Let's start with the awesome and beautiful sketch for this month's kit by Suepup (aka Charlotte).
Scraps of Darkness April Sketch.
Maria Layout. This is my take on the April SOD Sketch. I turned it on its side and did some fussy cutting on the paper. I love the deep reds and browns in this kit along with all the clocks and gears! I inked the papers with Walnut Distress Ink and distressed them with my Tonic Studios Distress Tool. The bling, gears, and some of the flowers were from my stash from some of my previous SOD kits. The photo is of my late mother. This page will be going in my personal heritage album.
Gilmore Layout. What can I tell you....I love those clocks! I fussy cut a bunch of them from one of the kit papers to make this layout. I actually created this layout for a challenge at scrapbook.com. The Scissors, Paper, and Ink Challenge over at sb.com challenges you to use only scissors, paper, and ink (adhesive, too) to create a layout. I took to tearing and fussy cutting my papers. I also used Walnut Stain Distresss Ink on all the edges. The photo is of my father-in-law around the time he met my mother-in-law (A very long time ago... lol).
Innocence Layout. Doesn't yellow remind you of spring and innocence? It does to me and when I found this photo of my great-aunt Bertha that is what came to mind; innocence. This photo was taken before she went to a convent to become a nun. The Bo Bunny Timepiece Home paper with its large door reminded me of a church and I associated that with her. I used moss from the SOD kit to make a little nest for my yellow flowers over an inked, painted, and distressed background. The script and window stamp is from the kit as are the lace trim and Graphic 45 metal flowers. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Golden Wheat Shimmerz paint, and Ranger Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold Mist. The key is a skeleton key I picked up at the hardware store. The Thickers for the title, some flowers, and ribbon were from my stash.
Defines Me Mini Album Front Cover. I created this mini album for Lisa's (aka Lisanovo) Skeletons in the Closet challenge over at the Scraps of Darkness Challenge Forum. The topic of this month's challenge was "What Defines You?" And since I don't think any ONE thing can define me, I made a whole album full of things that help define me. I made this album with mini paper bags from the hardware store (A photo of the type of bag is at the bottom of this post). Throughout this album I used the papers, cardstock, embellies from the kit along with some other embellishments from previous SOD kits.
Defines Me Mini Front Cover Close Up. In this photo, you can see some Vintage metal corners, Prima mini roses, and 7 Gypsies gears.
Defines Me Mini Album: Pages 1 and 2. On page one I used some Prima stencils and Shimmerz Terra Cotta mist to make the background. I used some Tim Holtz alphas from the Salvage Stickers that came in the kit. My children are the ones in the photo and I believe they are part of the reason I am who I am. Without them I wouldn't be a mother. The 2nd page is of my husband; without him I wouldn't be a wife (or would have learned to be one).
Defines Me Mini Album: Pages 1 and 2 Close Up. I wanted to show you all the little note cards inside the pockets of the bag. This is where I have most of my journaling.
Defines Me Mini Album: Pages 3 and 4. These two pages are of my grandmother and late mother. Without out them I wouldn't have been raised the way I was. My mother's death when I was five also had a great effect on me and has partly made me who I am as well.
Defines Me Mini Album: Pages 5 and 6. These two pages are of my friends. All them mean the world to me and their friendship has nurtured a love more like that of family.
Defines Me Mini Album: Pages 7 and 8. These two pages are dedicated to my youth (or lack of it) and experiences.
Defines Me Mini Album: Pages 9 and 10. These two pages are for time and secrets.
Defines Me Mini Album: Pages 11 and 12. These two pages are for the military (being a military spouse) and for my hobby (scrapbooking and scrap supply shopping).
Defines Me Mini Album: Pages 13 and 14. These two pages are for obsessions and collections (some are one and the same).
Defines Me Mini Album: Pages 15 and 16. These two pages are my education and my life (so far).
Defines Me Mini Album: Pages 17 and 18. These two pages are for extra journaling (on the tags). And let me tell you this is the most journaling I've done in a long time!
Defines Me Mini Album Back Cover. I thought I would put some of my favorite things on the back cover such as the 7 Gypsies Gears, Tim Holtz Gears, and a Tim Holtz Word Key.