cheese & chalk

7:25:00 PM

Ok so a bit more chalk than cheese...Here's a layout I did a while ago using some decorating chalks and stamped images, and lots of photos. I really like doing layouts in this portrait style to add a bit of variety to my albums. Here's a quick how to for creating accents using stamps and decorating chalks. If you have never tried your hand at it, it is really easy and you can create stunning effects. The arrow stamp was used to add some movement to the layout and coloured using chalks.
step 1: ink your stamp using a clear ink pad. I use Versamark for this. Lightly pat the ink pad onto the stamp. This ensures you have control of the ink and get an even layer of ink onto the rubber.
step 2: stamp the image onto your chosen cardstock. I used Arches Aquarelle from my local art supply store. **my favourite paper with a deckle edge!
step 3: colour the stamped image using your pixie applicators and chalks. Lift the chosen chalk colour using the pixie applicator and in small circular movements apply the colour onto your paper. To clean up the image around the edges, you can use an eraser. Use an artist fixative to spray the chalked images to set the colour permanently and prevent it from smudging.
Decorating chalks can also be used to colour stickers and ribbon. I used a sheet of American Crafts white stickers and coloured them using the same yellow as for the stamped image. Spray them with a thin layer of fixative to seal in the colour before using them. This is a great way to alter stickers to match your theme and colour scheme of your projects.
The coloured stickers worked much better with my layout colours than what the stark white colour would have.
Bar coded fonts add a quirky and fun element to your projects. You can download free bar code fonts from or search the web elsewhere for interesting fonts to use.
Inspired by Candice Greenway where I first saw her use real film strips on her layouts. Since most of us have taken the leap into the world of Digital SLR cameras, you may have some old film around the house that you can use. Or alternatively use those obsolete film negatives that have since be scanned and electronically indexed.
I used some of my all time favourite photos on this layout in black and white. The paper used are from Making Memories (text), Chatterbox (stripe & floral) & Crate (orange spot). Stickers American Crafts. Resin button KI Memories. Photo turns 7Gypsies. Other Photo corners, film strip and ribbon. Font Century Gothic.

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