Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Your Paths" for OUAS featuring Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard

The Once Upon A...Sketch August Challenge is up and live. Our August journaling theme is, "The Men in Our Lives."

When Elizabeth married Andrew, we were so delighted to add another son to our family. In this fun photo, the groomsmen are "kicking off" Andrew into his new life with Elizabeth. I thought this Scripture sentiment tied in perfectly - we pray that our Lord with direct Andrew's paths as he and Elizabeth look forward to a future together. 

"Your Paths"
(Journaling on Back)

Journaling Theme: The Men in Our Lives

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! 

August Sketch

I've flipped and rotated the sketch.

For challenge details, more design team inspiration, and to link your project go HERE.

My journaling is on the back of the page and says, "Andrew, your groomsmen are kicking you off into a new life with Elizabeth. It’s my prayer that our Lord with be the center of your relationship and direct your paths together. I hope you have many happy years together."

Tips and Techniques
Lots of mixed media techniques to share. This Leaky Shed Studio Bird Branch was painted with blue metallic paint and dry brushed with white gesso. 

Normally I grunge up my Leaky Shed Studio Gears and Watch Parts more, but I likd the natural chipboard color with this gorgeous 7 Dots Studio paper, so I just lightly inked the edges before adhering, then they also picked up some of the ink I splattered across the page. The two Watch Parts I layered over the larger gears were painted with black gesso for contrast. 

There's lots of layered dimension. The washer strip was cut from brown cardstock and dry brushed with gesso. The frame around my sentiment is a blast from the past. It's an old filmstrip piece with a wood grain finish. I swirled paint across it to freshen up the look. The chipboard heart is covered with aluminum tape and embossed. There are also a couple strips of punchinella with a grid - torn and painted. To keep with the masculine, grungy theme, I've dry brushed the photo edges with gesso. This was actually two separate photos taken by the wedding photographer.

The blue and orange color on the background is added with paint thinned with water and Neocolor II watercolor crayons. The silver frame behind the photo was a scrap piece that held wooden cut-outs used on another project. Yes, I tend to hold onto those odd and end pieces. lol I've also added stamping around the page edges and around the photo cluster. 

Stop by the OUAS blog to link your project HERE.

Leaky Shed Studio Products

Other Products
7 Dots Studio ~ Nature Walk, Songbird
Cardstock ~ Brown
Wood Frame ~ Scrap
Filmstrip Frame ~ Stash
Want2Scrap ~ 1/8 cup of Bling - Blue Pearls
Punchinella - Square Mesh - Stash
Thread, black, gold - stash
Caran D'Ache ~ Neocolor II
Jacquard ~ Lumiere Metallic and Pearlescent Paints
DecoArt ~ Paint
Folk Art ~ Paint
Making Memories ~ Glaze Paint
Liquitex ~ Gesso, white, clear, black
Clearsnap by Donna Salazar ~ Mixed Media Inx CHOX - Midnight
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Sizzix by Tim Holtz ~ Sizzlets Decorative Strip Die - Washer Border
Sizzix by Tim Holtz ~ Embossing Fade - Riveted Metal
Heartfelt Creations ~ Large Elegant Words Stamp
7Gypsies ~ Steampunk Clear Stamps
Hampton Art ~ Diffusion Stamp
Tim Holtz ~ Seamless Experience Stamp Set
Inky Antics ~ Guided Path Stamp Set
Helmar ~ Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ Zapdots, black 1/2" round
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Darice ~ Heat Tool
Ranger ~ Craft It 
Sizzix ~ Big Shot
Tim Holtz ~ Grid Blocks

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Gorgeous! I loveeeeee the colors and the chevron background!!!!!!

  2. Love this layout Tracey!!! The colours are gorgeous and so perfect for a masculine page and I really love the background!! Another fave I think!! Stunning!! ox

  3. Wonderful page, Tracey! As I told you, I always love your male and grungy projects - just like this one :) The color combination with the blue and orange is gorgeous!

  4. wow such a stunning grunge page ... the blue is striking against the dark BG ... loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee x

  5. Fabulous page love the chevron pattern and Leaky Shed gears, also you CAN use birds on a manly page! Gorgeous!

  6. Adore what you've done on this page! Those cogs look great left mostly natural & I really like the softness you've added to the pp bg.....lovely photo of your son in law, too:):) FABBO page::))

  7. Gorgeous grunge page. I love the beautiful colors and the texture is simply amazing. Truly a delight. Much blessing Tracey xx

  8. So many lovely details! You do the guy layouts sooooo well! Off to see your new LS project!


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