Faces of You-May 2021 More Than Words Challenge

Hey, all! Welcome back to my little corner!

Today I am bringing you a (redone) layout. I originally did “Faces of You” 10+ years ago, and of all the layouts I’ve done, this is one I remembered! (Seriously, when looking for the layout I came across too many layouts I have no recollection of!) Anyhow, when I saw that this month’s More Than Words Challenge was “Faces & Kraft,” I knew I’d (finally) redo “Faces of You.” (I have grand plans to redo most of my layouts from when I first started scrapbooking.)


Process video:


Here is my original layout. I thought I was really getting fancy by adding stitching & ribbon! And, my goodness, there is almost some pattern going on with the light paper and the circles on that ribbon; I even overlapped the photos some! I remember when I started I was, more or less, afraid of colors and patterns! It was all too new. I didn’t add mediums; I didn’t even own mediums beyond a few to Tim Holtz’s Distress Ink pads, in varying shades of brown! A lot has changed since my early days.


And now, I have layers, embellishments of all kinds, mediums, and colors galore! Instead of being “afraid” of using “too much” I try to use as much as I can so I can work through my stash!



So many layers! I have my photos on foam, and the torn papers lifted with foam so the frame wouldn’t leave a weird lump.


I discovered long ago that I really LOVE cutting frames apart and having them look bigger than they actually are. It turns out, scissors are my friend, and I don’t have to be nervous about altering items!


I just used some white texture paste with my Fabrika Decoru stencil and used some Distress Oxide sprays as my paint!


I went through my stash, pulled out a lot of different choices, and eventually worked out what I wanted to add to this layout!

Thank you for joining me here, I hope you enjoyed this remake of one of my original layouts and it inspires you to be more daring with colors and mediums or to redo something!

Stay Crafty, Friends

Red heart C.J.


Project Life “Kraft Edition,” The Paper Studio “Everyday Kraft,” Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays “Evergreen Bough,” “Pine Needles,” “Candied Apple,” & “Wild Honey,” Fabrika Decoru “Leaves” Stencil (FDTR 162), Maggie Holmes “Chasing Dreams” Ephemera, Maggie Holmes “Willow Lane” Frame, Pretty Little Studio “Sunny Memories” Fresh Phrases, Echo Park “The Story of Fall” Enamel Dots, AC Shimelle “Box of Crayons” Stickers/Folder, Teresa Collins “Summer Stories” Die Cut Borders, Pink Fresh Studio “Life Noted” Puffy Alpha Stickers, Pink Fresh Studio “Escape the Ordinary” Chipboard Stickers, Fancy Pants Designs “Off to School” Sticker Sheet, Queen & Co Alphabits “Orange,” Hip Kit Club Stickers, Prima-Finnabair Clear Gesso, TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste, Fabri-Tac, Art Glitter Glue, Variegated Thread, Unknown Red “XOXO” Frame

More Than Words May 2020 Challenge-Stripes & Funny

Hey, all! I’m on a roll this month! If my brain is deciding to give me ideas, who am I to argue?!?!

Today I have a layout I created for the More Than Words May 2020 Challenge, “Stripes & Funny.” The photos on the layout are not the best quality, they were taken with a phone camera…and I don’t mean a phone camera from today, I mean one from 10 years ago! That’s right, those little faces on this layout are adults now! And what’s funnier than seeing if you can stick half an orange in your mouth?


I really dug into the deepest, darkest corners of my stash and pulled out my Pink Paislee, “Hello Sunshine,” papers, chipboard stickers, and ephemera for this layout. As soon as I saw the striped paper in the pack, I knew I wanted to use it with those striped paper straws I received from Doreena a couple years back!

Check out this quick process video to see the construction!

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The May 2020 More Than Words Challenge

Now, how about a few close-ups?

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In the close-ups, you can really see the splattering, and how well Distress Oxides work on a dark background! And aren’t those buttons from A Flair For Buttons the perfect touch sitting on a nest of thread?!?! (The thread technique I picked up from Missy Whidden a few years ago. I found it to be absolutely brilliant!)

Thank you for checking out this project, I hope you enjoyed it!


Pink Paislee “Hello Sunshine” Paper, Stickers, & Ephemera, Echo Park “The Story of Fall” Enamel Dots, Distress Oxide Spray “Carved Pumpkin” & “Mustard Seed,” Ranger Heat-It, tissue paper, StazOn “Jet Black,” A Flair For Buttons, Dear Lizzy Date Stamp, yellow thread, Silly Winks Sticky Back Foam Sheet, FabriTac, Art Glitter Glue, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, BEST 1” Double Sided Tape, Liquitex Clear Gesso, Prima 2” Silicone Brush, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, scrap heart print cardstock, paper straws from Doreena!