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.
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
Donna Salazar Corrugated Board by Zutter
Donna Salazar Smooch Spritz - Sea Breeze
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
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)
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~ Blessings ~