For the last couple weeks I haven't done any actual scrapbooking- I've done lots of photo editing and printing, and designed SB page layouts, but hadn't made any actual pages with those photos. (I did make Easter cards, though- last minute, as always, of course- hopefully they made it to their destinations on time!) I've been hanging out on a new scrapbooking forum on the internet, and there's a couple challenges going on right now which got me back to my scrapping desk. The biggest challenge I've signed up for is to make 50 projects (with no time limit)... this layout is #1 of fifty!
This scrapbook page was based on a sketch from Shimelle Laine's blog. (you can see her sketch, and video, here.) Shimelle's sketch focuses on using triangles to draw your attention to the photo... my layout doesn't exactly use triangles, nor does it use an actual photo! The page topic idea came from another scrapbooking challenge (by Kathryn Scraps, from her blog Life on the Scrap Beach: the post is here) to scrap a 'pop culture' topic. My SB page is about our love for the television show Justified-- instead of using a photo, I used the insert flyer from one of the DVD box sets (since we really do love the show, we own every season-- and we've watched every episode more than once).
My page title is kind of cheesy, but I think it fits with the page topic. The title is "captured by US Marshals" which is a play on the fact that the show really captured our attention when we first started watching it. It's really the only show we make a point of watching every week, and have bought every season when it came out on disk. (the season isn't even over yet, and we're already antsy to buy this season on disk so we can re-watch them all again!)
For this SB page, I had to work with the colors in the DVD flyer image so I was sort of 'stuck' with the blue and red- but it turned out working pretty good, I think. I used a couple older pieces of SB paper from my stash that have a distressed, 'cowboy' sort of feel to them.
I stamped some of my Tim Holtz 'Bitty Grunge' stamps (the two styles of stars) onto light blue woodgrain paper, then punched them out. The imperfect stamping adds to the distressed feel of the page, and in addition, I inked the edges of pretty much every piece of paper I used on this layout. (it took forever, but it really looks nice, even if I did maybe over-do it just a little.)
More inking and distressing- I distressed the edge of the light-colored paper using a paper-distressing tool, which sort of chews up the edge of the paper. Then (of course!) I inked the edges to cover up the white paper core. The letter stickers have a fabric look to them, but were a bit too light, so I also colored them with brown ink to match the layout. (this fits in with yet a third challenge on the SB forum, which involves making layouts using a number of different techniques on your pages- all the inking on this page meets one of those requirements.)
This layout took forEVER to finish due to all the inking, distressing, and futzy details I included. I even trimmed skinny red and brown stripes (and inked them, of course) to match the look of the rest of the colors. But, as long as it took, I really do like the final product. So: 1 down, 49 to go!! :D