We try and get at least one trip to the Aylesford Zoo a year into our schedule. This is one of the first visits we took. The animals are just amazing – lions and tigers and bears, oh my indeed!
I really wanted to use some new stencils I had picked up from The Crafter’s Workshop. The two I chose were zebra and bamboo. I started by inking through the zebra stencil with black ink on craft cardstock. Now let me tell you – this was pre-blending foams, pre-blending brushes, and pre-distress ink. Trying to get a good solid amount of black ink on there using only a sponge – that’s what Tim Holtz would call craft cardio! It took a lot of elbow grease.
For the next layer, I took two large circles in a subtle green patterned paper and stenciled the bamboo stencil in green over top.
Now I knew I had a lot of photos to play with for this layout, and I needed to have a place for my title and journal text, so I laid a strip of subtle yellow patterned paper across the middle to break up all that background. I also used a few strips of funky patterned paper that I believe came from a Halloween paper line from K&Company from way back.
Once I had all the background in place I laid out my photos, journal content and header. I had these awesome Leopard Print letter stickers called “Creative Gifted Stickers” from Punch Studio that I picked up from a dollar bin at Michaels. They’re so perfect for this layout.
Once all the “chunky bits” were done, that’s when I added my embellishments, and what a ton of those I had to play with. I made a tag from some fun alligator patterned paper from The Paper Studio, some stickers which I think come from an old DCWV line, or maybe Jolee’s, some jute, and some massive pine cone sticker shapes that I have no idea where they came from, but I do know they’re intended for Christmas! I tell ya, this layout is a smorgasbord of stuff!
I really do love the way this layout came out. It highlights all the photos really well and well, what better way to show off the wildness of the zoo then to just go wild with all the supplies you have in your stash!
Cardstock – Bazzill
Patterned Paper – K&Company, The Paper Company and Recollections
Ink – Stampin’ Up
Stencils – The Crafters Workshop
Stickers – Creative Gifted Stickers: Paper Studio, Unknown mix