Monday, 22 February 2021

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Great Escape - I'm Still Standing

Hi everyone,

Claire back with you today sharing my second layout using the beautiful Simple Stories Simple Vintage Great Escape collection.

My layout is simple, with lots of white space - but I really love how it turned out.  I mentioned on my last blog that this collection has taken me on a journey and I think this layout is indicative of my destination.

I started with some Premium White Cardstock and a Distress Oxide in Iced Spruce. I applied the ink with a big stencil brush, building the colour very slowly in a random shape in the area I new my photo was going to sit.  Once I was happy with the colour, I added a few splatters of watered down ink and a few splatters of water to lift a few spots of colour away for a bit of extra interest.

The photo I chose to scrap is of a tree I found on a walk we had to the top of Howth Hill in Dublin a few years back.  The tree trunk had been slashed, probably struck by lightening I would guess, leaving it almost balancing on its tip - but it was standing as tall and strong as ever! So many parallels to the situation we have all found ourselves in during recent times.

I took a thin strip of the 3x4 Elements Paper (b side) and stitched it to my page - this would be the anchor point on which the rest of the layout would sit.

Next, I mounted my photo on one of the Chipboard Frames and added a ruffled piece of the 100% Natural paper and one of the cut aparts from the 3x4 Elements Paper behind it as an extra layer.

To the left of the photo, I punched a large circle from the Time for Adventure paper and added some mushrooms which I fussy cut from one of the 4x6 Journaling card papers. To the right, I fussy cut some additional leaves from the 3x4 Elements paper to balance the design.

For a little extra texture and dimension, I added two raw chipboard Foliage 20 leaves from Dusty Attic. I brushed them slightly with oxide ink but actually quite liked the rawness so left the ink very pale.

I scattered a few stickers from the Combo Stickers around the picture (the heart, arrow, small tag and the explore compass) and a bit of gold netting from my stash.

At the top of the page, I made a small cluster using the same ink technique as a base, to which I added a hand cut banner and a few more stickers.

To finish it off, I added the I'm Still Standing title using Kaisercraft alpha stickers.

And that was the page done!  I hope you like how it turned out.

I'll be back with you in a few weeks time with a new collection and some more layouts. Until then, stay safe.

Claire xx

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