//A Little Dirt Never Hurt | You Rock | Missy Whidden

A Little Dirt Never Hurt | You Rock | Missy Whidden

Hey there, friends!  Missy here, and I’m really excited to share my newest layout with you.  I used the You Rock collection, and I think it’s safe to say that I made it as girly as I could…haha!  My youngest daughter loves to get dirty, so this collection was perfect for these photos of her digging in the flower bed.  I was inspired by one of the quotes on the Washi Tape strips about dirt, so I made that my title.  I used one of the distressed patterned papers as my background and covered a lot of it with white acrylic paint and gesso.  I used some ink sprays on the background as well as some bubble wrap as a stamp.  I smudged some brown texture paste onto the bubble wrap and smushed it down to create those fun messy shapes.  My goal was to create a grungy and dirty background while at the same time bringing in all the colors from the collection.

I love how this background turned out!  This one photo makes me laugh.  She’s trying to lick the water from the sprinkler…haha!  I added in some Washi Tape strips behind this photo to add some pops of that red color.  I also added in a fun Rubber Charm here.

I pulled out several of the die cut frames from the Ephemera pack to use as layers in the background. I used brown thread to machine stitch through all of those.  I did decide to add in some flowers on the page.  I used a cut file from Just Nick Studio and cut five wonky flowers on white cardstock.  I used the same ink colors to color them as I used on the background.  I love how the edges curl up and create such awesome dimension.  I did also add a few die cut arrows and that fun circle with the camera on it.

Here are a few of the die cut flowers that I colored.  I thought they made a nice addition to the design since she was digging in the flower bed, but they also add an extra “girly” edge to the page.

I added some foam behind my photos, and you can see how it lifts them up.  I added one of the Accessory stickers that says “play all day” under this photo.

I used a scripty font in my Silhouette software to create the word “Dirt” and cut it using the wood grain paper.  I used a block font to create the rest of the title and just used white cardstock to cut that.  I love combining script & block fonts to break up a title and make it more interesting.  Here’s another one of the die cut flowers…the petals look so cool all curled up!  The circle is a a chipboard piece.

Here’s one more close-up of another flower.  I paired it up with a few more Rubber Charm arrows.

Although this was a challenge and completely out of my normal type of color scheme, it was a lot of fun to create.  I love that it pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and go the boy route for a change.  I hope you’ll check out my process video here to see how I made this.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

By | 2017-05-24T04:31:58+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Chit Chat|0 Comments

About the Author:

Missy hails from Central Florida in the United States, where she has lived her entire life. She has been married to husband Marshall for over 16 years, although they have been together for 22. They have two sweet little girls, Reese (10) and Paige (7). Both girls are autistic and nonverbal so life is never boring. Missy says "they have taught us so much and they are very happy children. They are the light of our lives and they make us laugh constantly". When Missy is not scrapping, she's a fitness instructor. She teaches six classes a week. Before having children, she taught high school English. She says she has always been interested in art and playing with paper and stickers, and began scrapbooking just before Reese was born in 2006. She was hooked instantly! Missy's style has changed quite a bit. Back when she started she used paper, stickers, and deco scissors. Over the years she discovered die cutting tools and mixed media products. Currently she loves to use watercolours, her Cameo, and her sewing machine on most of her projects; and she usually scraps photos of her children or family. She describes scrapbooking as her calming therapy that helps her to relax. "I try and do something scrappy related every day, and I just love it dearly." When she isn't creating, Missy also loves reading and catching up on her favourite TV shows.

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