Saturday, June 1, 2013

"Men in Black" ~ Really Reasonable June 1 Challenge

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I enjoy creating grungy masculine pages, and the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #73 gave me the opportunity to put one together. I just adore this photo of Andrew and his groomsmen enjoying those last final moments before the wedding. 

I ordered some of my favorite masculine jutes and burlaps from the
RRR store and the quality is so wonderful! 

To enter this challenge, create a card, layout, or any handcrafted project. Just be sure to follow the theme and use ribbon, lace, or trim somewhere on your project.

"Men in Black"

Really Reasonable Ribbon Products:

I'm also featuring some Donna Salazar Products on this layout which I will list at the end of my post. Donna's Girly Grunge style (emphasis on grunge) is just perfect for a masculine page. 

Tips and Techniques:

Jute Twine Flowers ~ I used Jute String to create the twine flowers and my tutorial can be viewed here.  I selected buttons from the Natural Button Grab Bag for my flower centers sized so that you can still see the woven stitching. Of course I tied the buttons with some of the Jute String

Rolled Burlap Flower ~ I used the Burlap Woven Ribbon to create the smaller burlap flower and some vintage washers and a screw for the center.

Chipboard Flourishes ~ I painted Donna Salazar's card size Hand Drawn Swirls chipboard, then stamped with her "Dear Sir" Stamp and edged with Chox Mix'd Media Inx. 

Textured Flower Background ~ I cut flower petal sections from black card stock using Donna Salazar's Grand Peony Dies just larger than each of the jute/burlap flowers. I then dry embossed using the Tim Holtz Burlap embossing folder. I rubbed the raised portion with a little Faber-Castell Gold Gelato. 

Textured Leaves ~ The leaves are also cut from black cardstock using the Grand Peony leaf dies. I hand creased the leaves where the natural veining would be and colored by dry rubbing with Gelatos. 

Stenciling ~ I used Donna's new Midnight Chox Inx over the TCW Diamond Stencil for a fabulous masculine design over the bricked background. 

Woven Gears ~ My friend, Mandy, gave me these vintage gears and machined pieces that her grandfather had stashed in his basement. I wove them together using Black Grosgrain Ribbon. Aren't they a delightful touch? I cut pieces of Score-Tape to adhere this piece to the page. This strong yet thin tape is perfect to adhere anything from delicate ribbon to heavier metal pieces. 

Layers ~ I love how the photo was taken at an angle. I turned it so the guys are straight and the photo angled. I layered lots of textured pieces at more angles under the photo - More embossed and Gelato'd card stock, grunged DSD Corrugated board, and this delightful Jute Ribbon

Gears ~ I used a mix of metal and die cut gears to tuck into the edges of my page and around the cluster. I die cut and embossed black card stock with Donna's Sprightly Sprockets dies and rubbed gold Viva Ink Gold to give the grungy metallic sheen. 

Distressing ~ I used the DSD Distrezz-It-All for all my distressing.

Arrows ~ I mixed black paint into Liquitex Blended Fibers and used Donna's new Want2Scrap Large Arrow Stencil to create these arrows.

You can see more of the grungy layers here and how gorgeous the Jute Ribbon is in the mix. 

Bonnie's natural fiber burlap and jute really take the show on this page. I hope you've been inspired to join us in creating a masculine project for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #73

Be sure to check out the RRR Blog for all the details and prize information.

Donna Salazar Products Used:
Antiquities ~ Steampunk Gentleman; Tags Ribbons, and Mosaics by GCD 
13x13 Corrugated Board by Zutter
Hand Drawn Swirls Chipboard by Want2Scrap
Mix'd Media Inx ~ Truffle by Clearsnap
Mix'd Media Inx Chox ~ Sparrow, Midnight by Clearsnap
8x10 Large Arrows Stencil by Want2Scrap
Dear Sir Stamp by Art Gone Wild
Grand Peony Dies by Spellbinders
Sprightly Sprockets Dies by Spellbinders
Distrezz-It-All by Zutter

Other Products Used:
Black Cardstock
Basic Grey Alphabet Stickers ~ Lime Rickey
Kaisercraft Fonza Alphabet ~ Chocolate
Vintage washers, screw, and machined pieces
Tim Holtz - Mini Paper Clip
Spare Parts - Arrow Photo Turn
Bead Landing Found Parts ~ Gears
Bead Landing Bezels, Frames and Filigree ~ Gears
7Gypsies Vintage Clip ~ Antique Silver
Faber-Castell Gelatos ~ Pistachio, Gold, Black
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ~ Cork
Heidi Swapp Color Shine ~ Bronzer
Art@ Gltter Mist Copper
Deco Art Acrylic Paint ~ Black
Deco Art Americana ~ Driftwood
Liquitex Blended Fibers
Viva Inka Gold
Distress Ink ~ Pumice Stone
Tim Holtz Embossing Folders ~ Gridlock, Burlap
TCW 12x12 Diamond Stencil
Beacon Fabri-Tac
Beacon 3-in-1
Scotch ATG
Sizzix Big Shot
Ranger Heat-It Craft Tool
Basic Grey Craft Files

I have entered this project at:
Word Art Wednesday

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Wowwwwwwww! BEAUTIFUL!!! Perfect title for that photo!!! LOVING the burlap pieces and the flowers!!

  2. amazing layout! Thanks for the close up pictures!

  3. Gorgeous Page Tracey!! Love the gear and arrow embellishments as well as your twine flowers!! Fabby! Gorgeous photo as well!!

  4. love it and still loving your twine flowers!

  5. Such a beautiful page, Tracey! I love your fun and cool title, too! Your layout's design is perfect for the photo. I love your string flowers so much! Sorry it's been awhile since I have visited your blog - things are so busy around here!!!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous male layout, beautiful but masculine too.. love those twine flowers and the burlap!!

  7. I love the jute flowers that you made! I'll have to try your techniques sometime. I have a huge ball of jute twine that my husband's grandmother gave me, and I'm always looking for new ways to use it on layouts.

    Thanks so much for responding to my prayer request. I truly believe that the prayers help the grieving family and community.

  8. so utterly FAntastic Tracey!! wow!!

  9. This is the most beautiful masculine layout I have seen in ages. Love what you did with the jute and twine.

  10. A really stunning masculine page Tracey. Love your twine and burlap flowers they are totally gorgeous!! ox Marg


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