Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Decade is Nothing But a Blink of an Eye

Hi everyone!

Just finished my 2nd entry to Sketches in Thyme Challenge #85, a double-pager:

I still have a few pages left in my A Happy Scrappy Life chipboard album so I was quite happy to make a layout from that sketch.  I had to take a break to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics LOL!  Here's my take on the sketch:

Color combination is really my waterloo in crafting.  I don't have the artist's eye on what should go with what or what clashes with what.  Even with a color wheel I'm at a loss so I just do my thing and whatever comes out, well, that's that. 
A detailed look on the left-side page layout:

and the right-side page:

The background paper is just a page from a coffee-stained 12x18 sketch pad which I crumpled then dried on a medical diaper mat.  The "bricks" effect is kinda accidental because I stacked a few stained paper and the lowest ones got those shapes! 

I coined "a decade is nothing but a BLINK of an EYE" as title because the photos I used were taken exactly 10-years apart -- my son was just a few months old while his sister barely 3 while the other photos were taken when they were barely 13 and 10, respectively.

I printed "a decade xxx" on a yellow tracing paper cut into a circle then stamped with Autumn Leaves Round & Round stamp using Dew Drop blue ink (why blue I just don't know LOL!). Blink and eye are heat embossed using Judikin's fine black embossing powder, the rest are just freehand lettering with my Sharpie.

Detailed embellishments used (all DIY):  I heat embossed the butterflies in 3 layers (I was hoping for that cracked glass effect but I used fine powder and as always, got impatient!)  I sprayed the fabric flower with my DIY alcohol inks and just scrunched them and added mica powders later.

Wood button is from All About Scrapbooking, frames are hand cut and distressed with eye shadow powders.  The ribbon came from the bouquet my mother-in-law received from her last birthday and given to me :D

I attempted to replicate what Tim Holtz did in a video tutorial on Perfect Pearls and water.  Since I don't have Perfect Pearls, I just used eye shadow powders LOL! Stamped the image with Versamark then brushed the powders on the stamped image, spritzed with water then dried with my heat gun. I did 3 using different powders but the other 2 (in pink and blue) was covered with the photos. 

I used a DCWV patterned paper and a Pocketful of Posies cardstock and cut a piece of this tree branch and added that rub-on blue bird on the branch.

Hope you like the layout, I had fun as usual, still high from both finishing the layout and the Olympics Opening Ceremonies,  and because I have such a weird mindset, the only part that would stick to my mind would be Mr. Bean cheating the finish line in his dreams! LMAO!

Thanks for dropping by! Have a nice 2012 Olympics week (s)!


  1. Wonderful take of the sketch and great job with the background and the embellies! Thanks for join us.
    Eli (Sketches in Thyme)

  2. Beautiful double page
    tks for playing along with us at Sketches in Thyme

  3. Great take on the page!! It's fun to look back at before and after photos!! They sure do grow up fast :) Thanks for playing with us @ SIT :)
    ~DT Kim

  4. thanks ladies! gladd you like it! looking forward to doing more challenges with SiT! :D

  5. What a beautiful take on the two-pager! LOVE all your yummy, textural elements! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Sketches in Thyme!


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