Sunday, 20 February 2011

Tester Page

OK - this is a tester page. It's a layout using many different techniques and styles - a horrible mish-mash of things. I don't like it, but I wanted to try a lot of different approaches and I'd rather have one whole page I'm not happy with than seven pages which I mostly like but contain little bits I'm not happy with.

Some thingsI tried were mixing (if not matching) paper patterns, masking/misting, covering doilies with Cosmic Shimmer Mist, making flags with ribbon and sticks...

 ... heavy embossing on white-backed paper...

 ... lots of paper layering...

... building up layers on nice bought chipboard shapes (these ones from the Restoration collection)...

.... and painting and stamping on plain chipboard...

This page was a result of me editing a long document for many hours (days, in fact) and every now and then remembering this thing I once did called scrapbooking... and pining for a chance to stick and cut and stamp and paint, and then going totally overboard once I finished working on the document. Like a kid in a candy shop, you might say. So, I'm not happy with it (I didn't even give it a title), but I'm sharing it to show how important to me planning and spending time thinking about a page is. I actually made another layout straight afterwards, but it was one that had been brewing for a few weeks, and I'm infinitely happier with it. I'll share it in a fortnight or so, when the XOXO March challenge is up and running.


  1. i like it!!Love to have a lot to look at!!!
    Beautiful work in my eyes!!
    Have a nice day!!

  2. It is lovely, so much going on but in a good way, and it is part of you! x

  3. I just love the idea of a "getting it all over with at once" page. I like it - it's a feast for the eyes!

  4. Love the little ribbons on the sticks! It's great to just experiment with a million different techniques at once because it's guaranteed you'll love your the next page since you'll know what it was about this one that you didn't like. Love the layering and detail on this one but I think the diamond patterned background paper is probably what throws the layers off. Not matching prints is a GREAT idea- will have to try that myself.

  5. It's a unusual style, but it's not bad! Lots of things to look at!

  6. I gotta tell you that I am so jealous! You have mastered the layering, which is something that I find very hard to do. I love all the eye candy that you have included and you should be very proud of your creation!!

  7. It's different!! a lot's of thing to look at! I'm your new follower. Love your sketch, I was late with the page but I don't feel fine. Have a nice day!

  8. i loves it!!!!! :) i think it's amazing!! So much to look at and the colours are great :)
    Nat xxoxox

  9. I like the fact that you showed us :) ... and to be honest, I actually like the page, but what I like more is the fact you did a tester page, and played all on one layout and with lots of different techniques.