Friday, 18 September 2020

Smile by Belinda Spencer


It's Belinda here today to share my very first post as a design team member at Scrapping Clearly. I am so excited and thrilled to be joining the team and hope I can inspire you with my style of creating.

Today I am sharing a layout I created for the fabulous September Mood Board Challenge using some awesome products from Scrapping Clearly.


Here's a peek at the Mood Board:

I like to work with an A4 format for my layouts. I find it easier to store A4 size layouts rather than 12 x 12 ones. It's a personal choice.

I started my layout by adding some colour to the background Marshmallow Heavyweight Smooth Cardstock . I spritzed my layout with a little water. I added some Distress Ink in Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint to a stamping acrylic block, spritzed with water and then applied to my background cardstock. I spritzed the block again and placed on the page to pick up the rest of the ink on the block. I added more ink to the block, spritzed again, picked up the ink with a soft wet paintbrush and flicked over the page.

Next I repeated this process using a second colour. This time Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide.

I added a layer of stamping using the fabulous Art By Marlene Mandala Tapestry Clear Stamps and the Monday, Tuesday... Carabelle Studio Art Stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink.

I went on a treasure hunt through my stash for some patterned papers to match the colours of the mood board and came up with these. There is a sweet mix of Heidi Swapp Favourite Things and Art Walk as well as a dash of Cocoa Vanilla Studio You Rock. The stickers, puffy stickers and butterfly are also by Heidi Swapp.

I cut out the layers to sit behind my photo and stapled together with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I coloured the Heidi Swapp butterfly with the same inks as the layout background and let dry completely. I then added black outlines using the Brush 1 Pen from the Jane Davenport Finishing Line Pens Set.

Then it was time to start assembling the layout. I added some messy cotton thread and secured it in place with my paper layers.

I added my photo using 3D foam and tucked in the butterfly.

I used a Posca Pen to colour my chipboard title.

Finally I added the title and all embellishments to the layout. The tiny butterflies were created using an old Kaisercraft Die Cut that I have had in my stash for ages.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you are feeling inspired to give the Mood Board Challenge a go too using awesome products from Scrapping Clearly.



  1. Love this Belinda!! Thank you so much for the great step by step!!!

  2. Looks amazing - love your layout❤

  3. Belinda thank you for sharing your steps, ive pick up a tip by colouring chip board while still attached. I love your LO you have made the steps look easy enough to try.