Staying on track…

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Hi all,

Sharryn here today with something a little bit different.

Do you find it hard to step out of your comfort zone when scrapbooking? Do you have a tried and trusted style that you usually stick to no matter what? And do you often admire those that can pull off amazing styles that you could only dream about doing? If you’re anything like me the answer to these three questions will all be YES!!

With this month’s awesome Scrap FX Steampunk and Retro themes I thought I’d unleash that mixed media Inner Goddess I know is hiding there somewhere…and get creating something totally different. Combined with some older designs to keep with the theme I had in mind, I’m really glad I gave this mixed media thing a go.

I started with a blank, white cardstock background. After tearing some pieces of an old book I randomly glued them to the cardstock. I then grabbed some Washi tape and again, randomly placed torn strips of this over the cardstock as well. Once I was happy with the placement I scraped Gesso over the entire background with an old credit card. For the next layer I used the funky new Scrap FX Pipe Works Stencil as a template and sprayed it with Glimmer Mist. Using two more completely different coloured Glimmer Mists, I sprayed each one in a different corner of the page. I then added another layer with stamps.

Build up your mixed media background with book or music pages, Washi tapes, Gesso and stamps.

Now on to theme for the page. Lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with life in general and trying to keep on top of things. Some days it’s like treading water. I wanted to scrap a page about this for me to look back on when I feel the going is getting a little tough…just so I know I need to stay focussed and it will all work out in the end. But for now…I need to stay on track.

Using some of the gorgeous chipboard pieces from the Railway Station pack that I’ve been hoarding for quite a while ,some new Micro Cogs and a heap of different fabric textures I created a focal point cluster for my photo which I had cut down to size to fit in the amazing new Retro Flourish frame. I inked this with different coloured Distress inks to define the shapes within the larger shape.


Think outside the square when using chipboard embellishments and think of other ways to make them fit into your themed pages.

I reinforced the ‘keeping on track’ theme by using another piece from the Railway Station pack on another cluster on my layout:

I must say I really enjoyed getting the inks out for a play and trying something I usually wouldn’t. I’ll definitely be doing it again soon. Why not give another style of scrapping you admire a go? Who knows…you may just end up liking it.

Until next time…stay safe

Sharryn xx


2 Responses to “Staying on track…”

  1. Great design and fantastic work with chipboards!

  2. You know I love this! Great page!