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Spring Memories | Kathy McElfresh

I opened my Fox Box and saw the pretty spring colors and my mind started designing a page with Paige Evans papers! As I looked around for a photo that spoke to me I came across a series of pics we took on our farewell sightseeing tour of Houston, our home for 30+ years -- just after we'd committed to moving away! The photos were nice and there were lots of flowers in bloom, but they were heavy with buildings and light rail so I enlisted the help of my Prisma app to filter them, adding in the pinks and yellows of my Perspextives!

And so I set about to pick a line on the Tic Tac Toe board for this month's challenge. I love a good Tic Tac Toe challenge and it was difficult to pick but I settled on the middle row: Stickers/Spring Theme/Splatters. After all was said and done, here's the layout I created -- and I couldn't be happier with it!

I used "Go The Scenic Route" by Paige Evans, starting with a wide band of chevrons to form the base of the photo cluster and adding in strips of a lovely spring floral pattern in the perfect colors for the Perspextives. I added stenciled "splatters" using the Fox Cut #3 stencil, my "go to" stencil for all kinds of mixed media. Then I spritzed water on a smear of "Tumbled Glass" Distress Oxide and splattered using a fat fluffy paint brush, and I topped the stenciled splatters with a few dashes of Dina Wakley Gloss Spray splatters in white, just to add texture and mimic the splashes from the fountains in the photo.

I tore a little "pocket" into the chevron paper and backed it with the floral just to have a place to tuck in the adorable little camera that came in my Challenge Team packet with the gorgeous giant stars. I think the black camera really stands out and complements the pretty springtime colors in the papers and the other Perspextives.

And the little blue umbrella Perspextive from a winter collection was just too perfect since it's all about that water splashing everywhere!

The little turquoise frame was perfect to form a side "margin" for the photo cluster and it was perfect with the butterfly and the contrasting yellow floral Perspextive which I'd intentionally placed near the pinkish photo.

The little book chipboard sticker anchored the right side of the cluster and was a perfect color match for the pink Perspextive. I like the darker pink and teal accents along with the pastels of the Perspextives and I think the blue splatters work so well with the watery photos.

So I got in all three tic tac toe items: my stickers -- chipboard stickers, springtime theme with the photo & title and splatters with the help of my favorite stencil topped with inks. I hope you're inspired to join in the Tic Tac Toe fun this month by creating a layout and adding it to the corresponding album on the Bramblefox Friends Facebook Group. Happy Spring!


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