Monday 18 May 2015

Young Love ~ x,y,z Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a new week and to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week we are focusing on not one, but three letters of the alphabet ~ X,Y and Z!! You could be inspired by the end (as this is the end of the alphabet), zoo animals, yellow or yarn! What else can you think of? It's up to you to decide and we can't wait to see what you share with us all this week!

For my project, I decided to create a journal page about the story of Young Love and because I never make life easy for myself, I incorporated the letters X, Y and Z within my page and here's what I did...

To begin with I took my Dylusions journal and started to create the background by applying Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed (Y for yellow) Distress Ink directly from the pad to the page. I then gave a light spritz of water and moved the journal around to make the inks run. Once happy, I heat set the inks with a heat tool before adding strips of Tissue Tape across the two pages.
Next I wanted to add some layers and started by sponging Jet Black Archival Ink through the Mesh Layering Stencil using a blending tool. I then started to add my next layer to the background by applying Texture Paste through the letters XO (x of XO) from the Valentine Layering Stencil. I added the lettering to random areas of my pages.

For the next layer... I used the Zig Zag Dots stencil (z for zig zag) and applied more Texture Paste through this stencil, again adding it to random areas on my page. For my final layer, I used the Cracks Stamp from the Cracks and Specks stamp set by Tim Holtz and inked it with Wendy Vecchi's Orange Blossom Archival Ink and stamped the cracks onto the page.

To complete the pages, I added some splashes of Black Soot, Barn Door and Picket Fence Distress Paint by picking up the paint on a paint brush and just flicking the colour across the two page spread and added some Industrious Border Stickers.
Now that the background was complete, I started to create my focal point and to tell the story and for this I used one of the Photo Booth images from Tim Holtz. When I look at these images, I instantly see a story in every photo and for me, this photo shouted "Young Love". 
I began by distressing the edges of the photo to give a more aged look and then matted the image onto layers of Core'dinations card and Wallflower paper stash. (This is a great way of using up those offcuts that you always save a future project).

I attached the photo to my background, adding some coils of black wire behind it, which created the perfect frame told draw the eye into the page.
To complete the page, I attached a Flash Card, a vellum butterfly and First Class Mail piece, both from Ephemera packs and some pieces of Idea-ology.
As the finishing touch, I added the "Hello Darling" Small Talk sticker and used a Pumice Stone Distress Marker to highlight around the edge of the sticker and also around the edge of the Flash Card...

...and that completes my journal pages!
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created my journal pages and you've enjoyed how I incorporated the letter's X, Y and Z within this project. If you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Simon Says Stamp Products: Zig Zag Dots Stencil
Tim Holtz Stamps: Cracks and Specks
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Barn Door and Picket Fence
Embellishments: Prima Wired Thread
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Mesh


  1. A truly gorgeous Journal page ! Emma Love everything about it - the colours n textures, the detail, the embellies n the composition- all perfect! I could see it making a beautiful piece of wall art .

  2. I am enraptured by this wonder of page !!!! Everything so magically balanced, clean and at the same time is so creative and exciting! I would really like know to create something so beautiful, I love it!
    P.S. Sorry for my bad English.

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! Every element fits perfectly. I want to journal like this some day.

  4. This is WOW!!!!! beautiful!!

  5. Great story, great page. I love the intricate little details but also the fact that there's lots of white space and a sense of simplicity.The subdued color pallet is an exceptional vintage combo. You really nailed this (as you always do).

  6. Great pages, Emma! Who would realize there was so much going on there?

  7. beautiful 2 page spread. so much attention to detail. it's amazing what you managed to produce from 3 letters of the alphabet..... hugs xx

  8. Love your beautiful pages, Emma. The background patterns and embellishments are fabulous :)

  9. Gorgeous, Emma! Love the combinations of textures and POP of yellow!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. An absolutely STUNNING creation!! The textures and dimension are so beautiful. And the page itself with the theme and picture... LOVE!

  11. Wonderful Emma, beautiful background and love the story you wove with your XBOX journal page.

  12. This is such a stunning piece! And you have mastered a skill that I need some improvement on: tasteful restraint!! I usually want to pour paint on everything or glue on fifty more layers, but I love how you didn't feel the need to cover every inch of these pages! You let the white space speak for itself and the result is really stunning. What true and raw talent you have for both embellishing and for knowing when to say when!

  13. Emma you already know how I love this work! Your projects are Always a great inspiration for me! BArbarayaya

  14. What a stunning art journal spread, Emma! Love the beautiful composition and the incorporation of the letters! Hugs, Sandra

  15. This page is so pretty Emma!! The design is wonderful with all the white space. I often intend to leave white space and end up covering it up. And great idea for the letters.

  16. Gorgeous! I love how you mix your elements together in such a effortless and beautiful design!

  17. This is one of my favorites. I LOVE old photos, and you really brought this to life in a fresh, new way. It's amazing! And very inspiring as well as beautiful.

  18. Totally utterly completely LOVE your art journal page. It looks so effortless and detailed, but with lots of white space that gives it real impact. I am incapable of white space. LOVE THIS! <3


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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