Thursday, July 26, 2012

Inspiring Challenges at Dreamweaver Stencils

Two things inspired my posting for today. These scrapbook pages by Laura Drahozal showcase a trip she and Steve made to Balboa Park in the San Diego CA area, which happens to be pretty close to my home base. Laura used the fish stencil (LG701) and embossed it on metal through her embossing machine, then she colorized the metal with alcohol inks and finished them off by cutting them out by hand. She paste-embossed the waterlily background stencil (LJ861) using regular embossing paste (DEP) and stenciled it with pigment inks then cut them out with alphabet dies through a die-cutting machine. Genius! Also she used the dragonfly/waterlily stencil (LM135) by paste-embossing it repeatedly on colored cardstock and then stenciled them with pigment inks and cut them out to attach in various places on the pages. The detail in these scrapbook pages make them a true work of art Laura. Well...that is the first reason I couldn't resist blogging about these summer fun pages.... And I know I often say this, but seeing the pages in person really makes a big difference. These are good pictures of the pages, but the 'in person' experience is even better! I used a card last week with the same fish stencil and it was gorgeous too, but isn't it amazing how different they look here?

Then the second reason I used these pages to blog about this week is because I just got back from Michigan and had an opportunity to stay with Laura and her hubbie, Steve....(who by the way is six foot six inches tall and just as fun loving as this scrapbook page pictures him to be!) while I taught in the lower peninsula of the state. Thank you Steve and Laura and Emma (the sweetest Collie you could ever hope to have for a bed partner...LOL!!!) for opening your home and hearth to me for the past few days. Can't wait to hear and see some scrapbook pages from your next vacation adventure to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Have lots of fun you guys! This was such an inspiration for me to get some of my pages scrapbooked too.

You have a few more days to join us and post your creations for our challenge, we will post the two winners next week. All you have to do is link it here at the bottom of the page on mr. linky before August 1st. If you don't have a blog but would like to join the challenge, just email me your creation and I will blog it for you right here in fact I have one from Nathalie Fournier that I will post this weekend. My email is

Remember there will be two winners of a new stencil which I have posted a sneak preview of at the end of this blog. One winner will be chosen for best use of Dreamweaver Products and the second winner is for best interpretation of the challenge.

Don't forget to see what the rest of the team has posted today by following my sidebar of the team on the right hand side of the blog.

This is just a portion of the stencil you could win this week!


Anne Temple said...

This is absolutely stunning! Lots of inspiration here.

Pam Hornschu said...

What a great layout spread by Laura! I love the koi, but what I really think is cool are those letters that stenciled. Awesome!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Just gorgeous! Those fish are amazing!

Jessie Hurley said...

i LOVE these fish on the layout, I think I have the perfect pics for a layout like this myself! There I go, Scrap-lifting again!

Jessie Hurley said...

i LOVE these fish on the layout, I think I have the perfect pics for a layout like this myself! There I go, Scrap-lifting again!

Laura Drahozal said...

Thanks for the wonderful comments! Jessie, you are welcome to scraplift any time.
Lynell got it almost right, but I have a couple of changes. The letters were first cut out of blue paper and then colored with inks and chalks and then pasted with translucent. The dragonfly and lily pad were made with embossing powders through the stencil on Eclipse tape.

JD/ Jill said...

WOW! these pages are so nicely done...thank you for sharing the inspiration.

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