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Claire Murphy – Learn to Rest

Claire –
I find nothing better than getting a piece of white cardstock and letting my imagination take over. I had a whole load of ideas floating around in my head and decided to try and include as many of these on this layout.
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So – I firstly wanted a whole load of border strips. Now, I have a couple of punches in my stash that I could have used but I wanted lots of different shaped border strips to layer up and be the main focus on the page. This is where the amazing cut file from Pretty My Page came in. So I cut 1 inch strips of these using my Cricut and cut them by colour.  I chose to use the Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection (as I am desperate to use up the last scraps). This worked perfectly for the colours I had in mind.
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After I cut the border strips I decided I wanted some colour behind them so added some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in the following colours; worn lipstick, peacock feathers, squeezed lemonade and wilted violet. These inks are also available from PMP. I just used a splash of each ink with some water and painted a small area for each of the 4 colours to sit on top of.
Next I added in my title. I used a quote from Banksy as the photo wasn’t anything special and didn’t really have a story but I wanted to scrap it. So I added on the quote by colour co-ordinating the Thickers with each colour from the border strips. I didn’t have any yellow or purple Thickers so I used the Distress Oxide inks again to alter the colour of these Thickers and I was really happy with the result.
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I did a simple layer behind my photo and backed the whole layout onto a piece of patterned paper, choosing black to help the colours pop. I decided to give it some texture by stitching through each of the 4 sections in a co-ordinating colour and I chose to leave the ends loose as I quite like the unfinished look, especially as I was using a Banksy quote on this layout. Then finally I added in some enamel hearts and stars and finished with a couple of inspirational words from the Tim Holtz word sticker book.
You can see the process video here.
With love and colour
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Due to ongoing health and personal issues, I’m afraid I am closing the shop for 6 months.  I very much hope to be back but I will only be able to judge this once I have gone through the next few months.  All outstanding orders will go out next week (commencing 15th June).  I will be keeping the blog side of the website going and I may pop up on social media sometimes but I may have to take a fair bit of time out while I process everything and work through treatments etc.  I know that particularly my pre-cut customers will be disappointed and I am so sorry to let people down but sometimes being strong involves having to give something up.  It’s not been an easy decision I can tell you.  Thank you so much to everyone that has supported me in the last 4 years, in particular my wonderful design team.  Seeing my designs on layouts capturing people’s precious memories is something I will always treasure.  Best wishes xx

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