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Thursday Blog-Inspired Challenge 7/31

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Wow! Can you believe we are finishing up the month of July today?? (If you are keeping track that is 146 days until Christmas!) Speaking of finishing up...how do you "finish" a layout? Today's inspiration comes from this blog post by Monica: Adding a Finishing Touch to your Layout She gives us some great ideas on finishing touches for our layouts. What is your favorite "finishing touch?"


Your challenge today is to create a layout and add a finishing touch. (be sure and tell us what you did!) There are many ways to achieve this, brushes, templates, frames...the possibilities are endless!! I can't wait to see what you creative souls come up with! I always learn something from you all!



Here are some of my favorite "edger" templates:


Syndee's ScrapSimple Paper Templates: On Edge Burlap

Brandy's ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie

Amanda's ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Essential Grungy Edges



When you finish your layout, post it to the SG Blog Challenge Layouts Gallery and post a link back in this thread.

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Here is my layout: On the Road Again


I tried a few different finishing touches, but really liked the way this one turned out. There was already an "edge" from the torn paper template, and the faded vignette emphasized it. I used Amanda's ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Faded Vignettes and soft light blending mode at 75% opacity.

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I had already been putting together this layout about the O-Line, but after reading this challenge, I took a look at my layout and then at my brush options. The Path Strokers Dynamic Brush, which I bought last year, had a perfect brush option that looks much like the apes' hands linking and forming swoops, much like the ropes they traverse on this "orangutan expressway." Thanks for the challenge to add a finishing touch to my layout!

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