Hockey, hockey and more hockey….

Not the blog post title you expect to see here, is it?!  Well, it’s not your typical blog post/layout either.  It’s a two-pager!  Remember those??

A while back Brooke and Lori were talking about two-page layouts, and how we never do them anymore, and should we do some again, and post a challenge?  Since then, I haven’t been able to get the idea out of my mind, and wondered if I could even do it anymore.  They’re all I used to do…but it’s been a lot of years!  So I decided to challenge myself and see what came of it.

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It helped that we were recently in Utah to visit our youngest son for a charity hockey event he was involved in.  And we took a lot of pictures there.  I started by printing all these photos in color.  But when I laid them all out on the cardstock, I got a bit freaked by the busy-ness of it all.  So I edited and reprinted in black and white.  And I was much happier with the results.  I decided to keep one photo in color to draw the eye to it, and establish it as the main photo.

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One of the things I realized about doing a 2-pager, is that there is a lot going on and so I needed some structure to balance the visual circus (even in black and white!)  The best way I found to manage that, was to establish some strong lines.  To accomplish that, I laid the check-patterned paper along the bottom and visualized a horizontal line for the photos all to align with.  After adhering the photos, I ran the page through the sewing machine again, to emphasize that horizontal line, as well as to repeat the sewing I used to adhere the patterned papers with.  After that, I kept paper choice and embellishments to classic masculine patterns with minimal visual impact.  The hockey player and skate are appliques by Wright’s, that I found years ago in the fabric store.  (Glad to finally get them used!)

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The journaling reads:  Working for the Dept of Corrections in UT, Ben gets to exercise his Canadian-born hockey skills playing for the Guns in the annual Guns vs Hoses  charity tournament.  This year we went to watch them play.  It was an entertaining day of hockey.  The Guns beat the Hoses badly in both their games.  Ben contributed a goal and two assists.

Some of the product I used is patterned paper by Photo Play (Mad 4 Plaid), label, alphabet and word stickers by Simple Stories (Bloom and Grow), alphabet stickers (red) from Jillibean Soup, die-cut alphabets (blue) by Sizzix/Tim Holtz, chipboard stars from the LiitD store, and epoxy hearts from Bella Blvd (Illustrated Faith).

So, if you’re at all inclined, feel free to take this as a challenge and see if you remember how to scrap a two page layout!  And have a great rest of your day!

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Reverse Canvas

Good morning!

Have you been in the store lately? I stopped in yesterday to bug hang out with Lori and oh em gee it is packed in there! There are so many new goodies and the shelves are STOCKED! If you haven’t been in make sure you go and check out what’s new…Lori has been busy busy busy!

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Remember last week when I mentioned I had a project to show you that I couldn’t quite reveal? Well, today is the day, people.

My cousin and his fiancee recently got engaged and I wanted to make them something that they could display in their new home together. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to make them…it’s always a bit harder to design something for someone else…especially if you don’t know their “home style”, right?

So, a couple weeks ago I went to the store to bug visit Lori and pick her brain in regards to what I should make. She suggested a reverse canvas like she made here and that was a project of hers that I LOVED so we just went with it. It’s such a simple yet brilliant idea to me.

After all of my pacing and hemming & hawing we decided on an 8×8 reverse canvas. Huge decision, right? A “mixed-media” canvas is a little bit out of my comfort zone but honestly I think that pushing yourself a little bit out of your creative comfort zone usually results in the BEST creations! And here I was with a vision of 3 big canvases when I went in there! LOL

Here is my completed canvas:

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Once I had prepped the canvas with gesso and white acrylic paint I added the doilies to the background. I used 2 sizes and cut them up into different sizes and made sure every bit of the background was covered. I love the bit of extra texture it adds!

I also added a bit of white lace to the inner edges for extra texture and to cover the unsightly blue Nuvo mess I made on the edges. Oops, sometimes the vision in my head just doesn’t translate super well to my hands.

The outer edges are covered in white swiss dot cardstock. I sanded the edges a bit to soften them slightly then I lightly brushed the edges with a green inkpad. I chose green because at that point I had decided on a sort of garden theme and thought the green would tie it all together.

The picture needed to POP so I raised it up with 3 layers of foam squares and added the little wood veneer hearts above their heads. It gave it a very 3D effect which was exactly what I was going for.

The white picket fence is a metal element that started out dark brown. I painted it with white acrylic paint without priming it first because I wanted a little bit of the brown to show through and add some texture instead of just being flat.

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I added a tiny bit of white embossing on the bottom-left and upper-right corners (scroll stamp from my stash) which ended up getting mostly covered up by the Prima flowers which is fine with me because these flowers are the bomb dot com. They’re from an older line that Lori had in the store. Aren’t they gorgeous? Prima, I love you.

I layered some lace, thread, paper leaves, a cardstock diecut and a few random embellishments to fill in the gaps and a couple phrase stickers from this sticker pack.

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Some white pearls in various sizes were the final touch scattered on the corners of the canvas.

I’m super happy with how it turned out and I hope that it’s something they can display in their home and enjoy!

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Wanna make a canvas? Lori has a bunch of different sizes in the store to choose from and she is expecting more to come in very soon! Try it out!

Have a great Sunday!

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This post was written by Brooke on August 14, 2016

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