Monday, March 2, 2009

I want to...

Welcome back! Here an another sketch that Liz over at The Scrappiest Blog came up with for this week. Isn't it great! I was very excited to get this one started. I had tuns of challenges on this however. I am not really a large circle person so that was hard for me to layer up like I always do. I decided to do this in black and white too which is completely new for me. So wow, lots of "new stuff" but I think I pulled it of ok.
The photo of me was taken a few years back when we lived in Tucson AZ. I am actually watching my son play and one of my Best Friends sapped it of me before I could protest. I just love the way I am looking off into the distance... kinda pondering life. Therefore I thought it would be fitting for this subject... "My Bucket List". Now many of you who know me might say what my Hubby said..."your not terminally ill! Why a bucket list?" Well first off it was brought up by a challenge on the site and second... as I replied to him "you never know when your last day may be... healthy or not". So on that note I hope this finds every one of you healthy and strong and inspired to think of what you might want to do in or with your life.

THE BUCKET LIST - I want to...

Like I mentioned earlier. I have never done a entirely black and white Layout. This is my first. It was such a challenge for me to see the proper layers that I had to design it on the computer first then create it with paper. Now for the Details.


Top Right: This is a great close up of some of the computer work I did for this LO. First off I created the bucket list, bingo style card and printed it on vellum. I am really happy with the way this title turned out. I used MS word and the word art program in it to create the title. The other piece of "digital" work in this Layout is the swirl background paper. I arranged a bunch of clip art flourishes to create this beautiful pattern. I did this because I was in need of a third pattern in black and white for this Layout. I also love this butterfly. I found these in the wedding decoration department at my local craft store and it just adds such a shimmer to the center. It really draws your eye right where it needed to go. I just added a bit of rhinestones and edged it in black. The bucket list reads: Visit Europe, Visit Japan, Visit Hawaii, Get published to inspire others, Own a Home, Take Dance again, Loose weight, Learn to be Optimistic, Be with the Love of my Life, Swim with Dolphins, Own a horse and Scuba Diving.

Bottom Left:
This is a great close up of the computer generated flourishes I printed on vellum and just cut them out and placed some bling on. The Flower was so easy and I loved how it turned out. I took the scraps of the Patterned paper I used through out the layout and cut three petals of each. I alternated them and edged them with black ink. I took a clear polka doted flower sticker and backed it with a piece of black card stock. I adhered the petals to the back of the black card stock. I folded the outer half of each petal and added an epoxy flourish sticker as the center. Also I just want to note that I love these little black flowers from Prima. I added the white pearls on wires for the centers.

Bottom Right:
Here is another new technique for me... Notice the top layer of the large circle. Look closely at the edge of it. I used a hand held hole punch to create this textured edge. I then inked it black so the the top left of the layout you could see it as it is white on white paper. I also love these tile letters I used for the title. The folded ribbon was bought that way if you know me at all you know I DO NOT sew. Hehe. The inspire frame in the bottom corner is an old embelishment I had.

Thanks so much for looking at my work I am happy to hear how you like or dislike something I post in here so please leave me comments so I can learn what works or doesn't. I hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks for looking!

~ Grace ~


  1. As soon as I saw this LO in your gallery i came to see the close ups, it is such a delicate LO, absolutely beautiful!!!

  2. Wow, this is truly amazingly stunning. Wonderful job Grace!!!!

  3. This is absolutely STUNNING! Gorgeous!

  4. You did a beautiful job on this layout, I just love it!Great use of the sketch!


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~ Grace ~