Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Creativity" for Once Upon A...Sketch November Challenge featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon

Nadia has created another fabulous challenge for our November Once Upon A...Sketch Challenge. This month's theme is "My Happy Place." There are a number of happy places in my life that I share in my journaling. One of those special "places" is expressing my creativity. Creativity has always been an important part of my life. Even as a little girl, I could be found sewing up doll clothes, crocheting little book marks, crafting gifts for family and friends . . .  Paper crafting has been a fabulous creative outlet for me. This layout is about how creativity is my happy place and features ribbon, flowers, and adhesives from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store


Journaling Theme: "My Happy Place"
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!

Tips and Techniques:
Here you can see the cluster with the Grungy Wrinkled Ribbon bow. My tutorial for this ribbon technique can be found here. I started with White Seam Binding and used my Zutter Bow-it-All to tie the bow. This tool is quite handy and if you are interested in learning how to use it, the best videos I've seen are by RRR owner, Bonnie Garby. And you are in luck, Zutter has provided a Bow-it-All for her to give away. You can find links to her fabulous videos and enter the Bow-it-All giveaway drawing here

You can see my mixed media background where I've stenciled, misted, and brushed with gesso. The gorgeous Dusty Attic Ornate Gate chipboard is simply painted with white spray gesso. 

I used a mix of flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon and my stash. Here you can see the 20mm White Open Rose and Chrysanthemum. I dry brushed most of my flowers and metal flourish with gesso. 
More Really Reasonable Ribbon Flowers ~ Chrysanthemum, Cottage Rose, and Open Rose. I've been trying to use up items from my stash and here you can see these sweet epoxy stickers that I tucked around this cluster. I tucked in some White Crochet Lace below and above my photo. Scor-Tape works beautifully for adhering lace and ribbon!!

I recently went to an auction with a friend. Oh my, there were rows and rows of odd lots and boxes of stuff. One of the things that caught my eye was this basket of old paint brushes. I've been seeing some pretty cool decor projects using old used up paint brushes and thought these would be perfect for decorating. They got grouped with some other odd boxes and I lost the bid, however, the woman who purchased the lot was delighted to sell them to me for a dollar. When I saw this month's OUAS challenge, I thought this rustic basket of brushes would be the perfect object to express the idea of creativity. The old weathered chair and gorgeous fall mums are a perfect backdrop for this charming basket. 

I painted this butterfly chipboard piece with metallic paints and dry brushed with gesso. The metal piece is also brushed with gesso. This cluster features WOC Chrysanthemums, Cherry Blossom, Cosmos, and a sweet Open Rose from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Here is what my journaling says, "There are many things in my life that bring joy . . . my Lord, my family, the beauty of God's creation . . .  Something that has always been a happy place for me is creativity. Pulling out mixed media supplies to paper craft brings joy to my day."

Really Reasonable Ribbon Products:
Seam Binding ~ White 1/2"
White Crochet Lace ~ May Arts 3/8"
Wild Orchid Crafts Mulberry Flowers ~ 20mm Open Roses - White
Wild Orchid Crafts Mulberry Flowers ~ 25mm Cottage Rose - Mixed White/Cream
Wild Orchid Crafts Mulberry Flowers ~ Cherry Blossoms - White/Cream
Wild Orchid Crafts Mulberry Flowers ~ Chrysanthemums - Mixed Pink/White
Wild Orchid Crafts Mulberry Flowers ~ Cosmos Daisy Stem Flowers - Pink/White
Wild Orchid Crafts Mulberry Flowers ~ Sweetheart Blossoms - White
Wild Orchid Crafts Mulberry Flowers ~ Sweetheart Blossoms - 2-Tone Baby Pink
Zutter Bow-it-All
Scor-Tape 6" x 6"
Other Products:
7 Dots Studio ~ 9th Wave Collection
Prima flowers, stencils
Dusty Attic chipboard
Heidi Grace Epoxy word stickers
Momenta metal flourishes
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Mister Huey Color Mist
Light Molding Paste
Clear epoxy circles
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow (Friday) afternoon
for some exciting news I'll be sharing!!
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~ Blessings ~


  1. GORGEOUS work, Tracey! I love the colors you used, and all your BEAUTIFUL flowers! Your childhood sounds much like mine! :o)

  2. This is a gorgeous layout, soft colors beautiful flowers and love the photo too.. and I am sure you do have many happy times during your times of creativity!!

  3. ohhhh such a pretty page!!!! love the ribbon bow!!!

  4. This is so beautiful! I love the gorgeous colors of the background! What a lovely photo!

  5. WOwwwwwww! This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors, that background and all those flowers!!!!

  6. Oh my gosh, this is stunning!! The background just looks amazing!! I love the colors!! You should frame it and make it into a wall hanging!! Happy Friday :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Your layout is stunning! I have pinned it onto 7 Dots Studio 9th Wave board. Thank you for using our products!

  8. Stunning page Tracey! Love it!! The colours on your background are simply gorgeous and the clusters are just delightful! Totally beautiful page!! ox

  9. Gorgeous!! I love the background and all the lovely colors with the gate chipboard surrounding the pic :)

  10. So very pretty Tracey! Love all the beautiful blossoms and stenciled detail!

  11. That basket of brushes was a bargain AND perfect for looks sooo pretty sitting on the chair & your flower clusters are fabulous:):):)

  12. Absolutely gorgeous, Tracey. Oh my goodness, you ROCKED this challenge, my friend. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful talent with all of us!!!

  13. Absolutely stunning. Each and every detail. Your stenciling and mixed media on your background and all the pretty blooms.

  14. Love the background Breathtakingly beautiful layout!

  15. This is stunning Tracey! Will try to get to OUAS this month if I can.

  16. loving this Tracey, spectacular and so rich in color and design x


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