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Scrapbook Layout using Distress Oxides Happy Together || Kathy McElfresh

My scrapbook page uses Distress Oxides & items out of the Fox Box. This month's challenge was quite a challenge for me! Being a "more is more" scrapper who loves using all the things, leaving half my page empty was a bit difficult! So I concentrated the photo and embellishments on the left side but couldn't resist butterfly and bee trails, splatters and a brushed border around the rest of the page!

To provide a "stage" for my photo and embellishments on one side of my page I cut down a mixed media piece I'd made a couple years ago by dipping a stencil into ink and then transferring to white cardstock leaving a sort of abstract mandala. It was purple and I knew I'd be using lots of dusky pinks so I lightly sponged on peachy Distress Oxides in some areas.

For me, everything developed from this amazing title which came in the July Fox Box -- the color scheme, the selection of embellishments and the photo. I love the color, the two fonts, the scale -- everything!

Also in the Fox Box was this beautiful open heart with the word "us" inside. It's perfect for layering atop the large paper flowers from Jen Hadfield's Peaceful Heart collection, and the shape of the small pink flower from my stash blended into the cluster like it was made for it. You can find similar flowers in the shop like Spring Flowers.

There's a lot happening in this one closeup! First, there's another flower Perspextive as well as an asterisk (also found in the Spring Flowers set) And there's one of several color-coordinated flowers cut from Paper Snips 27 which has SO many beautiful line-drawn images that add whimsy to any page. And the bee from my stash was chosen for its dusky pink wings so it's only fitting I also gave it a dusky pink looping trail! You can add butterfly or bee trails to your pages using either the Butterfly Trails stencil or the Travel stencil.

This closeup shows the peachy butterfly and the "details" arrow, also cut from Paper Snips 27. I've used the same Butterfly Trails stencil for the trail, another asterisk Perspextive from my stash and the gorgeous etched heart banner from the July Fox Box. I just love how the peachy/pinky tones work so well with the dusky purple used on the mandala as well as for the splatters.

I thought this clipboard from Vicki Boutin's Where to Next collection was a perfect backdrop for the photo of my grandson Barrett (aka B, which is why I have lots of bees in my stash!) and his girlfriend at his sister's and dad's birthday celebration -- bowling! The hearts are from my stash and the color is from a previous set but you can find lovely tiny hearts in the Hearts Galore set in the shop now.

So here's the challenge which you'll find on our Bramble Fox Friends Facebook Page -- such fun! Just create your project using a Bramble Fox product and upload it into the July Challenge album for your chance to win a sweet prize to spend in the shop.


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