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.