Layout for 123 Get Scrappy DT: Be. Happy.

I hope your week has started well.
Today it's November 10th, which means that 123 Get Scrappy! is revealing a new challenge grid for you to play:

I have to admit that some of the past grids have been quite challenging for me. But this one contained so many great combos to choose from! First I started collecting materials for the left vertical line, but after I wanted to use a kraft colored background, I decided to go with the bottom row: Spots of ink - More than five brads - Kraft colored background.

Most of my previous layouts have been all about cute patterned papers and bright colors, so this time I wanted to get my hands dirty with inks, paints and gel medium, and make a mixed media project. And here's my finished layout:

The background is misted with a white chalk mist, using a diamond shaped stencil. After misting I removed the stencil, turned it around, and stamped with it a few times on the paper. The additional splashes and paint drips are made with white acrylic paint.

The background is embellished by stamping and layering various elements like tissue paper, fabric ribbon and mesh, brads, chipboard embellishment, washi tape, strips of resist canvas, foil stickers, and die-cut painted papers. Most of the items I glued down using gel medium just because it's so easy and fast to use. When this project was finished I had really sticky fingers for the rest of the evening, lol!

Resist canvas, foil stickers and brads are from past Prima collections.

(Note to my European friends: The lovely Sizzix Lace & Circles border die that I used is now on sale on Sizzix UK for price of EUR 4,64!)

I loved the golden alpha stickers by American Crafts, but they appeared a bit 'too shiny' for this project. For creating them a grungier look I sanded the edges, and inked the sanded parts with black Distress ink. I think the letters now look way more interesting!

I love making this type of projects;to let my creativity loose and just have a lots and lots of fun!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!
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  1. This page is gorgeous!!!!

  2. FABULOUS layout Elina - LOVE how you distressed the alphas!