Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Experience Fun" Layout for Leaky Shed Studio and Once Upon A...Sketch

The September Once Upon A...Sketch Challenge is open. Although there is no journaling "theme" this month, there is a twist. You must include "handwritten" journaling on your layout!

I've created a fun and funky layout featuring the Leaky Shed Studio Ferris Wheel. My sister, Terry, and I enjoy going to Knoebels Amusement Park. We travel with friends Kelly and John. He is a camera enthusiast and captured this fabulous Ferris wheel shot. When I saw this Leaky Shed Studio piece, I knew this would be the perfect photo to pair with it.

"Experience Fun"

Journaling Theme: Open theme...with a twist

For this month's challenge, you can scrap about any theme BUT you need to include your own handwritten journalling on your page!

You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. Whilst the theme is open, you MUST base it on the sketch below and include your HANDWRITTEN journaling ON YOUR PAGE. 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.

September Sketch
I've flipped the sketch as follows:

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

Tips and Techniques
I heat embossed the Ferris wheel and towers with silver embossing powder. The fabulous engraved design in the center stayed in tact through this process. Each of the cars is embossed with a different color of Fran-tage embossing enamel. I added pieces of chain to the spokes for added texture and gears to the center.

In places across the page, I've spread transparent Viva Crackle Paint, then spritzed with mist to highlight the cracks. 

Yes, you know how I adore changing things up in non-traditional ways. Rather than placing all of the cars around the wheel, I've extended three of them from my photo "attaching" them with lengths of chain. 

I layered strips of sheetrock tape under the photo, then stenciled with Viva Special Effects Paste in Amber Gold to stencil around the photo.

I transformed these dated metal word pieces by brushing them with a couple colors of metallic paint, then sanding the raised portions to highlight the words. The copper gears were grunged by dabbing on some of the same metallic paint for a patina effect. 

More gears and another view of the grungy background.

Leaky Shed Studio Product

Other Products
7 Dots Studio ~ 9th Wave - Wavy Ocean
Sheetrock Tape (Hardware Store)
Chain (Jewelry Department)
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist - Sapphire
Ranger ~ Dylusions Ink Spray - Bubblegum Pink
Viva ~ Croco Crackling Colour - transparent
Viva ~ Ferro Special Effect Paste - Amber Gold
Ranger ~ Embossing Powder - Silver
Stampendous ~ Fran-tage Embossing Enamel - Aged Aqua; Aged Rose; Aged Marine; Aged Teal; Aged Scarlet; Aged Green
Lumiere Paint ~ Halo Blue Gold; Pearlescent Blue
Pigma ~ Micron 05 - Blue
Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz) ~ Layering Stencil - Dot Fade
TCW ~ Diamonds 12" Stencil
Tombos ~ Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Zapdots 1/4" Square, white
Darice ~ Heat Tool

**Photo credits ~ John Petrachkoff

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~ Blessings ~


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  2. This is fabulous - love how the blues mimic the sky...those extended cars are amazing & that silver embossing REALLY looks like metal!!! ADORE this one, Tracey:):)

  3. What a stunning page, Tracey! Love, how you completed the wheel with the chain and the little cars!
    Warm greetings!

  4. Oh my goodness. You never cease to amaze me with your creations!

  5. Beautiful page with perfect techniques. Love everything about it.


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