Do you ever find a really great photo that is begging to be scrapbooked but for some reason you can’t quite seem to find the perfect way to scrap it. This is exactly what happened with this photo of Craig playing poker. It is an awesome photo taken my my friend Sarah, and I love the positioning of the camera and the angles it has created in the photo, but the colour is a little off, too yellowy and this bothered me more than I cared to admit. And so this poor photo seemed to take up a permanent residence in my ‘waiting to be scrapped tub’. Many times I pulled it from the tub, looked at it and put it back, and in my head I get strange visions of the Claw machine in toy story where all the little aliens are shouting, oh pick me, pick me’. Well i finally picked up the poker picture.
Mini mister + alcohol inks +scrap paper & scissors = perfect combination for making a masked design, with a masculine edge ( which is a fancy way of saying that I had fun whilst making a mess). I cut out a heart, diamond, club and spade shape and stuck this to the cardstock using repositionable tape runner, then sprayed inky water over the masked design. I was really pleased with the result and would definitely recommend this technique to anyone who hasn’t given it a go yet. But you better not do it on a fancy dining table unless you have plenty of old newspapers handy.
I used some papers from my Teresa Collins stash, as they supported my red and black colour theme and also had a grungy edge to them, and in all honesty there wasn’t much else to this layout. The chipboard letters are from Basic Grey and I decided to leave these raw so as to not detract from the photo, but I added a little pop of colour by using a red heart brad in the middle of the letter O (except I cut off the legs and mounting him with a pop dot). The tags are from making memories and the postmark is a rub on from 7 gypsies, and the hand is a printed chipboard piece from Bisous. The journaling stamp is from Prima marketing (i love it to bits by the way) and the red diamonds is a stamp that was a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine last year some time, stamped using fired brick distressing ink.
Although I suck at Poker, I think I win with this layout, as I’m really happy with the end result, even if I did wait a year or two to scrap the picture.