Boy Genius.

This $5 Old Navy shirt that I got Gio when he was still in diapers is my favorite shirt in his closet.  I love the bright orange color.  I love the sentiment and I love how it looks on him.

When I took this photo, I knew I'd be using it on a layout.  So I tried to take shots that looked "artistic".  I wasn't too successful because the background makes no sense, but I still love his pose, outfit and nerdy glasses.

I used an array of paper craft company collections to complete this layout including Pink Paislee, October Afternoon, Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico, The Twinery, Simple Stories, American Crafts and Recollections.

The background was made with a Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil, paintbrush and watercolor paint.  I sprayed the SC feathers and also painted on them.

Adding twine is messy and tricky.
If you want it to look random just put a glob of glue anywhere and swirl it up randomly.
If you want some sort of order to the "mess",
first apply the adhesive in the shape/form you like, and then add the twine along the glue-line.
(see photo below)

I wanted the word "GENIUS" for the title to be red,
but I didn't have them available for the letters I needed.
The next best thing was to paint over these
white American Crafts fabric-type alphas with watercolor paint.
It was pretty messy and messed up my layout a little...

I added touches of teal & red to the all black dotted "faux leopard" background,
for a little interesting pop.
(and to cover the minor mess that "GENIUS" made on my layout - lol)

I had so much fun creating this layout, using the Scrap365 sketch challenge, and I hope you will bust out some 12x12 paper and join me in getting back into the heart of scrapbooking.

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1 - Scrap 365 - sketch challenge.
2 - Southern Girls - diecuts and/or punches.
3 - Mei Li Paperie - inspired by orange and the black messy doodling.
4 - Mixed Media Monthly - sprays & inks.

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