Tuesday, 1 March 2016

More Than Words Challenge March 2016

Hi all,

Today I've been busy making my entry for the March 'More Than Words' challenge. You can find out more here . The challenge was only announced today but I was in need of some inspiration so I got going!

This month's word is 'Bliss' and the creative challenge is to use some gesso.

When I think of the word 'bliss' it takes me to sitting somewhere in the sun where it's quiet and peaceful. I took this picture at Cusworth Hall, a manor house a couple of miles outside Doncaster. There's a country park around it as well which is lovely to walk around. At the top of the hill where we were sitting next to the hall you can see into town and for miles around. After this I may have rolled down the hill when no one was looking and got mud on my dress and legs but it was worth it!
Here's my layout:

I had a square of map print vellum that worked well with my picture. It didn't stand out well so I used gesso on the area around where the vellum would sit so the background was toned down. (I made my own gesso using PVA glue, white acrylic paint and talcum powder. The talcum powder is scented so now my layout smells gorgeous! Haha). I also covered a chipboard flourish with gesso to match. The layout looked a bit bare on each side so I added buttons and skeleton leaves.

Thanks for stopping by, why not play along? I find this kind of challenge so inspiring!
Emily xx


  1. Such a beautiful layout, with a beautiful background. Love your colour scheme.

    Hugs Jen xx

  2. Great take on our challenge Emily and good on you, making your own gesso too. That map looks great behind your photo. Thanks for playing along with us at More Than Words.

  3. FANTASTIC layout Emily... Thank you for joining us over @ More Than Words! x

  4. Lovely layout! I also enjoy the bliss of the outdoors! All the best from More Than Words! :)

  5. It seems you really enjoyed the view from up there, great spot indeed !!! Your page is so beautiful,those nice little details and papers you choose make the perfect match with your photo and journaling!! Thank you for joining us over at More than Words !!

  6. Love your color combo! Thank you for playing along with us @ More than Words!

  7. Lovely page! Thanks for playing along with us at More Than Words.

  8. Awesome picture (looks totally bliss) and great layout! Thank you for playing along with us at More Than Words!

  9. Lol! I'd like to see the photo of after you rolled down the hill! Love your use of gesso behind the vellum - perfect! What a fab take on the More Than Words challenge!