04 August 2015

Sand monitor

I'm never sure exactly how to scrap wildlife photos, so I was pretty happy with how this one came together:



I was inspired by the challenge at Achiscraps to use something clear.  I used some Heidi Swapp ghost shape flowers:



I'd also like to join in over at Scrap Our Stash for the stash challenge:
P - pink flowers
A - acetate flowers
P - Prima alphabets
E - Enchanted Garden paper
R - Recorded Collection paper

09/08/2015 edit to add:  I've had some lovely comments from US visitors to my blog, so I thought I'd add a bit more information!   In Australia we commonly call this kind of creature a goanna.  My layout title "sand monitor" is a generic term for a couple of different kinds of goanna that are found across outback Australia, including Gould's Monitor (I am not a biologist so I can't tell the difference).  They have the beautiful red/brown/sandy colouring to blend with their environment. YES, they roam free, and they are a bit scary looking!  They grow to around 2m (6ft) long and can run quite fast.

At home on our semi-rural property we have goannas too - but they are lace monitors. They are a different colour (dark grey/brown).  They can grow just as big (and can be just as scary looking!)  The biggest problem is that they get into the chicken enclosure and steal our eggs!

Materials:
Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden - Entrance patterned paper
Websters Pages Allison Kreft - Recorded patterned paper 
Heidi Swapp Ghost Shapes - Flowers acetate flowers
Kaisercraft pink flowers
Prima Meadowlark textured canvas alphabets
Bella! Sarah-Jane - Narratives journalling card
Buttons
Kraft envelope

Thank you for visiting my blog!

26 comments :

  1. OMG, what kind of animal is this,(I'm from the US). Do this animal roam free?
    your Lo is nicely done. Thanks for playing with us at Archi-scraps.

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    1. Hi Mary, thanks so much for visiting my blog. This is a kind of reptile, we commonly call it a goanna in Australia. It's a really large lizard, up to around 2 metres long. Yes, they roam free :)

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  2. Really nice layout! I am with Mary there. Does this animal roam around free? It is a scary looking animal. Thanks for playing and linking up to Archiscraps.

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    1. Hi Sharon thanks so much for visiting my blog. Yes, they roam free :) I took this picture when driving in western Queensland but the sand monitors are found in most areas of outback Australia. We have other kinds of goannas in other areas - at my place we have lace monitors, which are a dark grey colour, but still VERY big :)

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    2. We have scary looking animals in New Mexico too. Most of them are bugs etc. around where I live. We do have some large snakes. I think I would freak out to see something big like that. I would love to visit Australia as I have heard how beautiful it is. Thank you for answering.

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  3. I love this layout.We should scrap Australian wildlife more. Your transparent flowers really suit this layout.Well done Karen and thanks for joining us at Archiscraps.

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    1. Hi Julene, thank you so much for the challenge - I've had those ghost flowers forever and it really was just the right prompt to actually use them up!! I have lots of photos of our amazing wildlife and you're right, we really should scrap more of it :)

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  4. wow, pretty cool! Glad you explained for us :) Loving the acetate! Kate (SOS)

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  5. Such a awesome nature layout. Fantastic stash used, great details and pics. Thanks for your entry in our challenge at Scrap Our Stash!

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment Rachelle. I love this challenge because it's always great to revisit old stash :)

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  6. Pretty nature page! Thanks for joining us at Scrap Our Stash!

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  7. What a fabulous layout! Great use of the letter challenge. Thanks for joining us at Scrap Our Stash!

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  8. Awesome page and wonderful job with the challenge! Thank you for playing along at Scrap Our Stash!

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment Brenda.

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  9. Such a beautiful page and such an amazing reptile. We have also a similar giant reptile in Indonesia. It calls Komodo. They only live in Komodo island though.
    Btw, wonderful take on the PAPER challenge. Thank you for joining us at Scrap Our Stash.

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    1. Hi Tanti, thanks so much for popping in. I've seen a Komodo Dragon at Australia Zoo... they are such majestic creatures, and yes, even bigger than these ones.

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  10. HI wow, amazing photos, love your design and the colours, love the stitching too, thank you for joining us at SCRAP OUR STASH x

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    1. Hi Carolanne, thanks so much for your lovely comment.

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  11. Wow...you have made a not so beautiful creature seem not so bad. Very serene page. Nice work with the stash items. Thanks for linking up at Scrap Our Stash!!

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    1. Hello Steffanie, thank you for your kind comment. I enjoyed the challenge a lot, and it really shaped how this layout came together.

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  12. Wow very cool layout. Thank you for joining us at Scrap Our Stash.

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  13. Love the ghost flowers, perfect challenge to use them on. Thanks for joining us at Archiscraps

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  14. What an amazing creature, wouldn't want to meet one of those IRL! Love the Heidi Swapp ghost flowers, never seen those before, great addition to your page.

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