Welcome to the Oh My Word! Blog Hop with Two Scrapbook Friends! You should have arrived here from Carolyn’s blog. Weren't you just wow'd by her project? If you didn’t, you might want to start at Two Scrapbook Friends, so you can read all about it and you won’t miss any of the great inspiration along the way!
My word for 2013 is… stretch. This is a word that sort of continues from my word last year, which was intention. Last year, I wanted to be intentional about some of my activities, with the hope of growing in them, and this year, I think for that growth to continue, I need to be willing to stretch - to extend myself beyond the boundaries in which I find myself comfortable. This applies to my creativity, but also to my spiritual life, and in the most practical sense, physically.
This is what I created…
On a piece of white cardstock, I scribbled with gelatos and then used water to move the colours around a bit. I then stamped repeatedly, and didn't get overly concerned about the precision of the stamping as much as the placement. The page is edged with black gelato for some depth.
After layering on some fun papers and embellishments from Fancy Pants, some washi covered Studio Calico wood elements, journaling and photo, this is what I created:
I thought I was done, but when I stepped away and returned, I knew I wasn't quite finished. I got the gelatos out and extended the watercolouring, and even found a way to flick some gelato onto the page. And then I added one more thing:
I know that as I stretch, or allow God to stretch me, I will be altered. I am expectant of that. To alter the metal charm, I covered it with gesso and then wiped it off, allowed it dry, and coloured it with - you guessed it, a gelato. It's a neat trick I shared in my gelato class on Wednesday night - if you want to apply gelatos to a slick surface, prepare the surface with a light coat of gesso first, and the gelato will easily find teeth on the gesso.
Here is the final version of this layout:
I think the metal charm made all the difference! I have a silver and gold gelato to giveaway to a lucky commenter and I'd love if you'd pin my layout to your Pinterest inspiration board (hint). See what happens when you stick with me all the way? And I promise to get your goodies to you early next week (with huge apologies to my last winner, who waited much too long for me to mail her winnings.)
So remember, in order to be entered to win:
1. Leave a comment on all the blogs as you go and then go back to the Two Scrapbook Friends blog and leave a final comment there.
2. To have a second chance to win, send YOUR special word that inspires you in 2013 in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "Blog Contest" in your subject line.
3. Create your own design based on your special word and upload it to our Gallery and Forum before February 28 at 11:58 pm, and receive 10 Forum Buttons towards gift certificates in the store!
4. Check back at the Two Scrapbook Friends Blog on January 22nd to see if you are the prize winner. (Winners will not be contacted personally.)
Be sure to stop be each on the following blogs and leave a comment! Enjoy the Hop :)