Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Love Always ~ for Leaky Shed Studio and OUAS

The June Challenge has been revealed at Once Upon A...Sketch and this is my take on Nadia's gorgeous sketch and theme featuring fabulous Leaky Shed Studio chipboard.

I'm so blessed to have such a great relationship with our son and his wife, Rachel. This is one of their engagement photos. She was a Steeler's fan while Joseph is a Brown's fan. If you're not familiar with the NFL, that's one big rival, but they have not let it cause a house divided.

"Love Always"
(Journaling behind photo - details below.)

Journaling Theme: The following quote

 "The Best Things in Life Aren't Things" 

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! 

Tips and Techniques
I painted the Leaky Shed Studio Heart Key with Gold Color Shine Mist, then dry brushed with Gesso. The background is stenciled with molding paste, then misted and splattered. The flowers and metal elements are dry brused with Gesso, then brushed with cork glimmer mist. 

I wanted the Leaky Shed Studio Picket Fence to look weathered, so I painted it with gesso, with the brush strokes going in the direction of wood grain, then I brushed it with a couple colors of mist that settled into the brush strokes to look like wood. The Prima butterfly wings are also dry brushed with Gesso and mist. 

I cut the Leaky Shed Studio Harja Flower into pieces and used half on each side of the page. I simply textured with gesso and brushed mist for this gorgeous effect. I've stamped the butterfly images in the corner.

I've used a mix of handcrafted flowers, pre-made flowers, and trinkets to cluster around my photo. I've also tucked in chicken wire and feathers. 

My Bitty Blossom tutorial can be found here.

Journaling is a required element in our Once Upon A...Sketch projects, and I've included my journaling on a tag tucked behind my photo mats. The handcrafted flower camouflages the tag once it's tucked into place.

A tutorial for my Embossed Vellum Flower can be found here.

For all the June Challenge details and to link your project, stop by the

Leaky Shed Studio Products

Other Products
7 Dots Studio ~ Cold Country - Secret Diary
GCD Studios by Donna Salazar ~ Natural Beauty Collection
GCD Studios by Donna Salazar ~ Mix'd Media Stax 2
DCWV ~ Big Floral Embossed Paper
Petaloo ~ Beaded Peonies - Small
Petaloo ~ Canterbury Rose, Charcoal
Petaloo ~ Expressions Fabric Flowers, Camel
Prima ~ Arco Iris Flowers
Prima ~ Lady Bird Collection
Prima ~ Ameruse Duchess Mix
Prima ~ Parisia Mayfair Mix
Prima ~ Sugar Plum Roses, Cinnamon
Prima ~ Cotton Tape
Prima ~ Butterfly Kiss Moulin
Recollections 255380
Tim Holtz ~ Tissue Tape
Spare Parts Mini Light Bulbs
Studio G ~ Metal Charms VAC004
Feathers (Stash)
Square Heart Locket (Vintage Trinket)
Heart Charm (Stash)
Beads (Stash)
Flower Basket Charm (Vintage Trinket)
Darice ~ Chicken Wire
Keys (Stash)
Queen & Co ~ Twinkle Goosebumps, clear
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Liquitex ~ Clear Gesso
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine - gold
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist - Cork
Spellbinders by Donna Salazar ~ Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders by Heartfelt Creations ~ Tattered Blossoms
Martha Stewart ~ Punch Around the Page - Doily Lace
Prima ~ Stencil - Flourish 12"
Heartfelt Creations ~ Tattered Stamp
Tim Holtz ~ Flights of Fancy Stamp Set
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Zap Dots Black 1/4" Square
Zutter by Donna Salazar ~ Distrezz-it-All

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. This is stunning, your colors your flowers and that amazing butterfly all go together to create a really beautiful layout..

  2. So amazing, I'm really in love with your creation !!!!

  3. love everything about it :)

  4. Your layout is incredible! I love all the elements and your colors are gorgeous.

  5. Very pretty! They look very happy.

  6. TOtally, totally DIVINE....I especially love your butterfly:) The whole 'grungy-pretty' thing is just...well, you do it perfectly:):)

  7. Gorgeous page. Your layering and your clustering are both awesome. A work of art.

  8. Hi Tracey! Your layout is absolutely gorgeous! I have saved the template along with your L.O. for reference and am going to try to make one. (This should be funny as I know mine will look like a 5 year old did it. LOL) I am your latest follower. cardsbymarianne.blogspot.ca

  9. wow what amazing design love every elements so beautiful!!!


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