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September Challenges

by | Sep 1, 2022 | Challenges, General

This month we are being inspired by some of our favourite books
Good morning, good morning
Julie here,
I have used “Little Women” as the inspiration for this layout.
This book is about family, sisters and determination.
Please draw your inspiration from this cover.
You might choose the colours, family group, female, vintage, whatever you see in this photo.
The photo I am using is of one of my sisters so I am using the family and female inspiration.
I have also included a lot of white, being one of the main colours on the cover.
The challenge also requires you to use paint on your layout.
I have used Kaisercraft Pale Beige paint through a stencil on the white cardstock background for the first way I have used paint.
Next I watered down some rust coloured paint and painted that behind the photo position,
sprayed it with some water and let the paint run down the page.
I also added splatters for the second and third ways I have use paint.
Once all of this was dry I used my Uniquely Creative Floral Text stamp and black ink
 to stamp around the area where my photo will be.
I tore the edges of my background cardstock and added it to a sheet of rust coloured cardstock.
I then used my sewing machine to stitch around the page and randomly on the page.
The 6″ x 4″ photo of my sister, has the edges filed with an emery board
before being matted onto a piece of the same coloured cardstock as I used for the background frame.
The patterned paper is form 49 and Markets Curator Botanical paper pack.
This particular paper is called Botanical – Flutterology
I cut 3 strips each 2″ wide and tore the edges.
One I had torn them to the length I wanted,
I inked all of the edges with my Versa Colour black ink cube
and attached them to the background.
The photo was attached next with a layer of cardboard behind it.
The embellishments came from the Ephemera Bits for this collection.
The title was cut from black cardstock using one of my alpha dies.
The title and the butterfly bodies have a coat of Dimensional Magic to finish this layout off.
You can see my process video here
Have fun with this challenge.
Till next time
Stay safe
Hi Crafters
Louise here.
I do love to read. It’s a great way to escape and enjoy a whole different world.
I’m a sucker for trashy romance, so don’t really have a favourite.
So with that in mind, I’ve created this romance themed moodboard.
I want to see your romantic layouts.
Here is my inspiration:
This month we are sharing inspiration for paints.
I’ve created my background with the reverse stencil technique.
– place acrylic paint on a craft mat (or empty plastic packaging works too)
– add lots of water – mix with paint brush
– spread the paint onto a stencil – either over paper or just freehand with the paintbrush – use lots of water
– flip the stencil upside down and press it into your cardstock
– add more water, layers and colour of your choosing
I chose fuchsia because it was a colour in these beautiful “Botanical” rub ons.
Of course, a book inspiration page is not complete without some torn book paper – check your second hand stores for old books that you can tear up without feeling guilty.
I’ve coloured it with gold acrylic paint so it didn’t get quite as lost in the photo.
Finally in keeping with our book theme, I’ve added lots of words around my layout.
I can’t wait to see how this inspires you.
Happy Crafting


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