for joining us at BITW, Tracey!

  24. this is awesome!! love all the black, very cool indeed!!


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