We’ve all heard it: ‘there is no such thing as a mistake in scrapbooking, only challenges’, but how often do we actually listen to ourselves? I was at a layout class a couple of weeks ago, and we were splattering India ink on the layout – the few drops of black ink to add a finishing touch, only one scrapper somehow tipped the bottle of India ink on her layout, causing a big black puddle! Someone watched her and screamed, so we went running to see what the disaster was, I suddenly saw the potential and picked up a straw and started blowing the ink to create spidery runs. It did look quite cool as it dried.
I decided this would be a perfect base for a layout using the new Imagine If… chipboard frames. I found a couple of very sweet pictures of me when I was tiny that worked in really well with the frames.
I started out by giving all the frames (including Ornate Frame, Rectangle Frames, and Hand Mirror Frames) I was using a wash with very watery gesso – I wanted a white base for the pale colours but I didn’t want brush marks. I then used Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays to colour the frames (we’d used some sprays and painted them onto the background in the class, so I was coordinating with these).
The original layout had canvas triangles, so I wanted to utilise some more of this. I cut some flowers with my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, crumpled them up, and layered two with a gold brad in the centre.
The last thing I needed was a title, and the space inside the large ornate frame was perfect for some white letter stickers.
I’m really pleased with the result, and it was quite a quick mixed media layout because the background was already done for me! So don’t throw away those ‘mistakes’, keep them and find a new way to use them!