This layout was created using the Scraps Of Darkness, June Kit-Welcome To The Jungle. The title got me to thinking about the Guns & Roses song "Welcome To The Jungle" and that whole big city element and the result inside my head was this layout featuring a photo of my DS, Draven when he was about 2 years old. I started with a piece of the fabulous Bo Bunny Zebra print kit pp. I then took a piece of black cardstock from my stash, distressed the edges with my Zutter and then took a wet paper towel and rubbed places around the edges to get that really worn look. I then took some silver metallic thread and did the machine sewing around the edges. Next, I cut the strip for the center, distressed and inked the edges.
The piece behind the photo was distressed, inked and sewn with the same silver thread. I took the photo of my son into my Photo Draw application and edged the edges of the photo out to give it that moody look, and used a LaBlanche Crow stamp, from the S.O.D. store, along with some TH distress ink to create the crow, which I then fussy cut out, and popped on the corner of the photo.
I drew out a city scape in Photo Draw, sized it to the size that I needed, printed 2 copies onto cardstock. I then colored my city with a black Sharpie and a Metallic Prang paint pen. I randomly cut out buildings from my second city and used foam dots to adhere them on top of the first city to add dimension.
I took a piece of the kit pp and cut out a full moon (thought it was so cool that the animal print looked like moon craters). I distressed and inked the edges and then adhered with foam dots for dimension. I drew out stars onto some chipboard cut them out, inked and UTEE'd them for distress, and then popped them on with foam dots.
For the bottom part, I cut out different sizes of chipboard stars, and arranged them in a collage. I then used gel medium to gunk them up, let that dry, then painted them with black acrylic paint. My own twist on the found art style Finnabair uses. For the finishing touch I printed my sentiment to my son, "Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.", onto white cardstock, cut it out, inked and distressed the edges and added it to the layout.
I really loved how this layout turned out. I love masculine layouts-they show that other side of my personality that is rough and gritty. I hope that you will try one of these techniques and discover a whole other side of yourself! ~Renea