Monday, August 31, 2015

Explore - Came to a Fork In the Road... Scrapbook Plaque

I Came To A Fork In the Trail....
I Took The Path Less Traveled...
It Made All the Difference. 
Robert Frost (paraphrased)

Here at the ranch we have a trail that has this exact quote. You see it as you walk along. The first sign is at the fork in the trail!


Years ago... when we first came to the ranch... I painted a LOT of silly little word signs and signs to identify some of our landmarks/buildings. Here are some examples: 





So when I saw the SATW Mood Board August 2015 from SCRAP AROUND THE WORLD, I knew I wanted to scrap my pictures of our walking/riding trail.  This is "A Tranquil Travelers Mood Board".  Trust me... you won't find a more tranquil place and you travel around the many acres of trails on the ranch. We have folks that go out tenting and travel around on the acreage for several days on foot, on bicycles and in buggies.  My project uses the following things from the mood board: the trail signs, the bicycle, the color scheme, the vintage/nostalgic quality, a quote as well as the word Explore!  My project also used some of the textures on the mood board: wood, metal, paper, rust and in place of sand... I added plant life from the ranch!




Hubby prepared a piece of cedar from a dead tree here at the ranch. I added a 12x12 piece of burlap on top of the cedar back. 


Then began building my page with paper from 7 Dots Studio - Cloudy Nature Walk.

To the paper I used a Kaisercraft Stencil - Leaves with Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste. 



When it was dry I began adding some Ranger Distress Ink Gathered Twigs and Rusty Hinge into the wonderful cracks. 



In order to highlight around the leaves - I gently added Silks Acrylics: Golden Monarch, Spiced Pumpkin, Moss Green and Autumn Leaf. I also used the Autumn Leaf on various other items throughout the layout because it gives that rustic look that is perfect. It is my favorite Silks color and I think I have them all!!!  




I used an Iced Blue Faber Castell Big Brush Pen to go around the leaves to bring in some of the blue color in the mood board.  In this picture the left side does not have the Iced Blue yet! 




Around the edges I used Ranger French Ultramarine and Walnut Stain Archival Ink .  The finished page was soooo pretty I didn't want to add anything to it!




Another piece of cedar made the back for my trail photo. There were also some small cedar pieces behind the quotes. 




Next came the branches - again - all from the nature trail! 




Lots of dried flowers - well... weeds.... are always hanging out in my studio. They were so fun to use on this project and the colors were a great match for the mood board too. 




Here is a close up of the photo hubby took of the sign on the trial.  The majority of folks like walking on the trails best but we do have four bikes that are regularly used too. 




I made the directions sign with my Vagabond using the 4x4 Sign Die from Quickutz.  It took me awhile to decide what to put on the direction signs! In the end, I thought it should be something "fun" but a bit tough to decide. For me... it would depend on my mood at the time I came to the sign.  And I think I might have to come back and try all four trails. The "take risks" would be hardest for me!  

I again used Ranger Distress Inks to color the direction sign. It was cut out of grunge board.  I also used Tim Holtz Idea-ology "Small Talk Stickers" for the choice of directions!




The deer is also a die cut but I do not know the source. Around the deer is a butterfly, a dragonfly, some metal and paper leaves. The paper leaves were die cut with the Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Flower Garden Dies. 




You are seeing a photo of  the actual signs I painted for the trail - I just cut them out to make them look like signs!  Here is what the original photo looked like!









I wish the pictures were better so you could see all the creatures hanging out on the trail. Look closely - there is an owl and a rabbit here along with the metal butterfly and a metal leaf.  





There are Prima Fabric Leaves throughout the piece as well as metal and real leaves.











Thanks for taking a trip down the trail with me.  
Having you here helps to assure me I'm on the right path!!!  
Hugs.j. 

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Thanks bunches for the opportunity to participate in the following fabulous challenges! 

Scrap Around the World

August 2015 Challenge 28 by Jaya Raghuvanshi
A Tranquil Traveller's Mood Board

This is "A Tranquil Travelers Mood Board".  Trust me... you won't find a more tranquil place and you travel around the many acres of trails on the ranch.  We have folks that go out tenting and travel around on the acreage for several days on foot, on bicycles and in buggies. My project uses the following things from the mood board: the trail signs, the bicycle, the color scheme, the vintage/nostalgic quality, a quote as well as the word Explore!  My project also used some of the textures on the mood board: wood, metal, paper, rust and in place of sand... I added plant life from the ranch!

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Mixed Media Place


I used Finnabair's 'Flames of Love' Art Recipe such as molding paste, crackle paste, gesso, matte gel, found objects, metals and silks acrylic glazes too!

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A Vintage Journey
August 2015 Challenge
by Anne

My project includes several of Tim's products and techniques as well as: Butterflies, Dragonflies and even an Owl! 

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10 comments:

  1. Wow....you ALWAYS blow me away with your creativity....it's looking like a sorta paradise where you live! And the little woodland critters on your 'canvas'....well, they are totally GORGEOUS:):)

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  2. The quote is from one of my favourite poems, so you already had me at the beginning! I love your trail signs both in the actual woods and on the page. Amazing work creating depth and texture, and I just love how all the nature elements frame the photograph.
    Alison xx

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  3. It is a fantastic quote and I love how you have it around your ranch for visitors to see! I can just image how beautiful that cedar plank smells.. I love cedar! The crackle is fantastic and the colours you added give them such depth, thank you for pointing out the lovely owl, otherwise I might have missed him! This is a fabulous piece of art! Thanks so much for joining in our Things with Wings challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne x

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  4. This is truly a work of art! I just love the dimension you've created and the obvious love for nature you've showcased! That little bunny is such a lovely touch! Great job!

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  5. Amazing project, loving how you gathered your inspiration and transferred it onto this beautiful piece of wood and what an amazing background.
    Thanks for joining in the challenge at A Vintage Journey and good luck.
    Julie x

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  6. What a gorgeous piece Joi!!
    I loved it the very first when you used the leaves through the stencil and from there- WOW!
    Thank you so much for sharing your fun photo signs with us! What a beautiful place you call home!
    huge hugs! xo

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  7. Your background work is stunning with all its detail and textures! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

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  8. This is really amazing and I would love to walk around on your ranch!
    Thanks for joining our Creative Gym challenge at Mixed Media Place!

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  9. very very cool project. so original. Loved it.
    Mayoori

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  10. Really cool! Loving all the textures! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place's challenge!

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Your comments are dear to me. My reply button still isn't fixed so..... thanks bunches and bunches. XXj.