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January 28, 2011


You may have read her story but did you actually see Heather's layout a few days ago? Little glitch in Blogger so here is the story again and her picture to go along with it (keeping fingers crossed!). This is one you really need to see, promise!

I thought this sounded like a pretty cool challenge when Groovy Deb first issued it to the design team. However, the more I tried to work on it, the more I struggled. I tried several different things under my base white paper with no luck. I put masks underneath, some cardboard, and a few other things, but hey, I won't bore you! I thought about using a cuttlebug embossing plate but then remembered that someone else had already done that. I wanted something original. Ok, I thought, I will cut something from my cricut and use that! Still couldn't think of the perfect thing that I wanted though!

Finally, it hit me . . . or a friend did I should say!!! She suggested that I cut something out with my cuttlebug - like my gears - and use that! And THAT is just what I did!!!

I cut out several of the gears from the Sizzix Tim Holtz die cut using my cuttlebug. I then layered them, as well as the negatives, under my base paper. After that, (admission here) I used 3 different colors of colored pencils (gray, silver and black) to do the rubbing. I loved it!! I then ripped the edges of the paper off and inked them with Tim Holtz Black Soot distress ink and attached to a black piece of cardstock. I mounted the picture on some black cardstock and ripped the edges of that paper also. I used the (you guessed it . . .) Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to put staples in one corner of the layout, as well as all around the picture. Then I glimmer misted some of the cut out gears and added some Tim Holtz and 7 Gypsies metal gears. Last thing I did was add my title using some leftover Thickers for "Gears" and Studio 112 stickers for "The . . . Are Always Turning" and his name and date.

I was super pleased at how this B&W layout turned out, as well as the crayon (colored pencil! ;) ) rubbing turned out!


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