Row Your Boat + Process

Mixed media layout on kraft background with vintage die cuts and paint splatters

Hi all! Today I'm sharing another project for the Cherish the Memory design team, featuring Romantic Vintage Die Cuts. I'll be sorry to use the last of them, they've been so enjoyable to work with! I also wanted to share a few photos of the process behind the layout, since I'm always curious about others' methods, and hopefully to get you inspired!

Step One: Apply layer of white gesso to your background. I'm using Bazzill Basics Dark Kraft as my canvas.






Step Two: Apply modeling paste using a stencil to add texture.





Step Three: I added some more gesso using a scrap piece of burlap for another layer of texture, then added a little color with mists and inks.




Step Four: Add your photo. I've used scraps of paper as a matting behind my photo. 




Step Five: Add focal point embellishments. In this case I've chosen three die cuts (one with a bit of sisal twine) and formed a triangle to create a sense of balance.



Step Six: Add some smaller die cuts, and a few accessories. In this case I've used Ranger's Glossy Accents, which I applied to waxed paper and let dry, then applied ink to the backs to give them a touch of color. 




Step Seven: Continue accessorizing with smaller die cuts and textural elements, like seed beads and mica flakes. 



Step Eight: Lastly, I inked the edges and added some glass glitter, paint splatters, and micro beads.

Mixed media layout on kraft background with vintage die cuts and paint splatters with seed beads, micro beads, mica flake fragments, and glass glitter


Here's a few close ups of the details:

Mixed media layout on kraft background with vintage die cuts and paint splatters with seed beads, micro beads, mica flake fragments, and glass glitter

Mixed media layout on kraft background with vintage die cuts and paint splatters with seed beads, micro beads, mica flake fragments, and glass glitter

Mixed media layout on kraft background with vintage die cuts and paint splatters with seed beads, micro beads, mica flake fragments, and glass glitter

Mixed media layout on kraft background with vintage die cuts and paint splatters with seed beads, micro beads, mica flake fragments, and glass glitter


Mixed media layout on kraft background with vintage die cuts and paint splatters with seed beads, micro beads, mica flake fragments, and glass glitter


Check out Karen's Etsy shop for more details about the Vintage Die Cut Block. And check out my last project, the Shabby Chalk Tags, for more inspiration using the Studio Light goodies!

Romantic vintage die cut block

I'm entering this layout in the "Something Old, Something New" challenge at Colorful Creations


The "old" are the scraps of paper used as matting, as well as the glimmer mists and other mixed media items, and the new are the beautiful die cuts, of course!


Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Summer Flowers: S4F Challenge #93

Mixed media birthday card with digital digi stamp colored using gelatos, textured background, and kaisercraft Wildflowers die cuts

Hi all! I'm in today to share my card for the Summer challenge at Scrapping4Fun challenges. Summer to me is all about flowers. Our sponsor for this challenge is Lemon Shortbread. You can see the pretty flowery digi stamp I used here.



I colored her using the Gelatos I won from my entry "Joyous Day" in the National Scrapbook Day Mixed Media challenge from Scrapbook.com. It was my first attempt using them, and they are fabulous. While I need a little more practice, I can see myself ordering more colors in the near future!

The background was created using the "Crackles" stencil from Fabrika Decoru, Prima's texture pastevarious mists, and pearlescent watercolors. The die cuts are from Kaisercraft's beautiful "Wildflowers" collection.

This Challenge ends on Thursday, the July 6th, 2017, at 11:55PM European Time. Please, take in account the different time zones - you will find the Date and Clock on the top left of the S4F blog. I hope you can join us for this challenge!






100% Boy: Case File 232

red, green, blue, beige boys mixed media scrapbooking layout with handmade flowers

I've recently recovered from a throat infection and realized I've neglected to post my most recent Design Team project for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration! The second case file for June is inspired by day camps. Zae is a little young yet for camp, but we recently went wandering down memory lane and wandered out onto the Reno Pike, which crosses the Mississippi from our side in Minnesota almost all the way to Wisconsin, where it reaches the Lock & Dam #8. It's a beautiful walk along wildlife habitat and bird refuges. Zae was enthralled with the view, but had just as much fun playing with rocks.


If you haven't joined in on the fun yet, I invite you to come over and play! I'll give a quick run down of the rules for those of you who are new to the CSI challenges, or to scrapbooking challenges in general. [WARNING: Scrapbooking challenges can be addictive. Proceed with caution!]

Firstly, here's this month's case file:


The scene is the inspiration for the case file, which contains a color scheme, clues, and testimony. To complete the challenge, use all five colors, choose THREE of the clues for your layout, and choose one of the journaling prompts (testimony). Here's a link to the Law and Order page (rules) for the rest of the details.

The evidence I used are a wood background, animals, labels, and enamel dots, and for the testimony I documented something about the outdoors and put it in a pocket. I have messy handwriting and I'm also a borderline perfectionist, and I often feel like my handwriting ruins an otherwise nice layout, so putting journaling in a pocket is the perfect way to hide it away but still have a little story with the page, especially since I've always struggled with the journaling part [am I the only one who thinks it's harder than it should be?!] 


The journaling prompts were one of the main reasons I joined in the CSI challenges. I'm so glad I did; my journaling has improved (from practically nothing, I suppose anything is an improvement!). I hope you'll come over and join us, too :)



Challenges:

"Masculine Projects" at Quick Quotes
"Something Old, Something New" challenge at Colorful Creations


The "old" are the boy stickers I've had for over a year, and the new are the Tim Holtz die cuts, which I recently bought and have been using as much as possible because I love Tim's vintage goodies!

I've also entered Mixed Media Monthly's "Year of Choices" challenge and used a button for a flower center. 



Finally, I used this great sketch from Stick It Down as inspiration!


Product List







June Mid Month Scrapbooking Challenges

June Scrapbooking and Papercrafting Challenge List

Apologies for this coming so late! I've been feeling lousy for the last week, and found out I have an infected wisdom tooth. When I finally went into the doctor, I was in such excruciating pain there were moments I thought I might black out. Thanks to God for antibiotics, today is my birthday and I'm feeling good enough to look at my computer again :) I hope you'll forgive my lateness and get in on these challenges before June is gone. See the main June list here.

Rules: I've included links to each challenge site's rules page, so be sure to check there for further information. I strive to post the most up-to-date information, but challenge site information supersedes all information listed here. Read the rules of each host site carefully if you want to be eligible for prizes.

Deadlines: Challenges are due before the end of the month unless noted with a RED deadline date. If you are cutting it close, be sure to check the timezone of the challenge host!

Allowable Formats: All challenges here allow for 12x12 traditional layouts. Check challenge site rules for more information. Many of these challenges welcome alternate forms of artwork.

Combination Rules: Unless otherwise noted, you can combine these challenges with others (but again, read the rules of each host site carefully if you want to be eligible for prizes.


Most importantly, have fun creating :)






    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: The challenge this month is to be inspired by any part of the amazing work of art entitled "Journey to the City of no Horizon," by Tang. Just remember to include a photo with YOU in the frame!



    Entries: You may enter TWICE per month. (Any entries after the second entry will not be eligible for a prize.)
    Combinations: Yes
    Deadline: 4th of July



    Colorful Creations

    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: Sketch and mood board






    Deadline: Last day of the month



    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: Use the original kit reveal to create your own "counterfeit" kit, then play along with the challenges. Here's this month's kit to counterfeit:




    12th - Challenge #1: Tic Tac Toe Your project will be a "winner" when you fill three squares in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row by including the elements in those squares on your project.




    18th - Challenge #2: Take Six. Use six of something. It's your choice: you can try six patterned papers, six die-cuts, six buttons, etc.  Maybe you'd like to try adding six photos to your layout or even a six-letter title.


    Find their rules here.

    *I'm on the CSI design team now, so be sure to check out the CSI site and all the amazing DT projects! One of the most fun scrapping challenges!

    Challenge: Use the case file to create your layout. 




    Entries: Unlimited
    Deadline: Last day of the month




    Inspiration Challenge: Mood board



    Lasting Memories

    Find their rules here.


    Challenge: Lasting Memories hosts a challenge every Sunday. All of these challenges are due on the last day of June. This month is National Fruits and Vegetables Month.

    5/28 - Fruits & Vegetables: Include fruits and/or vegetables somewhere on your layout.
    6/4 - Old Maid's Day: Do a layout about a single person in your life or even when you were/are single. 
    6/11 - Flag Day: Use red, white, and blue on your layout. 
    6/18 - Summer Solstice: June 20 is the Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year). For this challenge use something long on your layout - like a border - or make a summer layout.
    6/25 - Log Cabin Day: Upcoming (25th)
    Entries: One per challenge (four total)
    Deadline: June 30th

    Let's Get Sketchy


    Find their rules here.


    Challenge: Sketch challenge




    Entries allowed: One per per challenge
    Combination rules: No other sketch challenges


    Scrap Our Stash

    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: Sketch & word challenge




    Entries allowed: One
    Combination rules: With any challenge other than another SOS challenge.
    Deadline: June 29th


    Find their rules here.


    Challenge: Different Shapes and Folds
    Entries allowed: Up to 4 times
    Combination rules: Allowed





    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: Sketch Challenge





    Combinations: Up to three other non-sketch related challenges, such as a colour challenges
    Deadline: 29th

    The Studios Challenges

    Find their rules on their sidebar.

    Challenge:
     Not to be squared: create a layout without using squares or rectangles.
    Deadline: July 2nd



    Words and Paintery

    Find their rules here.

    Challenge:
     Use the color scheme and word prompt to create your summery layout.