02 November 2014

Surrogate mummy

Most days when I sit down to start scrapping,  I make little piles of the leftovers and offcuts from my previous layouts, and try to use them up first.  Keeps my desk clear (well, that's the intention anyway...) and hopefully avoids the stockpiling of more scraps (because Lord knows I that already have a lifetime supply...)  It doesn't always work out like that, depending on my project, but with this layout it worked beautifully:

This is my DT reveal for the first November challenge at Lasting Memories.  Our theme is Only One Photo.

My creative process went something like this:

I started with some leftovers from this layout (offcut from rectangular doily, and piece of cotton lace, flower button and pearl brads).  I added a round paper doily that I'd used to mop up the overspray when I was creating the leaves for this card.  Then I grabbed an old book page (I always have a bunch of these to hand) and the sticker sheet, roller stamp and inkpad that I'd used for this layout

Next, I pulled out my photo envelope and flipped though to find one that would look good with the bits and pieces I'd assembled.  I settled on another chook photo because the colours worked with the orangy-splashed doily.

I played around with titles until I came up with something that fit with the remaining letter stickers.
Tip:  If you don't have enough letters, use stamping or handwriting for some of the words.

Then... I delved into my stash to find a suitable paper.  {{Am I the only person who does this?  I choose the biggest thing LAST!!}}  I still remember when I first bought this MME patterned paper - it was a bit of a splurge for me because it had the diecut scalloped edge, and then I just hoarded it because I didn't know how to do it justice!! 

(And now what does she do?  She CUTS it down to under 8x8 and the rest of those delicious scallops will have to appear on a layout another day...)

Last steps included a bit of fussy cutting,  a feather {generously donated by one of my other chooks} and a bit of journalling.  Of course, I can never resist machine sewing on the border.

I am also submitting this one at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for their Layer It challenge.  Here's a closeup of some of my layers:

MME Breaking Free Flip'n'Flirt - Sisters - Flirty Floral patterned paper
American Crafts Sarah Script - White alphabet stickers
Pebbles roller stamp
Stazon Timber Brown ink
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Golden Terracotta
Smooch Spritz - Sun Kissed mist
Cre8tiv pearl brads

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30/11/2014 EDIT TO ADD:   Linking up at: Paper Issues Birds of a Feather theme.  I used a real feather as a feature embellishment on this layout.


  1. So cute, love your title! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  2. Great Layout! Thanks for playing along at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  3. What a sweet layout.
    Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  4. Gorgeous page Karen - love it and those adorable chicks.

  5. Aww!! So the eggs weren't actually hers? How sweet! Love how you explained all that you did/used. That's a great idea actually, if I could actually SEE my desk! Love this layout!

  6. Great layout. And sweet chicks! If you could see how much paper I drag out to do one layout, you would faint. I often dig out the paper FIRST, but I get out a billion sheets. LOL Having a big stash is often the hardest part of creating for me! Thanks for playing along with us a Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  7. Great layout.. And yes, I too collect all the little scraps with intentions to use them, however never seem to! :(
    Thanks for sharing.. Toni..

  8. I think most of us are guilty of scrap collecting Karen!The way you have pulled the colours and patterns together is lovely. The boldly coloured feather emphases your photo perfectly!


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