Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Dance like no one is watching ...

The Extrovert loves to pose.  Ask for a photo and out will pop a crazy pose, but always with his eyes closed!  The pose in this picture was one of his favourites on this trip and appears in more than one photo.  He is who he is, and we love him for it.  My inspiration for this layout was Shimelle's sketch for this week.

It was too square for my photo so I changed the embellishments to be circles as The Extrovert doesn't fit into a box, he is the round peg that will NEVER be square!

The best part about sketches is that they are so easily adapted, and Shimelle's always have plenty of scope for your imagination.  So here is my version of the sketch featuring The Extrovert outside the Rainforest Cafe in Disney Studios!

Basic Grey 'Dasher' papers
I used some old Basic Grey papers on this one.  It was a Christmas range, but only the colours said Christmas and red and green were perfect for this photo.  Parts of the circle paper were a bit too white for this layout so I inked bits and embossed with silver on random circles.  It helped give it a more masculine effect.

Instead of adding additional smaller photos I made one of the spaces an embellishment and the other is my journaling.  I wanted more of the silver to come through the layout so I embossed the edges of one of the layers.  I also did this to the red background piece.  I LOVE to emboss! Bits of wire finish off the tag.

The silver lacey strip was actually a cheap white gel sticker.  I alcohol inked it and now it looks expensive.  Isn't it wonderful to be able to change things!  I cut up old Prima 'Say it with studs' swirls and put the larger one at the bottom and a small one at the top to help balance it out.  The title is chipboard cut on my Cuttlebug using 'Hippie Chick'.

I knew the quote I wanted to use but couldn't remember it.  So I googled "dance like no one is watching" and up it popped.  I didn't know that it was a quote from Mark Twain but it summed up my feelings perfectly.  I printed it on a scrap of Bazzill.  Just a hint on using your scraps to print on.  First print it out on a regular sheet of printer paper.  Then take your scrap and stick it right on top of the printed design using double sided tape along the leading edge.  Then run it back through the printer and print it again.  The design will now print on your scrap!

I scrapped this layout years after the event and I wanted to leave my son a note from me.  It is actually under the jounaling block and becomes visible when you swivel the circle.  I signed and dated it so he will always know when I wrote it.  Looking back at photos always makes you think of other things to say.  I think that is why we should go back and scrap older photos again, but with a new take on them.  As we reflect back on things our point of view often changes.

Have a great week,


  1. Like what you did with this sketch

    The paper I used on my layout is from My Minds Eye, it is old paper, I have had it for a few years

  2. Hi Chipper, thanks for stopping by my Blog...I love the look of yours and have become a Follower!
    Love your take on Shimelle's sketch...and that you used one of the photo spaces for journalling!
    Alison xx

  3. This is brilliant. I love how you've used circles instead of the usual squares.

  4. The circles are great - and I agree about the journaling changing over the years, we remember different stuff or change our perspective

  5. Thanks for visiting. I am still undecided on Shimelle's sketch for this week. LOL. I might try tackling it on my day off on Tuesday :-)


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