Secondly, I mentioned on my group page today, that I was stoked about sharing tomorrow's Mojo Monday Inspiration with you. Its a neat twist on a technique you may have heard of before: the kissing technique. Haven't heard of it? Its really simple: Using to stamps- one that's textured and one that isn't, ink the stamp that is textured, and press it onto the stamp that isn't. Use the second stamp to stamp a pattern or shape onto your paper. Have a look at these great sites (with instructions and pictures): Creating Keepsakes blog, SplitCoast Stampers, and the Paper Art Studio.
I tried this technique only once before- in a stamping class that I went to when we lived in Saskatchewan, and I haven't tried it since. In fact, I'd kind of forgotten about it, until I found it on my Pinterest today. I was looking for new inspiration for us, and this is it!! (Check out my All Things Scrappy board for more ideas and inspiration).
I can hardly wait to try this technique out! I'm uber excited to see what you come up with, too!
I began wandering the house, calling her name, and searching for her- starting with all the places I knew she liked hiding, then moving on to places that weren't as obvious. The last place I looked was our bedroom. I knew that she had been in there, at one point, but I thought she'd left. I called her name when I entered our bedroom, and heard a faint 'meow'. I looked under our bed, in the ensuite, under the bed sheets, and I still couldn't find her. When I called her name again, it became apparent that her meow's were coming from the direction of our closet. But, when I inspected it further, I still couldn't find her. I thought she was stuck in a duct somewhere. Then, I opened the drawers on my side of the dresser, and low and behold, I found her tucked inside the bottom drawer. How in the world she got in there is still a bit of a mystery, but at least I'd found her!! I do remember mentioning this story once before. The picture in the above layout is after I'd found her. Goofy girl!
The new Lets Capture Our Memories sketch was the inspiration behind this layout. You can find the sketch HERE. This one was a challenge for me, which is why I chose to scrap lift it. I liked the design, but I didn't know how I was going to recreate the tickets that were sticking out from the side of the photo. In the end, I had to improvise, because the photo I used is horizontal and not vertical, so I wound up just making the sketch work for my photo. Its flipped and all turned around, and I adore it. To start, I used my Pink Gumball Pearl Mist and a chevron mask for the background (I sprayed it on quite heavily. To speed up the drying process, I used my embossing heat gun). I used some scrap pink card stock, a bit of washi tape (again), and another journalling tag (Recollections) to make up the main body of my layout. I added the felt hearts as embellishments (they've been in my stash for eons), and added Neruda's name to the top of the layout at the end. It didn't feel quite finished to me; aside from the cluster I created with the photo, washi tape and journalling spot, it felt bare. Adding her name to the top right helped me achieve the 'finished' feel.
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I got creative with my journalling, and used more word stickers to replace my own hand writing. This style of journalling- listing 10 things (of any kind; this just happened to be 10 things that made me smile)- makes using word stickers in place of your own hand writing really easy. They are large, and the spaces were small, but I worked around the stickers, making sure I really did have a list of 10 things to smile about. I also liked that the word 'smile' was highlighted on the journalling card, and I wanted to make that the focal point of this layout, so I used a chipboard sticker (K&Co) to highlight the fact that Neruda did bring a lot of laughter to our lives. It was the perfect element to tie everything together! Sort of like a well written essay, if you like. But, a visual one!
I don't have a new layout to share with you tonight. I jumped into high gear and got everyone's winnings squared up, so they're ready for shipping tomorrow. Once Tanya has received her cards, I'll be able to show you the final, finished product!
I hope everyone had a great weekend, and I'm looking forward to starting a new week! I'm hoping to hear from my endocrinologist tomorrow (or, this week, at least), so that I can get some persistent health issues dealt with; and, we're looking forward to sending the kids off on another fishing trip with their grandparents. I'm not sure if I mentioned that here or not. They were originally scheduled to head out today, but this week is calling for rain most days, so we're post-poning it to Thursday. Here's to hoping! I'm looking forward to a couple of days alone with my husband!
As always, I appreciate you all! Thanks for dropping by.