Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rough and Tough & Life's A Beach with Mel's Barnicoat

Morning Everyone.

Today I am here to share with you this grungy layout I created using some great Memory Maze Chippy and a perfect paper line from Kaiser Craft. As soon as I saw these papers I knew I wanted to work with them and I knew There were plenty of Grungy chipboard pieces in the Memory Maze Shop that work work perfectly.

I have used the trusty Pine cone ink to cover the chipboard "Bolts Border" and then went around the edges with a metallic copper ink that I had. It gives it that aged and rusty look.
A gorgeous brass key from the lovely Jan and it finished off the top of the layout perfectly.

 I have used the same technique on the "Tribal 12" chipboard piece but in reverse, so covering the piece with the metallic copper first and then inking the edges with pine cone.

The "Swirl 7" was covered with this perfectly coordinating blue ink pad that I had. It's just a cheap ink pad but still works fine and matches exactly. This piece was edged with the metallic copper to match in with the rest of the layout.

I love using old cardboard on my layouts, it's great for those hard to complete male projects and along with some rub-ons completed the work.

Chipboard used; 

Bolts Border; L0059

Swirl 7; L0074

 Tribal 12; L0105

 Welcome back to my second post for the day.

This afternoon's layout is all about the beach. My family and I live in the country and it is a bit of a drive to get to the beach for us so we don't get there very often. We stay at home and make our own water fun. My kids love getting the black plastic out with the detergent and making a big water slide down the front yard of our house yard. I am sure there are plenty of people out there who remember doing this as a child. 

To create my beach title I have sprayed the entire piece with White Dylusions paint (I think I missed a couple of bits) Then I added some orange and yellow Stampin Up reinkers to the center strip and waited for them to dry. I then added some dark and light blue chalk ink pads and blended them with a dauber. Lastly I added some glossy accents to the bottom strip and sprinkled sand on it. (Sorry the only sand I had was out of the sand pit and there was a fair bit of gravel mixed in with it).

I did the same technique with the lighthouse but only using some re inker, white paint and sand.

The rest of the pieces were covered with white gesso and then either trimmed the edges with blue re inker or I sprayed the shells with dylusions spray.

Chipboard used;

Beach set./seaside

Life's A Beach Title.

Thanks for coming back and having a look. Make sure you keep checking daily for plenty more gorgeous creations from the rest of the Memory Maze Design Team.



  1. Love these colors and designs, If you have boys or Tomboys why not give it a try

  2. Love these colors and designs, If you have boys or Tomboys why not give it a try

  3. Both layouts are stunning, I love the use of the aging techniques you have used for your chipboard thankyou for sharing!