Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Boys & Gears Layout by Karen Bearse

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month's monthly challenge. The response was great and we loved seeing all of your creations. Thank you to everyone who entered our challenge last month and stay tuned for the winner in Katelyn's post on Thursday.

This month's will be an easy one because we are focusing on Anything Masculine!

Each month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the
 SRTC online store $20 (before tax) retail value

And ... it's a completely RANDOM DRAW!


- Must follow the theme
 - Your item can be a card, mixed media piece or project, whatever you can call "ART".  
- You can use any image, embellishments and any chipboard pieces you like.
- As of now, there is no limit for entries
- Must be a new project
- Can be combined with 10 other challenges
- Please link back to our blog
- Ends June.30th, 2016 at 6pm PST

**If you use product from SRTC, that will count as TWO entries but please make sure we know via your blog post attached via Mr. Linky below or a message below this post!! 

Karen is sharing with you today, a fun boys layout !


Hi Karen Bearse today with a goofy, fun boys’ layout. I have a thrift shop book that I have
turned into an art journal type, photo book. I call it my “Favorite Book Project”. In it I am
creating fun inky pages using some of my favourite photos throughout my life that may not have
been scrap booked yet. The idea is the photos are very random with no chronological order. It
is also a great way to use my stash, favourite stamps or product. I keep the book near my table
for left over ink or paint. This is an ongoing project with no pressure to finish so I just enjoy
playing. A good tip when using book pages for layouts is to glue 2 pages together using a quality
glue stick to make the pages stronger. Glue stick has low water content and the pages won’t

This is a photo when my boys were 2 and 8 months young. They have been best friends their
whole lives. Lucky for me they have always been willing to post for a pic!

I applied gesso to my gears with an old gift card to create a random sketchy look. Once dry add Distress Paint.

I used Ferro through a stencil for the stars. One of the things I love about this product is the
finished look is gritty & sparkles. It also dries very quickly for a dimensional type product. To adhere the Lego pieces I used dimensional glue dots. For the Lego boys & chippies Glossy
Accents was used.

I hope June is lovely where ever you are and you join us in our monthly contest!

SRTC Chippies:

Other Supplies:

- Ranger-Distress paint & stain, collage glue stick, Glossy Accents
- Tim Holtz-small talk stickers, alpha parts
- Seth Apter- stencil by Stencil Girl
- Viva- Ferro in Amber Gold
- Small shipping tag
- Lego toys
- Modeling paste

Remember to play along in the monthly challenge over on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blogEach month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the online store - -$20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

- Karen


  1. Karen, these pages are adorable and your boys are just sa-weet!! You are lucky that your boys are willing to such luck from the Barker twins! Love those gear banners and rusty gear at the bottom. Such creative use of the Lego toys, too! My son was a huge fan of the Legos, and we went to the Lego convention in our nation's capital. This brought back fond memories! Hugs!

    1. Thank you so much Sara, we have spent many an hour building. Glad it brought back memories!

  2. Wonderful colourful pages celebrating those two wonderful boys, love all the dimension and texture Karen, a real treat to see! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Seth, Loving playing with you products!!

  4. Love the banner pieces - didn't even notice the mini gears along the edges at first!

    1. Thanks Suzie, I know they are too cute right!

  5. Thank you for a great challenge, fabulous samples from the design team.
    Janice x

  6. This is such a fabulous project - and your babes are so cute. Thanks for posting this great challenge for us. Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

    1. Thank you so much Sue! Thanks for playing along!

  7. Just stumbled onto your challenge site and linked up. Very cool stuff!