Monday, April 8, 2013

Skrap'n'Chat Blog Hop

Welcome to the Skrap 'n Chat Blog Hop!  I know Karen had some wonderful inspiration for you at her blog which started us off.  If you haven't been there yet, you must stop by.

Skrap 'n Chat has become home to me since I joined it a couple years ago (maybe more now?).  Everyone is so friendly and welcoming that you fit in right away.  There are monthly challenges posted by the Design Team and a lot of inspiration to be found.  And the online crops can't be beat!  I always make sure to reserve a day during the weekend of a crop so I can scrap, scrap, scrap.  :D

Now, on to the specifics.  Welcome to Scrapping Therapy!  This is the second stop on our hop and I hope you find some inspiration here.  Our theme for this hop is all about masking.  I'm not a huge mister - I do it sometimes, but it's certainly not on every one of my layouts.  So, I haven't purchased any stencils or masks.  That meant that I had to make my own to do this hop so I had to get creative.  I decided to do an easy one.

Since I've seen sunbursts lately, that's what I opted to do.  I got out a piece of chipboard - I've saved all backs from stacks and any that come in paper packs - and made the burst how I wanted.  Then I numbered the pieces and cut them out.

I got out my Smooch spritzes and set to work.  I went slowly and got both pieces just right before spraying.  It all worked really well, except for the green.  I don't have any green Smooch - only Glimmer Mist - and I don't like how muted it is compared to the others.  Guess what's in my online shopping cart now?  :D

I decided that I needed a little something to the layout so I decided to add some baker's twine for some colour and texture.  I didn't want to cover up too much of the burst so I kept embellies to a minimum.  And here's the end result.

And I had so much fun with the first layout that I decided to try the mask again but using paint this time.  I have to say that this was a lot more time consuming and fiddly.  I had to make sure to press down hard on each ray of chipboard so the paint wouldn't seep underneath.  It was quite tricky.

But I love the vibrant colours of the burst and it is the perfect background for this photo of my kiddos at the fair - bright, fun, excited.

I found it challenging to work with the bursts because I didn't want to cover them up but at the same time the layouts needed something more to make them feel complete.  For this layout, I added a lot more embellishments.  It's definitely not my style but I think they all add to the "fun-ness" of the layout.

Thanks for stopping by and being part of our hop!  I hope that you come away being inspired to do some masking and break out the stencils.  I have a small prize for a lucky commenter.  If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment and I'll choose the winner on Thursday evening (April 11th).  There will also be a grand prize so make sure to go through all the blogs and then comment back at Karen's blog, the first stop.  Winners will be announced on Friday!  I see that there have been some troubles with comments.  I have comments set up for moderation.  So, if you leave a comment and it doesn't appear, no worries, it will once I approve it.  I just don't like Blogger's verification code - I personally always have to redo it at least once so I got annoyed and changed it on my blog.  :)

Your next stop is at Emily's blog: