Thursday, January 10, 2008


This is my latest layout titled "Inside". It's a layout about how I felt about Chloe in my life. I've challenge myself to create this layout using only a piece of card stock, the photograph and some inks, pens, embossing powders, chalks and paints. Totally no pattern papers, embellishments or stamps. I must admit that it's a very difficult challenge for me as I love to heavily embellished all my layouts, definitely some stampings on them and I'm not good at all in doodling.

The title for this layout actually came from a different perspective of my view towards that photograph of Chloe. That photograph tells me she has so much to offer in my life and had always taught me so many things that I would never had imagined. Therefore, I've came up with the title "Inside".

Some of my blog readers had actually request me to come up with a very clear step by step pictures and explanations for some of my layouts. Therefore, 'm trying to do this for the first time with this layout. Since it's a special challenge to me, I would liked to share this in detail.

Here are the steps:

1. First of I've used the scissors distressing technique on the edges of my background card stock and inked it with distress ink (tea dye and vintage photo).

2. Then I've hand doodled a flower and some flourishes on the lower right corner of the page.

3. Later, I've used some distress ink (black soot, frayed burlap) to swipe on the surface of the page to create a further distress look.

4. I've used the
"Masking to Create a Journaling Space" technique to create the scroll for journaling.

5. Then I've used the
"Embossed to Distress" technique to further distress the page.

6. I've then attached my photograph on the layout and used the
"Masking to Create a Distressed Border" technique to create a frame or border for my photograph.

7. Later, I've used the
"Steel Ruler Distressing (II)" to create a more distressed border on my photograph.

8. Lastly, I've used the
"Paint to Distress" technique to do my last distressing on the layout.

All these distressing techniques had added so much depths and character to this layout. Finally, I've added some chalking around my doodled flower, write my journaling and title.

I'm really glad that I've finished with this challenge and it has inspired me to so many more new techniques. It's definitely an adventure and achievement for me. Hope you all like this layout too!

Sources: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Ink: Tim Holtz's Distress Ink and Tsukineko VersaMagic Fluid Chalks, Acrylic Paint: Making Memories, Others: Tim Holtz's Distress Embossing Powders, Zig Memory System pen


ulrika_m said...

This layout is absolutely gorgeus! I can't wait to try some/all of your distressing techniques. Maybe I should invest in a few more distress inks. Thank you so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing your latest layout and for taking the time to show us all the steps taken to create yet another masterpiece. It is 9am in England and I want to rush home from work and get my inks out! You inspire us all, thank you.
Kate, Somerset UK

~KRISTY~ said...


Colleen said...

You are so very talented and have a great eye for beauty. Thank you for your inspiration.

Jenna Franklin said...

Just when I thought I couldn't be any more HAND doodled all that??? OMG. That's all I have to say, lol! I think we need a "staff meeting" so we can all get together and play!

ceruleanblue said...

Wow! gorgeous LO, I'm definitely going to get me some Tim Holtz things now - I had some in my virtual shopping basket yesterday, but thought I wouldn't know what to do with them, but your techniques are amazing, just the sort of thing I would like to do.

Thanks for sharing this with us. I'll definitely be back to visit you again for more inspiration

Kelly said...

This is really beautiful and demonstrates some techniques I'd like to try in my own non scrapbook projects. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

As always beyond beautiful! I wish that english was my first language, because it´s difficult to express all that beauty you share. Just love the things you do.
You make me happy =O) THANKS!

2 Worlds said...

wonderful layouts

LaY hOoN said...

It's really a challenge...without using patterned paper and embellishment!
Really want to try all the techniques here !
It's so fun to follow your blog, all you share for us here is all about techniques. Thanks for sharing such detailed instruction :)

Karin said...

This layout is great! Thanks for showing your techniques. I would really like to try something.
Regards from Sweden

Susie Gray said...

I am totally in awe of this piece, Irene! Its absolutely breath taking! I love the hand doodled flower its gorgeous and the whole challenge its self goes to show what an awesome and artisic person you are! Thanks forchallenging yourself so that others can follow!

ULLA said...

I say the same as Jenna, Have you hand-doodled all that???? It´s soooo beautiful. Thanks for yor inspiration, I must test the ink....

Anonymous said...

You say you are 'no good at doodling'??????? What do you consider GOOD then???? Amazing work - and those doodles I would LOVE to have! You need to create doodles to sell (or hey, give to us!) I will take your practices! Wonderful layout - as always!

As The World Scraps said...

someone over @ told us about your work... I am floored! These are simply gorgeous :) Thank you for sharing your art.

Reg said...

Irene---your doodling is too-die-for!! It is soo pretty! You need to make a stamp out of it!
Thanks for the great technique tips! I am adding you to my fave blogs!! :):)

Shere said...

Wow, I literally gasped when I saw this lo. Beautiful. I stumbled upon your blog and am so glad to have found you. TFS the techniques!

Tania said...

Wow, this is soooo great! I first thought it was a digi-LO! But this is 'real'. Thanks for showing us how you made this wonderful piece!

Dawn said...

Absolutely stunning!! You have really outdone yourself Irene!! Beautiful! :)

Ying Pang, said...

Irene, you made another GREAT job ! I can't find any word to describe it, it just's a "wow" from me !! Yes you should make some stamp from your's so beautiful ! Thank you very much for sharing with us!
How about the job you told me last time ?

Natasha said...

I just want to say thank you for sharing your wonderful and inspiring work.

Gnomes said...

This is just amzing love this LO and your amazing tecniques I feel inspired!!!

Pia said...

ooohhhh. I love all your layouts, and all the tips and showing of how you make them step by step inspire me to try them on my own LO´s. I just made a layout inspired by our work.
Please wisit my blog and se my first LO that I made after visiting your blog. (It´s called aka)

Thank you for sharing!

I´m really glad I found your blog! I havn´t seen any other blog like yours!!! I Love It!!!

Free Spirit said...

love the step by step tutorial but cannot see the layout. Can you send me the link to see the pic. It is the distressed layout out for publication. Thanks hon !

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh... love this page... you are such a great teacher, lots to learn and easy to follow... base on this page, I am going to give it a go, hope you don't mind...

Thanks so much for those awesome step by step instruction. Thanks for sharing.



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