Final Layout for July

Hello peeps!  Have another lo to share which will be my last using the Scraps of Darkness (SOD) July kit.  What I like best about this lo is that I used many scraps left over from the kit and my stash.  I love using up what I have on hand....if you could only see what I have on hand....I need more ROOM!!  Here's my grandson, Chase, in his graduation photo from Kindergarten.  Doesn't he look like McCauley Caulkin from "Home Alone"??? 

I wanted to play with textures and paint splatters on this layout.  It's so much fun and very liberating.  Starting with a plain white piece of cardstock, I covered it up with gel medium.  I had run out of the matte, so had to use gloss, which shows all the brush strokes and is real shiny.  It's not my favorite, but I was in a "use what you have on hand" mode.  Next I used modeling paste and an older stencil with triangle designs.  I wanted a geometric feel to the layout.  I drew around some of them with a black pen to make them stand out.  Once everything dried I sprayed the around the area where the photo, mats, etc., would be located.  I used silver, black and blue inks and gesso to make the paint splatters.  Next I stamped like crazy using a Bo Bunny stamp.  Here's how it looks: 

Using the Kaisercraft "Junk Yark" papers from the kit I cut banner strips and used the scraps I snipped from the tail I made the large arrows in the center of the page.  I also used a left over brown paper bag to make some tags.  The script mat behind the photo is actually a page I tore out of an old engineering textbook that a friend gave me.  He had tried to give them away and even the Universities in Africa wouldn't take them, as they were published more than 10 years ago.  I also made little pennant rosettes and topped them off with buttons and stars.  The other flowers are from older kits from SOD.  Oh, and the little piece of acetate that I placed over the photo doesn't show up in real life like it does in the photo. 

I hope you enjoyed my blog today and that you have a wonderful week...summer is fading fast...