Of Bart, Bums and Echo Park

Naughty Tracy showed me the new Echo Park  Apothecary Emporium range she got in recently and although this is not a company I usually scrap with, I have fallen head over heels with its very striking orange/white/ black/beige combination. After walking out with half her stock, I immediately had to play – and it’s perfect for a photo shoot of my youngest son that I have been ‘sitting on’ for the past couple of months (I promise you Tracy – it is not just because it matches his hair!!).   🙂

‘Bart Bum’ is the first of several layouts with this range I am planning on completing during the current school holidays. Although it is the first ‘finished,’  it is actually a leftovers layout – done with the bits and pieces ‘left over’ from other layouts.

One of the things I really like about Apothecary (aside from the grungy feel to it) is that there is such a choice in patterns that suit cutting up into blocks or strips of patterned paper: – 3 different stripes, 2 diamond patterns, a grid pattern, several ‘background colour blocks’ – as well as all the other patterned papers. It makes it very easy to create a layered page using left-overs.


I’ve used the grid pattern (reverse side) of Skull and Bones as the base of the layout. Over this went my leftovers: – a vertical piece of Hypnotic Stripes (diamond pattern reverse side); a horizontal strip of Striped Toad (striped side); and then a rectangular block of the Vanished and Liquid Smoke Distress Cardstock (beige side). I’ve then used a piece of black cardstock (BazzillRaven) as an off-set matt for the photo. This gives me the basic structure for my layout – the rest is playing around.

I added another horizontal strip of Striped Toad (striped side) to the space over the beige cardstock to provide some colour and pattern there; and to fill the space above the photo and over the diamond pattern I added a couple of Scrapware Cogs Large  and a smaller Scrapware Clock Cogs Mini . These have been inked up with some Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot Distress Ink and given a thick layer of the matching Distress Stickles (my stash).

As you can see from the close-up, this gives the cogs the appearance of being coated in ‘cut glass’ and is a really cool effect. It certainly makes them pop. 

I decided to put the journalling onto a hidden tag and this close up shows you the edge of it behind the photo matt. I had a thin strip of the Levitation and Zodiac Distressed Cardstock (orange side) left over and this I edge punched with my all-time favourite ‘boy’ punch pattern – my trusty old Fiskars Bracket Punch – inked with Black Soot and then tucked under the right side of the diamond patterned block.

The cool little ‘Bart’ skull image (to match DS3’s jeans pocket) I downloaded from the internet and printed onto an acetate sheet. It’s actually stuck to one of the tag shapes cut from the Labels patterned paper. Not liking the starkness of the original white, I inked it orange with some Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.

Lol – I did this originally with it printed onto plain white paper and it was great – then when I printed it out onto the acetate I realized my mistake – the acetate is clear – so the image on the original tag showed through and poor old Bart looked like he was Chinese. I had to cut out a little bit of white cardstock, ink it orange and then pop it under the acetate image so that you could clearly see his skull eyes. The things you do…

This is the journalling tag – I’ve used a standard luggage tag (no idea of Brand – sorry) which I inked over with some Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot Distress Inks and then lightly brushed over with some Black Soot Distress Stickles to give it that glassy splattered effect. Another of the acetate ‘Bart skull’ images and some (very old) rub on letters spell out a classic ‘Bart-ism’ to complete this Simpsons inspired tag. To make it easier to pull the tag out I have popped one of Tracy’s Skull and cross-bones Charms onto a Ball and Chain and threaded this through the tag.

The journalling isn’t anything exciting – just a note to say that although we detest the tv program, I don’t mind buying him clothes with the logo since he loves the show so much (don’t ask – no he cannot watch it at home – but obviously G’Ma is not such a stickler for observing our rules). The jeans are his favourite pair and he wears them whenever he can.

I added a thin strip of the Viper Venom and Squid Ink Distressed Cardstock (black and orange side) across the bottom of the layout. Finding a left-over bit of black cardstock cut out from a shaped layout I did ages ago – I included it down the bottom where it filled in a space there nicely.  🙂

The alphas are a combination of my favourite Scrapware alphas – Antique Lowercase Alphas  and Antique Lowercase Alphas Mini.  I’ve actually left Tracy some in stock this time – so go get in quick. I’ve left them pretty plain – only using Black Soot Ink and Distress Stickles to colour them. The cute teeny-tiny skull and cross-bones chippie is one from my stash – I have NO idea who made it and where I got it from – but they are sooooo cute.

In the offset space on the photo matt cardstock I popped in a strip of Hypnotic Stripes (striped side). The tag is another from the Labels patterned paper and again I have altered it with some Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.

A little while ago I scored this lovely little stamp from Tracy– it was used in one of the kits I think. It was perfect to finish off this ‘corner’ of the layout. I’ve embellished it with a few rhinestones from my stash and another of those cute little skull chippies. The final touch to the layout was to do a little stitching here and there with some black embroidery thread.

I had a ball playing with Apothecary Emporium and am impressed with how easily it all goes together. Looking at it here, you would never guess it is a Halloween themed range. So check it out before Tracy sells out – I notice some of the papers are running low.

3 Responses

  1. This layout is even better IRL … I LOVEEEEE it and the layers in their different shapes and inking is brilliant, I would never have thought to add the different patterns (more like too scared too) but after seeing this IRL I might have a go
    Tracy 🙂

  2. Ooooh ! Loving this Ngaire… you do boy LO’s fabulously, like how you use the papers too. Maggie 🙂

  3. I absolutely love the way you combine all the different patterns of paper! It all comes together perfectly…welcome back! 🙂

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