Scraps of Darkness July Kit "An Oceans Tale"

I am so excited!!!! I got my July kit in the mail on Friday, and had a wonderful, rainy weekend to play with it.  Oh my goodness!!  This kit is perfect for summertime, beachy layouts!  It is filled with the Graphic 45 "Voyage Beneath the Sea" collection, along with Kaisercraft's "Mermaid's Tails".  So bright, cheery, and FUN! 

The lo I am sharing features photos I took last summer down on the Kenai Peninsula when we went dip netting for salmon.  Every summer the salmon run up the mouth of the Kenai river in droves, and the State of Alaska opens the areas up for dip netting.  You can't use a rod and reel, only a large net that you hold in the water for the salmon to run into.  You can see some of the folks standing in the water in the first picture.  It's hard work, but such a fun outing.  Oh yes, and the water is very COLD!  My grandsons were thoroughly enjoying the day.

I started by using 2 of the G45 papers for the background.  I cut off 1 inch on the top and the bottom of the main background paper.  I matted my photos first with a yellow and then an orange G45 paper included in both the Main and Coordinating Paper Add On kits.  I cropped my photos so that they would line up to make it look like it was one continuous line of the boys running.    I wanted to create little scenes across the top and bottom using all those whimsical designs that G45s is famous for.  Lots of steampunk and fun!  I first stamped a wave design across the top of the orange mat.  The top has gears which I die cut using Kaisercraft's gears, painted them with the Art Alchemy paint "Steampunk Copper" and then ink over them with black ink.  The gears represent waves.  I splattered watered down gesso on the top background to mimic sea spray created from the fish jumping.  I fussy cut little fish from another paper and placed them to look like they were jumping over the waves chasing little flowers.  The flowers are included in the Floral Add-On. 

I also fussy cut the little guy riding on top of the large fish to make it look like he was chasing the fish.  I used a little gear from the Tim Holtz' "Mechanicals Steampunk" gears that is included in the Elements Add-On behind him. 

On the left side of the photos I fussy cut a deep sea diver printed on another G45 paper with the phrase "Take Me to the Sea".  I inked him to try to get him to stand out against the orange paper. 

Now for the bottom scene, which is suppose to represent the underwater voyage.  I started on the right side of the lo and used some black netting I cut from a plastic fruit bag.  I created a collage on top of it of flowers from the Main Kit, Tim Holtz "Mechanicals Steampunk" gears, and a tag from the G45 cardstock collection of tags included in the Elements Add On. 

I fussy cut another image of the man sitting on top of the large fish and adhered it into the middle of the scene.  Below the image I stamped some swirly images to look like seaweed coming from the bottom of the ocean flower and placed beads and sequins on top.  If you look closely you can see little aqua dots coming from the fish's mouth to look like air bubbles.

On the left side of the lo I created another collage of flowers from the Main Kit, and little tiny flowers from the Floral Add On.  I also used a little octopus chipboard piece from my stash.  I adhered more beads and jewels. 

I hope you enjoyed my lo.  I had a really hard time getting the vivid colors of the papers to show in the photos.  But, overall I think you get the idea. 

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See ya next time!