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A while ago I bought this gorgeous Mother Goose paper from Graphic 45 who do lovely vintage themed papers. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but last night my baby was sleeping well so I thought it was time to do a full page scrap. When I saw that the paper said “Bedtime Story” it sparked an idea as I remembered I had a great photo of DH reading bedtime stories to my son with DD propped up in there as though she was understanding every word. I like this photo so much I thought it deserved it’s own spread. It’s nice to know in years to come it will remind my children that their father used to read to them. Funny the things we photograph these digital days that we never would have thought to in the old days. What wouldn’t you give to have a photo of your parents reading to you as a child?
Here is the strip of Mother Goose paper from Graphic 45 that I cut out to act as a kind of ground in my layout. I also cut out the line of nursery rhyme stamps.
These new mini distress inks are so cute and I love how portable they are and the fact that they stack up and click together. I tried a bit of Blue China around the vignette around the edges of my photo using a blending applicator tool with a foam pad to tie the photo into the background and then added a little of the Black Soot from the mini ink pad over top of the vignette.
And then I used my new Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer which was just released at CHA and is a bit like a manual air brush. It’s pretty cool but I hadn’t got the hang of it at this stage. I was quite happy with this one cloud I made then couldn’t replicate it to get another. Today I found out I was holding the thing on the wrong angle which is why I was having such difficulty. You have to have the air directed almost straight down at the paper so I’m going to have another go at it tonight. There is a white galaxy marker in the spritzer shown in the photo, that gave me the white over top of the Broken China ink on architects paper for some of the clouds. I also used silver spritzed on blue American Crafts card stock to quite good effect. So I made some little clouds and layered them up with dimensional tape and the hardest thing was deciding which order to put the clouds in.