Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"The Journey Awakens the Soul" Details for ScrapThat!

We are so happy to have Andrew added to our family. This photo was taken before their October wedding ceremony as he contemplates his future with our Elizabeth. 

I created this layout with the gorgeous ScrapThat! April kit featuring Donna Salazar's Natural Beauty collection and gorgeous Prima Flowers and Trinkets.

"The Journey Awakens the Soul"

Tips and Techniques:

Corded Paper Rays ~ This close-up shows the lovely dimension much better!! I've been inspired by Frank Garcia's work with cording and thought I'd put my spin on it for this page. I cut the paper from this upper corner in toward the center of the page. I reinforced each point with an additional little triangle of paper, then pierced each point. I knotted the end of a length of cotton crochet thread and used a needle to pull the thread through a point leaving the knotted end on the bottom. I extended the cord across the page and pierced another hole near that edge and pulled the thread through to the back. I also adhered each paper point in place. 

Burlap Banner ~ I cut the kit burlap into banner flags and tucked one between each point. 

Handcrafted flowers ~ I used thick handmade mulberry paper with rose creations dies to create these dreamy flowers. The centers are the darling EAO Maya Road Metal Rose Trinkets. 

Corded Hearts ~ This gorgeous Prima strand of corded hearts was just perfect to extend the corded points and banner. 

Flowers ~ These Prima flowers are so gorgeous that I left them as is. The small white flower is handcrafted with the same mulberry paper and Donna Salazar's Bitty Blossoms dies. The leaves are from a scrap of kit paper colored with distress inks and pinched for dimension. 

Gears ~ I used Donna Salazar's Sprightly Sprockets dies to cut gears from a scrap of thin chipboard. I painted them black, then dabbed with a gold paint dauber and while still wet, heat set to bubble and add texture. 

Chipboard ~ My friend, Mandy, gave me the tag and bird chippies while I was working on this page and they were a perfect fit. I painted them, then lightly inked to highlight the raised designs. I used a scrap of jute from the burlap to tie onto the tag. The flourish is by Blue Fern Studio, which I also painted and inked. 

Title ~ The metal title piece was silver. I applied alcohol ink to color.

Scrapping Everyday Miracles has posted their April Sketch Challenge. They added a card sketch too, so there are two sketches to work with. I look forward to seeing your project posted there. For the sketches and challenge details, go here

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments! 

~ Blessings ~


  1. Amazing!! This page is just awesome!! I love what you did with the banner!! The picture is just lovely, you can see him taking the time to reflect on his day!! You did an amazing job capturing that!!


  2. Wow, how absolutely gorgeous!! I love how the picture is in the corner and then you designed around it perfectly!! The heart charm banner is fabulous!! This is stunning!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Wowwwwwwwwwww! This is gorgeous!! I love love love the colors, the photo and loving that heart banner!!!

  4. Oh Tracey! This is simply gorgeous!!! I love the placement of the photo and the other details!!!

  5. Oh this is simply stunning! Love the flowers and the trinkets! I admired Franks pages....I don't know he comes up with some of them!

  6. WOW-wee! What a striking design, Tracey! This is gorgeous, and once again, you're rocking those textures!

  7. I love how you did the corner piece! Amazing job!

  8. Such stunning lo and I love the fun design of the lo with the photo tucked in the corner. It's really smashing!
    Love n hugs

  9. ohhhh LOVE how you pages turned out!!!! that is such a cool effect with the photo coming out

  10. Ooooh...this is gorgeous! I love the amazing textures on your cool banner! :)

  11. Stunning layout & such awesome fun!!

  12. Tracey, this is just stunning. I love all the details. The rolled paper banner and how you tucked the burlap and flowers under it is fabulous! The photo of your new son-in-law is a moment captured that he will always reflect on.

  13. Truly amazing and so inspiring!! Love the design and beautiful details!

  14. Your work is truly amazing Tracey....

  15. Wow....so love your creativity on this page! Just stunning and love how you did the corner!;-)


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