Monday, November 3, 2014

Grid Layout

Hello everyone! I hope you had a good weekend. This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we are having a good ol' days challenge. Lots of possibilities with this one!
I went through some of my old scrapbooking albums and decided to be inspired of the very first layout I posted online, in 2006, about two years after I began to scrapbook. It contained quite a few elements which I still use a lot, such as a grid design, scrap paper, stamping and stitching. Instead of using patterned papers, as in the original layout, I made my own papers with stencils, texture paste and Distress Stain.
This is the original layout.
I cut squares from watercolour paper and used stencils and Ranger's Texture Paste to get the pattern. After the paste was dry, I squeezed out Distress Stain on my craft sheet, misted with water and pressed the paper into the stain. All the edges were distressed and all the papers were stitched to the layout.
When the ink was dry, I used Picket Fence Distress Paint to add some highlights and white to the paste parts. Finally, I stamped the blocks with Tim Holtz graph stamp. Most of the stamping will up on the raised patterns. 
The circles were die cut from scrap gelli printed and inky papers. I like how even the smallest scrap gets interesting patterns with this technique. They were stamped with various small stamps and Jet Black ink. The title was die cut with the Wanted die.

I hope you will join us this week and remember those good ol' days. As always, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and can do some fun Christmas shopping.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!


Surfaces: Ranger: Watercolor paper; Bazzill: Kraft, White, brown
Dies: Sizzix: Sized Circles, Wanted
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous: Tiny Things, Mini Ornates, Graph & Croc, Worn Text
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Stain: Distress Stain: Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Barn Door, Iced Spruce
Paint: Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Stencils: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Bubble, Cargo, Measured, Stars, Eye Chart, Arrows, Gothic
Medium: Ranger: Texture Paste


  1. What a wonderful idea to go back to the beginning and use your older scrapbooking page to inspire a new one. Both are beautiful! What cute photo's of the haircut and he is sitting so patiently while getting his trim!

  2. Great idea to go back! Love all the layers here! I don't think you rest!!!

  3. Beautiful layout, Anna-Karin! Love that you've revisted an old layout and made it new! Hugs, Sandra

  4. Nice layout and ADORABLE haircut! :)

    I love the colors and texture in this layout :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. You have such an eye for detail. I love everything you create!

  6. Your scrapbook page is amazing. None of my scrapbooking pages are this intricate. I need to keep this for future reference.

  7. What a fabulous layout Anna-Karin! Such sweet photos! Love all the texture and rainbow of colors!

  8. Love the fun and fabulous texture and colors on the background. Such a gorgeous layout. :)

  9. Oh my goodness! The distressing around the edges, the textures, the colors? Yep. This is pretty beautiful.

  10. What a wonderful idea to give new life to this technique!!! Beaituful layout! barbarayaya

  11. Gorgeous layout, wonderful inspiration and such precious, beautiful photos ~ it's fabulous Anna-Karin! :)

  12. It's so fun to revisit older projects. Yours was a classic, as the grid layout has always been of my favorites too. The embossing is fabulous. It's so feel to see all of the folders you used. Great layout! Very inspiring!

  13. You always have the BEST pictures! They make me want to oooh and ahhhh. How lucky your family is to have such a talented historian/artist preserving all of these wonderful memories in such beautiful ways!


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