This layout has 2 main techniques in it – using a stencil with texture paste and stamping on acetate.



This is a layout I completed of my son at my daughter’s wedding last year. They are both so grown up – where have all the years gone! More to the point I’m getting sooo old - lol.

Anywho, I thought I would take you through the steps I used in this layout. I love to add texture and detail, so i often have layers to my projects -

  • firstly the gesso and the bubbly effect from using a roller insead of a brush or sponge
  • then adding the texture paste clocks and numbers
  • next is the white wash cardboard
  • the cardstock clock
  • coffee spills
  • and lastly the photo

You will need:

  • gesso
  • roller – i just have one I purchased from a cheap shop
  • sponge brush
  • blending tool
  • distress ink – frayed burlap
  • cardstock – beige
  • cardboard (from an old box)
  • acetate
  • stamp – Tim Holtz – Spills and Splatters
  • brown Staz-On
  • stencil – time travel from The Crafter’s Workshop
  • texture paste – I use Jo Sonja as it is so versatile and I always get a great result
  • black gel pen
  • Die – Tim Holtz – Tiny Tabs and Tags; Weathered Clock
  • stapler – Tim Holtz
  • brown brad


  • Trim the label off all cardstock.
  • Using the gesso and paint roller – paint a square, approximately 10 x 10 inches in the centre of your beige cardstock. Set aside to dry or use your heat gun.
  • Rip your cardboard (box) to the desired shape and paint lightly with the sponge brush and gesso.
  • Use the stencil and texture paste to give a raised design on your beige cardstock
    • place the stencil where you want to use it. I have actually cut this stencil up so I can use the elements separately without getting texture paste everywhere but others I use as they are – gotta love The Crafter’s Workshop
    • you can hold the stencil with re-positionable tape
    • Stir your paste before use.
    • I then use a silicon spatula to apply the paste and then wipe away any excess. I have also used a flat edged knife which also worked. Any excess can be placed back in your jar of texture paste to use again.
    • You can also have a number of effect to you texture paste – i guess you are only limited by your imagination. The spatula will give a flat surface if scraped across, or you can use it like applying frosting to a cake, you can use paint brushes to add texture (before and after you remove the stencil), stamp in it etc
    • lift the stencil straight up off the page to give a clean edge
    • Set aside to dry or use your heat gun. Its a bit hard to see in this photo – there is a clock at the top and bottom and a few scattered numbers.
    • click on the link to see a video demonstration
  • Use the dies and brown cardstock to cut a weathered clock, clock hands and a file tab.
  • Stamp the cup circles and splatters onto your transparency with brown ink.
    • even though we are using a permanent ink, it is very slippery on acetate so be careful not to push too hard or the stamp will move and smear the image
    • ink takes a while to dry on acetate because it is a non-porous surface, so dont be tempted to touch it
    • if you are in a hurry, you can dry with a heat gun (don’t hold the gun too close to the acetate or it will distort).
    • then cut out around the shapes.
  • Use your blending tool and distress ink to highlight the texture paste and the edges of the clock, file tab and page.
  • Write your title and journal on a white piece of paper and cut into strips. Outline with black pen.
  • Outline the white painted area on your page with black pen.
  • Assemble Your Page.
    • Attach the clock to the cardboard with adhesive. Attach the hands in the centre with a brad.
    • Put the title into the file tab and staple closed. Stick to cardboard.
    • Using dimensional tape, attach your photo to the cardboard.
    • Layer stamped transparency, journaling and cardboard onto your page and attach.

Hope you like this effect.

Kaye xoxo

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