Saturday, August 18, 2012

Peaceful Day by the Sea ~ Bird is the Word featuring The Scrapping Stamper August Sketch

The weekend has arrived. I have plans to go to Pat Catan's for their monthly two day crop. I so enjoy the creative inspiration of scrapping with my scrappy gal pals!! 

Last week some dear friends gave me a pile of tomatoes, and I mean a big pile. They were gorgeous and dead ripe, so I went right to work and canned 34 quarts of diced tomatoes. My husband, Gary, is Italian so of course I make our sauce from scratch. These tomatoes will be so lovely this winter. Gardening is a lot of work, and I soooo appreciate receiving some of the bounty of all those efforts, so I decided to create a scrapbook page for them as a little thanks. 

Holly and Jake's son, Justin, went to be with our Lord two years ago after a battle with a rare and aggressive form of epilepsy. I have many new followers, so I'll share just a little. Holly, is a scrapbooker, but was expecting their sixth child, so had little time or emotional energy to be scrapping. The Lord impressed on me to ask them if some of us could hold a crop at our church to capture some of Justin's memories for them.  I still feel blessed that so many people came together, family, friends, church family, and over 125 pages of precious memories were put together for them. 

I have a few extra photos from the crop (they were all doubles) and thought I would scrap this photo from a family vacation in Hawaii with Holly's parents, brother and his lovely wife. Justin is on the left with always outstretched arms embracing life, with two of his siblings, his uncle, and dad. This vacation was a time of peace for them, being by the ocean with family, so I took on the challenge at Bird is the Word to use a form of the word "peace" on my project with the title, "Peaceful Day by the Sea." I've also been enjoying the challenges over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles. Their August challenge is to scrap a favorite family vacation, and the twist is to include some stenciling. I know this vacation was a favorite for the Reed family and my stenciling is in the top right corner. 

I used Shannon's fabulous August sketch with a mix of Donna Salazar paper:

Here's the gorgeous August Sketch by The Scrapping Stamper


Gesso ~ I dry brushed gesso over most of the papers and embellishments to give a breezy, beachy feel to this page. I poured a couple larger drops of gesso on the upper left and tapped the page to get the drips. In the upper right corner I used more gesso over a Martha Stewart stencil. 

Distressing ~ I went scrapbooking on Wednesday and forgot my Distrezz-It-All at home. Ugh, I cut my papers, but waited until I got home to do the distressing. I'm so spoiled by this machine!!! 

Hemp Frame ~ I've seen such lovely twisted cord frames lately and had some sweet comments on the first one I tried. They are so easy to create. I looped several rings of hemp the size needed for the frame, then pulled out enough to go around 1 and 1/2 more times and cut it off there. Once cut, I wound the extra around the loops and tucked the end in to hide. If this doesn't make sense, let me know, and I will post a photo tutorial. Any kind of cording or twine can be used. You would probably want more loops for a thinner twine. 

Corrugated Hearts ~ I splurged this week and bought the Tim Holtz mini hearts die set. I've had so much fun creating the butterflies with my Donna Salazar Corrugated Board that I thought I'd give the hearts a try. You can find the butterfly tutorial here. I used the same techniques to create the hearts and finished them off by wrapping with jute and cute little bows. 

Embossed Stamping ~ I stamped this sweet quotation and immediately covered it in clear embossing powder, poured the excess back into the jar, and heat set. I think the embossing helps make it pop. It's hard to see here, but it really does make a difference. Here's a little trick I figured out as well. Some of this writing was so fine that it really didn't adhere any of the embossing powder, so I was left with some bare writing that just kind of faded into the background. I pulled out my clear Ranger embossing pen, traced the areas that were not coated, applied more embossing powder, and it worked like a charm so that the entire image was embossed. I wanted the scroll image at the top of the page to be more subtle, so it was not embossed. I added the title with a Distress Marker. 

Hand Stitching ~ I scored a ball of cream crochet cotton at a yard sale last week, and on a whim thought I'd try stitching with it. It was so easy to work with, and I'll definitely be using this fiber for stitching again and again.


Donna Salazar Spring in Bloom - Tags, Ribbons, and Mosaics
Donna Salazar Botanique - Alphas;
Donna Salazar Antiquities - Time for Tea; Harmony

Petaloo Mini Rose - Tan/Brown
Petaloo Color Me Crazy - Mixed Floral Assorted; Canterbery Spray White
Pataloo Darjeeling Collection - Poppy Mix; Zinnia Mix
Prima Flowers Botanical Mix - Leaves

Technique Products:
Donna Salazar Corrugated Board by Zutter
Donna Salazar Smooch Spritz - Sea Breeze
Liquitex Gesso
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany, Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire
Ranger Distress Marker- Denim
Crochet Thread - Yardsale find
Saint Lawrence Trimmings - Craft Jute Cord
The Beadery Grand Hemp - 80#
Donna Salazar Stamps Banner and Words
Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp - Cling Breathe
Stampin' Up Classic Ink - Brocade Blue
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Ranger Inkssentials Embossing Pen - Clear
Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers - Mini Hearts and Base Tray
Burlap; Cheese Cloth; Fish Net; Doilies - Stash

Scotch ATG
Hercules Tape
Darice pop dots and strips

Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All by Zutter
Sizzix Big Shot
Fiskars Craft Knife and Self-Healing Mat
Ranger Craft Mat and foam ink applicator
Bazzil In Stitch'z Mat and Piercing Tool
Martha Stewart Craft Ruler

I have also entered this at:
Frosted Designs ~ Fabulous Challenge - Twine/Ribbon - Twine used to create photo frame and to tie bows on the hearts **
Word Art Wednesday - Encouraging Sentiment **
Just Us Girls ~ Color Inspiration #150 **
Sugar Creek Hollow ~ #25 We Are Family - My lo is of a family day at the beach **
Totally Gorjuss ~ Challenge 145 String's the Thing! - Twine used to create photo frame and to tie bows on the hearts **
4 Crafty Chicks ~ Challenge # 103 Circles, Circles and more Circles - circle twine frame and doilies are circles **
Paper Play Challenges ~ '12 - Week 33 Upcycle/Recycle - I used burlap as a flag, fish netting and doilies as embellishments. **
City Crafter Challenge Blog ~ Week 122 It's a Fabrication - I used Burlap and cheese cloth fabrics **
Catered Crop ~ No Stress to Distress Recipe Swap - I distressed all of the edges and dry brushed with Gesso to give an even more distressed appearance. (Sept 2)

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~ 


  1. Stunning page cool details and a lovely photo!

  2. Wow wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwww!! What a beautiful and touching page about Justin!! I loveeeeeeeee the way you created a circle frame around the photo, the hearts, the doilies, the flowers... all of it just beautiful!!!!

  3. This is so beautiful. I love the twine elements and the corrugated hearts. They will be blessed Tracey!

  4. What a gorgeous layout! My heart hurts for Justin's family. That had to be so tough. What a wonderful thing you all did for his family! Love your layout.

  5. Love your layout - it is absolutely beautiful!!!

  6. what an incredibly sensational lo
    sooo beautiful

  7. Another beautiful layout!!!! You have such a knack with embellishments. Love the twisted frame. I know Justin's family will treasure this layout. It is truly a work of art.

  8. Oh my goodness! Your layouts are gorgeous pieces of art! Love all of the details and the colors and the design...WOW!!!

  9. This is so beautiful, Tracey! I always adore all the texture you add, the burlap and corrugated cardboard look amazing!!

  10. I love everything about your layout...The colours and embellishments are perfect for your beach photo!

  11. HI Tracey, what a lovely thought of doing layouts for this dear family.. this layout is really wonderful too.. I love beachy layouts and all the embellies are gorgeous.. and a precious photo too... and a fabulous title for your layout using the word Peace.... and thanks for joining in at BITW!!

  12. oh wow, this layout is absolutely stunning and one that will be treasured.

  13. wauw i love it it's beautiful lovely photo too hugs Janneke

  14. Gorgeous layout Tracey! Love all the beautiful blossoms and texture! Thanks for inspiring!

  15. Beautiful page and beautiful story. It is so wonderful that you and others were able to find such a great way to bless your friend. Hope you enjoyed the crop and the yummy tomato sauce.

  16. This is just so heartfelt. What a beautiful tribute to your friends and their son. It's just gorgeous!

  17. Breathe taking, wonderful,thanks for playing our circles challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, truly beautiful! TFS!

  18. - this is completely amazing. The beachy feel you've achieved is so very peaceful. All of your elements came together perfectly to highlight this beautiful photo. How very lovely that you created such an amazing gift for Justin's family. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Frosted Designs.

  19. What a beautiful layout Tracey! And such a sad story!! The texture on this is really amazing!!!

  20. Wow! This is such a beautiful page in loving memory of the little boy. Your layouts always show such love with the careful placement of elements and the fabulous details. This will surely be treasured by the family.

  21. Beautiful, sad ,creative & inspiring all in one l/o!! I'm new to your incredible work and just had to pass on the complement!Please stop by for my 1 year Blog Anniversary to win FREE $$$ TFS
    Creative Wishes,
    Claire S

  22. Your layout is just lovely! I also love the story that went along with your project. Your explanation of each technique you used was an added bonus! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely work with us over at the Frosted Designs blog!

  23. This is beautiful, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  24. this is just over the top gorgeous LOVE it to bits

  25. WOW!!! What a awesome page. It is truly gorgeous. So many yummy details you have added here. I am so glad you shared it with us over at CCCB!

  26. fabulous layout!
    love all tha gorgeous embellies
    thanks for plaing with us at paperplay this week

  27. This is just so incredibly beautiful ... the peacefulness and the sea setting is perfectly captured ... I'm so glad you could join us this week at CCCB

  28. Beautiful page!!! Love all the special cool embellies you added and of course your fabulous distressing! Such a sweet thing to do for friends. This is such a beautiful page for a beautiful memory!

  29. This is a stunning page, Tracey. Love the corrugated hearts and the hessian banner. The whitewashed look of the pps is fabulous. Have a great week!

  30. Just love it!
    The flowers were my favorite:0)
    Thank you for joining us at BITW

  31. Simply gorgeous!! I love your layout and all of the deets you put into it. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful inspiration at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  32. This is stunning! Love every detail!!!! Girl, you are really making me want to get back to my scrap room!!!!! Hi! :-) too!

  33. This is gorgeous!!!! I love the hearts and all the texture!! Many thanks for playing along at CCCB

  34. Gorgeous layout!! What an awesome gift you created for your friend!! Thanks for sharing both with us at Frosted Designs!!

  35. This is such a beautiful layout! And such a sad story! She is blessed to have such a caring church family though! What a great idea to get together and scrapbook her photos for her! I'm so glad you joined us this week @ Frosted Designs!

  36. OMG! this is breathtaking! I love the white washed palette and all marine-themed touches!

  37. Beautiful - very peaceful layout!

  38. Wowzers, this is such a stunning lay-out! The different textures look really wonderful together. Also you made such gorgeous flowers yourself once again - I love them!

  39. You are the queen of combining challenges Tracey. This is stunning, and you explain your techniques so well. I'd take a class from you any day :) Thanks for linking up with us this month at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.

  40. This is absolutely stunning!! I love all of the techniques you used...they look amazing together!! And what a beautiful story behind the creation...I'm sure your friends will treasure this gorgeous page :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  41. Your layout is absolutely stunning! I love the mixed media aspects of it and all the interesting little details.

  42. Simply beautiful, Tracey, and it shows what a dear heart for others that the Lord has given you. I love that you use your talents to glorify Him and encourage others.

    I hope you got the email I sent you with all the october files.

    Blessings to you, my friend!

  43. Beautiful whispy background. Love what you did with the twine around the photo, the ribbon strips and all.

  44. oh wow what a great thing to get a crop together for!!!!! and that page is sooo stunning, love all the layers and details that went into it!!!!

  45. This LO is so pretty! I love the frame and how it really brings you into the picture! What a wonderful story to share and I am sure that Justin's family will treasure your layout and all those created! What a wonderful thing you did for his family!!!

  46. Oh my goodness, Tracey! This page is just so beautiful and full of love! I can tell because is shines brightly with the love you put into it!!!!! Thanks also for always stopping by my blog, my friend! Your kind words mean so much! Have a great day!!!!!

  47. Gorgeous layout. love the layers, the use of hemp, the gesso, the corrugated board. love all the elements u use. thanks for sharing with us at Frosted Designs.

  48. wow gorgeous!! love this so much thanks for playing with us at BITW Sorry I've been away and haven't left messages here!

  49. What a fabulous scrapbook page!!! LOVE the corrugated hearts and the flowers are stunning. Great way to highlight the picture too. Thanks for joining us at JUGS this week :)

  50. WOW!!!!!!! Tracey this is amazing!!!!!!!!Great design! I love the texture and the corrugated pieces are very impressive!!! Love it!!!
    p.s Thanks for all the love in my blog! I appreciate it!!

  51. Om my ..this brought a tear to my eye. What a wonderful friend you are and what a beautiful community.
    This is such a wonderful layout, to be treasured forever.

  52. THIS is a SHOWSTOPPER, to be SURE! What WONDERFUL use of the JUST US GIRLS colors - this is an OUTSTANDING layout! I'm just drinking in the texture and BEAUTIFUL use of materials! Great work! SO glad you shared with Just Us Girls!!!!!

  53. This is absolutely breathtaking!!! Love all of the different elements here! Have a great weekend!

  54. This is just beautiful, Tracey! So much texture here- and I LOVE texture!! Just incredibly fabulous work...

    Lucky you and your tomatoes. I used to grow about 30 plants and had hundreds of tomatoes every year...and then we moved to where I grew up where it's quite rocky and haven't yet attempted tomatoes up here...definitely miss the homemade spaghetti sauce, salsa, etc.- so you enjoy them this winter!!

    Take care :),


  55. A gorgeous all of the texture! Bless you for being there for your family friends!

  56. So beautiful page, Thank you for joining us at BITW!

  57. This is just gorgeous! Stunning work. Thanks for joining us at SCH.
    Hugs, Heide SCH- Guest designer.

  58. Your LO is beautiful! It looks like you had a great time togheter at the beach.

    Thanks for joining Sugar Creek Hollow this week.


  59. Wow, Tracey!! Your page is just gorgeous! Amazing work!! Hugs!

  60. What an amazing page and memorial to your friend's son. You are a true friend and example of what it is to be a Christian artist. Blessings!

  61. Love this Tracey! -And love that you all got together and did such a lovely thing for this family. That must have been a devastating loss for them two years ago....
    Love the large doilies and the corrugated cardboard you use to create so much texture. Stunning!! And yayy for all that yummy tomato sauce... :-)

  62. Very beautiful, Tracey!! As always, I adore all the texture, so gorgeous!

  63. I can't remember if I left a comment here already but just want to say how gorgeous it is!! and thanks for playing at BITW

  64. Oooo! You've really captured the feel of the beach with your textures and embellishments, Tracey! I feel like I'm there! So pretty!

  65. This is just beautiful Tracey...all the different gorgeous touches you added are amazing (and so are all the different challenges you were able to incorporate into one layout--GREAT job!). Thanks so much for playing along at Scrapping Everyday Miracles!

  66. absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for joining in on the August Challenge at SEM!

  67. Breathtaking Tracey! Your page is just stunning! Thank you for joining us at Scrapping Everyday Miracles for the August challenge ;)

  68. STUNNING STUNNING layout love the grungy feel mixed with the beautiful flowers!
    thanks for the inspiration!
    Thanks for playing along with us at BITW

  69. This is beautiful, thanks for playing along with us at BITW!
    And congrats the featured winner for the PEACE challenge.


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