Wednesday, October 5, 2016

"How Awesome!" Scrap Our Stash October Book Cover Challenge

Hello everyone!
It is time for the October Book Cover Challenge over at 

I have to be honest and let you know that I was kind of STUMPED on this one!  The only things that jumped out at me were the big hat, the mustache, the key, and the clock.  At first, I decided that was going to use the key and the clock as my inspiration, but I wasn't really "feeling it."   

Take a look at this month's Book Cover Below:

As I was digging through my stash, I came across some beautiful papers that I've had for MANY years - you know, the kind that you don't really want to use, because then you can't use them again if you do? Does that make sense?  -or am I the only crazy scrapper like that? 

Anyway, the colors in Kaisercraft's Prairie Lane's Collection matched the colors on the book cover perfectly, and I knew that I would use "color" as my inspiration!  So, if I was going to use the last papers I had in this collection, it had to be on a layout with a photo that was "worthy!" LOL!!  Below is my INSPIRATION layout for you - and I have to say, I LOVE how it came out!

This photo is from our trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon back in 2006!  We took an awesome tour with a very FUN guide, who had these great ideas for taking some amazing and funny shots!  
I love how the papers and photo go so well together!
I also added paper twine ( the added challenge requirement) to the layout, by looping it and stapling it to the layout.

I actually ended up only using 2 pieces of pattern paper for this layout - the darker brown one as the base, and then I used the top terracotta one 3 ways!  I cut a mat for the photo out of the center on the turquoise side first.  I then tore around the outside pattern of the terracotta side, and inked those edges with copper distress paint.  I took the remaining "guts" that were left of that same paper, and inked the torn edges of the turquoise side with Ranger Peacock Feather Distress Stain, and glued it to the back of the terracotta side.  I then attached it to the darker brown pattern base, using 3M foam strips, to make it kind of a 3D frame for the photo.

I used 2 different feather dies to cut out different colors of cardstock and patterned paper, then inked the edges, to make the 2 grouping of feathers.  I added some small flowers and layered 3 different sizes of wooden hearts and added them to the group.  I also created a pocket behind the photo, and slid a journaling tag inside.  For a little something different, I even attached a small tag to that tag, with the location and date - and used more twine to tie them together.

Here you can also see how I used some FUN dimensional paints to make raised enamel looking dots in turquoise and bronze on the pattern paper too! Seriously, this photo just cracks me up! - Yes that IS the Grand Canyon behind us, but we were really standing on a wide ledge that was below that rock!  

Here is the front of the tag.... 

...and here is the back of the tag!
(My hubby's face just cracks me up!! LOL!!)

  I hope I've inspired you to play along with us at the 
Hop on over for more inspiration and PRIZE info!!

 As always, thank so much for stopping by! I look forward to seeing what you create!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Kaisercraft - Prairie Lane Collection:  "Elm Point" and "Lacy Bay"
Ranger Distress Stain - Peacock Feathers
Ranger Adirondack Paint - Copper
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Caribbean Ocean
Viva Decor Pearl Paint - Bronze
Twine, Washi Tape
Spellbinders Die  - Feathers
Tim Holtz - Sizzix Big Feather Die
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Wooden hearts
Prima paper flowers