September 24, 2011

September Challenge by Christy

When most people think of a grid design in scrapbooking, they tend to think of photos and papers evenly aligned. Yet here I was, painting wayward lines in a grid pattern on a piece of cardstock. The lines came first, and then came the photo. I began placing page elements around it...some floating free, other held fast with a bit of hand stitching. The placement is sort of haphazard with a plan. Fussycut items are anchored to the grid while the eye flows across it. The page reminds me of how my cat was rolling across the rug...and I hope it gives a sense of motion as you view it. I myself can see him now, wiggling and moving, pausing just long enough to shoot me that imploring look.

We R Memory Keepers papers- grandma's kitchen
K and company yellow frames- cut apart
acrylic paint
dmc floss
Kiasercraft tiny type alphas
Pink Paislee alphas
Colorbox chestnut roan ink

  In the making of this page, I have come to realize two things. 1. I almost  never use a frame as a frame. I almost always cut it apart. Sometime earlier this year, I came to the realization that I am allowed to alter and use the items in my stash as I want to. So if there is something in your stash, like a frame, and you want to cut it apart or change the colour of it, go for it! 2. One of my favourite tools is my hole punch. Yep, just a cheap school supply style hole punch! It works wonders on many pages. In this case, I punched out tiny stars from the patterned paper and sprinkled them on my page.

There is still plenty of time for you to try out the grid challenge at Scrap Our Stash. We would love to see your work, and you could win a spot on our Guest Design Team!  See all the details HERE!


  1. I love the way you painted the grid. It makes for a very cool look.

  2. Great idea of using the paint as your grid.., and thanks for the tips on using embelishments in unexpected ways...

  3. I love the freedom and simplicity of your painted grid!! Very creative idea. Why is it that I never think of things like this!? lol Expect to see a painted grid like this on one of my layouts in the future....isn't copying your idea the sincerest form of flattery??!! lol hug, Stacy

  4. thank you for the compliments! I love that you want to lift the painted grid, Stacy. I am looking forward to seeing your page!