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Across Five Aprils

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Hello Crafters!

Here we are to a brand new challange over Simon Says Stamp!


This week’s theme over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challange is “Inspired by a Song”.
I was inspired by an old song that I used to listen too few years ago. This song brought me to tears so many times that I lost the count. The song is “A year from now – by Across Five Aprils” , a sad yet so beautiful song.
Happy fact: it didn’t make me cry this time.

I started by covering my art journal page with Dina Wakley Heavy Body White Acrylic Paint and let it dry with the heat gun. When it was completely dry I added the first layer of color using Double Scoop Gelatos in BubbleGum color. I blended it with my fingers and a bit of water. I let the color get through all the cracks and crannies and then I let it dry.


I kept adding layers of Acrylic White and Double Scoop Gelatos,  then I cut pieces of paper from the My Story paper pad and create a little cluster – then, since the paper were too distracting, I covered the paper partially with acrylics.

I sewed this photo over some other pieces of cardstock and then glued onto the page.
I stamped here and there using archival ink and with the aquarelle set from Faber Castell I created some shadows around the layers of paper.


The sentiment is a verse from the song and I love how it matches the photo. And I also love how this page turned out. I know that this page is WAY too different from the project I usually make – but for me it has a deep meaning…sorta like a finish line, that I finally crossed. There is a very important piece of me in this page, and I hope you will be able to feel it.

I am not always happy with my art journal pages because most of the time I see too much pain in them. Not this one. I see happiness coming from within.

The photo was taken when I was living in L.A. and we were driving through Burbank on our way to eat Mexican Food to my at the time boyfriend’s mom house. I always loved spending time there, it was an house full of love and family bonds.
I am glad I am finally able to speak openly about him without crying like a baby. It took me only 3 years… Slowly but I got there.

For this challange Simon Says Stamp kindly offers a $50 gift voucher to shop over Simon Says Stamp!

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Simon Says Stamp is also on Instagram! If you would like you can also share your projects there, but don’t forget to use the hashtag #sssmchallange

And that’s all for today, If you have any questions, suggestions or if you want to let me know what  you think of this project, leave a message!

Ciao a tutti!

Eccoci ad una nuova sfida su Simon Says Stamp!


Il tema di questa settimana per il Simon Says Stamp Monday Challange è “Inspired by a Song”.
Questo significa che dovete inspirarvi ad una canzone, ad un cantante, ad un gruppo…o a qualsiasi cosa che ricordi la musica!
Io mi sono ispirata ad una vecchia canzone che ascoltavo un paio di anni fa. Questa canzone mi ha fatto piangere non so quante volte, oramai ho perso il conto. La canzone è “A year from now – by Across Five Aprils” , una canzone molto triste ma anche davvero molto bella.

Ho cominciato ricoprendo le pagine del mio art journal con Dina Wakley Heavy Body White Acrylic Paint e l’ho asciugato usando l’embosser. Una volta asciutto ho aggiunto il primo layer di colore usando il Double Scoop Gelatos in BubbleGum color. Ho sfumato usando le dita ed un poco di acqua. Ho lasciato il colore entrare nelle piccole crepe e texture e ho lasciato asciugare.


Ho continuato ad aggiungere strati di colore acrilico bianco e Double Scoop Gelatos,  poi ho ritagliato pezzi di carta dalla collezione My Story e ho creato dei piccoli cluster — poi , siccome questi pezzi di carta distraevano troppo, li ho coperti parzialmente con l’acrilico.

Ho cucito questa foto su altri pezzi di carta e l’ho incollata sulla pagina.

Ho stampato qua e là usando l’archival ink e con il set Aquarelle della Faber Castell ho creato delle ombre intorno agli strati di carta.


La scritta è un pezzo di testo della canzone e amo come rispecchia la foto. Inoltre amo questa pagina. So che è tanto diversa dal mio “solito” – ma per me ha davvero tanto significato…una sorta di traguardo che finalmente ho superato. C’e’ un pezzo molto importante di me in questa pagina, e spero riusciate a vederlo. Non sono mai contenta o completamente soddisfatta dalle pagine di art journal che faccio, spesso perchè ci vedo molta malinconia. Non in questa. In questa vedo tanta allegria e gioia.

La foto è stata fatta quando vivevo a Los Angeles. e stavamo guidando attraverso Burbank dirigendoci verso la casa del mio ragazzo, al tempo, per andare dai suoi genitori a mangiare messicano. Ho sempre amato passare le giornate a casa loro. Una casa piena di amore e radici.

Sono felice di riuscire finalmente a parlare di questa storia, senza piangere come una bambina. Mi ci sono voluti solo 3 anni…piano piano, ma ci sono arrivata.

Per questa sfida Simon Says Stamp offre gentilmente un buono di $50 da spendere su Simon Says Stamp!

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Zoey Scarpelli

I'm Zoey - I'm passionate about Mixed Media, Stenciling, Stamping and reading books.

  • mypapercraftworld

    All the bright, texture-y and vibrant detailing is such a fabulous balance with the black and white photo, Zoey … and what a perfect line from the song to go along with it! Anita 🙂

    February 29, 2016 at 7:40 am Reply
  • Andrea Ockey Parr

    Zoey! Does your talent know no bounds? Here I was thinking that you were a 3D art genius and now I see that you are also an art journaling genius! This piece is remarkable and I love how it is so full of emotion. I also thought it was very courageous of you to base a project on such a tender time if your life and for sharing part of that story with us. I felt like crying myself because we all know how it feels to have our hearts in a billion pieces at one time or another. I’m so proud of you for putting all of that on paper and making something that is so meaningful for us to see, too.

    February 29, 2016 at 6:08 am Reply
  • Emma

    I just adore your work, Zoey and it’s always such a pleasure to visit your blog and to see your wonderful creations! Once again, this is just stunning and a real work of art ~ I love it! <3

    February 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm Reply
  • smouwen

    These pages are so pretty, Zoey! I love the graffiti feel of them. The bright pink with the yellow are stunning! Gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

    February 28, 2016 at 11:23 am Reply
  • Barb

    Wonderful pages love how your eye is drawn to the hands.

    February 28, 2016 at 7:57 am Reply
  • onecraftystamper

    Zoey, glad to hear you got through the song without tears, and are on a healing path. We are so lucky we have music and art to help us in the healing. Gorgeous layout, and the brilliant pops of pink are so uplifting! Beautiful layers of goodness!

    February 24, 2016 at 11:22 pm Reply
  • kathinwesthill

    beautil pages Zoey…so much texture and detail…hugs kath xxx

    February 24, 2016 at 4:27 pm Reply
  • barbarayaya

    La pagina è come sempre splendida, la foto pure e la storia mi ha commosso!
    Bacio ! Barbara

    February 24, 2016 at 6:16 am Reply
  • steph203s

    Stunning pages, Zoey! The texture and yellow/pink color combos are spot on!!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

    February 23, 2016 at 11:40 pm Reply
  • Meihsia Liu

    This is such a beautiful creation, Zoey. The colors and texture are awesome! 🙂

    February 23, 2016 at 12:11 am Reply
  • Leslie

    Your style so speaks to me!!!

    February 22, 2016 at 6:52 pm Reply
  • Cathie C.

    This is beautiful, Zoey! Your work is always amazing and so inspiring. I love the image and sentiment from the song. Cathie <3

    February 22, 2016 at 5:48 pm Reply
  • Macarena

    This is so crazy! I love the freedom visible in your crafting. Lovely 🙂

    February 22, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply
  • lorraine

    Gorgeous pages Zoey, the colours and whole design of this is fabulous, love the holding hands, very lovely 🙂 The song is so sad but I am happy that you can now listen to it without crying, it’s good to know that you have turned the page 🙂

    Lols x x x

    February 22, 2016 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • sewpaperpaint

    What a wonderful spread! Such an inspiration. I love your bright color scheme and the diagonal stripes. All the white makes this colorful page really work! Great design, Zoey!!! <3

    February 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm Reply

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