The team scrap-lifting game at Scrap Whispers is well under way, as is the new round of individual challenges. This page is for their Challenge 166 - to use circles across the page, plus inking and stamping, and no more than three embellishments.
We don't have to cut our photos into circles, but I decided that I would, and that the best photos to cut up would be ones of animals rather than people or places. I found three photos from London Zoo where there was a lot of plain background that I could trim away, and pulled out one of my bags of scraps for more circles. (I sorted all my scraps into co-ordinating sets last autumn.)
I started from plain smooth cardstock which I stamped all over with olive green ink and a random dot background stamp; then I spattered it with paint. Once I'd spread out my circles I decided I needed something at the top and bottom of the page. I stamped my title and drew faux stitches around the edges of the paper pieces.
I have two circle-cutting devices - the Fiskars Shape Cutter and the Kreaxions Circle Cutter. They have their advantages and disadvantages and I couldn't have made this page without either of them. I used the Fiskars Shape Cutter for the photos and patterned paper. I can normally cut an accurate circle with it, but sometimes it does slip, and it is limited by the fixed sizes of the templates. In contrast, I can cut any size of circle with the Kreaxions Circle Cutter as it works like a pair of compasses with a blade in place of the pencil, BUT it leaves a small hole in the middle of the circle. I used this one to cut all the mats just a little larger than the fixed photo/paper sizes, and the holes are covered up.
Cardstock - Chartwell Studio, DCWV Neutral Stack
Paper - Basic Grey, Kit 'n' Craft, Sandylion and others
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink, Papermania
Paint - Folk Art
Fiskars Shape Cutter & Circles Template
Kreaxions Circle Cutter
Lakeland Background Stamp
Craft Creatives Alphabet Stamps