Saturday, 7 June 2014

Man at Work

Growing up we slowly learn to stop "messy play" in line for more constructive methods of play that are usually a lot cleaner. As children we're told off for making a mess & getting things dirty, so when I want to try a grungier layout I get this sense of unease. I think my main concern is "what if I LITERALLY mess it up", make a total pigs ear of it, waste a whole lot of stuff & dont like it in the end.

Well, with a bit of inspiration from Jennifers "crafting without fuss" blog post (part of this weekends blog event she's holding called "Refresh Your Craft & Soul") & this months Scrap 365 sketch I just got on with it.

I used some washi tape before stencilling with punchinella & plenty of acrylic black paint, I then added a few streaks of black paint as well. With the page about my son doing work experience at a publishers I wanted plenty of representation of ink and printing which I think this effect did quite well.

I started layering the photo up but found I really didnt like the lines behind it on the background going horizontally so I turned it around. I also found there was too much going on in the background of the photo so I inked around the edges with brown & black ink to bring the eye more to the subject in the photo.

With the browns & the blacks the page was looking a little dark and dull so I decided to brighten it up with some gilding flakes. I die cut a clock face, painted it & once dry added the flitterglu & gilding flakes before adding it to the layers. I also stamped some clocks & cogs to the background sheet with flitterglu & again used the gilding flakes on them. A few layered embellishments and a cork title finished the page off before adding the journalling.


  1. I think your background has turned out wonderfully....great page.

  2. I love the grungy feel to this layout - fantastic!

  3. Great page! Love all the stamping there! Thank you for sharing this with us at Scrap365 <3

  4. I know what you mean about that fear.of messy things up - but if we 'waste' some stash what's the big deal? We always learn more from our mistakes and it's not like stash his rationed. Great LO.

  5. This looks amazing K! I love the inky background, and the inking on the photo is a really great idea, it does change the focus of the picture. The gilding flakes look so great too! Thank you so much for joining in the Scrap 365 challenge and my challenge too! x

  6. Wonderful entry, looks fabulous to see man at work :D
    thank you for sharing it with us at scrap 365 xoxo

  7. This is a SUPERB page K - love EVERY little detail!



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