Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Playing in the snow for the first time...

Greetings from the Rubber Room...

As you can see with all that I've been posting, I've been quite busy in the rubber room. I haven't had the twins in a couple of weeks, and I've been trying to put that time to good use by trying to get more layouts done.

This particular layout really gave me a run for my money! You family lives in the high desert of California. So we hardly ever get any snow. If we do, its usually overnight and its gone the next day. We're also considered in high elevation, not too far from the Tehachapi Mountains. So, if we get a little bit of snow...then we know that Tehachapi got a lot more. A few years back, my hubby and I bought some property up in the Tehachapi Mountains, in an area they call "Mountain Meadows." When we did get that little bit of snow back in the winter of 2006, we knew there would be a whole lot more up on the property. AND our granddaughter was finally old enough to go up and play in the snow. So, Kelli and her father, bundled up Deborah and off they went to the property, to go play in the snow. I sent along the camera with Kelli and told her to take lots and lots of pictures, so I could do a snow scene layout. Something I don't normally get a chance to do.

Now, let me tell you what I did. First, I took my inspiration from Becky Fleck's book, "Page Maps" on pages 14-15. I used the papers from CTMH's My Reflection Collection's "Dicken's Village." Now anyone who knows me, I have such a hard time with big empty blank spaces on my page. I had a major problem with this layout because of the big empty space at the bottom. It could represent snow...but that wasn't good enough for me. So, I thought, what does Deborah and the property have that I really want to showcase here. Pictures were taken care of for Deborah. But the property, its big and wild, and nothing but wilderness up there. What attracted me to this property in the first place was all the trees. So, with my Wishblade and a file, a member on one of the many yahoo groups I belong to, I cut out the trees, using CTMH's "Petal" cardstock. Then with my sponge daubers, I sponged, Twilight and Desert Sand on the trees to give it more dimension. Using pop dots I adhered the trees to the page. But first...the white is there and I couldn't just leave it like that. So, I turned to my creative CTMH sisters and asked for some help. I received quite a few emails explaining how to represent snow on a layout. I took all their suggestions, and went to work.

Here is what I did: I tore several pieces of White Daisy cardstock. I then took CTMH Amethyst ink and sponge the edges. I tried using Petal ink, but it turned out looking too dirty for my taste, so I switch to a lighter shade. Then I covered the front of the cardstock with adhesive. I combined, white Fun Flock and my prism glitter and spread that over the front of the cardstock. I tapped off the excess and VIOLA!!!! I loved how that turned out. I hope you can see it from the photos I took of the layouts. Now, of course, seeing the layouts in person would be so much better...but I hope this is satisfactory and you get the idea.

Thanks so much for stopping in. I am so glad we had a moment to share. Come back again and don't forget to leave a comment. I love reading them! I'll have more artwork to post in the next couple of days.

So, until next time....

Happy Scrappin'

Inky Hugs,


Anonymous said...

Awesome layout. Loved the way you did the trees.

Misty said...

I absolutely love it, love it, love it!!!! I will probably have to case this one sometime in the future!!!
Great job!

Jo said...

that is just beautiful.You did a wonderful job.

debbie said...

WOW! love it! it's like a winter wonder land.