Monday, September 13, 2010

Einstein a go go

I found myself with some free time this weekend, so I thought I would break the habit of a lifetime and complete a CJ layout WEEKS before it is due - I'm now very smug!  This must be what it feels like to be one of those efficient, organised people.  I very much doubt it will last :)

Anyway, this is for the Colours circle - and, in case you haven't already guessed, this is the grey journal.

I was a bit apprehensive about this one when I saw it in the list, what could I do with grey????

I didn't think I had many grey inks, for a start, but on closer inspection I managed to find 5 different shades :)  People have been known to tell me I have too many inkpads.  I wholeheartedly disagree - only 5 shades of grey??? rubbish! :D

I tinkered with the idea of doing a layout on Greys - the Roswell aliens - but then Jay came up with the "grey matter" idea, and I preferred that....mainly because it meant I could do yet another CJ entry about my mate  Albert :)

We really are friends, you know - I met him earlier this year at Madame Tussauds - here's the proof:

He didn't say much, but we got on like a house on fire :)

So - I had a title - "grey matter matters" (yes, I know it looks more like grey matter mattress on the finished article, I maybe could have picked a better font!) - and a concept - science and brains and my mate Al.....  it was just a case of putting it all together.

I dug out a plate of Club Stamp science themed stamps that I have had forever, and a tiny brain stamp which was one of the very first stamps I made myself on my Imagepac machine years back.  And some Tim Holtz dots for texture.  And those 5 ink pads :)  And some embossing powders.  And I just got on with it....

The background was made by roughly smooshing the famous 5 inks across the page in stripes using cut and dry foam, and then over stamping (and embossing in places) the various scientific stamps and the dots and brains.

The title was cut on the Cricut, and the capital letters were highlighted with Platinum stickles - bling bling!

 Albert himself was set over a painted backdrop (because the photo I had cut his shoulders off, and also I fancied crazying up his hair a little more :))

This is the best photo ever of Einstein :)  Doesn't he look like he would have been a great laugh to hang out with :)

So that's black, pink and grey done, I think it's blue next - I'd better get my thinking hat on....


Erika Jean said...

who knew that grey could be so beautiful! It looks good!

Sid said...

Fab pages, love your theme !!

ForgedinPaper said...

I caved and looked and it's so cool. Thank You. 5 shades of gray inkpad lol and you thought it would be a struggle!