Monday, March 18, 2013

Coca: Another Freaking Scrappy Layout

 Loved this sketch. It screamed WASHI tape to me. Too bad I didn't actually USE this sketch. I know, it appears I did, and I will tell you that was completely by accident.

The truth is funnier.

So, today when I went to link this post up to Another Freaking Scrappy I saw the REAL sketch.

Which is different than the one that my mail program gave me to use. Mine only had that single strip of crinkled tape at the top for some reason or other. I really can't say honestly why. I even showed THE MAN. I said, Look ANNE IS CHALLENGING US to come up with something creative. He backed away from the crazy scrapbooker slowly. No need to alarm her when she has that LOOK in her eyes.

Anyhow, due to the fact I was channeling my inner Another Freaking Scrappy, this here is what you got. A layout where I made the background myself and added washi tape and used a circular type element.

So, the background was actually printed off Wikipedia on a 12 by 12 sheet of cream colored cardstock. I then inked it up with various ink pads I had and then spritzed with alcohol. Wanted that water colored look.

SINCE my ink cartridge is nearly dead, I got some lovely colors I did not expect but made me happy.

Here is a close up of my flowers and title. I liked how wet the letters ended up. Covered them with dimensional Modge Podge. 

Last week I blogged a bit about our first and second days in Peru. This page accompanies that write up .

Our first full day involved being sold Coca leaves to help us endure the elevation. Lest you think we are druggies, let me paste here a little excerpt from Wikipedia.

Coca may refer to any of the four cultivated plants which belong to the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America. The plant is an important cash crop in Bolivia and Peru.[1] It also plays a significant role in many traditional Andean cultures as well as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (see the Traditional uses). Coca is best known throughout the world for its psychoactive alkaloid, cocaine. However, the alkaloid content of coca leaves is low: between .25% and .77%, and production of cocaine from coca requires complex chemical processes.[2] This means that chewing the leaves or drinking coca tea does not produce the high (euphoria, megalomania) people experience with cocaine.

They did honestly seem to help!

I could use some today to get me acclimated to Monday since I'm having a bad case of the MONDAYS. 

Try to have a good one, OK?


  1. Look so close to the sketch to me I didn't think anything of it! And I'd love to see you replicate that bg....JOKING.....this is really lovely - sooo individual & creative & yeah, yeah, you can SAY that all you like about the coca leaves...but someone's lookin' VEEERYY happy in this pic!!! Love the green/pink combo - it really is a happy combo, reinforce all those 'helpful' leaf chewing!!!

  2. Too funny that you didn't have the whole sketch, but the result looks as if you did!
    Alison xx

  3. Wowwwwwwwwwww! This is GORGEOUS!! LOVING the flowers and that amazing BACKGROUND!!!

  4. Fabulous layout Mitra! Gorgeous background and love the title and cluster beneath it!!

  5. Thanks for the share Mitra I didn't actual know that, gorgeous page as well. Love the cluster of flowers and leafs.


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