The Paper Variety and LSNED

There’s a new challenge blog called The Paper Variety, and today I finished a layout for their second challenge. It’s a recipe challenge to use borders, autumnal colours, and inspiration from a movie for your title or journaling. Here’s my layout (click to enlarge):

I made a border for the whole page by making a crumpled paper frame. I took a 12×12 piece of Urban Rhapsody ‘Points of Interest’ flat paper by K&Co, cut an 8×8 square out of the middle, and then spritzed it all over with water. Then I gently crumpled it all up, and flatened it again a bit, shaping the paper how I wanted it to be when dry. I let it dry almost completely – then I finished it off with a with a heat gun! Once dry I handstiched it to a piece of ‘carob’ Bazill Basics using wool of the same shade as the hat in the photo. I quite liked the frame, but the page was a bit too brown, so I cut a thin strip off the edges of the carob cardstock and then mounted it onto pink Papermania cardstock, but you can’t see this very clearly in the pic as it’s only a narrow edge.
We’d been watching Mulan just before I saw the challenge so I used a quote from there: “The greatest gift, and honour, is having you for a daughter.” And as my daughter is wearing the hat that was a gift from Sian, I talked about this too – as it’s a treasure to know that there’s lovely geneous people out there in the world (and a lot of them are bloggers / crafters!)
You can see the challenge here, they have this fab kit up for grabs from The Treasure Box Club:
I also have some LSNED pages to show you, I’m catching up a bit, but still have a few to do! Click on any to enlarge:

Finally (blimey, I had a lot to show you today), my layout for my second Fiskarettes DT project:

Using lots of Fiskars stamps and inks, and their self-inking stamp press. If you want more details on how this was put together see here.

I shall try and post a couple more LSNED pages tomorrow! xx

  • I LOVE that border you made!!! The stitching is perfect, and love the flower!!! The LO with the stamps is awesome!!! What a great use of the stamps!

    September 25, 2010 at 1:08 am
  • A very eye-catching page. I love the crumpled paper look.

    September 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm
  • Love the crumpled paper and the journaling. Awesome layout. Thanks for playing with us at The Paper Variety.

    September 25, 2010 at 2:41 pm
  • Wow, what a lovely surprise! I’m so glad she has enjoyed her hat – I know I have certainly enjoyed your beautiful page today and it has made me think again how lucky I am to be part of the blogging world x

    September 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm
  • That is a great layout and I love the sentiment behind it!!! 🙂 You did a great job with the challenge!!!

    September 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm
  • Would never have thought of crumpling up wet paper to make a textured layout. What a lovely page!

    September 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm
  • i love the crumpled paper… it really adds such a lovely touch to your lo! thanks for playing along with us at TPV 🙂

    September 25, 2010 at 8:32 pm
  • Your style is so unique and ultra cool! I really enjoy all of your creativeness! I especially love your LSNED book! 🙂

    September 26, 2010 at 1:01 am
  • Gorgeous page, I love the crumpled paper too and great colours x

    September 26, 2010 at 10:00 am
  • Great techniques Jen, I like the last page with the different stamps. 🙂

    September 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm
  • Gorgeous layout! Love the crumpled paper technique. Good luck and thanks for joining The Paper Variety ! 🙂

    September 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm
  • Beautiful page, love all the distressing! Thanks for joining the fun at The Paper Variety! 🙂

    September 27, 2010 at 2:02 am
  • Anonymous

    ha, I will try out my thought, your post give me some good ideas, it’s really awesome, thanks.– Norman

    September 28, 2010 at 8:44 am

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