Monday, 8 April 2013

on top of the world

the April monthly kit at Urban Scrapbook is amazing.

most of the products were from Prima. the papers and some of the elements were from the Engraver Collection. the gold flowers {also sold in silver} are from Finnabair's collection. the wooden border is from Studio Calico.

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i had printed this photo for a different layout, but then decided that it would be perfect for these papers. a few years ago we took a trip to the island of Maui. one of the places we visited was at the top of the volcano on the island. Haleakala. it was amazing. although the twisty "mountain" road created some anxiety for myself. {at almost every turn - going up and coming down - it appeared as if the road would suddenly end at some point.} you literally feel like you are on the top of the world. there is even an observatory at the top. we heard that the sunrises/sunsets at the top are very memorable. as well as the view of the night sky. we'll try that one day too!

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i changed the colour of my wooden border with ink and water. when it was dry, i stamped on it with a darker ink. then i melted some UTEE on it. i used my Ranger Embossing Dabber on it, and that worked really well to keep the UTEE in place while it melted!

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these paper flowers are so much fun to alter. they are more durable than other paper flowers and can handle a lot of products. i kept some the same, added a bit of dry ink to others and a few i sprayed with Dylusions Black Marble spray. i even went so far to take a few apart and build larger flowers. one of the petals became the end of one of the "rulers".

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as soon as i saw this paper, i knew that this is exactly what i wanted to do to it! super quick because all of the cutting is in straight lines. just roll up the ends and glue the underside to keep the rolled part together.

the pattern on the clothespin didn't go so well with my design in the end. i trimmed some scraps of my paper to fit and it worked really easily.

i challenged myself to leave my Cameo turned off for this page. trust me when i tell you that it caused its' own kind of anxiety and pain!! ha!! i kept thinking of specific designs that would have been perfect. i took it totally old school and kept to inks and basic cutting tools. i did do some fussy cutting of some flowers. okay, there was a border and leaf punch that begged to be used. haha!!

looking at the wall where the design team layouts are posted, the pages are incredible. again, same products but what a variety! there are so many ideas and techniques that will work on many kinds of layouts. go to Urban Scrapbook and get inspired today!!

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