Tuesday, 25 March 2014


I'm still plodding my way through the Birthday Stash-a-Thon challenges from Scrap Our Stash, and wondering if I can complete them all by next Friday's deadline. This page was made for Challenge #8 which was to use gesso or textured paste on a page. I've seen some beautiful pages online where other people have achieved stunning effects with gesso, but whenever I try it I find that the page warps too much and I never like the results. With that in mind, I used a simple polka dot stencil to create an all-over pattern on cardstock as a basis for my page.

Once I had my textured background, there were no other requirements for the page so I turned to my list of sketches and picked 'Inspired By' Challenge #3 from Sketch-n-Scrap. In these challenges, a DT Member's page is interpreted to create a sketch. I just used the sketch and the page it came from as inspiration rather than sticking to it faithfully as is the case sometimes.  

Cardstock - Papermania
Paper - Studio Calico Snippets, Studio Calico Sundrifter, Studio Calico Atlantic, Dear Lizzy Neapolitan
Vellum - from Stash
Letters - American Crafts Thickers
Texture Paste - Farrell & Gold
Tag - American Crafts
Sticker - Studio Calico Snippets
Butterflies - Prima
Gems - Papermania

Dreamweaver Stencil - Background Dots
Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch
Woodware Postage Stamp Punch


  1. I don't like gesso either (I mean on MY pages, I love it on others' layouts !), but I love the way you used it in this clean and beautiful way ! You did a great job and your layout is very pretty. Thanks for playing along with us at Sketch-N-Scrap !

  2. LOVE your background, I too have not found a way to make it work so my pages don't warp....but this is just lovely! Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

  3. I just love the background Amanda, I thought it was a piece of polka dot paper to start with - awesome job. The photo is wonderful and such fun! Thanks for sharing your layout with us at Scrap Our Stash and Sketch N Scrap. xx

  4. I love your background! You met that challenge and our sketch challenge perfectly! Thank you for sharing with us at Sketch N Scrap!

  5. Wow, that textured page is awesome! Thanks for sharing with Sketch-N-Scrap!

  6. Love your background. Love the colors! Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap.

  7. Great job on the challenge! Love the background work! Thank you for playing along with us at Scrap our Stash!

  8. So much fun! Thanks for participating at Scrap Our Stash!

  9. great job on the challenge! Thanks for playing along with our Stash A Thon at Scrap our Stash!

  10. Well done on the challenge! Thanks for playing along in our Stash A Thon at SOS!