Sunday, January 27, 2013

Finger Painting - Basic Grey Sketch

Thought I would try out this week's Basic Grey sketch since it's a two pager, and I have a lot of photos to scrap.

These are from September, Carina was trying out one of her birthday party gifts.  Carina is not particularly neat or precise when it comes to crafting, so it was funny to see her trying these paints out.  She was being so careful....eventually she warmed up to them, and made a big old mess, which of course I didn't manage to photograph.

I stayed pretty true to the sketch here, although I eliminated some of the 'fussy' elements.  I didn't have a ton of time to spend on this layout, and when that's the case I like to kind of strip the sketch down to the bare bones. 

I'm using Basic Grey's Max and Whisker's collection, using mostly the 'b' sides of the paper.  They have this great painted look which I thought was perfect for the event being scrapped, and I really loved that bright bold orange.  The sticker embellishments are from BG's Konnichiwa collection.

I didn't want the layout to be too plain, but like I said, I was pressed for time, so I added just a few details that are easy to do and don't take long:

1) Used a sponge tool to add some Cocoa ink to the corners/right and left sides of the layout.  Then I used a brush and water to spread the ink out a little.  It softened the white base to make it a little less stark, plus it kind of mimics the brush strokes in the patterned paper.

2) I added a bit of stitching, nothing complicated, just a little bit, which ended up being a lot more subtle than I planned because when I started stitching I realized I had gray rather than white thread in the machine, and I was too lazy to fix it. 

3) I used one of my handcarved stamps for the journaling spot in the right hand corner.

That's all for today.  Hope your weekend is going well!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Basic Grey - Max and Whiskers collection; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock
Stamps:  Handcarved frame stamp
Ink:  CTMH - Cocoa
Other:  Basic Grey - Max and Whiskers collection alphas, Konnichiwa sticker sheet; CTMH - Texture tools, dimensional foam tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Sewing Machine


  1. What a great layout, Miriam. Love the stamping that you have incorporated into this adorable memory! Fabulous job.

  2. Wow, that's one of your hand-carved stamps? It's so cool! Your layout is super cute. The pictures are adorable...she is the cutest!

  3. Really fun layout Miriam, I love the banners and the journalling is cute too! Subtle but great effect with the sponging too, really warms up the pages and stops them being too stark!

  4. great minds indeed! ;)
    i love these colors and they are perfect for highlighting your little one's creative efforts.
    She is beautiful!!!

  5. This is BEAUTIFUL! I love love love the colors, the photos and TOTALLY LOVE your handwriting!!

  6. I just love those sketches, and your teal and orange palette is delicious!

  7. a double page yeah!
    It's beautiful Miriam.
    the flow of the story is perfect!

    Thank you~

  8. Love it! Sometimes the BG sketches, while totally amazing, intimidate me because of all the "fussy" elements. It's nice to see how pare it down a bit and still have a gorgeous LO!

  9. That is one fine-looking stamp you carved, Miriam! Great blue and orange combo too!