Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

May 9, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have the scrapbook page I promised in my last post.  Again this was for an (I)NSD challenge layout over at Scrapbook.com hence thought it was the perfect opportunity to get more comfortable incorporating it into layouts. However, this layout is a perfect example of the Jekyll and Hyde parts of my style. One side very traditional everything straight and layered while the other side is wanting to break out; be messy, splatter everything everywhere! I guess that is the trick is combining the best of both. Still in process.

A little about the project:

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We once again have an appearance of our Aussie Dog who needs to know what we are doing at all times. Never more so when she smells the strong odors of vinegar and boiled eggs.  (I have to take a moment here to think about her super sniffer. Considering I struggle a bit with the vinegar smell I can only imagine how powerful it must be for her, yet she stays. )

We now have a  tradition of her popping her head up to the table, looking around while giving some serious sniffs and then staring at my middle child until he explains. He must give an excellent explanation as she only goes to him each year. After which she lays on the floor by his feet under the table, patiently waiting until we leave so she can further her investigation.

To highlight, our dog and my son’s egg-dying tradition, I used my Silhouette Cameo for the dog border. I bought it in the design store and it comes with 3 other dog themed borders. The bone in his mouth was not showing up as well so I added Nuvo Crystal drops, white gloss, to the bone.  Just to reiterate, it is a bone, not a rabid dog.  I used stickles in “walnut glaze” to do the eyes.

All the lime green gel medium was done with my favorite stencil by TCW. They are becoming a favorite as their stencils are a heavier weight material, it makes getting around the fine details a little easier. I tried something new, by using the gel along the side similar to inking. It helped give a little dimension to the layer but not sure I would do that again, as the edge allows for saturation of the medium thus a little warping. Then used the “splats” on the stencil to tie into the title.

As I said I still struggle to give in “fully” into my mixed media side but I am working on it! I know I gushed over the gel in my product post, but I do like its finish on a page. I am trying to work up the courage to do a canvas board. I thought it would be fun to do it with Gel, stamps and some old Tim Holtz clear pieces. Still working it out in my mind, so we will see…..

 

Anyway, thanks for joining me on this little creative stretch.

Until next time…..

 

Trying New Approaches for Page Design

November 23, 2016

Good Morning,

The quest to finish the 2015 pumpkin patch pictures continues with more of the Simple Stories “Hello Fall” Collection.

This picture of my littlest one was my favorite of all the photos I took that day. He was exploring this huge tractor tire and looked up to tell me about it; luckily I was fast enough to catch it.  Normally I do not like to do one small picture (4 1/2 x 4 1/2)  on a 12×12 scrapbook page, but I wanted this one to stand out plus as a bonus, I was able to journal about the day.

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The inspiration for this layout design came from the large “Fall” letters on the chipboard sheet. Using large letters with all the color seemed like a fun change up for me to design around instead of the paper approach.  To create the page I utilized the 4×4 cut a part paper along with the 6×6 pad. I seem to be having an attachment to that plaid paper, can you tell it is my favorite? The blue goes perfectly with his clothes and his eye color.   Finally, the wood grain paper pulls everything together giving that “farm” feel to the layout.

I am developing a fondness for these cut apart pages; it was something I used to overlook since I am not a “Project Life” Scrapbooker. However, through my work with mini albums I have a new appreciation for them. I like the themes and color they bring to this layout in particular.   Cut  A-parts, they are not just for pocket scrapbooking anymore! 🙂

To those who are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, I wish you a fun, happy day with your family and friends. I am sure I will end the day with mashed potatoes in my hair, a new burn scar from rushing around and passed out on the couch from exhaustion by 6 p.m.

Until next time…….

 

New Washi Tape Addict

November 22, 2016

Good Morning,

Today’s post is rather quick since those of us in the U.S. will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday. This year I am cooking so I need a couple of days to prep.  Not to mention, I have a valid reason to be on Pinterest for hours.

For today’s scrapbook page I am still working on last year’s pumpkin patch pictures. I seem always to be behind in my scrapbooking, perhaps when I am 80 years old, I will be caught up. However I am using a current collection so that evens everything up, right?

The idea for this layout came, when I was creating the fall card a couple of weeks ago, I previously posted when I only had the 6×6 pad.  I couldn’t wait to receive the rest of the collection from Steals.com after scoring a great deal.

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I liked the idea of creating dimension with a frame and tucking pictures behind it and using the word/phrase paper.  I just wish the dimensional tape I used was thicker for more depth. Given the odd sizes of these pictures, my usual scrapbook style would not have done them justice.  I feel the tight cropping needed to fit in the frame allows the viewer to focus on the action happening in the pictures.

This layout marks a milestone for me; it is the first time I have ever used washi tape on a layout. I now understand what I have been missing all this time; this tape is so versatile.  For someone like me, who needs a few tries to get items straight on a page this tape is the answer. It didn’t tear my paper nor lose its adhesive properties when re-sticking it. I used the orange tape on the top and bottom as a defining border on the phrase paper. Aside from the multiple uses it in my craft room it will start to make its way into layouts and cards as borders…baby steps.

Simple Stories “Hello Fall” Collection colors inspire me, so putting together this layout along with other projects is easier. Which means I might finally finish these pumpkin pages not only this year but while it is still Fall.

If you’re interested here is my supply list:

Simple Stories Hello Fall Collection

  • 12×12  sheet of Sweater Weather (plaid paper)
  • 12×12 sheet of 12×6 cut apart
  • Bits and Pieces (die cuts pack)
  • orange washi tape
  • Hello Fall Chipboard Stickers

Thank you for spending a little time with me today, I appreciate your thoughts or comments.

Until next time…..

**Please note I am not compensated or affiliated with  any of these companies. I am just passing on information about companies who produce either quality product or service.

 

 

Doodlebug Autumn Scrapbook Page

November 15, 2016

Good Morning,

This past week I have been in a serious creative mode so I am excited to share my latest projects with you. However, I am not so eager to clean up the huge mess I created in the process.

Today I am sharing a 12×12 scrapbook page I created with the new Doodlebug Fall Collection “Flea Market”. I love the bright clear colors as well as their new cut files for Silhouette.

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This collection reminds me of farms, the countryside and of course treasures found at a flea market. The image of the old truck is one my favorites, to me, it embodied the whole feeling of the collection.  When the truck was included in  new cut files for Silhouette, I knew I wanted to build a scrapbook page  around it.  The Doodlebug files are very user-friendly with the right amount of layers and details to customize the cut.   The file has a shadow layer which I used to cut chipboard. (I like the stability chipboard adds to larger die cuts.)  Aside from the truck and the road, the rest of the papers, embellishments and die cuts are all Doodlebug. I filled the truck with die cuts from the “odds and ends” pack. (I think these packs are the best deal in town. 78 pieces for a few dollars) I poured all the die cuts on my desk then had fun trying different options to fill up the truck bed.

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The hills are cut from the” Petite Prints Gingham and Linen” collection.  I think the gingham is perfect for the countryside feel. The trees are all a part of the “odds and ends” pieces.  The “apples” in the tree come from the new matte enamel dots.

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I used the small frames (odds and ends pack)  to use cropped Instagram photos or for journaling.  The large sticker sheet perfect size words to embellish the frames.

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Finally, I created the photo mat from my favorite pattern paper of the collection, the plaid. The design looks good with every color plus I like how it easily ties all the colors on the page together. The embellishments on the top and bottom are adhered in a way to allow for a photo slide under them.

I have more to come from Doodlebug’s Flea Market collection. There is a sneak peek on my Instagram if you are curious.

I always appreciate the visit and welcome your comments.

Until next time……

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