Tuesday 4 October 2011

It's A Sign: Quite Some Free Gift! With a layout too

Never let it be said that I'm not a multi-tasking blogger, because today I bring you a single post which manages to combine:
  • a funny sign for my It's A Sign feature;
  • my 3DJean Design Team project;
  • a scrapbook page AND ...
  • a splash of purple to fit in with Purple Phase [which now has it's own page tab ^^ up there containing a list of all the posts so far].
Oh and I'm also experimenting with a new LinkManger thingy at the bottom of this page ... so all in all this is one packed post.

So, while I have a short nap to recover from the exertion you can have look here, at the sign I spotted above the door of the printing press in the Edwardian Town at Beamish:
Isn't the English language an amazingly flexible thing? While I'm certain the signmakers hadn't intended my interpretation of it ... the idea that if I went round the back I'd be supplied with my very own agent or newsboy well ... that made me laugh!

It also made me want a photo of me with the sign ...the next best thing if I wasn't actually going to get an agent or newsboy to bring home! ;-)

Now here's the page I made to record it:
The journaling is written on some office supply labels while the titling is a combination of October Afternoon and Making Memories alphas. I bought 4 packs of the same colour of the latter in a cheapy bumper pack from TKMaxx and, rather than have 400 identical pink letters to use up, I've coloured over some of them with ProMarkers to match my page:
For a little embellishment cluster at the top I used a chipboard frame from a Collections Elements micro-book [listed below] and a strip of purple paper to balance out the similar strip at the bottom of the page. It also co-ordinated with the purple Shimmerz inks I sprinkled across the page, especially around the chipboard stars:
All of the illustrations plus the snippets of wording were taken from a vintage comic book story ... which possibly wasn't originally about a shop which supplied newsboys ... but hey that's what 'artistic licence' was invented for:
The chevron design fabric strips are Studio Calico 'FabRips' which are quite expensive ... for an embellishment [IMO] but I love them, so I treated myself. I used every last tiny scrap of the last packet I had and imagine I'll be doing the same with this one too!
Appropriately enough, due to the newspaper theme of the photos, the Chinese text I used on the stars and tucked down at the was torn from a free Chinese newspaper I spotted on a stand at work which I walked past one morning. It was on my mind all day, so I made sure that, before I left - and when I had a bag with me - I'd return to collect one. First I had a quick scan around to check no one was looking, then I swiped one and stuffed it into my bag in one swift movement.

Considering they were free papers I don't know what I was worried about ... possibly a fear of being questioned about whether or not I could read Chinese! Which of course I can't!  And really, I didn't feel like explaining to someone that I didn't want to read it ... I just wanted to use it in my crafting because ... y'know ... it like .. looked sort of ... cool ....?

Because I don't think they'd have understood. But you do ... don't you?

Thanks for reading here today.

Julie :-)


 Here are the  3DJean supplies I used on this page:


  1. I love that photo and how you've scrapped it, the cartoons are just perfect.
    I've been inspired by your purple phase and have blogged about a very purple christmas card I couldn't resist making.

  2. Love your page... can u send me an invite to link manager?? to bonnieangel1797@gmail.com ?? thks

  3. These old signs are great and your layout to document it is just fab Julie, your little quotes are perfect lol! XX

  4. Brilliantly amusing page! I really like the way you can just find perfect illustrations for your photos. :)

  5. Thank you for the smiles and for this rocking page! That's the first word that came to my mind: rocking! You have such an interesting mix of things on there!

  6. Totally! I mean understanding the issues with the Chinese newspaper! =)
    Love all the layering in your page!

  7. This is just fantastic. I love your mix of things on the page and the photo is hilarious!

  8. Ha ha, what a great sign.

    And a great page to go with it, especially all the piled up paper strips. x

  9. Absolutely love this page and I read the sign in exactly the same way.

  10. :-) I understand!!! Both the looking around and why you took the chinese paper. Funny picture and beautiful page.


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