Getting Dirty with LPS Sketch Challenge #3

The time has come again for another Life.Paper.Scrapbook. challenge. This time it’s a sketch challenge. As the girls put me in the Top 3 for my last attempt, I wanted to thank them by participating again. I will try to make regular contributions – there’s nothing like a good challenge and seeing loads of other people’s interpretation of the same task! Submissions are due on Friday 19th April, so you still have time to play along – come and join us!

Using the same photos I packed for my vacation (more to come on the blog about that soon), I chose a group of 2 photos – my daughter and I feeding the kangaroos at Australia Zoo. She was not quite 4 months old at the time. So tiny.

I definitely wanted a natural feel to the layout, given it was outdoors and with animals. In thinking about the title, I remembered some Australian themed papers from many years ago. You know…back when themed papers hadn’t quite grown up yet, and were just a bunch of words repeated? I pulled it out. (Yup, it’s just as bad as I remembered!) But I can’t see myself using it on anything else, so I set myself the challenge (like I needed any more) to use it. No need to keep the scraps though, LOL. To tone it down a bit, I used lots of distress ink. Don’t you love how distress ink can make anything look good?!

Given that I was scrapping a tourist activity, I really wanted to use a camera from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection somewhere. Now looking at the sketch… doesn’t that bottom left embellishment spot suddenly look like a camera?! Perfecto!

I finished off with another paper (primarily so I could hide most of the other one – is that bad?!), and lots of ink to make it “dirty” for the outdoors. I needed to bring in more colour, so added some yellow stars. On such an Aussie themed layout, of course I added the Southern Cross – the ultimate symbol of Australia (if you’re Australian).

And I almost forgot to mention the most symbolic part of the layout. See that pattern along the bottom? Well I was Googling kangaroo footprints to see if I could paint them onto the background. And what did I find? Yup… these are the aboriginal markings for kangaroo footprints! Perfect to use as the ‘strip’ that appears up the top of the sketch. Yes, I’m a little bit proud of that part.

So there you have it. An Australian themed submission as a tribute to the Aussie girls at Life.Paper.Scrapbook. A mix of old and new products, loved and not-well-loved products. I hope you enjoy.

“It doesn’t get much more Aussie” by Sandra Bunch
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Brushed Corduroy, Glimmermist Chalkboard – Decadence, Amy Tangerine paper – Sketchbook Padma’s Pattern (including the camera), Paper Inklings paper – Aussie Slang paper, Doodlebug paper; American Crafts Slick Writer,
and 1 very cute red kangaroo.
{ No animals were harmed during the taking of these photos }

Now a little plug for Australia Zoo. If you ever visit around this neck of the woods, you simply must visit. The staff are friendly, and it is clean. Of course the kids will love it, but I did too. Especially these kangaroos. They were soft and oh so friendly. I do however feel the need to say No, in Australia (at least in the cities), you will not see kangaroos jumping down the street 😉
If you’ve created anything with an Australian theme, I’d love to see it, so please link to it in the comments. Or even just say hi, we like that too.


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  1. Anonymous /

    Love the way you used the sketch and before I saw it I went ooohhhh for the pinterest scraplift pile 🙂 Thanks for sharing your world!

    • Sandra Bunch /

      Thanks so much for visiting. And thanks for reminding me to pop it up on Pinterest. It’s there now, and I am so glad you’ve pinned it 🙂 Feel free to follow me using the pinterest button on the top right. And I hope to follow you back too!

  2. Yogi /

    Love the Kangaroo footprints 🙂

    • Sandra Bunch /

      Thanks Yogi. I was stoked when I found them and they turned out to be the missing piece to finish the layout 🙂

  3. Becki Adams /

    Great job with the sketch! Thanks for playing along with us at Life.Paper.Scrapbook. 🙂

    • Sandra Bunch /

      Thanks Becki. I enjoy it, and hope lots of others jump on the band wagon soon too 🙂

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