A Love Like This: Mixed Media Layout

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.

Hello scrapbooking friends! Today I wanted to share a layout inspired by several challenges:
To qualify for all the challenges I had to use reds and blacks, the word love, hearts, a mixed alpha title, paints/mists/inks, layering, two photos, as well as stamping. Whew! I love combining challenges--it makes the layout that much more of a "challenge." Which {at least for me} makes the end result that much more interesting.

I will be back later to narrate my usual ramblings, but it's Zae's suppertime right now so I am leaving you now with a blast of pictures with no context. That's life with a 17 month old--you do it in five minute increments!

{Crickets chirping...}

An hour later, the small one is in bed, and I get to sit down for more than 2 minutes at a time. I am so exhausted at this point in the day I can't even sit in my scrap room and scrap. For those of you I haven't introduced myself to, I went through three spinal surgeries for ruptured discs within 9 months, and in that time I developed a strange illness, with a low-grade fever between 100 and 102 that lasted for five months. 

Symptoms never went away and a year later I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia. On a good day, everyday activities can feel like a marathon. On a bad day, the dishes pile up and Zae gets fed but there are no park visits. I wrote a little about life as a mom with fibromyalgia here if you'd like to know more. But for now, onward with the show!

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.

So like I said, one of the challenges was to use a mixed alpha title. Well, I went through all my alphas and couldn't find anything I loved, so I turned to my alphabet punch. The alpha stickers I had didn't mix well with the punched letters, so instead I used the punch for the L and E, and for the O I used a tiny picture and I used a die cut heart (Heartfelt: Sizzix by Tim Holtz) instead of the V that I cut out of chipboard on my Big Shot die cutter. 

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.

I had great fun with texture paste, glimmer mist {which I used in drops instead of spraying it}, inks, and markers. 

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.

These die cut hearts were gifted to me by a wonderful lady who I was a pocket letter partner with, but they were way too perfect to begin with, so I stressed them out a bit. {told them about this one day I scheduled a new patient in a non-new patient slot and had to go before the doctor I had "offended" and grovel--clinging to a clipboard over my chest like armor while he lectured me on the importance of his time...one of my most uncomfortable experiences ever---felt like a little kid in the principal's office!}

That stressed them out plenty. but I added some extra distressing with my absolute favorite scrapping tool: Prima's Ingvild Bolme's Distressing Tool.

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.

You know how one of the challenges was to use stamping? Here's my little bitty stamped area! I am not much of a stamper, but since I'm always trying to broaden my horizons, I thought I should give that challenge a try. Turns out all I could find was my little alpha stamps {do you also get the problem of never being able to find anything after you clean or organize?}

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.

Since it was the month of love, I drew a heart just with marker and put my husband's and my initials. Looks like something I would have doodled back in high school, which worked well for this picture of Mr. 67 and I when I was a senior (he had graduated the year before) and we were heading to prom. {WAYYY back in 2000}

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.

An attempt at journaling. I had more success with the messy stitching!

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.

I used texture paste over a piece of mesh for a bit of a pattern, then heat set it until it got all crackled and lovely. Then I went at it with lots of paint and sprays. {more mess=more fun!}

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.
I filled in the hearts with a sprinkle of Prills, that I also used on the "L" in love. These little teardrop hearst ended up being my favorite element in this page! And it was a last minute addition. Sometimes you just have to go with it. Yes, you might hate it...but what if you don't?! Also, a note on stitching with a machine. You can see the varied lengths of the stitches here, and that was purposeful because I like a more hand-stitched look without all the work. If you are looking for perfection, hold your pedal steady and your paper level. However, if you're like me and you want a "messier" look, here's a couple tips:

  • Vary the pressure on your pedal. This will vary the distance of the stitches.
  • Stop periodically and change your length and width settings.
    • Don't use too short of a stitch or you risk tearing your paper, because unlike fabric, holes in paper won't heal.
  • Give your paper a sharp turn to create wavy lines 
  • Switch up your stitch style to add interest (and this is a great way to practice different stitching techniques)
  • If you're afraid of getting too off course, you can always use a pencil to sketch in some lines--even if you're going for a hand-stitched look, you don't wnt to
As with anything, getting the hang of sewing on paper has a learning curve, especially if you're new to sewing altogether. My skills are pretty basic, but I've sewn a few quilts in years past, so I wasn't intimidated by the machine. But sewing on paper is a different ball game, so just take your time when you're first starting out and all will be well. If you aim for imperfection, you will never be disappointed! Some words from a previous layout that I love: You win or you learn. Either way, you win!



34 comments

  1. Oh this is so awesome!! Look at you two!! No wonder Zae is so adorably handsome...he has beautiful parents! You nailed all of the challenges!! Great job!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous page! So full of beautiful little details and a wonderful design. I love the photos with YOU in them, too. Thank you for joining us at Challenge YOUrself this month. We are very happy that you did!

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  3. Stunning layout, love all the detail.
    Welcome on our Challenge blog.
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Rachelle DT
    http://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate the challenge! :)

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  4. Beautiful layout. Love the messy stitching. 😏

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    1. Thanks, Idiana--messy is my specialty, though not necessarily by choice!! LOL! :)

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  5. OH MY !! I'm LOVIN' ever single thing about this!! It is dripping with creative goodness! Awesome job combining all of the challenges - by doing so, you created your own added challenge! I love doing that too! Thanks so much for joining us at the Challenge YOUrself Blog - and - at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!! ((HUGS)) - Sherri ( DT on both blogs)

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  6. Lovely mixed media layout! Beautiful details! Thank you for playing along with us at colourful creations!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to stop by :)

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  7. Lovely layout! Love your all details.Thank you for playing with us at Picture This!

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  8. Wow! Gorgeous mixed media and beautiful details!! Thank you for joining us at Scrap Our Stash!

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  9. What a stunning Mixed Media page! Thanks for joining us at Colorful Creations:)

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  10. Wow, love your take on the challenge. Thanks for joining in with us over at Colorful Creations.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! It's so fun to see the variety of creations!!

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  11. Fantastic page!!! Love your bg work! Thanks for joining both Scrap Our Stash and Challenge YOUrself. Hugs Åsa

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  12. Love you page it is such a great artwork. Thanks for playing along with us at Challenge YOUrself

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  13. Wow this is totally stunning. I love everything about it. Thank you for playing along with us at Challenge YOUrself.

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  14. Beautiful Mixed media layout celebrating Love...so many beautiful details. Thanks for playing along with Lasting Memories.

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  15. Fabulous layout! Love the stitching and mixed media. Thanks for joining us at Challenge Yourself

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    1. Thank you, Carmen, for stopping over :)

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  16. WoW what a beautiful LO you made :-))
    Thank you for playing with us at Scrapping4funChallenges. Hugs, Andreja

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    1. Thank you, Andreja! (what a beautiful name!)

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  17. This is beautiful! So much detail - looks like a work of art! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories!

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  18. What a fun page! Thanks for playing at Lasting Memories!

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Thanks for all your kind comments!