A black scrapbook page with two photos, some nighttime-themed shipboard pieces, and journaling in white pen

Oh, those summer nights! a scrapbook page about relaxing by the lake over July 4th weekend, as the sun goes down

This page was fun to put together, and I did it as part of several challenges on Scrapbook.com.  One of them was using my Cricut.  Another was a Summer-themed page.  Another was, “Girls only,” (yes, there was a, “Boys only,” option), and also for the hoarders challenge.  Basically, with a scrapbooking challenge, the challenge host issues the rules, and you try to create a page within those rules.

The supply list


(Random Act of Kindness, meaning I received some awesome stuff from someone else’s stash):

  • “Summer”
  • The gold, glittery acrylic stars

Stuff you might find at your local craft store

  • Black card stock
  • A clear stamp with typeface text on it (I found the one I used at Tuesday Morning)
  • Strong cutting mats
  • Pink Paislee Memorandum paper
  • A deep cut blade and housing for your cutting system
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Color Shot – Creme Brulee
  • Ranger Ink holographic embossing powder
  • Distress spray stain in wild honey

Scrapbook.com supplies

The Diecuts

I still struggle with my Cricut sometimes.  I think the problem is me, and figuring out all the things it can do.  Many shapes bore me.  My idea was that I’d have three large-ish shapes to layer clusters on.  Then I got stuck on which shapes.  Stars and moons jump to mind when scrapbooking something that happened at night, but what else?  I realized I was reading (granted, I was reading a tablet), so voila!  Open book diecut!

Sadly, the Cricut couldn’t cut through my thicker cardstock, even with a deep-cut blade.  I spent a lot of time going over the cuts with an X-acto blade.  And over.  And over.  The next time I order chipboard, I’ll make sure I order the light-weight stuff.

The other diecuts – the patterned paper stars – cut a lot easier.

Pro-tip: don’t forget to change your blade when switching between chipboard and cardstock.  I haven’t made this mistake, yet, but it’s bound to happen.

The mixed media

Even after I had the diecuts all cut out and ready to go, I didn’t find them interesting.  Mixed media can really spice a diecut right up, and I started with white gesso so that the inks would pop a bit.  I took some Distress inks in different colors and stamped a newsprint-style stamp randomly all over them.  The next thing was to make sure that the ink was really dry, and that there was nothing on the surface for embossing powder to stick to.  In order to be sure of that, I hit them with my heat tool, and followed that up with an EK Success powder tool.

For the embossing on the diecuts, you could use any embossing ink, but I chose Perfect Medium by Ranger.  It’s just a personal preference.  I stamped it over all the chipboard diecut shapes using the same newsprint stamp, and dusted them with silver superfine embossing powder.

The title

The title started the same way – newsprint stamp in Distress ink over gessoed chipboard.  I wanted a more, “summer-y,” look for the word, “Summer,” so after I coated it with gesso, I painted the bottom half with Distress spray stain in wild honey, and the top half in Distress stain in squeezed lemonade.  It didn’t quite turn out the way I intended, and I tried to make it blend a bit more with the rest of the layout by going over it with the newsprint stamp in black archival ink.  That didn’t go the way I expected, either, but I don’t hate it.  I just don’t love it.

“Nights,” was fun, and it mostly came out exactly as I expected, minus a little weirdness in the cut of the letter, “n.”  I’m not sure if that’s the font, or if the blade messed up on the down stroke.  The look results from a layer of white gesso, covered by a layer of Dylusions black marble paint, and some holographic embossing powder adhered by smudging the letters with Perfect Medium.  I intended to give the impression of stars across the night sky, and I got the look I wanted.

Wrapping it up

I splattered a bit of Distress spray stain in picket fence (the only Distress stain that needs a mixing ball – love that it’s available as a stain!), and Lindy’s Creme Brulee.  All in all, I’m happy with the end result.

What might you have chosen to do for a layout about RV camping?


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