Wednesday, August 5, 2009

SIP - Stamps, Ink, and Paper

Well, as an avid scrapper with a challenge to use only Stamps, ink, and paper, this challenge from Shelli, the founder of Stampin' Up, was definitely interesting. I found some paper in the Tall Tales paper that was absolutely a gorgeous scene. I just hate to cover scenes like that up! Furthermore, they don't exactly make a mirror image to spread across two pages, so I thought I would use the elements of the patterned paper to create my own scene. Since we weren't supposed to use anything other than stamps, ink, and paper, I tried to create texture other ways.
First, I made a layout that is very DIFFERENT from my usual linear style of scrapping. For my title, I traced the letter Z from my sticky cuts onto the polka dotted clear overlay paper and cut it out. To create the Os, I punched a 1 1/4" circle and then a 1 3/4" circle around that. I then filled the hole with a spotlight of a few zoo animals covered in Crystal Effects. By the way, did you notice the word baby? It was a set of leftover stickers from the Baby Girl simply scrappin' kit I had used for my little niece!
On with the details...I decided I wanted a few of the pictures to kind of come out of the scene in the landscape. Therefore as I made a landscape I used some crumpled pieces of So Saffron dipped in Chocolate Chip to continue the So Saffron land in the DSP. Additionally, the chocolate chip ink on that paper made it blend in with the rocks for my sea lion to stand on. Next, I took some Old Olive paper and used the Damask texture plate to create more texture (that you can't see in this picture!).

The color is off in this picture, but you will notice that the Brilliant Blue paper on which the sea lion is sitting has 1/2" and 3/4" circles of Brilliant Blue and the polka dot clear overlay pages cut out and covered in Crystal Effects. I thought this would help the sea lion look like he really was sitting in a pool of water! Plus, I just hated to waste the excess pieces of overlay paper that I had used to create the title. You can't really tell from here, but I added a Rose Red giraffe in my balloon and added a few Stampin' Dimensionals underneath the balloon to make it appear as if it were floating through the sky.
Finally, a good scrapbook page is not complete without a little journaling, so I hid the journaling block behind this picture so that it would not take up extra space.
While this may be no great work of art, it is certainly work of the heart. And that is what SU is all about! As my little Zoo Baby, Halleigh, said, "I think daddy will like your picture when he gets home!" I hope so....I always have to remind myself that it is not about making other people happy or impressed - it is about preserving our memories in a way that makes my family happy! Mission Accomplished!


Liz said...

very cool! Amazing what you can do with just paper, ink and stamps! I love all the details and the landscape you made. Great layout!

A Latte Stampin said...

Oh my gosh girl...this needs to be some framed art!