Thursday, November 29, 2012

Masking with Leftovers

I don't participate in Project Life, but I do make a summary page for each month in my scrapbooks.  Below you see a page like this, where I summarized what my family did during the month of March.  As I was working on this page, I decided that, although I liked the colors of the layout, the design was a bit ho-hum, with all its rectangles and squares.  So, I decided to add some drama to the page with orange paint and a masking technique.  Suddenly, my page had zing!

Supplies: dotted paper by Bella Blvd; paper strips by American Crafts; floral & ledger papers by October Afternoon; title stickers by Authentique; round stickers used in masking by Mara Mi; border sticker used in masking by Doodlebug Design; square & tab stickers by Bo Bunny; flower & pennant stickers by Echo Park; wooden button by Blumenthal Lansing; plastic button by October Afternoon; ribbon rose by Berwick Offray; paper flower by Petaloo; thread by DMC; paint by Plaid; ink by Clearsnap; pen by Zig.

See the four blue alphabet stickers in the process photo below?  They were the last four stickers on a very old Mara Mi alpha sheet.  Obviously I was never going to be able to spell anything with the letters Q, L, V, and J.   So, I combined them with a Doodlebug border sticker and swept bright orange paint over the whole assembly.


After I removed the stickers and gave the paint time to dry, I had a fun little row of circles, which I filled with embellishments.


Since I already had the bottle of paint out, I added some brushstrokes to the flower sticker...


...and to the edge of the "March" tab sticker.


It was really fun to give new life to old supplies, using just a little acrylic paint.

Even though this layout is about the month of March, we are almost at the end of November now.  It's getting really cold here, and we have even had a little snow.  How is the weather where you are?  Send some sunshine to Minnesota, please!  :)

9 comments:

Kathleen (Kath) B. Hernandez said...

Beautiful use of masking technique, Denise!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

I love what you did with the masking and the paint! It really adds a special detail to the flower too!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

What a fun technique! I have done something similar with mists, but not paint.
The weather here was actually pretty. But we have some cold, cloudy days recently.

juscrap said...

Soo beautiful Denise! hugs

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

Cool technique, Denise!

Lean de Ruiter said...

Cool technique and a lovely page with yummie colors.
byebye,Lean

Lynette said...

I love the idea of a page in review each month...but I have never gotten to it yet ;-) I love the effect the orange masking gives to your layout.

Patricia said...

very goofd idea Denise...

Helen Tilbury said...

Ooooh I like!! Definitely got the X factor thanks to the orange paint & floral sticker!! No need to do PL in my opinion. Much more fun to scrap & do some summary pages!