Swirlydoos Kit Club, Ultimate Designer Challenge – Week 2

Well I wasn’t eliminated in Week 1 ….whew!  I am very surprised because these participants are amazing.  For Week 2  we were asked to show our Paper Layering Technique so this is the design I chose to use.  I was inspired by the sketch from Cricuit Inspired Layouts.  I kept it pretty true to the original design except I changed the landscape photo orientation to portrait.

Hex Sketch


For this layout I began layering the  photo first.  I distressed the edges, added spots of embossing and then even added some Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy directly onto the photos.

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I wanted to make this photo of my grandson Eli the main focus of this layout.  I love the bright blue and of course the matching tongue so I kept the background more on the monochromatic side adding a touch of a complimentary patterned papers.


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I kept the embellishments on the whimsical side since this is a boy themed page.  I am a big fan of the new Stampin’ Up! Sizzlits S Die (item # 129411) so I added a few of those and used a dark brown brad for the center.  I also added some touches of Perfect Pearls Mist in Forever Blue for some highlights.  So cute!  I also made some very masculine looking flowers using the Stampin’ Up Petite Curly Label Punch (item # 129405) currently being introduced during the Sale-a-bration Promotion thru March 22, 2013.



Aren’t these Bottle Caps cute?  They are the Stampin’ Up! Soda Pop Tops (item # 129388) from the 2013 Spring Catalog.  I added some mini letter stickers (for the word BOY) to the bottom of the cap.  I covered the entire bottom with the same Distresss Crackle Paint used earlier and let it dry completely. To stop the crackle from falling off I added a smooth layer of Crystal Effects from Stampin’ Up! to seal it.



I used a deep navy ink and stamped my “Really Silly” image over the top of the plaid patterned paper.  I really like how this pattern almost matches exactly with my grandson’s shirt 🙂


I added just one small journaling sentiment.  I felt that a full journaling block would take away from the focal point.


These are just basic chipboard letters that I had in my supplies.  I inked them with Staz-On Dark Brown ink and them used the same Perfect Pearls Mist spray to in Forever Blue.


We will see if I move on to Week 3…..

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