Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chicks Dig Them - a process post

Happy Hump Day, crafty friends!

Today I'm bringing you a layout that I have created for my application for the design team over at My Creative Scrapbook. I took some photos throughout my scrapping process to share some common issues one may run into while scrapping, and just to explain my creative process. So, hunker down for a longer than normal post, and I hope you enjoy!

So one of my crafty goals in 2017 is to use more mixed media. Well, friends... there's an art to this mixed media, and this certainly isn't it. So, my first bit of advice is do not be afraid to DISCARD something that is totally not working for you. This attempt at using Heidi Swapp Color Shine didn't work for me, so I moved along.


I gathered the papers I thought I wanted to use according to my photos and subject (an Easter party/Spring). I also knew I wanted to use my new mixed media goodies.


Next, since I'm new to the mixed media gig, I improvised with my "stencil" and used a piece of chipboard. Sometimes you just need to think outside the box and


I applied my texture paste with a makeup sponge (remember: improvise?). I used the shine bottles, unscrewed to apply some splatter. So far, what I've learned on my mixed media journey is, "less is more." You can always apply more (which you will see me do later), but you cannot take it off! Splatters are fun and may become a normal part of my process!


Next, I played around with a glassine bag under my large photo. But then I realized it was just too big for the circle I had created. Another instance to discard. I picked a couple of the papers from my gather stage that I liked the best and I used a straight edge to help rip them to the correct size, something I feel gives a tiny bit of dimension. The green paper had blue dots that matched the circle well, as well as the grid lines on my background paper are green.


Since I was layering the smaller photo atop the larger, I did want a clear element to separate the two, so I switched to a smaller glassine bag. I also added the colorful paper and fringed the bottom sticking out. It's good to use different textures or texturize your paper to give interest on your page.


Since the glassine bag is a bit tranparent, and the layout is for a party we had for Easter, I decided colorful sequins inside the bag would be perfect! I made sure to use transparent, extra-sticky tape to close the bag and keep the sequins from spilling before adhering the flap with washi. This is perhaps my most important process of scrapbooking - adding the sparkle!


Next, I picked my embellishments. I stuck with the colors of the Shine splatters and used ephemera from a few different collections, as I just have my stash all bunched together (gasp!).


I pulled out all the letters I thought would possibly go well with my color scheme. I like to pull out a few options, as I may not have all the letters I need in each color. I was planning a long title, since I used the "awesome" ephemera, so I like to pick multiple alpha font stickers to mix and match for long titles.


I placed my epehemera and stuck down all the bits. The best way to embellish includes a visual triangle, which I created with my flowers. I also like to layer, layer, layer. A good way to get your layers to pop is to use some pop up foam dots to adhere certain pieces. I have used them on the flowers here.


Sometimes, when you get low on your favorite letters, you have to think outside the box & convert! Both boys' shirts say "Chicks Dig Me." No C to be found on the pink alpha sheet, but never fear! The G and the O easily convert to Cs.


I wanted small letters for the bit above teh awesome word, but the ones I had brought out were not small enough. Then I remembered these glorious turquoise glitter letters, which have clearly been well loved. I managed to squeeze another word out of them, which was perfect because they matched the glitter embellishment leaves. Whenever you can bring your title and embellishments together, do it! Extra points for the sparkle!


Almost done & I decide the layout needs a bit more pink. I pull out these little tags to layer behind my photo and cross my fingers that I can control the pink Shine well enough to add just a touch at the bottom!


The final splatters worked superbly & I adore the final product! I hope that explaining my process has perhaps inspired you!

All papers - Studio Calico
Turquoise alphas - Heidi Swapp
White Alphas - Studio Calico & Basic Grey
Pink Alphas - Studio Calico
Flower and leaf ephemera - Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper
Ampersand and Awesome - Bella Blvd
Texture paste & Shine splatter - Heidi Swapp

Monday, January 16, 2017

Heal - a LM challenge

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. day, friends!

I hope you get to enjoy a lovely day off of work, as I do. If not, I hope you have a nice Monday, and I'm sorry!

This week, we have another stash-busting challenge for you over at Lasting Memories. This week's challenge is to bust out some ribbon, washi tape or paper strips & use them on your scrapbook page. I used ribbon and a tiny bit of washi on my layout of my great-grandmother & my babe last year. This was just a few weeks after my grandmother passed, her daughter, and isn't it so true how those sweet baby smiles and snuggles and help with our healing?! I sure know it helped me, and I was so happy that he made her smile.

I was really feeling texture and depth here, so there is quite a bit popping off the page. I bunched up the gray lace ribbon to give more oomphf.

All of Crate Papers' lines go together fairly well, I believe, so this flower ephemera from Maggie paired well with Lizzy's papers.

These gold glitter Thickers are to die for - I think (hope) I bought two packs when I happened upon them at Tuesday Morning a few weeks back.

I added the red twine to help the reds in the papers pop & tie together. I push some washi under the title to make it stand out better too and add another layer.

Paper - Dear Lizzy Documenter (I think that's the name)
Alphas - Thickers by American Crafts
Tickets - Studio Calico
Twine - Michael's
Flower ephemera - Crate Paper

Thanks for looking & I really hope you will play along with our challenge this week at Lasting Memories!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Viva Donald! - a My Creative Sketches layout

Happy Fri-yay, y'all!

Today I'm bringing you a fun and bright page from my Disneyworld album that I created using a lovely sketch from My Creative Sketches.

I just got this awesome Becky Higgin's paper pack at my local Tuesday Morning & I loved this one and thought it would be a perfect match for Donald's Mexican poncho! Donald was the first character in the park that Heath saw on this trip to Disneyworld, and he (Donald) was super excited and made sure to document that he was #1 in Heath's autograph book!

We also had a lovely Mexican lunch in Epcot this day. Both of my boys enjoyed the Tres Caballeros boat ride with no wait!

Here is the original sketch:

Since Donald was stationed in Mexico & this sketch had a little banner at the top, I knew I had to do some papel picados for my layout! I created my own on my cricut.

I also recently picked up some fringe tape on clearance at Michael's. That, combined with this frilly ribbon really reminded me of pinatas, so they both made it on the page too!

I really enjoyed making this page, and when my photo order comes in, it will have a companion pocket page!

Paper - Becky Higgin's Sunshine edition paper pack
Alphas - studio calico
fringe tape - Michael's
Ribbon  - Crate Paper

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Work it - some March 2016 Pocket Pages

I really worked towards my 2017 scrappy goal this weekend & completed a few pocket pages (my nemesis). I actually enjoyed it too. I guess I just need to complain enough about them, and inspiration will strike!

I am working my way through March of last year. (I also just decided I am going to print the whole year to display in pockets in my album, and scrap as I can, because who knows when I will actually be able to finish scrapping the entire year? It's already January 2017! But I'"m trying to take less photos this year, so we won't run into this problem again!)

I used some stamps and embossing on this 3x4 card. Easter is definitely a time you can get away with using pink on pages of boys!

Some more stamp embossing here too - I got a lot of random Easter stamps in the big box of stamps I acquired back in the fall.
The little frame from an old Studio Calico kit said 24/7 so I had to cover that up because it didn't make much sense to me!

All the random little phone photos of my Lachlan look great in B&W, so here we are.

I had a mini photo shoot with my boys on St. Patrick's day & you know I gotta scrap all the cutesy little photos.

This was a companion pocket page to a full layout I shared a while back here.

My Nana passed later that day, so I did a page with the last words she said to me. It was perfect for these photos I took that day.

I was happy about the amount of pages I completed this weekend! I'm in a scrappy groove & I'm ready to keep it going!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 09, 2017

All the feels - a Stuck?! sketch

Happy Monday, all!

Today I bring to you my favorite layout I have created so far in 2017! I know it's still early, but I'm super happy how ths tunred out! haha!

I used a lovely sketch from the Stuck?! blog.

Here is the original sketch:

The colors just kind of came together, as I was startng with just the doily and the black and white. But when I decided to cut the layering photo paper to show the other side, I had to incorporate that bright pop of yellow too!

A dear scrappy friend just sent me a lovely happy mail with these GORG sequins and the beautiful doilies & I didn't wait long to use them!

 I love distressing my paper, but I get a little wild with it sometimes. Luckily, I love the look of the WeRMemoryKeepers fastner, so it serves dual purpose!

The journaling was supposed to be written on the page, per the sketch, but this journaling needed to be hidden. I loved bringing the pop of colors to the tag ribbons tho!

I have said before I'm too impatient for much mixed media because of the whole waiting for it to dry thing, but I feel like I may want to get into it more. I'm not sure where to start though. If you have tutorials you love for mixed media scrapbooking, post the links below, por favor!

Textured white cardstock - DCWV
Pocket card and chipboard stickers - Me and My Big Ideas
Heart strip - Amy Tangerine
Blue dot strip - Studio Calico
Black cross strip - Studio Calico
Tag paper - Studio Calico cut with Cricut
Windo paper - Dear Lizzy
Yellow/song sheet paper - Chickaniddy
Sequins - Teresa Collins
Splatters - Tattered Angels glimmer mist

Thanks for looking!