Sunday, 2 March 2014

Q&L - Age - Don't stand so close to me

Hi all, time to upload my entry for the Craft Barn Q&L challenge which is marriage (not doing THAT one) or age.  I opted for The Police, Don't stand to close to me, which contains the lyric:

Inside her, there's longing, this girl's an open page. 
Book marking, she so close now, this girl is half is age
This was fun, and I was very glad of the A3 layout!  Started with colouring the centura pearl (non-shiny side) with layers of distress stains.

I created the depth with pretty much a PaperArtsy fest!  There's lines (which made me think of an exercise book from my school days), there's text, the numbers around the edge, and that great circle, which looks spookily like vinyl...  The pen nibs are a very old clearly impressed stamp - I may have to use that more, I think.  And the ferny bits around the bus stop are a Claritystamp.

Whilst searching through the stamp stash, I found that lovely 'longing' stamp - she does look significantly younger than him, and also the 'serious charge against a gentleman' which tied in nicely with 'the accusations fly'.

When I wrote out the lyrics, I tried to make 'her side', the orange side, more standard school handwriting, and the green side, his side, a bit more grown up, in fact like mine, so not grown up at all!

Hope you like!


Substrate: Centura Pearl

Paints and Inks
Distress stain: Dried Marigold, Tattered Rose, Wild Honey, Bundled Sage, Frayed Burlap, Evergreen Bough
Archival Ink: Watering Can, Potting Soil, Fern Green, Orange Blossom
Distress Ink: Pumice Stone
Distress markers (various)

Clearly Impressed: J6221 - Writing set
ClarityStamp: Hedgerow flower bunch
PaperArtsy: Background 6 BG6, At home 2, Gentleman Plate 1, Hot Picks HPXT01, HP1102

Bling and other stuff
No bling!  Again!


  1. This is lovely Ruth - I love the textures and layers that you have created - and the 2 sides.... clever idea!

  2. This is wonderful. You come up with such great ideas.

  3. Evocative song, fab interpretation. Love your colours & handwritten lyrics :-) xxx

  4. You found lyrics with age in - well done you, love the page and song. BJ

  5. I kept trying to remember the lyrics as you were showing lyrics by The Police. It's weird how we can hear a song, yet not really know the words at all. You did a fantastic job with your lyrics AND your two pages that were separated by word styles and colors.

  6. Ooh this song takes me back - I am in awe of your ability to fill an A3 page.

  7. Fabulous page, great background and choice of lyrics.

    Sylv xx

  8. Beautiful page. I love all the colours and stamped texture. You did a fantastic job on this page and lyric depiction.