Keep calm, smile and create!

New year brings so many resolutions, here is one for Stampotique Designers Challenge:

Keep calm, smile and create beautiful things!

My spread is made in my altered book. First I collaged some scrap leftovers on my page.

Then I shaded a bit with light sienna pencil. I used France’s splattered mug stamp (#10017) with espresso truffle. I applied some iridescent medium through a stencil.

Then I added some colours, first a layer of ecoline (lemon yellow) with bistre and then acrylic ink (bright yellow) and fluid chalk edger (metallic yellow).

I stamped Maria’s Keep calm (#7305) text on a card stock, that I stitched on laces.

And some details:

Hope you will be able to smile a lot and create beautiful things in 2015!

I am sharing my spread with Stampotique designers challenge: New Year’s resolution.

I am linking my spread to Faber Castell design memory craft January challenge as well.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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48 Responses to Keep calm, smile and create!

  1. Felicia says:

    I love this spread Ruth! I think I love how scraps can come together for awesomeness! I like the effects of the Ecoline and I soooo want France’s stamp! It’s on the list! Ha ha you are starting 2015 off with a bang!

  2. Natasha says:

    This is so awesome, you are so amazingly inspiring! Thanks for sharing your process for creating the spread!! And I needed to hear that…keeping calm and creating beautiful things!

  3. Kay Wallace says:

    You have creatively supported your sentiment (resolution) with the chaotic background, Ruth. It is just perfect!

  4. frandalicious56 says:

    WOW Ruth, you just keep bringing on really good stuff. I absolutely adore the way you take such raw, simple items and manipulate them in a way that is so pleasingly cohesive. you really have the crem de la crem going on !!!!

  5. Julie Short says:

    Hi Ruth I love the messy stuff all gently altered, pushed and pulled until it becomes an interesting and inspiring page.

  6. zksmith says:

    Great advice! I love the cheerful colours and all that creativity in this project!

  7. rozwil says:

    love how you use the scraps Ruth…one of my fav things to do!

  8. windinn says:

    What a great spread, Ruth – and I am loving that quote!

  9. vickiross says:

    Im with Win, love the spread and especially the quote!

  10. Lisette says:

    Love the colours on this piece and the words make a great resolution.

  11. massofhair says:

    Stunning pages Ruth, loving the textures and colours very much πŸ™‚ xxx

  12. Sue The Iron says:

    This is brilliant Ruth, I love all the textures here, especially those laces. Thanks so much for supporting us again at Stampotique. Sue xx

  13. Michelle says:


    I am visiting from Friendship Friday.

    I recently bought some art supplies in hopes of bringing out my creative side in 2015.
    Maybe I will take some pictures and post them on my blog.

  14. Susan Carol says:

    I love the quote and all the layers here. So much interest. Seeing your altered book makes me want to start one, the text gives such a great base layer. Creating definitely helps us stay calm and smile too, and that keeps us happy πŸ™‚

  15. Lindsay says:

    Beautiful page! I love bistre pigments too, I use them a lot! Love the stitched part!

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  17. WOW!!! I love your work Ruth πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for joining in with us at Stampotique this week πŸ™‚

  18. Kim Howard says:

    Beautiful textures on your creation, love the step by step on how you created it. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer’s Challenge this week.

  19. dutchstamptramp says:

    Love your pages. Wonderful colours! Thanks for joining teh Stampotique Dv

  20. Maja Rijkers says:

    Beautiful spread! I love that sentiment, the color combi and all the little scraps you used.

  21. kampysgirl says:

    I adore this color scheme! Groovy and cool- and definitely me! Great spread- love the use of your elements on this!xx

  22. leacayoung says:

    beautiful pages. love all the details.

  23. *Arwen* says:

    This is awesome Ruth! I’m sure, you will create beautiful things ❀

    Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique Designers Challenge πŸ™‚

    xx Arwen

  24. Gez says:

    Beautiful. Your work is inspirational. Love the added thread. Thank you for joining the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge. Gez

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