Monday, September 22, 2014

"Life Is Good" Layout for Donna Salazar

We recently took a trip to Iowa to visit our wonderful friends, Ralph and Chris. Ralph was our pastor for many years and is now preaching in the church he grew up in. Gary and Ralph are best of friends and we had a great visit. This is a photo of the guys by the corn field on their family farm.

I've based my layout on the gorgeous Girlie Grunge Sketch-n-Color created for Donna by Mistra Hoolahan. I hope you'll grab some of Donna's fabulous products and join me in using this month's color palette and sketch.

"Life Is Good"
Life is Good by Tracey Sabella for Donna Salazar, handcrafted flower, masculine, chicken wire

Tips and Techniques
Life is Good by Tracey Sabella for Donna Salazar, handcrafted flower, masculine
Here's a close-up of the lower flower cluster. I've created the brown paper rose using patterned paper cut with Donna's Spellbinder's Rose Creations dies. The green twine flower is handcrafted as well and a tutorial can be found HERE

The Here & Now sentiment is fussy cut from the Natural Beauty embossed image sheet along with the birds flying at the top of the page, while the clouds are cut from the Family Jeans sheet.

Life is Good by Tracey Sabella for Donna Salazar, handcrafted flower, masculine
I've also tucked in a few feathers and strands of sisal fibers. I've altered the background with chicken wire stenciling, splatter, and Donna's Sea Breeze Smooch Spritz. I've even tucked in some crafting chicken wire next to the photo, in keeping with the farm photo.

Life is Good by Tracey Sabella for Donna Salazar, handcrafted flower, masculine
The blue flower is created with Donna's Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms dies using her Mix'd Media Stax 2 Mulberry Paper. I've spritzed it with her Clearsnap Sea Breeze Smooch Spritz and dry brushed all the flowers with gesso. The "friends" tag is cut with one of Donna's Creative Page Tabs dies.

Donna Salazar Products
GCD Studios ~ Natural Beauty - 12" Pad; Image Sheet
GCD Studios ~ Fun & Funky - 12" Pad
GCD Studios ~ Family Jeans - 12" Image Sheet; Die Cuts
GCD Studios ~ Mix'd Media Stax 2 - Mulberry Paper
GCD Studios ~ Botanique - 12" Pad; Bloom in Spring - 12" Pad
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Denim 
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Indigo
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Stormy
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz - Wood Stain
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz - Sea Breeze
Spellbinders ~ Rose Creations
 Spellbinders ~ Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders ~ Creative Page Tabs

Other Products
Petaloo ~ Penny Lane, Ruffled Roses, Sithouette
Petaloo ~ Textured Elements - Burlap Blossoms, Natural (1201000)
May Arts ~ Burlap Woven Ribbon, 1/2"
Darice - Hemp Twine, Green
Darice - Chicken Wire
Darice - Feathers
Decorative Sisal, Brown
Golden ~ Soft Gel, Matte
Liquitex ~ Gesso, Clear, White
Viva ~ Ferro Special Effect Paste - Graphite
Higgins ~ India Ink, Black
TCW ~ Chicken Wire REversed 12"
DCWV ~ Stencil (EM 033-00021)
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ Zapdots, Black 1/2" Round
Helmar ~ Liquid Scrap Dots
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

 ~ Blessings ~


  1. Hi Tracey
    Its really beautiful as always with your handmade flowers, i love these colors.
    Greetings, Danoesja

  2. What a great guy page....with flowers & it still works sooo the hessian touches & the feathers in there, too:):) Fun page!!!

  3. So gorgeous! LOVING the clouds and the flowers!!!!!!

  4. Love the layout and the hessian flowers are just yummy.I have been a bit behind with my scrapping had so much sewing to do making stuff for my niece to go off to Uni plus done a lot of knitting. Now back to the scrapping and loving it I'll have to look out for the hessian flowers.

  5. This layout is so lovely, the flowers are awesome and love the chicken wire too..

  6. wonderful page and colors!!! your layered flowers are amazing!!!

  7. Oops, I hope that published, Let me know if it didn't! Love those flowers is basically what I wrote!

  8. Gorgeous layout! Love the beautiful blossoms! The burlap adds a fabulous touch!


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