Another Scraps of Darkness (SOD) April Layout

I'm stopping by today to share my latest layout (lo) using the wonderful April SOD kit "City Stories".  As you know I live in Alaska, where there are no major cities...but that doesn't mean that I can't create layouts using this kit filled with bright G45 papers and Kaisercraft "Story Book Collection".   This lo features my oldest grandson, Chase in his 1st grade picture.  What a handsome young man he is becoming. 

So let's get started with the background paper from Kaisercraft found in the Coordinating Paper Add On.  In the top right hand corner I cut 2 pieces of paper from an Engineering textbook given to me by my dear friend Rance Wall.  I glued a piece direcly on the very back of the paper and tucked another piece behind it.  I rolled one of the pieces so it would look like a page of a book turned back.  I placed a clip to hold it in place. 

I fussy cut the shelf of books on the left side, along with a ruler from another Kaisercraft paper included in the Coordinating Paper Add On. 

For the center of the lo I sprayed lots of Prima's Color Bloom "Antique Gold" and stamped the around the page with a script stamp to make it look like the page of the book.  I splattered lots of inks, and then used a ledge stencil to make it look more structured.

Included in the Elements Add On are some G45 "City Scapes" cards which I used to create mats for the back of my photo. 

I made a little book that is located on the left hand side of the photo from the Kaisercraft Collectables.  I rolled the pages of the book and placed little dowels underneath them so they would stay in place.  Then I wrapped a piece of twine around the center for the binding.

I used several other items from the Kaisercraft Die Cut Collectables around the page such as this sweet little inkwell.  I also tucked in under the mats black twisted thread to create texture.

I used a globe chipboard from my stash, which I first sprayed with Prima's ink, and then backed with a G45 paper from the Main Kit.  I also used some microbeads on the chipboard to simulate mountains on the continents.

From the selvage at the bottom of one of the papers I cut the phrases to place around the lo.  And finally I used another chipboard from my stash as the title.  I painted it with acrylic paint and sprayed it with some ink.  I used some Viva Décor in a bright turquoise (from a previous kit) to give it some highlights. 

That's it for me this week.  I'm off to make another layout...our kits are available at  Have an awesome week!!