For my second layout, “Monkey Forest”, I decided to go with the green papers, with colours ranging from a dark Forest Green through shades of Olive green to a lighter greenish/brown. The photo is of DS in Bali with a small friend – taken around ten years ago. I’m pretty sure everyone who has ever been to Bali has pictures similar to this one – it’s fun to finally get some of them scrapped :).

The base paper is the very pretty ‘Love’. Up close you can see that besides the darker olive coloured flourishes on the left hand side it has the same Chrysanthemum pattern as the reverse of ‘Blossoms’ traced out in a slightly darker green than the base colour all over it. Besides distressing the edges, inking them with ‘Forest Moss’ Distress Ink and stitching a border around the edge, I added a bit of depth of colour to the centre of the paper using ‘Peeled Paint’ Distress Ink with my Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and several ‘Forest Moss’ and ‘Picket Fence’ splatters to the right using Distress Stains. For a quick tutorial on ink splattering from Ngaire have a look in the forum here.
There are three squares of patterned paper forming the photo mat. The bottom, largest layer is the reverse of ‘Dot’, also with a stitched border and with a punched edge at the bottom. This Fiskars punch is almost an exact match for the pattern on the pale green semicircle above the photos. I have used the punched off piece from this, cut it into two smaller strips, to tuck between the layers over on the right of the page near two of my Distress Stain splatters. The second layer is a sheet from the 6 x 6 Paper Pad – the smaller version of the reverse of ‘Love’, and the third is from the 12 x 12 Cut Outs. This last one has the same pattern as ‘Love’ but with a large journalling circle in the middle, and I also added some stitching near the top. Lastly, my two photos, the second one tilted slightly.
Above the photos, and to the right is the title, using my current favourite Prima linen-look Adhesive Alphabet coloured with gesso and Distress Stain.

At the top of the page is the second piece of the ‘Cherry Blossom’ chipboard (oos) by Dusty Attic. This time I have painted it to match the layout…green with white flowers. Check out Techniques and Tips in the Forum in a few days to see exactly how it was done. I love the way the branches turned out – the crackle looks a bit like rough bark. It’s amazing how different the same piece of chipboard can look depending on the techniques you use on it 😀

Still at the top I have layered two lanterns – one tucked under the paper and one mounted on Mini Magic Mount for extra dimension – both are cut from the reverse of ‘Garden’. I cut out a lot of these lanterns and they are scattered through the embellishment clusters both on the bottom left and the bottom right of the layout.

The small cluster at the bottom on the left contains three small blossoms from the ‘Cherry Blossom’ chipboard, one under and two over the top of a piece of green mesh (with no known purpose) from my garage. I love this green mesh because it frays and distorts so easily :). There are two more lanterns from the reverse of ‘Garden’, a small metal flower, a large metal circlular thing (???) from my button tin and two green paper circles – one large with one smaller layered on top of it. The larger one is from the Noteworthy pack of die cuts and the smaller one is a sticker from the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet.

The larger embellishment cluster, on the bottom right started with two pieces cut from the Cut Outs paper – the black Asian characters and the sentiment, “Your heart is a place to draw true happiness”. Then tucked under, in and around these are six lanterns from ‘Garden’, four of them on Mini Magic Mount. Tw kinds of mesh this time – a piece of the green unknown one, and a smaller white mesh. I am told this one is plasterer’s mesh, and I like it because it comes on a roll and has a sticky back :). There is another small green circle from the Noteworthy pack, but you can barely see it because it is underneath a bottle top. Inside the bottle top there is another lantern which you can also barely see because on top of that there is a round metal thing. Again, I have no idea what this thing is, but it looks cool  and there is a small brown Brad in it’s centre. I have coloured some of the larger Serenity Brads with Antique Gold Rub n Buff and scattered them among the lanterns, along with a few gold buttons from Grandma’s tin. What would I do without it!? The final touches are a ‘Wisdom’ character in light brown and a spray of Bamboo from the Serenity Rub Ons.

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