Monday, August 27, 2012

This is So NOT Distressing!

Oh look, here's that adorable little dog Simon, once again! You know why he stops by every Monday? To remind you that you have a chance to win $50 from simonsaysstamp.com, that's why! How cool is that? Winners are randomly chosen each week. Just head on over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge blog for all the details.

This week, we are pulling a bit of inspiration from Tim Holtz's Summer Distress colors. Don't have this set? Not to worry! You can use the colors as inspiration, or simply as a jumping off point to see where your creativity takes you. All the details are here. Although, I must say these inks would be a worthy addition to your collection!

The first thing I do when I get any new ink, is just play. You can see evidence of that below:
After blotting, blending, rubbing and spritzing... I decided my scrap pieces were too pretty to just toss in the bin, so off I went to select some photos while my distressed scraps had some drying time.

This chip board lettering from Crate's Random collection (one of my all time faves) ties the colors from the photos and the distress inks in perfectly. See, it's like I planned it or something! HA!
After grabbing a gorgeous pink patterned paper for my background, I lay out my photos. With this many pictures to fill the page, this should come together rather quickly.
 Tucking in a bit of scraps for layers of dimension and texture:
Now for those inky scraps! I think some banner action will do these justice! Just a simple fold and staple over some twine...
 And repeat....
 Oooooh, some pen lines tie them all together.... Pretty!
 A bit of washi to ground the title:
The banner element gets layered on a scrap of old Ikea curtain that has been fringe cut:
 A little sparkle never hurts, right?
Layering on some beautiful details:
 Oh, this does make me happy!
And... there we have it!
A happy summery layout inspired by some beautiful Distress Inks. Which, incidentally are so NOT distressing :)

Feeling Inspired?

It's super easy to enter! All you have to do is link up with our theme of the week and include a link back. So, show us how you are inspired by these gorgeous colors on a layout, card, or any project and link up for the chance to win!

Perhaps you would like to try a similar layout of your own? A complete supply list is below: (affiliate links used)


39 comments:

  1. Wow, I love the banner-part - so joyful.

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  2. If you were going for a happy feeling you definitely achieved it with the layout! That banner is really cute and so much detail! <3 Candy

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  3. amazing girl!! love the banner and how you spiced it up))

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  4. Great banner and layout and gorgeous photos!

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  5. Adorable image and beautifully decorated. Love the banner, adds wonderful dimension and interest. Love the coordinated chipboard letters too, perfect match. Great details . Tracy x x

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  6. completely amazing banner, ashli! such adorable pictures.

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  7. oh my word.. this is the cutest! love love love the pictures! looking at them just makes me smile! thanks for sharing!!!

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  8. Adorable photos that just make you smile. Love the banner totally. Awesome page as always.

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  9. This is too adorably cute!!
    Such an amazing banner.
    And I LOVE those colors :)

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  10. WOW Amazing! I love the banner sooooo pretty!

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  11. OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!! Gorgeous!!!!! Everytime!!!!!

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  12. That banner is awesome! Have to remember to put the banners on top of each other next time I need to do a bunting! Lovely! <3

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  13. thanks for the heads up about the simonsays stamp giveaway, I will definitely be entering. Love your technique today, your banner looks gorgeous!

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  14. This is truly awesome. I can't believe how much you layered on the banner. And lots of photos too! So much fun

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  15. Love this LO! What a fun banner :)

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  16. Beautiful layout! She sure looks very happy and adorable! Love the banners and the tags were stunning too even before you even cut them up.

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  17. Fabulous photos and colors!! Just love the banner you made!
    When you decide to teach your first class, be sure to sign me up!!:)

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  18. Look at those crazy fun banners!! WOW! Lovin' all the step outs - wonderful inspiration :)

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  19. Oh my goodness I LOVE what you did with the ink and those banners! I just learned something new today- AGAIN!!! You are AWESOME!!!

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  20. brilliant!Love the banners and all the little embellishments you added to them.

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  21. So precious! The photos are great and I love the banner you created. Totally fun! :)

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  22. That banner looks great and matches the Crate stuff you pulled so well.

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  23. Totally AWESOME! Love this design, and the distressing banners and fringe and texture. You rocked this! And BTW, congrats on Simon Says...they are lucky to have you!!!

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  24. Oh how great is this page!!! I think my fav part has to be the Ikea curtain fringed scrap!! Love your playtime pieces that inspired this page!

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  25. Super fantastic!!!!!!!! Now I see why Emilie is so inspired by you! The layering is incredible as is the idea of stapling the banner around the twine.. I love washi tape and have yet to get some , now I am truly convinced to get it..love what you did.. what an adorable baby girl!!!!!!!!!! Love the colors on this L/O too! I guess it would be easier to say what I don't like hey?? NOTHING! hahaha
    I am your newest follower and can't wait to see what you will make next...
    Coming to you from Creative Bug on the Loose!!

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  26. Stunning!! Love this layout.
    Thanks for sharing
    Hugs
    Sandra x

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  27. Totally fabulous layout for totally fabulous photos! I don't seem to be that at home with Brights - though I love them on others' work - so I might just be sitting this one out this week, I think, and just wandering around in admiration instead!!
    Alison x

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  28. This layout is just too adorable...or should I say that baby is just too adorable.
    Soooooo cute.

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  29. AMAZING work Ashli!!! WOW oh WOW!! SO many details to adore...I could stare at this for hours :)

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  30. Wow!!!!!!!!! I love the big multi photo design!!!!!!xxx

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  31. My goodness! How could you NOT be inspired by that precious face? I love the way you put this page together and the bright colors perfectly complemented the bright smile :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  32. Beautiful riot of joyous color! Love your layout! The banners are inspired and the photos are adorable!

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  33. Oh Ashli I just love this!! Terrific banner and great technique - thanks for sharing!

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  34. Beautiful and Inspiring as always! LOve your work.

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