Layout: Happy Tails

When my ACOT order filled with the new Queen & Co “Dog Days” collection came in yesterday, I was so thrilled to just forget about work and get to scrapping. Well, I had to wait until later on in the day, but I didn’t wait much longer. OMG I love the papers and the stickers and the flairs are adorable. As I was looking thru the challenges and sketches I’ve printed out so far this month, I knew when I grabbed the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge that ACOT is offering, that I’d do a doggie page using my new goodies!

Here’s my layout with my sweet Lady Bear enjoying the great outdoors!

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The pattern paper and the “You had me at woof” sticker, along with the “My dog” flair and the border sticker is by Queen & Co. The colors work so well with other pet lines – including the Bo Bunny “Happy Tails” collection – which I used a 3X4 journaling card, a 4X6 journaling card and the “Happy Tails” title.

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The layout is based on this wonderful sketch:

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I was debating on whether I was going to use a light background with dark mist; or a dark background with a white mist. But then I saw the veneer stars in my stash by Studio Calico and I just thought it was the PERFECT touch to the title, leaving the misting or anything else out of the layout on the bottom half (the pattern paper is bold enough IMO). The heart is cut out using MME 6X6 paper pad “Remarkable” and the cork arrow is by Fancy Pants.

This layout is also for the ACOT 3 in a Row Challenge. The hostess gave us 9 items and we choose 3 in a row. Mine are “free choice” (the veneers); color green; and the arrow.

TFL! 🙂

Tips & Tricks: Using Chalkboard Tape

I recently received Fancy Pants’ Chalkboard Tape as a gift. It has a slick surface and its black, so I knew I would need a white (or silver) pen and/or marker. Today, I bought a silver sharpie from Wal-Mart; and a white pen and white marker from Joann’s.

To try them out, I cut a piece of chalkboard tape and placed them on a solid piece of cardstock I had in my stash of scraps. I then used each of my three pens/markers I got today and wrote out text to see what they look like, how easy they were to use, etc.

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As you can see, you get different effects with each pen or marker.

The top piece was using the white pen. I bought the gel excel Reminisce pen by Marvy Uchida. It writes thin, just like a normal pen.

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The middle piece was using the white marker – Pen-Touch by Sakura. You need to shake this one (with top on) before you use it. But it glides really nice on the slick surface.

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And last, I used the silver sharpie. It gives it a bit of sheen. Sharpie also makes other metallic colors – such as gold and bronze. I haven’t tried those colors yet, but will definetly pick up those as well.

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There are other markers and pens out there, so please do not think you must only use these kinds or brands on the Chalkboard Tape. But if you are looking into buying some of this chalkboard tape, or have some but do not know which marker and/or pen to get, I hope my suggestions help you in finding JUST the right pen or marker for you next project!