Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Feeling

I still have a few NSD challenge pages to share here, but May isn't just about National Scrapbooking Day; there are plenty of other challenges too, and I need to share those before the end of the month.

We saw ELO at the O2 last month, and they were supported by The Feeling. Normally the support acts are groups that I've never heard of, but we know and like The Feeling so they merit a page in my 2016 scrapbook. I used Sketch 104 from Sketch-n-Scrap for my page, but I played with the paper layers a little. The combination of one large photo and three smaller ones also satisfies Mercy Tiara's May 27 day challenge to scrapbook at least three photos, one of which must be 4x6.

My photos have a purplish tint, and I wanted to match this in my papers, but few manufacturers use purple in their collections and the only piece that I had was much too bright. I decided to make my own, using inks and water 'smooshed' onto the paper with plastic packaging, and after four attempts I had something that I was happy to use.*

I downloaded the band's logo from the internet and manipulated it in the Silhouette software to make a cut file for my title; I cut it in black cardstock and backed the letters with a piece gutted from my background. My main journalling is on strips at the bottom, but I also wrote the songs from the set list around the edge of the right side of the page.

* Four attempts at my background paper:
Try 1 - The ink and water mix soaked into the paper too quickly, leading to uneven colouring and warped paper.
Try 2 - I applied gesso to the paper before the inks, but the brush marks were too obvious once I added colour, and the colour was still uneven.
Try 3 - I tried using acetate instead of plastic packaging, inking up a 12x12 sheet of acetate, and laying my paper over it so that the whole piece would be inked at once rather than one section at a time. This worked, and I will probably use the paper, but I'd used white paper throughout, and the white looked wrong with my other papers.
Try 4 - I repeated the 'ink the acetate' method with grey paper, and this is the piece I used.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - SEI Moravia, 7Gypsies Avignon
Puffy Stickers - Paperchase
Gems - from Stash
Ink & Mist - Docrafts

Silhouette Portrait
Big Shot & Sizzix Stars Die
Hobbycraft Star Punch
X-Cut Corner Punch


  1. Lol I loved that you were so particular with your smooshing Amanda! I would have just gone with the flow of the first one but then probably not liked the layout. Perhaps I should take a leaf out of your book and strive for perfection. I like The Feeling too, you got two for one at your concert then. xx

  2. This turned out so wonderfully well! LOVE your title work and your background work is just gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

  3. Great layout! I love how you did the title! Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

  4. This is such a fun layout! Way to keep at the background until you get something you like! It looks great! Thanks so much for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

  5. Great layout you shared with us here! Love it - and love the technique and glad that you got it just the way you like it! Thank you for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

  6. love it! I scrap concerts all the time and I love how you took their logo and manipulated it! fantastic!! thanks so much for sharing with us at Sketch N Scrap this month.