Wednesday, November 6, 2013

There's No Place Like Home - Layout by Sarah

Sarah here with a "challenging" layout to share with you. I love playing along with challenges and haven't been doing it as much as I used to - so this month I have created a layout to play along with the November Sketch at Once Upon a . . . Sketch and CSI - Color, Stories Inspiration Challenge #96. These two challenges actually intersected quite nicely for me as my "happy" place is my home - I'm a total homebody and love just cozying up at home with my family and my pets. My home is also a century home - so I've documented a bit of its history through photos and talk about the struggles/joys of owning such an old home in my journalling. I had fun searching through our County's Archives for some vintage photos and have to credit Google Earth for the most recent photo - I hope you enjoy a little peek into the history of my home!
I used Bo Bunny's "The Avenues" collection for this layout - the colours were perfect for the CSI colour palette and the door motif was so appropriate for documenting a layout about my home. I distressed the papers quite heavily as I thought it suited the theme of the layout. I used the Imaginarium Designs 8x8 Honeycombe as a layering element and the There's No Place Like Home phrase for my title. Both of these chipboard pieces were primed with black gesso and then painted with Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Carmen to give them a deep black/red colour.
I fussy cut the windows from the door and added a piece of velum so that it looked like frosted glass. I used a variety of Prima and Kaisercraft flowers to create the flower cluster and added in some Imaginarium Designs chipboard 'greenery' to complete the cluster. I simply sponged the greenery with acrylic paint in a colour to match the leaves on my flowers.
Finally, in case you're wondering what the journalling says, here is a little close-up of the tag tucked into the velum envelope behind the door. I wrote the journalling on my computer using a typeset font to fulfill one of the 'testimony' requirements for the CSI Challenge and then printed it on a nice, textured tag.
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Used
8x8 Honeycombe - IDS0053
 There's No Place Like Home - Phrase - IDP0061

Kerri Flourish Tiny - IDT0026

Other Materials Used:  
Patterned Paper - Bo Bunny "The Avenues" - Treasures, Clocks, Doors, The Avenues; Pro Art Gesso - White; Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Red; White Cardstock; QuicKutz Die - Paint Chip; Black Soot Reinker; Velum, DecoArt Acrylic Paint - Leaf Green;  Prima Mini Roses - Red, Grey;  Aleene's Tacky Glue; 3D Foam Adhesive
Bits & Pieces from Scraps of Darkness Kits - Mini Clothespins - Red; Velum Envelope; Quilled Creations Textured Gift Tag; Red Gingham Ribbon; Prima Flower - Clara; Kaisercraft Paper Blooms - Black.

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  1. What an amazing lay-out! I just love all your layers and details!

  2. So beautiful, what a wonderful home and history xoxo

  3. Such a rich and beautiful layout to document a piece of history! WTG for combining those two challenges.