Sometimes I find it so enjoyable to just play along with a challenge I find posted online. Do you like to do this? Where are your favorite challenge places? Lately I have been inspired to play along with some of the challenges I have seen on the Elle's Studio blog. Most recently their challenge was to create a layout using Tags As A Border. I have some Elle's tags and other bits and pieces from them in my stash, so it was quite fun to put them together to create a border for my layout entitle Beautiful Day. The photo I used on my scrapbook page is of Danny and Woody right before Danny left to move to Ohio last year. We really weren't sure at the time if Woody would be able to go with us when we moved, so this was kind of a bittersweet moment. Looking back on it though, it was just a brief parting and we are both so happy that we were able to bring him with us and that he is here with us today.
To select the Elle's Studio pieces to use, I went through my stash and started selecting ones that coordinated. This is not that difficult though, since most of their products do coordinate and this is one of the things I love about them. They are really so easy to work with! I then started laying them down on the background paper to help determine their placement. Once I did this, I adhered the tags and bits to each other and then moved them to the side so that I could add the ink splatters.
TIP | Spray Ink Splatters
I used Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard and flicked the ink onto the paper. To achieve this look, begin by gently shaking the bottle re-mix the liquid and paint as they tend to separate. Next unscrew the applicator and then flick the ink onto the paper from the bottom tip of the spray applicator. Dip the tip back into the bottle to get more ink onto it and flick it again. Repeat this process as necessary to achieve the desired amount of splatters or look you are going for. I usually allow mine to air dry because it doesn't take very long for them to dry, but you can speed the drying with a heat gun if you are getting impatient.
Patterned Paper: Pebbles, Inc / Front Porch Collection and From Me to You Collection
Die Cuts: Elle's Studio
Spray Ink: Heidi Swap Color Shine in Mustard
Thread: Craft Thread by Hobby Lobby
Wood Embellishment: Freckled Fawn