Monday, September 30, 2013

"The Journey" Once Upon A...Sketch October Challenge

Hello everyone!! This is my second post of the day. If you would like to view my Grungy Jute Rope and Burlap Ribbon Flower Tutorials for Really Reasonable Ribbon go here.

Today I'm here to share my first layout for Once Upon A...Sketch. What a delight to be working on Nadia's team. This month's sketch and journaling challenge gave me the opportunity to create a page I've been wanting to put together for a couple years now. I knew what photos I wanted to use, but locating them was quite a challenge since they are from 2000 to 2008. One of them had been mailed to me and misplaced 5 years ago. I'm so excited that I was able to locate it. Do I have your curiosity up? Here's my page about our daughter, Grace, and her dog, Ellie.

"The Journey"

Journaling theme: "The Journey . . ."
You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journaling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journaling (hidden journaling is fine). Acceptable journaling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It need to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journaling is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journaling is! 

The Once Upon A...Sketch Challenges are designed to encourage us to journal. Sometimes the most important pages we create are not those with the most beautiful photos, but those that document important life events. That's the case for the page I created this month. I shed tears as I wrote up my memories of the amazing journey traveled by Grace and Ellie, reflecting on their special relationship as they achieved some pretty remarkable accomplishments together. Since I provided transportation, I was there for much of the training and all the dog shows. Ellie is no longer with us, and Grace now has a new Border Collie pup, Breezy. God has given her an amazing gift to read and train dogs. She will be teaching her first dog obedience classed this fall. Those who take her classes are fortunate indeed. I can't wait to see the journey you document in your scrapbooking this month for Once Upon A...Sketch.

Tips and Techniques:
My journaling says: "What started as a dream turned into an amazing journey just because you believed that you could accomplish great things with Ellie"

I have included this small amount of journaling below the photos, and wrote a "book" to include on the back:

I didn't include a close-up but the stamping in the corner says: To be all that is possible we must attempt the impossible. To be all that we can be we must dream of being more. A subtle reverence to this journey. 

A mix of Prima and Really Reasonable Ribbon Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. They were misted with glimmery lavender and gold. 

The clock in the background is a Tim Holtz, Sizzix die cut from chipboard. It was dry embossed with a crackle design, then painted and inked. 

I enjoy using jewelry findings on my LO's. This sweet butterfly charm was gessoed and then misted.

You can see some of the mixed media texture below the butterfly with sheetrock mesh, molding paste, and drippy mist. 

I laid out and penciled in my design, then stamped around the design as seen here. This prima clock face was gessoed and inked. 

A close-up of he prima Typo Bulb, flower and Dusty Attic chipboard border. You can also see a hint of the washi tape I layered onto the page. 

More stamping around these Prima metal findings. I applied gesso, mists, and rhinestones to these lovely pieces!

Here you can see more of my mixed medial texture achieved with Golden Glass Bead Gel applied through a Prima stencil. The Dusty Attic border was dabbed and painted with a mix of metallic paints using an ombre effect. 

I hope you'll play along with the OUAS October sketch challenge and create a page about a special journey in your life and document that journey in your journaling. Don't forget to share your layout on the OUAS Facebook Page.

Product List:
Maja Vintage Spring Basics ~ 1st of March, 2nd of April, 9th of April
Dusty Attic ~ French Garden Border 
Prima ~ Troika, White #566869
Prima ~ Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets #960278
Prima ~ Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets #960346
Prima ~ Pebbles #655350
Recollections Resin #205888
Tim Holtz ~ Tissue Tape
K & Company ~ BW Neopolitan Adhesive Rhinestones
Butterfly Charm ~ Stash
Inks/Mists/Embossing Powder
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx: Berries
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx CHOX: Driftwood, Sparrow
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Shaded LIlac, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Dusty Concord
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine: Gold
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ~ Purple Pansy, Blackberry Cordial
Zing ~ Clear Embossing Powder
Mixed Media
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Liquitex ~ Gesso
Liquitex ~ Glass Bead Gel
Lumiere Metallic Paint ~ Halo Violet Gold, Pearlescent White
DecoArt ~ Dazzling Metallics Paint: Splendid Gold
Tim Holtz ~ Purely Random, Lost and Found, Flights of Fancy, Nature's Elements, Life's Possibilties
Prima ~ Lattice #564766
The Crafter's Workshop ~ Ledger
Dies/Embossing Folders
Sizzix ~ Tim Holtz Clock Die, Gear
Darice ~ Crackle Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz ~ Grid Blocks
Darice ~ Heat Tool

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~ Blessings ~


  1. Such a beautiful layout Tracey and an even more beautiful story. I wish her all the best for her future endeavours. I agree with you it is a very special person who has this way with dogs and I think anyone who get her as a trainer will be very lucky. Such a beautiful layout to record this very special journey. :D

    1. Thank you, Val! There are so many memories, I really had to edit my thoughts for the journaling. :-)

  2. It turned out gorgeous! Love the journaling you added too!!!

    1. Thanks, Juliana. I added more stamping after I got it home and looked at it in the light of day!! :-) ~ Blessings

  3. Beautiful layout. Love the ornate trim and the butterfly is stunning. Beautiful elegant design. Tracy x

  4. Having a daughter with the same feelings and touch with dogs, can make me appreciate your daughter's accomplishments so much!!! You have every reason to be proud of her!!! Lovely page you created with many beautiful details!

    1. Thanks, Patricia. How wonderful that you have a daughter with similar gifts!! Isn't it fun watching her? ~ Blessings

  5. This really came so pretty! Love all your techniques. The textures are just amazing. What a wonderful memory you scrapped :) The bond between a child and a dog can be so very strong. It made me think of our Guffy who passed 8 yrs ago and our 22 yr old boy. Those 2 grew up together and Guff truly was his protector and best friend. Beautiful :)


    1. Thanks so much, Paula! I agree. All three of our girls had dogs and competed in obedience with them. What wonderful relationships and a great way for them to learn responsibility too!! ~ Blessings

  6. Congratulations, Tracey, on your first layout in your new official role at OUAS! Your page is completely gorgeous, and I love the story that you told about your daughter's development as a dog trainer. I'm so glad that you found your old photos to use for this page.

    Take care & have a great day!

    1. Thanks so much Denise. I'm so thrilled to be on the OUAS team!! ~ Blessings

  7. Such a gorgeous page! The chipboard treatment is amazing!

  8. Such an inspiring story and I am captivated with all your beautiful details on this page-the colors are just heavenly!

  9. gorgeous page and just love all the texture work going on here!!!!

  10. Tracey, This is wonderful. I really want to do this. Decisions, decisions. :) Your friend, Jesse

    1. Thanks, Jesse!! I can't wait to see what you do with this challenge!! ~ Blessings

  11. Oh wow Tracey what an amazing take on the challenge, and what a beautiful layout with so many stunning embellishments too.. really lovely!!

  12. This is sooooooooo gorgeous! I love love love the colors, the textures and those flowers!!!!!

  13. Beautiful layout Tracey! Love all the fancy chipboard pieces and texture!

  14. Oh Tracey. Your post brought tears to my eyes. The journey that Ellie and Grace took together was so remarkable and touching. And I am so happy that you made this absolutely beautiful page to remember it. Your take on the sketch and theme is more that amazing. And I am so happy that Grace has Breezy now, too. God is so good!

    1. Thank you so much, Sharon. Yes, God has been very good to our family! ~ Blessings

  15. This is absolutely gorgeous + that is definitely some journaling! I love all the fancy embellishments you always include in your layouts, its so beautiful!!

  16. A really beautiful layout to go with that fabulous memory.
    You are truly the queen of textures Tracey. So many gorgeous details and sparkle!

  17. Awesome page Tracey! As usual, all the detail work that you put into your design is so fun to look at. I really love the finish on the jewelry findings and the stenciled glass bead gel. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. You always have the most amazing texture on your layouts Tracey. This is just gorgeous as I've always come to expect from you. It's always a pleasure to stop by your blog.

    1. Thanks for your sweet encouragement, Sherri!! ~ Blessings

  19. So sweet and gorgeous, Tracey! Love the pretty colors combo too!

  20. wow! amazing page!!! love the texture

  21. This is so gorgeous!! I love the colors and amazing textures!! You have the most fabulous embellishments!! The pictures are adorable!!

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