Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Laughter is.... Chris Sexton

ARTastic's April challenge called for the depiction of silliness, crazy antics or just having fun. My layout includes a photo of myself and two friends dressed as clowns.
We were part of a team of 23, called "Clowns for a Cure" that participated in our recently held, local "Relay for Life". We were all there not only to raise money for cancer research, but to support each other, as seven of us had survived cancer and another seven had been carers for family members who had been through cancer.

My friend Lyn (on the left) and I (centre) have both survived cancer and been in remission for over ten years. We feel pretty lucky and are of the opinion that life is too short to be serious all the time, and fun and laughter are the best medicine. We had a great time and carried on like school kids with lots of silly nonsense on the day.

I used the colour scheme from ARTastic's inspiration piece of yellow and orange for my background, which I misted with Glimmermist, and stamped with a Kaisercraft stamp called "Arty" in black to include the squares of the chessboard. It was then simply a matter of layering pieces of pattern paper, more misting and stamping, adding a journalling pocket, some ribbon, a few embellishments and a title and I was done.
    I used bright colours, sparkly alphas and KindyGlitz to jazz up the layout, to reflect the rainbow colours of our wigs and to make the whole thing feel fun and a bit crazy. I hope you think I've succeeded.

Thanks for the opportunity to be involved in the challenge. I look forward to seeing next month's inspiration piece.


  1. This is a fabulous page - so bright and cheerful and full of life which is exactly what it should be for such an occassion and celebration. Fantastic work Chris.

  2. Love what you have done here. A fun layout which is perfect for your photo. Gorgeous colours. Thanks for joining in at ARTastic.

  3. What a beautiful memory full of fun. So nice to hear you are well and able to help such a great cause. Good on you. I love your layout, so much colour and brightness. The stamping balances the page well. Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at ARTastic and I look forward to seeing your creation next month :-).

  4. Great layout Chris. You certainly have used the criteria to produce a page full of vibrancy and fun. Thank you for joining us at ARTastic. Cheers, Di.

  5. So funny and colorful =) Thanks for joining in with us at ARTastic.

  6. Amazingly fabulous, colourful & joyous page Chris! How wonderful you & your friend can celebrate in such a fine way too...outstanding page.
    Thank you for playing along with us at ARTastic.

  7. A fantastic, fun and colourful page. This is super cool :) Thank you for playing along wiyh our challenge at ARTastic :)

  8. Great take on the challenge. Love all of the colors on this LO. Thanks for joining the ARTastic crew!!