Scraps of Darkness November Kit "Amy's Amazing Autumn Kit"

Winter has officially hit Alaska.  We had more snow this week.  Sunday night dumped 2-6 inches.  It was wonderful till the morning when I had to go to work.  You would not believe how treacherous the roads were, pure ice.  The temperature wasn't cold enough to keep it fluffy, so it partially melted and formed a sheer glaze.  I had several panic attacks by the time I got to work.  My son, Patrick, drove me and he is an excellent driver.  By afternoon, it had melted enough to make it easier to make it home. 

This layout is the first one I remember ripping apart to get it the way I liked it.  The photo is of my daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Tim, and my two grandsons Chase and Cameron.  It was taken last year at the Fall Festival at a farm in the Matanuska Valley.  It was a hazy day, but we had so much fun. 

I started with a piece of Reminisce paper and ripped it on an angle, using one piece on the top and bottom, to make it look like leaves were falling.  The paper I used in the middle is from Simple Stories.  I used watered down gesso and did some splatters around the page to give it a playful feel.  I cut apart one of the papers from Bo Bunny that had various little cards on it and created layers for the photo mat.

I also used two pieces together to make the rectangle on the right side.  I used two different stickers included in the kit on top of the tags, also included one of the add ons.  I tucked them behind each of the different mats, tied them together, and placed a brad from a previous kit on top.

I created a circle of twine to surround the photo and glued it down, and began to embellish the lo.

I created various flowers clusters.  All the flowers are included in the Floral Add-On.  I tucked in berries from my stash.  The little velvet leaves are also included with the florals. 

I added little wooden leaves from a really old SOD kit, and various metal pieces also from older kits. 

The bright orange and gold leaves I bought at the local craft store.

The title is a piece of chipboard from my stash.  I used gesso first on the entire piece, and then went back over the bottom with Silks Acrylic Glaze "Persimmon", which is included in the Color Add-On.  I really like the ombre effect, which is all the rage now. 

Finally, I used a sticker from the Main Kit along the bottom border to give the lo balance.  I then added little jewels around the lo to give it some bling and interest. 

I really love this kit, it is full of some of my favorite colors and themes in bright cheerful presentations.  If you re interested in purchasing a kit you can visit our web site at:

So glad that you stopped by.  Until next time here is a Big Alaska Bear Hug!!