Saturday, February 11, 2012

Remember Grandpa ~ Bird is the Word using The Stamping Scrapper Sketch

When I found this older photo of Joseph and his Grandpa Sabella, I knew I wanted to do a special layout for it. The challenge over at Bird is the Word to use "Remember" gave me the perfect title for this page. Grandpa Sabella was a very special man and we miss him a lot. 

I used this January Sketch by Shannon ~ The Stamping Scrapper:

Be sure to stop by Shannon's blog to see what her talented DT created with this fab sketch and let her know what you think. She'd enjoy hearing from you if you decide to use it. 


Masking ~ I cut letters on my Gazelle for the word remember and backed them with Xyron adhesive. I placed them down the side of the layout and inked over top of them, then carefully removed them with Un-Du, leaving a masked image for my title. 

Postage Stamp Border ~ A 3/4 inch circle punch would have made this task so much easier, but since I didn't have one, I cut a 3/4 inch circle and used it as a template to place my half circles around these two blocks, then fussy cut the circles out of the borders. Since I was going to distress the edges, they didn't have to be perfect.

Tag ~ I cut the tag from chipboard at Scrapbooking By Lisa - our local scrapbooking store on their AccuCut machine. I then ran it through the Tim Holtz snowflake embossing folder so the the snowflakes would be raised. I painted the entire tag with crafter's acrylic paint in several shades of blue - letting portions show through as I layered the coats of paint. I then applied an antique white to the raised snowflakes. Once this was dry I decorated it with the hand written and hand stitched tag, lace, and other embellishments. 

Cutting and Inking ~ I used my Cricut and Gazelle to cut out the mats and corner feature. I inked the edges and to the corner I brushed on some stickles for some shimmer. 

Lacing ~ I placed eyelets on both sides of the postage blocks and then laced between - I was inspired by Gabrielle Pollacco's gorgeous work for the lacing and postage stamp blocks. 

Paint ~ to age the metal embellishments, I dabbed on antique white paint, and rubbed most of it off to leaving paint in the cracks and crevices, which not only gave the metals some age. It also made the lettering easier to read on the key and tags. 

I entered this at:
Scrapbook Sisters Challenge #8 ~ Snow (Feb 29)

Thanks for dropping by. I treasure your comments!

~ Blessings ~


  1. This is GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeee that photo, the flowers, the colors and loving how you did the title!

  2. What gorgeous deep rich colors. This is fabulous!I love all the techniques you used.

  3. Oh my, all those techniques!!! and they have come together so well :)

  4. beautiful page lovely photo and cool details.

  5. How pretty! I love all of the varied embellies you added!

  6. Pretty blue layout and memory of grandpa.

  7. Tracey, this is beautiful. I love the stamp edge and the way you cut and positioned it then laced it. All the little touches like the embossing and inking look so great.What a wonderful way to honor your grandfather :)


  8. wow.. how very special this layout is! beautiful colors and i love the design and all the embellishments.. well done.. my new fav of yours!!

  9. This is amazing!! I love what you've done with it!!
    thanks for joining us at BITW

  10. Such a beautiful page Tracey and so much lovely detail & technique!! Thanks for playing along at BITW :))

  11. Tracey what a beautiful layout, I love the colours and the way you've embellished. Gorgeous.

  12. Such a beautiful layout! A lovely way to express a treasured memory. I've looked at some of the work on your blog, you truly are an artist.

  13. Thank you for entering your beautiful layout into the Scrapbook Sisters Scrapbook Challenge. Hugs xx

  14. So lovely!
    Great techniques showcased. Love what you did with the eyelets. Super terrific my friend.


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