12 Year Ago- DT Reveal for 13 Arts.

We recently celebrated my son’s 12th Birthday. I wanted to make a layout with this really cute photo to commemorate the occasion. I wanted the layout to have some boyish elements along with my usual style flowery style.
I used this layout for the Arpil challenge at Once Upon a Sketch. I rotated the sketch because i wanted the #12 right at the top left hand corner.
The journaling requirement for this challenge was to write about The Best Day of your life.
Well I interpreted as one of the best days of my life because I know that most people, including me, have more than just one best day!! 
It was hard for me to choose just one best day but since my son had just turned 12 now I thought I would chose the day he was born as one of my best days.
My journaling says:
“12 years ago you made me a mother for the first time and that was one of the best days of my life”
I think I might just have to make some more layouts to commemorate my other “best days” : the day I met my husband, the day we got married, the day my daughter was born, the day I got a second chance at life, the day I met my best friend, etc, etc ,etc…
I gave the 13 Arts background paper a light wash with some Pearl Orange and Pearl brown Spray. I mixed the ink with water on my mat and then using a wipe, I spread it across the page. I really wanted to match the background to the
 Then I spread some 13 Arts gesso with a credit card in the background behind the photo and behind the number 12. I sprayed them with both 13 Arts Pearl Orange and Pearl Brown again to match the page.
I used some different sized numbers around the photo. I covered them with 13 Arts Gesso and then sprayed them with 13 Arts Pearl Orange and Pearl brown again.
Finally I used lots of embellishments to decorate around the photo including these beautiful 13 Arts Flowers.
Papers: All is love, Frosted Life, Prima frame
Flowers: 13 Arts, Petaloo, Prima
13 Arts gesso
13 Arts pearl orange spray
13 Arts pearl brown spray
13 Arts black ink
Numbers: Thickers
Metal embellishments: Prima and Tim Holtz
Alpha 7 Dots Studio

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  • Reply Cathi ONeill April 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I absolutely love this Karen, beautiful! Love how you can mix mixed media and romantic floral together so perfectly… I love your style!

  • Reply cebelica April 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Your layout is very beautiful! Tha design is awesome. I also love all the elements on the page. Fab work! Hugs! xx

  • Reply Desire Fourie April 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    So beautiful. Love the tearing around the image.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  • Reply Julie Tucker-Wolek April 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Sooooooo gorgeous!! LOVING the colors and love love love love how you distressed and layered around the photo!!!!

  • Reply Lolô Artesanato April 20, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I love the colors and elements you used in this one Keren

  • Reply Lean de Ruiter April 20, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Cool page agai with great cluster work!

  • Reply Lizzy Hill April 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Have to agree with the above comments- you do grungey soo well…LOVE what you did to those figures & the bg matches perfectly!!!! It's a long list of best days you've got going there!!! Cant wait to see more scrapped..& BTW, LOVED those green ribbons…they've been starring!!!!!!

  • Reply Romy April 20, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Wow, you rocked this lay-out! I love the dark, masculine look. Thank you so much for playing along at OUAS!

  • Reply Sandra April 20, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Keren, this one looks a little bit grunge and a little bit of softness with the flowers, I love the look you've created.

  • Reply Sandi Cl~ April 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I am do totally in live with this! The paper tearing looks awesome!

  • Reply Ava Gavloski April 21, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Great layout Keren, love all the color tones and the textures!!!

  • Reply Elisabeth Sarkis April 21, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Beautiful work, loved all,hugs

  • Reply phamil April 21, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Keren, it's a beautiful page, and I love how you rotated the sketch! Love your boy touches, it's beautiful but still masculine! Thanks for joining us at OUAS!

  • Reply Adriana B April 21, 2013 at 3:03 am

    absolutely gorgeous, every detail amazing 🙂

  • Reply Tracey Sabella April 21, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Such a stunning page, Keren!! Love the repeated 12's, and of course your amazing flowers!! ~ Blessings, Tracey


  • Reply Sonia April 21, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Happy Sunday my dear friend^_^
    Your new creation is just wonderful^_^Very beautiful embellishments^_^

  • Reply Sabrina Sulaiman April 21, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Gorgeous design as usual, Karen! 🙂

  • Reply Di Garling April 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    You constantly leave me speechless. Love it. Cheers Di xo

  • Reply sandi April 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful! Love the mix on the torn pp!

  • Reply butterfly April 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Brilliant! Your peeled paper framing technique is so cool – what a wonderful celebration of a layout!
    Alison x

  • Reply Eila Sandberg April 22, 2013 at 8:12 am

    This is a fab boys page! I totally dig how you customize backgrounds and embellishments to go with any colour theme you have chosen. He is such a sweet boy, gosh 12 years old! This is once again a truly beautiful beautiful page! Thank you so so much for sharing it with us at OUAS!

  • Reply Denise van Deventer April 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Soooo special and love this page! I sooo love the colouring and the wonderful layering! Awesome work girl! 😉

  • Reply Helen Tilbury April 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Gorgeous work Keren! A really darling photo which always makes for a great start, perfect paper & embellishments & amazing techniques!!

  • Reply Rachael Funnell April 23, 2013 at 10:29 am

    WOWZERS! This looks INCREDIBLE.. such a special layout of your boy!! x

  • Reply Kim Price April 24, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Wow Keren, your work always stops me in my tracks. Love this layout – gorgeous work 🙂

  • Reply Cathy April 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Another stunning creation Keren… so much beautiful detail!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at OUAS :))

  • Reply Evgenia Petzer April 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    gorgeous! so rich in flowers, but still masculine! thank you so much for playing with us at OUAS!

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