First, I have to say, "I can't believe LOAD is completed!" I am in shock; so it is a good thing I have a few Ella's Boot Camp Drills to complete and 4 FABULOUS weeks of Double Take with Nic Howard & May Flaum! So excited. Today I combined Drill #11 Embossing and Resist Technique and Double Take's Week 1 Sketch 3 into one layout. It is about our 2 different snow days in 2011, specifically: 1/9/11 & 2/9/11. Most of these pictures are from 1/9/11. Embossing/Resist Technique. The red embossed snowflake paper inspired me. Unfortunately, I still need LOTS of practice. I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped a snowflake image all over it. I used Dazzle Versamark ink to create the embossed snowflake. I used clear embossing powder (because that is all I have). I do think white embossing powder would work better. I embossed snowflakes on the white background cardstock and a strip of white cardstock to use for the title letters "Snow Daze". (The title I owe a thanks to a fellow classmate in double take) For the title letters, I inked them with vintage photo & red brick distress inks by Tim Holtz. I sprayed Maya Roads, Maya Mist "white" spray paint on the edges of the white snowflake background cardstock. Again, I think the snowflakes would have stood out better if I would have used white embossing powder rather than clear. I used the leftover "handmade created" title paper for "accents". I punched a double loop border, using Martha Stewarts' around the page punches. I tucked in these accents primarily on the left page. I was also SO HAPPY to use a Prima Silver Poinsettia on the right hand of the page!! I have had these and never used them! Also the paper is SEI "Alpine Forest". I only used 3 sheets of PP, with several pieces left over. The sketch used a lot more layering than I have been doing lately, which took me a bit longer to create. But I LOVE how it turned out! Double Take is taking me into that creative mode, trying new and old/unused techniques, such as embossing, inking, more embellishments, punching and layering! I am truly happy to "jazz" up my pages a bit more since LOAD, even if this layout took me two days. Off to another drill and another sketch!