Sunday, 19 January 2014

Smile - it's The Craft Barn's Q & L Challenge

Hello again and welcome.

It's January - so it is time for a new challenge over at The Craft Barn.  This year it is the Quotes and Lyrics Challenge. Each fortnight the DT give a two word prompt and you have to find a quote or song lyric using either or both words and design a project using your chosen quote or lyric. If you want the full explanation go here. The current challenge words are "smile" and "up".

I've decided to make a quote book using a Daler Rowney hard-backed sketch book. My plan is to produce an Art Journal style book with my chosen quote on the left hand page and space to include additional quotes on the same theme on the right hand page.

For my first page I've chosen the word SMILE and this sweet little quote:

“There's enchantment in a smile, did you know?
Shall I prove in a wink that it is so?
Watch my mouth grin wide and see,
How quick your lips smile back at me!”

Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

I just liked the reminder of how irresistible something as simple as a smile can be.

The background is made using a technique I've borrowed from Vicky Papaioannou (see her YouTube video here - LOVE HER!). I've used some VERY old Papermania 12x12 stack papers cut in to rectangles and randomly stuck all over the page to create the textured background, and then two colours of acrylic paint (NOW I wish I had TH Distress Paints!) over the top, blended with a baby wipe.

I used an orange Posca paint pen to emphasise the joins between the paper rectangles and a little bit of Vintage Photo DI here and there too. I've inked Wild Honey (or Rusty Hinge - sorry can't remember which) DI over a Kaisercraft Doily template and stamped flowers and a Cactus Annie text stamp in Espresso Archival ink to add some extra interest in the background.

Showing the texture of the paper rectangle background

The letters are American Crafts Rootbeer Float Thickers (had these for years too - I'm making a BIG effort to USE MY STASH this year!).

I made the library card pocket from the same Papermania paper as the background and gave it the same inky treatment. (I downloaded the template from Ruth Ann Zaroff at Mirkwood Designs - she has loads of great printable templates)

My plan is to collect additional quotes on tags and store them in the library pocket - the quote I have already is a Paper Artsy stamp (HPXT04).

Well that's it from me, leave me a message so I know you came and I'll come to see how you're playing along soon...


  1. Lovely poem there and super page too. Great start to the year's challenge. BJ

  2. A fabulous layout and beautiful colours, love the quote you used and so true :)

  3. Beautiful background and I love your poem - so sweet and true!

  4. A lovely page, like that technique.

  5. Beautiful page and quote, love the little pocket to keep more quotes.

    Sylv xx

  6. Great page, love the background technique!! Hugs Frea

  7. Love you are going to use your stash, this is my aim too! Thanks for the inspiration on how you are keeping your quotes.

    Fantastic pages and love the colours and quote you have used :-) xxx

  8. Lovely background, nice warm colors

  9. Fantastic pages and what a great idea. My very favourite colours too! xx

  10. Visiting from The Craft Barn - what a fab technique. Your page turned out amazing! :o)

  11. Lovely technique to use old craft stash... I too need to make an effort!!!

  12. beautiful quote, and I love the page too.
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn.


Thanks for sharing your happy thoughts. Maisie Moonshine x

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