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…..


Let’s Talk Mixed Media with 3D Gloss Gel

May 7, 2017

Good Morning,

With International/National Scrapbooking Day this past weekend, I found myself breaking out my mixed media supplies.  I have to say I have fallen love with the 3D Gloss Gel!  It looks like glass or depending on your appetite spun sugar, on your project.

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If you have not played with it or taken a class, you should try this out.  But first here is something to keep in mind the first time you play with it.  Gel is not as “wet” as modeling paste, perhaps Gesso would be a better comparison. The Gel is white like Gesso in the jar. But the look after mixing in color reminded me of modeling paste as it takes on a creamy, opaque look. This look threw me off as I expected it to be clear, like a gel.

In fact, I was disappointed thinking the color would be what I saw wet. I kept adding more Colorburst trying to achieve a brighter orange, but nothing worked.  I was ready to call it quits but by then I had mixed up so much I didn’t want it to go to waste. I happened to have just finished off a paper towel roll so with a dot stencil,and some washi tape I set out to decorate the roll. I slathered it on and left it to dry. My thinking, if anything my little one will use to make “music” in one form or another. After that I cleaned up and called it a night trying to think how I was going to re-work my layout. Of course,little did I know magic was happening on that paper towel tube.

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The next morning my little one was instantly drawn to it,  as all the dots looked like shining glass buttons. ( Keep in mind I did this when I was frustrated)  The colors were clear and bright. I kicked myself for using so much of the dry ink and giving up on the orange color.  It would have been perfect.

Back to the craft room where I grabbed the Ken Oliver Lime Green Colorburst, mixed it with the gel and went to work. The effect is better than the epoxy stickers currently popular.  I find the thicker I put it on, the more 3D effect it creates. Depending on how “raised” you want it is how much excess you remove off your stencil.

Tip: make sure edges are smooth as the nature of the gel can create sharp edges.

For clean up, I let it dry on my craft mat then just pull it up and threw it away. While it is water-base non-toxic I still would not risk putting this stuff down the drain.

As for buckling the paper, I have not seen any evidence on the two types used such as the Kraft paper towel roll or the Bazzil paper at approx. 75 lb weight.  I think generally when using mixed media mediums you want a heavy weighted paper or watercolor paper given the moisture content.

After using this gel medium I am not sure I want to go back to modeling paste as I love the clear color look the gloss gel creates.  The layout all these was used will be posted this week as I am just waiting for it dry before I can finish assembling it.

Until then…..



Good Morning,

Today I have an Easter Layout that is a perfect scrapbooking version of the book “If you give a mouse a cookie…..”.

My picture is of my littlest one’s excitement at finding his first Easter Egg. I knew I wanted to do this page in the style of a scene instead of a traditional layered look.

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So I opened up my Silhouette software and started designing. I started out with layers of grass and some Easter Eggs.

But the page looked empty so I added hills. Green hills made it hard to see where the grass ended so I did brown as some of our local hills were still showing winter brown. Then I weaved the Easter Eggs into the grass but they looked plain so I had to add glitter and Nuvo Dots.


Then there was too much brown. So I decided to add spring flowers to the grass and some of the layers in the hills. But there were large gaps that made the hills look empty with too much brown showing, so I cut more eggs. Easter layoutThen I noticed my layout was getting bottom heavy so I tried to combat that with Chocolate Easter Bunnies as picture holders but again too much Brown. I added some pink and white paper with writing on it.  It was fine but still needed more , so I added green eyes and some ribbon.

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The picture holding bunnies are a cut file from Lori Whitlock, this is one of three bunny designs in the cut file. I used the mirror feature to cut the second one.

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Then the papers for the picture and base were looking out of place, so I added brown layers to tie all the brown together. While I am not 100% happy, I finally have this extremely embellished “scene” layout for my little one who was very excited about finding his first Easter Egg.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Until next time…..


If you’re interested in what I used…..

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Die cut download from Silhouette  Store
    • Echo Park flowers and Eggs from the Easter Collection
    • Grass from Silhouette
    • Bunnies are from the 3 easter bunnies cut file by Lori Whitlock
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo crystal drops in buttermilk and Gloss white
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo glitter in snowflake
  • Dimensional tape, Foam tape
  • Echo Park Easter Paper Collection (I bought a ton of it last year)
  • Glue dots and Scor-tape to make glitter stripes and dots on eggs.



Photo and Page Planner Folio

April 23, 2017

Good Morning,

I have a new project to share today I am calling a photo and page planner Folio/Organizer. The basis for this idea came from my needs for storing larger pictures with standard size pictures, my notes and page layout ideas for each project.

Years ago Creative Memories had a fantastic 12×12 photo box with a pouch on the lid to put larger photos and memorabilia, but they stopped offering them.  Since then I have tried many methods, but always run up against an issue with larger photos. If my picture issue was solved, I then had a problem with keeping all the memorabilia, notes or ideas for pages altogether.

Hence the inspiration for this tri-fold folio for the month of January. I didn’t have many pictures from this past January, so I made the folio with less depth than I would typically need.  The Folio/Planner measures 9.5 x 11. I wanted this to be reusable and sturdy to hold the weight of the pictures, so I used chipboard then covered it in black cardstock. Then decorated it using a mix from older Simple Stories Collections; “24/7”, “Daily Grind” and “Snap! Color Fusion”.  These collections offered monthly calendars, 4×6 and 3×4 cards as well as some matching pre-made pockets.  However, I had to be careful as I didn’t have the depth to use a lot of embellishments. I think the next one I create will have at least a 2-inch depth to allow for more pockets, flaps, and content.

Let’s get into this project…

The Front Cover

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The cover is made out of chipboard and covered in black cardstock with large magnets used as a closure.  On the cover is a couple different papers, I used the 6×12 from the 24/7 collection and then a 12×12 sheet of the brown grid from the same collection. For embellishments, I added the “January” from the sticker sheet, a 3×4 card for the camera and some ephemera pieces. Then added some red grosgrain ribbon from my stash. This opens to the right to reveal the second panel.

2nd Panel of Tri-Fold

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This panel has the opposite sides of the magnets hidden under the papers. The “snapshots of our life” is a 6×12 cut out as well from the 24/7 collection, matted on the brown grid paper.  For continuity I added more of the grosgrain red ribbon, I also like how it hides edges and calls out the red in the camera paper. This panel opens to the left to reveal the center panel and inside of the folio.

The Center Panel with the half page with a flip

The center section holds a half page layered on top of two large pockets. The front of the half page has the general January calendar in which dates can be circled in pencil to keep track of events that happened.  The calendar is a hidden flap with a magnetic closure. It opens to reveal a January card for notes that is also a pocket. The pocket holds 3×4 cards for more notes. For embellishments, I added a 3×4 card “Insta Love,” for additional color, on the pattern paper.

The Center Panel – Half Page Backside


The back side panel was created out of several 6×6 papers including this note paper found on the “b side” of the solid  “Snap color fusion” 6×6 papers. Given the busier titles, I only added a couple of chipboard embellishments for decoration.


Pockets and Insert


I made two pockets layered one on top of the other measuring 7×11 and 8 1/4×11.  The first pocket will hold scrapbook page or project ideas. The second pocket is to hold my larger photos. To protect the pictures, I made a file folder insert for the pocket measuring 8 1/2 x 10 1/2.  The only embellishments are the pattern papers.


Left Side of Tri-Fold


On the left side, I made a large pocket to hold more page ideas or ephemera from the month. The “Daily Grind” Collection had calendar papers that broke the month down by week. I liked it for a guide to remind myself of what I had and what I didn’t have to finish the month.

For embellishments, I added some chipboard tags and one of the pre-made pockets. It is a little smaller than 3×4, but I think it would be perfect for 2×3 photos.

Right Side Panel of the Tri- Fold


The Right side has a pocket as well as photo sleeves stacked in a waterfall design. This area is a quick visual reference to each event of the month. I used adhesive photo sleeves from Simple Stories to create the waterfall. This allows for (2) 4×6 or (4) 2×3 pictures in each sleeve.  To the side, I created a long shallow pocket on which I wrote my panel title using the 12 x12 sticker sheet with different fonts along with chipboard stickers from the Daily Grind collection.

Thank you for stopping by and reading the walkthrough.  If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave me a comment.

Until next time….



P.S. I am not compensated by Simple Stories, just a big fan of their products.  If you are interested in learning more about them you can check out the company and their products here Simple Stories



Birthday Card using February Stamps of Life “Die Hard” Club set.

February 12, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I am switching gears from Valentine’s Day to a birthday card for my brother using my new Stamps of Life “Die Hard” Club Set.  Perfectly timed for my February birthdays.

Here is what I love about this birthday set, the dies for the cake are broken down as are the scalloped icing layers so one could make the cake as large or small as you need. I like that the font on the stamp set is straight forward, non-gender specific.  If you are interested, you can see and read more about it by clicking on the company name above.

Let’s get into the card…..


To create this rather simple card, I grabbed my Doodle Bug 6×6 Swiss Dot and Gingham Linen paper pads. I used the three tiered cake stamp,  cut it out with the cake die then built my layers one by one on the white base.

Continuing on my Tonic Studios Crystal Drops obsession, I used the white to give the plate a little dimension and shine.  I did add glossy accents to the orange layers as I didn’t want to lose the gingham design by adding the orange.  The candle was colored with Stephanie’s matching pens and then covered in glossy accents as well. A note on the candle, she decided to put all the candle cutouts together in one die. Genius! I don’t have to worry about keeping track of a bunch of tiny dies.


The sentiment “You take the cake” is one stamp but I just inked the areas I needed to stamp on each cake layer. The cake is popped up using dimensional glue dots.  The made the background with some circle dies.


On the inside….


I used the stamp of the plate with a piece of cake with the matching die. Once again I added the Tonic Studio’s Crystal Drops in white and pumpkin.

I wanted to create a “glass look with the plate, so I colored it a light blue then with a light touch, added some white Crystal Drops which reflect some shadow and highlights. As the white dried, the blue came through more but still had the “glass” plate look I wanted.

The top of the piece of cake I used the “Pumpkin” orange which gives a little shine.  Unfortunately, the cake was picked up too soon, and some of the “Orange Pumpkin” went into the “cream filling” layer. The moral of the story, try not to move anything until the drops are dried. Dimensional glue dots were added to the back to pop it up from the sentiment.

Overall though I like the effect of the drops when making a simple straight forward card. It also helped that the die and stamp kit are easy to work with.

Thanks for stopping in, always love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time….


P.S. I do not receive any type of compensation from Stamps of Life or Stephanie Barnard to mention anything about them. I just try to share products and services I feel are something my readers would appreciate. 


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