Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Scrap Friends - August sketch

Hi there scrappers...thanks so much for visiting my blog today.
I am back to share another challenge layout...for Scrap Friends August sketch #16 that I completed on Sunday.

Before I get started though, I'll fill you in on how my background chevrons came about.
Originally I had wanted to do them as in the sketch (like 2 halves of different papers to form the one chevron...and then some of them just left as halves)....well, OMG....I sat attempting it for I don't know how long, but it was totally doing my head in!!! LOL  I don't know what it was, but I just couldn't get the angles and the pieces to work...plus they all kept moving on me! grrrr 
So I gave up & went with this style of chevron.....solution solved & it was much quicker! Plus my head was very thankful! LOL

so anyways...here is my layout....


Using some fairly old (a few years) Echo Park papers - Victoria Gardens
Because the photo is a fairly colourless & dull looking pic, I felt the page needed brightening up with some colours, so that's why I went with these papers :)

Pic is a selfie of DS & I....all rugged up on a bitterly cold day.


Here is the fabo sketch, which I have turned on its side




I've layered papers, tickets, paper doily, journal cards & spots as well as a 2crafty chipboard circle around & under my photo.  I also used a few stamped images - my trusty typo camera stamp (this is starting to become something I put on just about every layout....great value for a $2 stamp!!!) as well as a few Technique Tuesday "with flair" stamps (the round ones you can see in a few different places around the page)



I also put trimmed down strips of washi tape along my rows of chevrons



Here you can see one of the Technique Tuesday stamps....the OMG (for the bitterly cold day that it was! LOL) and a really old My Minds Eye ticket poking out from under the doily) with a few glimmermist drips & splatters













Here you can see an overall view of the chevrons...which I have distressed & inked the edges to give them a bit more POP off the page


I really do love to journal on my layouts, but usually find I have to condense it so much to fit on the layout. I think I will continue to do this, but, I've been inspired lately by a lovely online friend, Val Thorpe, who adds a whole heap of journaling to the back of her layouts....so I've decided I need to do this too!!!  The story really does need to be told, in my opinion....not just photos & pretties on the page.  After all....isn't that what scrapbooking is all about?!?  So, as I said, I will probably still do a bit of condensed journaling on the front of the layout (because I do love the look of this) but also tell the story in a lot more detail on the back of the layout...although I may not always share it here on my blog, depending what the journaling is about :)

so, this is the journaling that I've added to the back of this layout....


4.8.2013

It has been quite a while since I last came to a track day with you for motocross, and oh boy, did I pick the perfect day for it! {said with jovial sarcasm}.  It was a bleak ol' wintery day...the wind was howling at about 30kmph...straight up the gully to the top of the hill where the spectator area & pits are.  It was a "keep your woollies on all day" kind of day.  The temperature reached a maximum of about 9 degrees.  The sun poked out here and there for a few minutes at a time, and wow, you could really feel the warmth from it when it did.  But as the day went on, it seemed to get colder and colder....and yep, I kept those winter woollies on all day!  We did get a little bit of relief for an hour or so when it was our turn to flag down on the track.  Being down in the gully, it seemed to be sheltered from the wind...especially compared to the top of the hill where we had been sitting all day. By the end of the day I felt so wind battered...and once we got in the car to come home, my face was then burning from wind burn, but oh how good it felt to be so nice & warm in the car and out of that dreadful wind :)

But on to other things besides the weather....it was a really great day, and I really did enjoy it despite the bitter cold.  You rode fantastically without any incidents - which is always a bonus!  This was only the 2nd or 3rd time that you have ridden the Bathurst track, but you seemed to know it like the back of your hand.  Of course, I took about 100+ photos of you at various positions throughout the day (something to help take my mind off the cold!), which will no doubt end up on scrapbook pages at some point in the future.  All in all, we both had a great, fun day and I'm so glad that I didn't let the forecasted cold weather stop me from coming & spending the day with you <3


Okie doke peeps, until next time....take care!  xx

17 comments:

bel said...

I have to laugh because the way i did my page did my head in but inloved the sketch so much i didnt want to alter it. i measured and cut and meausred again and once it was right i used it as a template to do my other pieces. it took forever!!! lol
You did a great job with the chevrons
You do look so cold...and I love the journaling on the back.

Rachael Funnell said...

OH! MY! GOODNESS! so much to love about this layout... the chevrons the layers & the color combo!! glad to read that you both had a great day even with dealing with the FREEZING Cold miserable day....

Nicole McNamara said...

A great page! I think the chevrons look better like this. I may also have to borrow the idea of journalling onto the back, I always forget to leave room for it and usually have alot to say!

Chloe :-) said...

Oh, the chevrons look FANTASTIC!!! LOL @ giving up on your original idea - sounds effective, but hard on the old brain!! LOL ... Love how you journal so much ... good idea to write in depth on the back.
xx

Chantal Vandenberg said...

This is a fantastic winter page!!! :D

Margaret Mifsud said...

Love, love, love it!!! A really amazing page Linda. Love how you ended up doing the chevrons they look fabulous and I love all the little details you added to the layout. Super!!! Also love the journaling ... sounds like you had a really great day in spite of the weather. ox

Sanna Lippert said...

this is gorgeous, Linda!!! love the color combination and the papers you chose - they works so well together! beautiful work, as always :)! thanks for playing along with us :), xoxo, Sanna

Lizzyc said...

Oh BBRRR! You look cold in that photo!! but LURVE how you have made your chevrons, and yes I have nearly had a fit trying to get chevrons to go the way I want too.. these look great.. fabulous colors.. love your take on the sketch!!

ahappyscramper said...

Another beauty! Great story too and yes it does look ruddy cold! Love all the circle elements, they add great movement to this layout.

Lizzy Hill said...

Val is a GREAT inspiration, isn't she? GREAT that you're journaling more....& glad the chevrons finally worked for you. I survived my glue sniffing...just....but the purple...not so sure!! LOOOVE the circles behind & amongst your page & it is absolutely PERFECT for our SF challenge:) Thanks for joining in, of course:):):)!!!!!!!!!!

Lynette said...

Hehe, you make me laugh...chevrons doing your head in? I would say that you got this just perfectly. Your layout is gorgeous. Love the bright splashes of colour on the grey background.

Lene said...

Such a great page ! Love the picture and the colors. And the story is so cute ! ;)

Kaitlynne Roil said...

Love the tittle, exactly what came to mind when I seen the tittle.
Awesome chevrons too!

Debbi Tehrani said...

Such a fantastic job with that sketch, and I love that you used that paper collection on this page--so unexpected and so perfect! Just love this, Linda!

Zeneva said...

Fabulous layout! Love your rotation of the sketch and your fantastic chevrons and colours. Thank you for sharing your journaling - a good thing to do - writing it on the back. Great to have you joining in the fun at SF.:-)

Helen Tilbury said...

I do love the sketch but no way on earth would you ever catch me assembling those chevrons that way "Ain't nobody got time for that!!" Love your way - far more sensible!!!

Felicity Wilson said...

HELLO :)))) Its been a mighty long time since I popped by uh!! Just wanted to say I am glad to be here, not just because of your SF page but I have just gone back a few months and love your inspiration Linda!! Thanks for all you do!!!
XO XO XO

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