Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Karate Layout

We had some thunderstorms come through here last night that shook the house….and more expected tonight. The temperature today was about 15C (59F) but it is going to plummet tonight to around the freezing mark again…..and this trend will continue for the next couple of weeks apparently. Mother Nature keeps having these hot flashes!

I thought I’d post one of the scrapbook layouts that I just finished instead of a card.


Two of my grandsons love karate. They both earned their Orange and Yellow belts the same night so my daughter snapped a couple of photos with her cell phone….she forgot her camera. So the photos are a bit blurry but I scrapped them anyway. Some people do not scrap anything but pristine sharp photos but when blurry is all you have – use them!  All the paper is from the stash. I found this background paper in the stash that had an Asian look to it – in my mind anyway – and used it as a base – but it ended up being mostly covered up anyway. I started out cutting four 2” strips of cardstock – white; yellow; orange; and red and sewed them with irregular straight and zigzag stitches to the base paper. I laid the photos on top and it just didn’t look right. I left it overnight and went back down the next day….and still didn’t like it. I do that quite often – walk away and come back for a fresh look.

So I had to come up with another idea. Then I found a piece of brown paper that looked like an old bag that was already ripped so I just ripped it some more; inked the edges with dark brown ink and glued that on top of the strips. It sort of grounded the photos and decided it was okay.

The photos were first lined with a black photo safe pen – always place a piece of cardstock (I use an old greeting card with a straight edge) over the photo leaving about an 1/8” border and draw the line. That way if the pen slips it does not go over the photo and ruin it – no need to wonder why I know this!!!! They were then mounted on white paper.

I still like some cardstock or something under the photos so they don’t look like they are floating so I used another piece of yellow paper and ripped and inked the edges of it and glued it down; and then the photos were glued down. The karate boy between the photos was a free download I found on the Internet and he is attached with dimensional glue strips.

Next came the journal strips and the embellishments. The journal strips were computer generated and hand cut into a thin banner and glued to some left over black cardstock. Two were glued over the red ¼” strips of cardstock which were just added for some extra interest; the other one had no red strip…but they were all attached with a dimensional glue strip. The title was computer generated using a free Karate font I found on the Internet and it was printed on photo paper and is also attached with ….you guessed it……dimensional glue strips.

The yellow and orange karate belts were clip art that I printed and cut out. The camera and the sentiment by it were stamped with Close to My Heart stamps – I have the set of old camera stamps and I love it. They are also glued with dimensional strips.

The open part of the camera was coloured with a yellow marker because I realized that a bit of the yellow cardstock strip was showing at the top and the yellow paper at the bottom. I wanted some yellow in the corner where the camera was to create the invisible triangle and even that bit yellow in the camera did the trick.

Wow, I think it took me longer to type up how I made this layout than it took making it!

That’s all for a rainy, windy and now getting cold, Wednesday, 2017 March 1, 2017.



Don’t forget you are more than welcome to save any cards or layouts to your Pinterest account for future reference. Simply place the curser over the picture until the Pinterest save sign shows up in the top left corner and enter. This will take you to your Pinterest account. If it doesn’t work, please leave a comment and let me know so I fix it. Thanks.

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