Monday, March 11, 2013

Scrap The Boys March Challenge

Hi Ladies,

Finally caught up with all the day to day stuff since getting home from the Melbourne Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo.   Had the most wonderful time and was finally able to meet all these lovely ladies IRL:  Georgia Heald, Rachael Funnell, Jasmine Shea, Kim Ewins, Leonie Neal-Dawson, Heather McMahon and Teresa Abajo, just to name a few.   I had the most wonderful chat with Rachael and was able to chat with Georgia in between classes.. they are both such sweethearts.  Thanks so much to Teresa and Kim for helping me set up my display area... makes it difficult when you are vertically challenged!!  I had a fab time with my roomy Kim Ewins, who is just the loveliest person, Nicole and her mum... can't wait to catch up at the Brisbane Show.  A huge thank you to all the wonderful ladies who came to my Craft Queen classes.. I had a blast.   Hopefully I might see some of you at the Brissie Show.

I have decided to slow down a little with all my DT commitments, as I was really missing creating for the fun of it, with no pressure and just for me.  So now that I have a bit more time on my hands I can create LO's for some of the Challenge Sites I have been missing.

I have noticed that my pages have been mostly feminine LO's lately, so I pulled out some of my masculine stash and created this page for this month's Scrap The Boys Challenge.

The criteria for this challenge is to create a layout using these base requirements, you can add other items but these must be used...

2 Photos 6x4 or smaller
Washi Tape
I took these photos of Luke and his dad at our family Christmas gathering.  Silly me thought I could snap a fab photo of the two of them, but I couldn't get Luke to stop making silly faces and when I finally got one where he looks good, dad looks oh so serious.... I just can't win, so I used them anyway.

I had a play with the background using a chevron mask and some mists, then splattered over the top with metallic paint and some Tim Holtz distress stain splats.  For more added grungieness I stamped with a brick stamp and randomly punched the edges.  To make the punching stand out I backed it in a contrast colour and used a fineliner pen to make it pop.

The chipboard element is the arrow frame which I coated with metallic paint and wrapped randomly with some chevron washi tape.  I also added washi tape to the strippy background pieces.

Materials Used:  Pink Paislee, This and That, Basic Grey, Simple Stories pp's, Craft Queen washi tape, button and jute trim and twine, Tim Holtz brick stamp, distress inks and stains, Glimmermist crushed shells, Viva Precious Metal aqua, EK Success binder punch, Fancy That hexagon border die, Crafters Workshop chevron stencil.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


  1. Wow Cathy, great LO. Love the background work, and the colors are super. Glad to hear you had a fab time at the expo. :)

  2. I love the photo combo and that amazing background just shouts - 'fabulous'. I love this layout Cathy.

  3. Yep, I love the colours, too - but those big splats are my very, very fave bit...glad you've given yourself a bit of 'you' scrappy time:):):)

  4. Love your page, and looks like you had a fabulous time in Melbourne :)

  5. Your layout is SERIOUSLY AWESOME... I have always admire the detail in your creations!! LOVE the punch work & the stamping....

    It was such an AMAZING time in Melbourne & 1 of the highlights for ME was to meet you IRL & then was able to sit & chat you with!!! You are SERIOUSLY 1 of the SWEETEST ladies I have EVER meet THANK YOU! Hope to get a chance to catch up again soon time in the near future.... <3
    OH! P.S I will be scrappin 1 of those photos of US soon!! LOL! just warning you... hehehe x

  6. I always love your creations, and your male layouts are full of wonderful details too.. gota love the photos, what is the saying... never work with children or animals.. well perhaps they should put husbands in that list too!! fabulous details.. love the splats, great colors.. fantastic take on the challenge!!

  7. FABulous!!! Love your splats & the background you've created. I can so relate on the photo situation ;) but they will be scrapped LOL!
    Sounds like you've had a brilliant weekend away...lucky you :)

  8. What a stunning layout Cathy! And it was sooooo wonderful to meet you at expo. I swear our little chats in between classes kept me sane among my 'Oh my god I am sooo nervous and exhausted' moments lol. And your work IRL is even more amazing, every time I walked past your stand I had to stop myself from wanting to touch everything! Hope to meet you again sometime, maybe under more relaxed circumstances :)

  9. Fantastic page ! Love the grunge ! Don't you hate it when they can't be serious, just for a second ! Any way they are great photos , full of fun. Cathy you will love Finns classes, she is so clever and so lovely. Have a fun weekend you lucky girl. xx

  10. Fantastic LO Cathy!! Love the grunge!! Have fun in the classes!

  11. It was nice to meet you Cathy, and I'm glad your classes all went well. sounds like you had a good time.
    This layout is super, how cool is that background?!

  12. Just gorgeous!! I love that arty background and your choice of embellies!

  13. GORGEOUS as always, what you do!!!

  14. Aaah yes, this is really so wonderful! love them splats and groovy details without everything getting too heavey and masculine. Ha ha can totally relate to the photo thing ;)) xoxox

  15. Awesome layout and background! Love it!