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Today I would like to share with you this double page layout in my My Crush Bluebird book which features Illuminate Stamp of the Month. I am loving this stamp and I hope my contribution will inspire you!
I decided to work with the light imagery of this stamp and took a dive into my Bluebird My Crush Book. I love My Crushbooks as they are very versatile journals. They are a quick and easy to complete legacy to leave for the family if they dare to read one day. They are also a trendy way for tweens to scrapbook.
As light imagery and spirituality are my theme for the page I googled quotes and sayings about the same. (Gotta love how a google search can provide inspiration based on two keywords.) I looked in images for the ones I used here.
I then picked a double page in my Bluebird My Crush book with no other motiff on it. My SOTM ‘Illuminate’ is to provide this. Then I went taking photos. (Go On…you do do it too don’t you?) I decided on my Buddha and my mirrored melt pot because they reflected the sayings I collected. Time to get crafty!
First I had to work out my Buddha saying. I grabbed a scrap of cardstock, punched a 1 1/2 inch circle and lightly adhered this to the center of the cardstock I am using. I then took that dainty tiny candle stamp and stamped at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock around the circle Then I stamped between these and was able to fit two more in between. While doing this be sure to turn your work so your candle lies in line with the center of the circle (or imagine it lining up with clock hands) . I removed the circle, cut a tiny candle (A rectangle with a concave end!) and stuck it into the center. I used Juniper markers to shade the sides and white chalk marker to suggest dripping wax. With a fine black marker I drew the flame. Using Honey alcohol marker I added a glow to the little candles and a flame in the center one. I then penned the verse in as neatly and as evenly as I could. It isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t need to be – it is handcrafted!
I dug through my Bluebird memories assortment and came up with the card that inspired one of the sayings I found. I decided to emulate, just a little, the popularity of typography right now and used the letter stickers in the pack for key words. I have also added one of the cute envelopes, again with a saying.
Most of the rest is all done using the illuminate stamp set – the lovely lamp base, hanging lanterns, titles and sentiments all stamped in black using Illuminate. For the lantern on the big lamp I first stamped the page, then a piece of cardstock. By fussy cutting this and popping it over the base stamp I got some nice dimension as well as colour onto the page.
I have used the following products in this design.
Exclusive Colour Palette Cardstock Twilight X5666, Goldrush 1243 Champagne X5931
Exclusive Inks Alcohol Markers Honey Z2415 Juniper Z2403
White Chalk Marker Z1767
Cricut Art Philosophy Seasons Stamp set – Art Philosophy collection Z1686
I do believe I will be adding another little saying to this page
The light of Sacred Wisdom shines in us all
This exclusive stamp of the month is only available during November. It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $24.00 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order in my online store Jen’s Creative Classroom.
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