Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello Life Idea-ology Layout

Hello friends!! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! I've been playing around with some new stamps, which I'll post later this week. Today it is Monday and our new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is 'In the Middle'. Such a fun topic! I am looking forward to seeing everyone's interpretation of this. 

The challenge topic made me think about grids and I did a grid layout with the focal point right in the middle. I had such fun using new Tim Holtz idea-ology papers and embellishments, and of course some stamps and dies. The photo is one of the first photos of the two brothers together. I love the tiny little feet sticking out and big brother's proud face. The new Pocket Cards serve as building blocks for my page. These great cards are double-sided and contain both patterns and sentiments. They are meant to be used for pocket scrapbooking, but of course, you can use them for so much more. I really like the smaller patterns and the great sentiments. 

For the background, I used a sheet from the Correspondence Paper Stash and whitewashed it with a layer of gesso. The edges were distressed and inked and the whole sheet was adhered to kraft cardstock. I picked out a bunch of cards and moved them around until I was happy with my design. All the cards were sanded around the edges and inked.

One piece of mat board was covered with Eclectic Elements fabric and a second piece with tape from the Correspondence set. I die cut hearts from the two pieces with the Heartfelt die. Fray the edges of the fabric slightly.

I like to customise patterned paper with stamps, to make it my own, and to fit with my project. These papers were stamped with stamps from the Correspondence, Documented and Watercolor sets, using Archival Potting Soil and Jet Black inks, and Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy ink. I also used some ephemera pieces.

'Happy' is cut from a card and 'moments' is die cut from Navy cardstock. The flash card was sanded and inked.

The number 2 was stamped with Soft Navy ink on mixed media cardstock and mounted on mat board, to make it look like a number tile.

I wanted to use this lovely sentiment from the Life Quotes set and it called for a moon on the layout. However, the moon from the Crescent Moon & Stars die was too large. The solution was to die cut it from shrink plastic. I stamped the moon and stars with one of the stamps from the Documented set. After shrinking them, I coloured the back with alcohol ink and painted it white once dry, to make them less transparent. The front was coated with Glossy Accents, which gives them a great finished look.

More stars and a sentiment from the Small Talk stickers. There are so many great sentiments in that pack, I love it.

The Simon Says Stamp Heart Parade was die cut from Navy paper and used as a border under the photo. 

I also used the 'happy' die, to repeat the same word more than once.

I hope you will take part in our In the Middle challenge. As you probably know, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you for visiting today!

Happy crafting!




  1. Great page! I love how you use stamps and die cuts. Sweet photo.

  2. Love this, so many great details.
    Julie x

  3. Great layout and adorable photo in the center, Anna-Karin! Love the embellishments you chose to encircle this great pic!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  4. Stunning, love all the little elements you created x

  5. Anna-Karin I love this!! all the details are just fabulous! =)

  6. Love EVERY element of this project! The shirk art withe the moon & stars was brilliant!

  7. and the fabric & tape hearts! The tile number was fun & I must try all of these techniques! The best part though is those sweet sweet boys of yours! Too adorable

  8. Your pieces are always so incredible because the longer I look, the more amazing details I see! Just looking at the hearts alone, I am totally impressed. Great use of the same iconic shape in a variety of different ways!

  9. Such a great layout, Anna-Karin. I love every beautiful details. :)

  10. Anna karin I love your layouts and how they have so many different vignettes! Those fabric hearts are beautiful and love that you showed a close up of them!

  11. As with all your work, there is just so much wonderful detail and it's always such a pleasure to see the precious photos of your family! It's gorgeous, Anna-Karin!! <3

  12. What a stunning layout, Anna-Karin! Love the gorgeous picture in the middle! So much details to this project, and I love every single bit of it! Hugs, Sandra

  13. Great layout Anna Karin , the picture in the middle is absolutely cute! I adore the blue background and your heart of fabric is fantastic! BArbarayaya


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