Good morning again. This month I haven't been making too many layouts. I am participating in a challenge at Scrappin'-n-Chattin' to make a Christmas card everyday. It's been a lot of fun and I am really liking the cards I have made. I will probably do a couple of posts in a day or so to show everyone what I have been creating. So between that and gardening, work, the dogs - life, I haven't had a whole lot of scrapping time. I hope to take some more time off from work real soon and get a lot more done.
But it's Sunday and time for a new challenge at Lasting Memories. Our Challenge this week is to add distressing to your layout. There are a number of distressing techniques/tools out there. Karen included a few videos on the blog to get everyone started.
For my layout I followed this week's sketch at Sketches in Thyme. I love the versatility of this sketch.
For my distressing, I tore both of the papers I used for the photo mat. On the cream colored layer, I inked the edges as well and also inked a bit on the mat itself. I also stamped a saying on the cream paper. I had won a stamp set from my friend Brenda's blog. It's a new set from K Andrew Designs. The set is Freedom Isn't Free. She has a lot of wonderful stamps set. Be sure to check them all out. The large star embellishments on the page came from Tessa at Precocious Paper. She also inked the stars for a bit of a distressed look. I knew when I saw these stars in her store that I had to have them to create a page for my son David. Check out Tessa's Etsy shop. She has a lots of wonderful flowers and embellishments.
The photo in this layout is just a random photo that David posted while he was in Iraq. Of course I grabbed it to make a page.
I am also using this layout for one of the challenges this month at Scrappin'-n-Chattin' - Torn Paper. And I am also entering this page into this week's challenge at Frosted Designs to use a quote on the page. The stamp I used says "Serving Proudly. Standing Tall."
Make sure you check out the wonderful pages the design team came up with. I hope that you will try some distressing this week and share a page with us.