Sunday, 20 September 2015

7 Dots Studio Challenge Sep/Oct - Frame it!
'Unique & Free' Layout

Hello Everyone!  Time for a new challenge at 7 Dots Studio!!  This time the theme is
 FRAME IT & you can interpret this any way you like.  Although I did not add any
'literal' frames to my project I kept the theme in mind the whole time I was 
creating & tried to 'frame' my photos within the centre of my page, using
stamps, drywall tape, stickers & die-cut elements.

I used white cardstock as my base, which I love to do, but often don't because, 
crazy fact, white cardstock is THE most difficult to get hold of here in South
Africa :/  The photos are several years old & depict my son & his then best
friend, graffitiing our back wall.  My son went through a phase where he
loved graffiti art so of course I encouraged it & gave him his own wall!

I used elements from the Illumination Collection HERE as they are black & match
with everything!  I used stickers from the Soulmates Collection HERE because 
they are a neutral stone colour so also great to match with many colourways!

I used Tsukineko Liquid Black ink because it is very dark & matt so very striking!
I used stamps from various 7 Dots Studio Collections as their stamps are really
awesome!  I used the text stamp from the Soulmates Collection HERE 
because text stamps ALWAYS grab my attention - I just LOVE them -
 & they kind of go with the graffiti/self-expression theme. 

 I also used some background stamps from the Illumination Collection HERE
& I also added a lovely big flair from the Destination Unknown Collection
HERE.  Apart from 7 Dots Studio Elements & ink splats I also added
some dry wall tape, staples & some pre-misted cardstock.

I'm preferring flatter layouts generally these days so haven't added
 any bulky embellishments.  I also hand-journalled the story on some
more pre-misted cardstock (I keep it when I'm testing my mist colours!)

I hope that you will join in the challenge by entering ANY project using at least 
ONE 7 Dots Studio product.  There is always one great prize for the merit winner!

You can view all the 7 Dots Studio products on their website HERE & order directly 
from them or one of their retailers, for example The Flying Unicorn in the USA.

Thanks so much for your visit today!


Lili Sulastri said...

Awesome layout.

Heather McMahon said...

Oh wow Helen - I can see your son inherited your creative genes! Fabulous artwork from both of you! Love this.

Lizzy Hill said...

Love the way you've got grunge and brights all mixed up in here! Looks does the drywall tape:):) And yep, white cardstock can be tricky to find even here at times. Too popular, that's the problem!!!

Ульяна и Полина said...


Mitralee said...

THAT just made me happy! I always knew you were a cool Mom, this means you are a SUPER COOL MOM letting them do that! Awesome layout! Love that you brought this story into it! Rock star!

Mitralee said...

And would it be bad to say I have a huge block of oversize white cardstock that the kid brought home from the Art room as it was donated...I've been dipping into that...I have to cut it up myself, but it's like a block of it...I know, stop teasing!

Annie Claxton said...

What a fabulous page Helen, I totally love it - such a fun style and perfectly suited to show off those pics! :o)xxx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is soooooooooo fun! LOVING the photos, the layers and all the stars!!!!!!!!!!

Debbie Standard said...

Love this Helen! Fabulous design and style here! Love all the blasts of color and the layering!

Sanderijn de Bruin said...

Really awesome layout Helen! So full of color and details! Love the black die cuts from 7 dots you've added!

Kathy Bradley said...

Your page is beautiful and happy - I love the photos of your adorable son (all of your kids are so photogenic). Strangely enough, I think my fav thing on this layout is the hand journaling on the cardstock you used for mist testing. I love that!

langeatheart said...

Love this page! So colorful! What an amazing mom you are to give him his own wall to create on!!! Love how you incorporated the framing task into your page! Awesome! <3 <3

Margaret Mifsud said...

A fabulous bright and fun page .. so cool!! You certainly are an amazing Mum letting your kids graffiti your walls and they did it so well too. Gorgeous colours and love how you 'framed' your photos without actually framing them .. love it!! xx

Deena said...

Such and Fun and bright layout love it