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Monday, May 13, 2013

Vicki Robertson: This N' That Checkered Background Stamp

Vicki here with a layout that I created using the checkered background stamp from the This N' That stamp plate.  It was perfect for this dirt bike racing page!

I followed this sketch from My Sketch World

I love the hexagon shapes that are spaced throughout the sketch.  However, it was the journaling placement that caught my eye and helped me make the decision which photo I would use on my layout.

This layout is the second in an album I am making of my nephew and his dirt bike racing.  When I see photos of him flying through the air or doing some kind of wild twisted turn, my heart skips a beat.  Talk about living dangerously!  I have a motorcyle and although it's not a dirt bike, it's still a two wheeled vehicle.  I can't imagine doing what he does with his bike. 

Recently, his sister took a photo of him at the beginning of a race and caught him at a very poignant moment of prayer.  Apparently, something he does at the start of every race.  I typed the prayer and copied it onto vellum paper to use on the layout.  The placement of the prayer coincided with his image in the photo perfectly.

"He Prays"

Using mists and stencils, I created a pattern of hexagons on my background paper.  Next, I stamped and cut numerous hexagon shapes in different sizes and colors using scraps from my stash and die-cuts.  The checkered background stamp from the This N' That plate was just what I needed to symbolize a winner!  

The placement of the photo was next.  This was integral to where the journaling would go.  I cut the vellum journaling strip and placed part of the prayer above and the remaining part below the photo of my nephew praying.  Now it was time to work in the details and embellishments.

Following the sketch I added the hexagon die-cuts around the photo.  I used pop dots on the back of some of the shapes for added dimension.  In the upper right corner of the photo, I inked around a sticker that I had of a dirt bike racer.  Then, I mounted it on cardstock and cut it out.  Using more pop dots, I gave it "air time" and off set it from the inked image.

I made a pennant banner using die cuts for across the bottom border of the layout. The pennants were also stamped with the checkered background stamp from the This N' That stamp plate.  Just above the banner, I added the chipboard title, "He Prays".  His racing number is "338", so I took some numbered patterned paper from my stash, die-cut hexagon shapes, pieced them together for a tag and popped it up in the bottom right corner of the layout.  I also placed another of the biker stickers adjacent to it in a hexagon frame.  

Thanks for looking...I hope you are inspired to add the This N' That Stamp plate to your stash!


  1. An amazing amount of work! Such clever composition of so many pieces! I can't even imagine how you thought of doing each piece.


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