Thursday, May 1, 2014

"Grandpa and Me" for OUAS and LSS

It's reveal day for the May Once Upon A...Sketch Challenge. Nadia has another gorgeous sketch for us to work with this month.

I recently came across this photo of our son, Joseph, taken many years ago when he was a wee toddler enjoying time on the tractor with his grandpa. The Leaky Shed Studio Tractor and Windmill are such absolutely perfect accents for this special memory. 

"Grandpa and Me"

I've journaled across the page along my farm lane about this special day.

May Journaling Theme: "Anything goes . . ."

Yes, you heard right. This month you can create a layout about ANYTHING you like,
but please do not forget our journaling rules.

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 needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journaling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journaling is!

I flipped the sketch:

Tips and Techniques
To achieve this rust finish on the Leaky Shed Studio Windmill, I painted it with Sophisticated Finishes Iron Metallic Surfacer, then the Rust Antiquing Solution.

I accented with chicken wire and used light molding paste to stencil the wheat background.

The Leaky Shed Studio Tractor is painted John Deere Green to go with my daddy's tractor. I grunged up the tires to look like it's traveling down my mixed media farm lane. 

I've been trying to use up things from my stash and these ribbon slide letters were painted to look rusty and strung together with twine. The black crackle is from an older rub-on sheet. 

This is one of my twine flowers. A tutorial for these flowers can be found here

I layered burlap and other fabrics around the photo along with strands of threads.

Leaky Shed Studio Products

Other Products
Authetique Foundations
Metal Ribbon Letters ~ Stash
Crackle Rub-on Sheet ~ Stash
Plastic Screen Mesh - Stash
Chicken Wire - Stash
Burlap - Stash
Cotton Fabric - Stash
DecoArt Paint
Ranger Paint Dabber
Beadies ~ Clear Marbles; Silver Microbeads
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist - Cork
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz - Log Cabin
Liquitex ~ Extra Thick Gesso; Gesso
Sophisticated Finishes ~ Iron Metallic Surfacer; Rust Antiquing Solution
Golden ~ Soft Gel (Matte); Light Molding Paste
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar - Mix'd Media Inx, Stormy
TCW ~ Woodgrain Stencil
Kaisercraft ~ Wheat Template
Stampers Anonymous ~ Lost and Found
CTMH ~ Distressed Backgrounds
Darice ~ Heat Tool

Thanks for stopping by today! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Oh this is wonderful Tracey. I am a country girl so I really love the tractor and windmill!! love how the back ground just flows over your layout.. lovely layout!!

    1. Thanks so much, Lizzy. I love the country life too! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  2. Your twine flower is THE perfect accent! And I love the 'scene' you've created here -that rusting powder is fabulous on the windmill, too....I really like this one Tracey - bit different:):)

    1. Thanks so much, Lizzy!! I had fun with this one!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  3. The perfect accents for that photo. Love your twine flower.

  4. Tracey, I so love the playfulness of this layout, the background work, the rusting on the windmill...absolutely evertything. Thanks for sharing this wonderful creation! xx

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Tina!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  5. awwwwww love this and love that tractor :)

  6. Oh, soooo cute! Love the scenery look of your page, so unusual!
    xxx Evelyn

  7. beyond amazing. love the earthy feel; you have created here Tracey xoxo

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Heather!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  8. Fabulous Tracey! I love the windmill, Wow it looks awesome and the tractor, so cool!! The whole LO is an amazing reflection of the precious pic!!

  9. Thanks so much, Davi!! I appreciate your lovely comments! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  10. Fantastic layout, Tracey! Love how you've treated the windmill! Amaze-balls!


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