A tribute to my sister

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Layout number 2 from my Saturday night solo scrap-a-thon is about my sister, who coincidentally has become my best friend (despite not being close at all growing up). It’s a bit of a tribute to our relationship development and as such it has loads of journaling.

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{ “Couldn’t Live Without Her” by Sandra Bunch, August 2013 }

It’s relatively light on embellishments, and it’s a very different style for me to ‘fill’ a page like this. The colour palette and tone was inspired by Jot Magazine’s Mood Board Challenge 7. Do pop on over and check them out, they do a fabulous job of their challenges!

The photo was taken at our cousin’s wedding last year, so we were dressed up (looking about as good as we can haha!), which leaned towards the formal silverware on the mood board. The white die cut paper is actually the reverse of an (extremely old) orange KI Memories piece. I often have a hard time using orange but I was so tired of looking at this paper in my stage, so I had left it out on my studio desk to force myself to use it soon. Sometimes I completely forget to use the reverse of paper (which is often white) – there’s really no excuse for not enjoying and using it because of the colour… and this pattern worked perfectly for this mood board!

I like a bit of colour in my life, so I knew sticking to only black and white would be difficult for me. So what’s a girl to do – add some pops of colour, of course! In this case, I chose to mimic Debbie’s hair piece by adding some red flowers. The already-red flowers were enhanced by spraying them with Dylusions – now that stuff will make any project pop!

HOT TIP: Don’t be put off by challenges that aren’t particularly your “style”. Don’t forget that they are just another form of inspiration, and you can very much make them your own.

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The die cut background was really quite distracting, and I needed to bring the attention back to the photo. And remember the reverse side was orange? I carefully cut a rectangular piece of the paper (so that when I flipped it over it would still fit perfectly back into the pattern), to use as a frame. I sprayed the orange ‘frame’ with the same red Dylusions and blended it in using a paper towel – not as easy as it sounds given the delicate pattern, but we got there in the end!

I also had a problem with the stark white of the remaining die cut piece. So I distressed it ever so slightly with some Versacolor ink, and then added some sprinkles of Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Velvet Black – it makes it look less ‘perfect’ and ties in with the black background more.

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The beauty of these Heidi Swapp Color Magic tags is they come read to resist with your favourite colour of mist. Black worked perfectly, topped with some simple enamel dots, and some red Kaisercraft alphas to make the title pop.

So going from a black & white elegant mood board, I added a simple red twist, some black ink splatters, and all of a sudden it became comfortably mine.

Materials: Black cardstock, KI Memories die cut paper, Basic Grey paper, Heidi Swapp Color Magic note tag, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Ranger Dylusions, Versacolor ink, Time Holtz Distress ink, sponge daubers, Kaisercraft alphas, My Mind’s Eye ‘acrylic stamps’ (enamel dots to you and I), washi tape, old paper flowers, Foof-a-la ribbon


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