Tracey Mc Kee Guest Designer

Hey everyone, Tracey back with you again with my second layout as a part of my Guest Design team member shares for August.

When I began this layout, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, I just knew that I wanted to use some of the sticker rub-on embellishments from Heidi Swapp’s Wolf pack collection. These embellishments were round and I absolutely loved them, so I decided that I’d make them a feature of my layout. This is what made me choose to use the ‘Wheelie Fun‘ file from CUT to YOU.

I used a variety of paper from Wolf Pack collection, for my background, I decided to go with a creamy/grey grid design. I wanted to add some mixed media in the background, so I added some white gesso with a paintbrush and then softened the edges with my fingers. I used a range of blue inks to create the watercolour effect of this layout.

I liked the blue watercolour, but I wanted a bit more interest in the background, so using a Versamark pad I added some of the ‘bear prints’ to the background.  I heat embossed the bear prints with a metallic gunmetal grey embossing powder.  This is where I had some issues. The blue watercolour was still a bit damp in certain areas, even though I thought I had dried it properly, so when I added the powder to the stamped image, it also stuck to the damp areas around the Versamark.  This resulted in an ‘imperfect’ stamped image, but I’m okay with that as I feel it goes with the grungey feel of the collection anyway.

I then turned my attention to the cut file. As in my previous layout for CUT to YOU, I used ink blenders and a few different distress oxides to colour the cut file, which I just cut in white card stock.  The colours I used were, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire.

I stuck the file over the now properly dried background.  I chose these photos of my son outside cleaning up some dry branches as the Wolf Pack collection is very outdoors themed.  I matted these 3 photos on some plain kraft coloured card stock as I didn’t feel that they needed a lot of matting and I didn’t want paper layers to take away from the background and cut file.  When I finally decided how I wanted them positioned, I stuck them down and began adding some embellishments.

The Wolf Pack collection has some ‘DIY stickers’ to which you add rub-on phrases to whichever sticker you decide.  I added three of these to make a triangular line of focus, which pulls your eye down and across the page. I find these to be such a great idea!

I then added my title, ‘Adventure and Explore’, as it is exactly what my little guy is doing.  More attention was needed around the large circle phrases, so I had a look through the ephemera and added a few pieces, such as the rabbit which quotes ‘An outdoor life is a life well lived’, trees, some heart and other cute pieces. I finished the layout off with some puffy hearts around the three large circles.

I had such a great time designing these layouts to share with you all. The way these great cut files pull layouts together makes scrapping those memories so easy!
Thanks for having me CUT to YOU!

Tracey