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Monday, February 29, 2016

Watercolour Background

Hi everyone!

I'm playing on the Round Robin team at Swirlydoos again this month and decided to go out of my comfort zone, and create my own background for my layout.  It ended up being great fun!

I was inspired by both my team-mate that I was following, who had done a lot of splatter painting on her layout, as well as a new challenge blog that started this month called Creative Carte Blanche.  Their challenge this month was "to try something you've never done before."

Soooo, taking a big breath.... I began with a piece of chipboard, some molding paste, and a 12x12 Prima stencil.

I added a few areas of crackle paste, then painted all over with gesso.

I picked my papers, "Secret Letters" by 13 Arts and used coordinating watercolours to paint my background.  It looked very grungy and cool.

To finish the layout, I followed the "sketch" of my previous teammates.  We also had challenge requirements of doing things in "twos", using the colour red, and having a heart on the layout... so that determined how I added my flowers and embellishments. 

This bow is a die from Tattered Lace that I painted here and there with 13 Arts Pink Glitter Ayeeda Ink.

The heart is the Spellbinders "Lovin' Diamonds" die.

The pretty doily die is the "Eastern Star" by Cherry Lynn.

The butterfly was cut from the 13 Arts paper and embellished with bling from my stash.

Thank you to the group over at Creative Carte Blanche for their inspiration to try something new!  
I would encourage you to check them out!!

Thank you also to my team mates Hanne, Jan, and Cheryl at Swirlydoos... I was so lucky to get to follow them all and be inspired by their creations!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!


  1. Hi Linda! I really really like your scrapbook page! I love that you are showing everyone that scrapbooking can also be mixed media and it adds so much more of your personality to your work! Love your background. The embossed flowers and the blended colors make a beautiful "canvas" for your lovely photographs and the added embellishments. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Creative Carte Blanche.

  2. Fabulous scrapbook page! It is wonderful to see a background background layout created from "scratch" with paints! All those lovely dies add so much - a job extremely well done! Thanks for joining us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  3. I adore that background!! Wow. I just love how the whole thing turned out. Simply stunning! I'm so happy to have you join us at Creative Carte Blanche. See you again for the next challenge.

  4. SO pretty! Your background is stunning!!

  5. What a beautiful page, Linda! You've made it a work of art and achieved what can be difficult with decorated pages in that it enhances your photos but doesn't overwhelm them. Beautifully done!

  6. Linda, your background beats ANY pre-printed paper! It's GORGEOUS!!! Those soft colors and texture are the perfect, elegant background for the photos. We're just delighted you shared it with us at Creative Carte Blanche.

  7. Love this background Linda...Gorgeousness!!!