Friday, March 22, 2013

"Enjoy the Journey" ~ The Paper Mixing Bowl Guest Designer

Spring is in the air?? Not really - here in North East Ohio the flakes are falling. Soon, the crocuses will be gracing the landscape. I can't wait!!

I am so honored to have been asked to be the March Guest Designer at The Paper Mixing Bowl. My first design teams were challenge sites, and I love a good challenge. I had so much fun creating this page with the March Recipe!!

These photos are engagement photos I attempted to take of Elizabeth and Andrew. They were so silly, so it is a good thing their wedding photographer included engagement shots as well. Here are some shots I took of them with Elizabeth's dog, Bounder. 

"Enjoy the Journey"

Now here is the Recipe I worked with:

Although only two Utensils are required, I used all 7. See if you can find them!
Wee photos
Predominately green
Something gold, 
Lucky Charm
Kiss Me - Inked wood grain over the background and edges.

I did not do the optional Journalling. 

Tips and Techniques:

Distressing ~ I distressed the paper edges and photos with my DSD Distrezz-It-All.

Flower Cluster ~ No techniques here. I arranged some pretty Petaloo flowers and leaves in the corner and tucked in some of the required elements - the lace, charm, and feathers, along with the gold glittered leaves. 

Title ~ Here you can see how tucked the Tim Holtz Word Band into my cluster. I applied green alcohol ink and knotted some sheer ribbon on each end.

Bracket Shaped Border ~ I hav a selection of neat die cut papers that I keep on hand as stencils. I liked this shape for my page so used the die cut paper as a stencil over this lovely green Basic Grey paper. I drew a pencil mark around the die cut and fussy cut the shape. I then inked the edges and hand stitched a line around the edge in black. 

Stencil ~ I laid my wood grain stencil over the bracket frame page and rubbed green distress over giving extra visual dimension into the "white" space. 

I hope you will swing by The Paper Mixing Bowl and link your project to meet this sweet challenge!!

I have entered this at
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #72 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. OMG, this is gorgeous! so beautiful!!

  2. Wow this Lo is stunning, i love the corner with flowers and the shape is gorgeous.

  3. SO beautiful,Tracey! I must find that wood grain stencil!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous, Tracey!! The colors and design are fabulous!! I love the beautiful flowers!! And the pictures are so sweet and fun!! Stunning layout!! Happy Friday :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. You are AMAZING!! This is absolutely gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeeee the colors and love love love the flowers!!!

  6. Really beautiful page, Tracey!...Nancy :o)

  7. oh wow Tracey this is gorgeous!! I'm in love with this LO and the deep rich colors!!

  8. I love your work & really enjoy your close ups! thanks for sharing :)

  9. wow this is soooo gorgeous love the color just

    hugs carla

  10. Absolutely gorgeous! Love how you used the color palette!

  11. amazing so much lovely details greetings Janneke

  12. Lovely page you have made great take with the colors.

  13. All seven requirements I think that is what is called an overachiever Tracie it is truly beautiful.Lis

  14. Congrats on your new Guest designer spot. another lovely page. Love how you incorporated the feathers, lace and charm on your layout. Blessings!

  15. Very beautiful and elegent, Tracey! I love your flowers, so stunning!!

  16. This is beautiful! Such a great design!

  17. Beautiful Layout Tracey, I love the 3 small photos amongst the cluster of gorgeous flowers.. love the bracket frame, and the photos will be very special memories for this lovely couple!

  18. Hi Tracey, beautiful layout. Thanks for joining us this week at WAW. I am going to follow your blog through Blog Lovin. Hope you'll stop by and follow mine that way too. The button is below my pic and bio on my blog. God bless.

  19. Gorgeous as always Tracey! I love all the blossoms and the gold tipped leaves! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Absolutely gorgeous, Tracey! I do declaare, you must go through $10 of flowers on every layout - it's just divine, and I'm always in awe!
    Thanks for sharing this with us.
    Word Art Wednesday

  21. Oh my goodness, Tracey! Your layout is just beautiful! I love how you used negative space here! And congrats on the guest design team spot, too! WOOHOO! Happy Easter, my friend, to you and your family!

  22. Great take on the "recipe"! I am always so amazed at your flower clusters & how perfect they look :)

  23. Tracey,
    Your page is beautiful, balanced and
    your certainly followed the recipe. The two clusters of flowers are outstanding.
    We love that you have taken time to share your wonderful work with us at Word Art Wednesday.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    The Blessing of the LORD be Upon You!

  24. Oh, I don't think they're silly at all, Tracey! They look beautiful, and I love how you've clustered them in the corner, amongst all those blooms!

  25. How beautiful Tracey, the colours, and design are amazing ... such an inspiring LO.

  26. This is so gorgeous, Miss Tracey! Love how you took this recipe and made it like no other! Fabulous design! And I think your photos are adorable!

  27. Lovely flowers and wonderful color combo. (I have missed dropping by but am doing much better now.)

  28. Very, very beautiful. Love the flower clusters.

  29. Wow! This is so striking Tracey! Love the beautiful flower clusters and gorgeous colours.
    Have a wonderful Easter. xx


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