This layout is my second offering for Boys month at my2angels, and my take on the Sketch Challenge. For this one, called “Best Buddies”, I have turned the sketch 180 degrees clockwise so that the top is at the bottom and the left is on the right 😉 and used Kaiser’s ‘Attitude!’ Collection with a very old photo of my DS and his buddy from across the street. How cute is it that they are wearing the same t-shirt…Awwww. Here’s the sketch:and here’s my layout.

The base paper for this layout is the reverse of ‘Dude’, a plain white paper with a subtle check and some pale grey graffiti details. I have distressed it, added some paint runs, some stencilling and some stamping. The paint runs were achieved by spraying behind the photo with Mini Misters full of distress re-inkers and water. The colours are Walnut Stain and Brushed Corduroy and all I did was to hold the paper up while I sprayed. There is a bit of a mist of both colours there as well, but that was unintended – I held the mister close to the paper so that the runs flowed easily to the bottom of the page. The brick wall stencil, a Prima ‘Bricks’ mask,  uses the same two Distress Ink colours with the addition of ‘Black Soot’. These were lightly applied using the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool. The stamp is Kaiser’s Textured Clear Stamp called ‘Graffiti’ and is stamped both with Versafine ‘Vintage Sepia’ ink and just a little bit with ‘Fired Brick’ Distress ink.

The first strip of patterned paper down the right hand side of the page is ‘Whatever!’. I’ve coloured in a couple of the white spots with ‘Fired Brick’ Distress Ink just to carry through that touch of red. The second layer is a piece of ‘Trouble’ and then there is the photo. I though black and white would look great with these papers, and besides, one of the t-shirts is actually blue and I wanted to work with green in the embellishments :).

The embellishment I most wanted to use was this green zipper (a very old Bo Bunny embellishment that has been languishing in my stash forever) which I rusted a bit and added to the top of the photo, just under the title. The title is made from a mix of the letter stickers from the Attitude! 12×12 Sticker Sheet and some matching chipboard letters from my stash. These have been inked with ‘Black Soot’ Distress Stain and coated with Crackle Accents (oos). In between the words is the paper clipped half of a my2angels Mates Boy Pin which I have inked with ‘Brushed Corduroy’ and crackled, and above is a small circle punched from Attutude!’s ‘Individual’, this time inked with ‘Black Soot’.

The line of red arrows at the top of the page is a part of a sticker strip from the Attitude! 12×12 Sticker Sheet.


I’m not really big on journalling, so the three rows of ‘strip journalling’ on this layout are really three pieces of my2angels designs ‘Boys Mates Pals Buddies’ ribbon . I’ve sort of ruined the nice straight edges with a pair of scissors, but I think they look great popped up on Foam Mounting Tape (oos) The words are really very appropriate to the photo and match the grungy style of the layout.

My embellisments for this layout are rusty again. I was liking the rust on my ATC’s so decided to carry on with it :). The chipboard Cogs and Gears have all been given this treatment, as have the two ‘dog tags’. Before rusting, the dog tags started life as chipboard rectangles. I rounded the corners and covered them with some thin silver metal then embossed them in the Cuttlebug, punched the holes and added eyelets. Then they were then hung on the Ball and Chain and layered on top of the larger tag. This one was covered with ‘Rebel’, embellished with two strips of paper from the edge of ‘Whatever’ and tied with a piece of string. The second part of the my2angels Mates Boy Pin, inked and crackled and some Tim Holtz Ideaology Mini Gears finish off the cluster.

Finally,  the smaller cluster inthe top corner is a repeat of the cogs and gears, a piece of green mesh from the garage (??? :)), a circular sticker from the 12×12 Sticker Sheet and a wooden ‘Cherished’ flag from Prima.

Hope you like it 🙂