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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mystery in the (Concrete) Jungle

Hi everyone! Sharing with you my latest creation from my scrapbook room. Over at CSI we have a beautiful color scheme and as usual, I have used the amazingly beautiful Blue Fern Studios

I am entering this piece in the Blue Fern Studios January Sketch Challenge. There will be a lot of competition this month, so I am just hoping for the best. Their method of choosing is by a drawing, so we will see. Here is the sketch, by the amazing Michele Singh, who  creates many of the Blue Fern Studios collections! For this layout, I turned the sketch upside down. 

 Here is Michele's sketch: 

If you are familiar with my scrapbooking journey, you know that development of "my style" has been a long time coming. It has been in the last year, after a lot of fun experimentation that I achieved this goal. I love a classic, romantic look when choosing paper. A lot of fun work on the background paper is a must. Stamping, painting, texturizing and embossing on my backgrounds is the part I enjoy the most.

After the background is complete, I can add the lovely little elements from the collection. In the photo below, it is the sweet little cherub. I always purchase two pieces of paper so I can use one for fussy cutting. I use markers around the edges so no white shows. 
Then, I create a chipboard piece a little smaller than the piece that has been fussy cut. This gives the little cherub more stability so it doesn't get warped or damaged over the years in a scrapbook. 

The last step is to add the embellishments. I have recently discovered the brand new Blue Fern Studios Imagine Ink embossing powder. All you have to do is dab a little Ranger/Tim Holtz Perfect Medium on the chipboard, then sprinkle the powder onto the chipboard and heat. It's super easy! 


Blue Fern Studios paper (Blush
     collection/Cupid's Folly), chipboard,
     Imagine Ink (embossing powder) and stamps
Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste

Petaloo flowers
Prima Color Bloom Spray and mailbox 
Ranger Perfect Medium
Stampendous embossing products
StazOn ink
From my stash:

The journaling reads: 

Lee and Allie enjoy the fast pace of "the big city". When they visited Liz in Austin, they boated on Lake Travis and enjoyed the unique music on Sixth Street. One of the most enjoyable activities was to view the area that has been seen by millions... Grafiti Park at Castle Hills. It is a fun place to have your photo taken! The Concrete Jungle is alive and well! 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment. 


  1. Beautiful work Patty! I love the classic, romantic look too as well as vintage and Victorian. I think nowadays it's called Shabby Chic! With two boys, that style doesn't work too well. Lol So, I use it on heritage layouts or for other family members. Anyway, I love your layout! Hugs, Elizabeth

    1. Elizabeth, thank you for your kind words. I look forward to a return visit from you!

  2. Patty, the way you create your lovely backgrounds is amazing! So glad you enjoy using our products. Thank you for creating a layout for the Blue Fern Studios sketch challenge this month.

    1. Valerie, it is my treat to work with the Blue Fern Studios products. Looking forward to the February challenge!

  3. What a gorgeous page! Lots of cool techniques. I'm crazy over this collection! Just wait until you see the new ones coming up! Take care of that knee!

    1. Hi Sandi! Thanks for your thoughtful remarks. I am really looking forward to the upcoming new collections by BFS....guess you could say I'm hopelessly BFS obsessed.