Smile – Scrapbook Layout

Hi hi!

What a busy but lovely few days I’ve had at the virtual Go Go retreat. With all the challenges in the week leading up to this weekend and obviously all of the classes themselves, I’ve got a lot of creating done and still got a lot of lovely layouts to finish (and start in some cases!) I wasn’t feeling the best at the weekend so I carried on with some challenges mostly. This one was for the ‘wet mixed media’ prompt.

I was planning to use a dry brush with acrylic paint or a smooshed background of Distress Oxides but I rushing to get things completed so tried something new. I’ve had some of my spray inks for years and years and some of them don’t work as sprays anymore and some are just too sparkly so I need to find new things to do with them. This gorgeous yellow was a Mya Mist that hasn’t been opened in 10 years. I painted with it straight from the bottle, onto Marshmallow Bazzil cardstock.

I’m trying to use up some collections, especially ones where I only have scraps left and Cocoa Vanilla’s You Rock collection is one of those. Most of what I have left is just strips and a few little bits from a cut apart sheet. I couldn’t really cut the photos down so I went looking in the Scrap Squad group for some inspiration that incorporated the strips and 2 decent sized photos.

I didn’t have much of the darker blue left in the collection but I wanted to pull out that colour from the photos and from the star paper. You know I like me a border and to give me more of the darker blue I distressed the edges of the cardstock taking just a very tiny amount off to reveal the blue cardstock underneath. I seem to be distressing the edges of everything at the moment but I added a couple of staples to highlight the edges even more.

After adding in some of the die cut pieces, I still wanted to add more stuff so I searched my ‘tiny bits’ box for some puffy stickers and enamel shapes. All in all it’s a real stash buster using some old photos and old supplies. The newest item is the blue cardstock which is about 18 months old. This makes me happy. The planet needs us to use up what we have. I could still scrap every photo from the last 10 years without purchasing anything else (except maybe some mixed media cardstock) but, ya know, baby steps 🙂

Stay safe and keep smiling x

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