Friday, 24 May 2013

Scrap Around the World Challenge 1

 Scrap Around the World is a brand new challenge site led by the uber talented Helen Tilbury.  The idea is to use the mood board and the sketch to kick start your creativity.

The weathered doors reminded me of the ornate doors in Zanzibar whilst the leather and the turquoise guided my colour choice.  This is my third attempt at and the result is not what I had in my mind.  Does that happen to you sometimes?  It got to the stage, that I just stuck it down regardless, or gave up on the idea of entering the challenge.
I tried to create a Moorish look by using the stencil with embossing powder.  Then I thought it looked too uniform, so I picked some of the embossing off again.  Some of the paint splats didn't work, so the removed emossing ended up as a cover up for the messy splats.  
My layouts tend to be in four categories.  Those I love (small amount) those I like (bigger amount) and those I tolerate (a small amount) and some, like these, which may still end up in the bin.  
Well done fellow scrapper, if you've persisted with this little mini rant to the rambling end.  
Now I'm off to and clean up the mess.

Grey board - Imaginarium
Gesso - Atelier
Prima - Alphabet stickers
Kaisercraft clear stamp - Flutter
Corrugated cardboard - recycled package materia
Prima Stencil - Lattice
Ranger - Emboss it dabber - clear
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist - Patina, Golden Terracota and walnut gold
Tattered Angels Glimmer glaze - Cowboy
Stampendous - Embossing enamel, Aged Teal
Leather string - Mother's millinery stash
Tags - local post office



  1. You, my dear, are too hard on yourself!!!! That bg stencil emboss work is GENIUS!!!! The colours are sooooo North African & I love the un-uniformity of it all:):):). But I do get what you're saying re: d
    Fave LOs as opposed to others...& the others can get VERY frustrating at times!!!!!!

  2. You are scrapping to perfection at the moment. I am loving each and every layout that you create!! xx

  3. lol... I think we may have something else in common ;). I love this layout Helen. That background is stunning, I love the mask with embossing powder. I am so glad that you got to visit my turf. I was born in Malawi and lived in Zimbabwe for many years before coming to SA. I worked at Victoria Falls for a year in the Casino and was one of the best years ever. We are truly blessed here in Africa. I have NOT however been to Zanzibar yet but will be going soon. I have seen amazing photos from there and think that you have captured the essence of North Africa perfectly. I am seriously loving your backgrounds and really think I need to let my inner child off her leash to make a mess :D GORGEOUS!

  4. I am seriously impressed Helen. This was worth waiting for. Remarkable layout. Thank you so much for joining us at Scrap Around The World!!!

  5. Hi Helen! I can relate to the frustration you are talking about. But seriously...I love the background you have created! Thank you for joining Scrap around the World.

  6. Great page Helen! I love your background. Thank you for joining Scrap around the World

  7. love the photo and texture!! great LO!! thanks for joining us at SATW

  8. Your background is amazing - love it! And a great photo too. Thank-you for joining us at Scrap Around The World.

  9. Very nice photo and great take on our sketch, thank you so much for joining Scrap Around The World challenge this month, I hope you will like June's sketch and Mood Board too!

  10. Aaaah! now, although I can totally relate to the scrapper's angst your writing about, this is such a brilliant page Helen! I have never been to Africa myself but these colours and that door, well they speak to me! As so many before me have already said, your background is simply amazing!! Your sense of design and balance always guide you right, this page certainly doesn't deserve to be tossed in the bin!! Thank you so so much for sharing your work with us at SATW!

  11. love the texture of your background!! such a beautiful page!! thanks for joining us at SATW!!!

  12. Oh Helen please don't ditch this! I love it and especially love the embossing. But I can totally relate to the your angst, we all have pages that we are not happy with xx

  13. Love your background work the whole layout is great. x