“Summer Memories” at Gigi’s Pool – A Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Y’all!! Today’s prompt for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge was “Summer Memories”. When I think of Summer Memories, I think of backyard gatherings, sitting on the deck, watching the kids play in the pool. There’s not so many of those days anymore, as most of those kiddos are growing up and having babies of their own. This little guy, tho. His mother sent me a picture a few weeks ago of him holding his learner’s permit. He’s not the cute, little baby anymore. He’s still cute though, but I’m his aunt and I have to say that, right?

When I saw that the prompt was Summer Memories, I immediately thought of all the Summer scrapbook paper that I have collected over the years. All those bright blues that are in just about every paper pack. I’ve been doing mostly mixed media lately, but I decided to throw a little scrapbooking into it as well and do an art journal page with this picture of this little cutie pie. I think this is one of my favorite Summer pictures.

For my art journal page today, I used my Dylusions 8×8 art journal. I of course chose my Distress Oxide Sprays since I am working in a journal. The colors that I chose for my background were Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Mermaid Lagoon. Since I was only planning on one page, I used my Ranger Silicon Mat to protect the other page from spray over. The first thing was to spray the page with some water, and then spray the Tumbled Glass. Once that was dry, I used a layering stencil from Stampers Anonymous that resembles Bubbles (THS138) and sprayed my Distress Resist Spray over the Tumbled Glass. Once that was good and dry, I spritzed it with some water and sprayed my other two colors.

I decided I wanted to use some pieces I had already cut out with my Vagabond and make a net, if you will, to hold the items in. To make the net, I used some cheese cloth that I picked up somewhere at an estate sale I’m sure, and my Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Spray. This is a really great technique that you can use on white ribbons, white flowers, etc. (you get the idea) to make them whatever color you need. The trick is to spray it with some water to make sure that it will wick up all the ink, and then spray it with whatever color your heart desires (or your make requires).

Next, I matted my picture with a piece of scrapbook paper that I had in my stash and distressed the edges with my Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and a blending tool and foam.

Once I was happy with my picture, I tried to get happy with my background and my “net”. I have to keep it real here for a minute. I wasn’t too sure about how it was looking with just the background and the net glued down, but you can’t always tell early in the make. Thank goodness! I do admit I was more pleased with the final outcome. LOL. To make me a little more happier with the background, I decided to do a little stamping to fill in some holes. For the stamping I chose a set from the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection called Faded Type (CMS397). This is without a doubt, one of my favorite stamp sets. For the ink, I used Distress Archival Mermaid Lagoon. This made me happy!

Next thing I did was tear me a piece of paper to cover my “net” because I forgot that I wanted to use my splatter brush to splatter some white gesso on my paper. Please tell me I’m not the only one who says, “Oh yeah, I forgot to do…” during a make.

Once I made sure it was good and dry, I then placed my photo onto my art journal page with pop dots and Distress Collage Medium. Then I had to decide my arrangement. Decisions, decisions. I said earlier that I was planning on using a few pieces I had already cut out with my Vagabond. The pieces I used were a sea horse and two sand dollars cut out with the Tim Holtz Alterations set Mini Sand and Sea (659582). I distressed these pieces with my Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink as well, and positioned them in my net. I added a few Prima flowers with some brads for a little pop of color, and some BoBunny bling that I had in my scrapbook stash.

And that was that! I think this make turned out pretty cute. The kid’s ok too! LOL. It was looking a little iffy there for a minute or two, but in the end…. You be the judge.

I have to say that I think Summer is one of my favorite seasons. As long as I can stay inside, or in the pool that is. Haha. I cannot do this Louisiana heat anymore. I guess Summer runs a close second to Christmas, though. I do like that weather better. Haha. Please, leave a message in the comments. Tell me what Summer Memories means to you!

Until next time,


Here is a list of the supplies:

   Dylusions 8×8 Art Journal

Products used :

   Distress Oxide Spray Tumbled Glass

   Distress Oxide Spray Broken China

   Distress Oxide Spray Mermaid Lagoon

   Distress Oxide Spray Frayed Burlap

   Distress Oxide Ink Vintage Photo

   Distress Archival Ink Mermaid Lagoon

   Distress Collage Medium

   Distress Resist Spray

   Liquitex White Gesso

Tools Used:

   Stampers Anonymous Faded Type CMS397

   Stampers Anonymous 

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Ranger Silicon Mat

   Ranger Craft Mat

   Sizzix Mini Sand & Sea 659582

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