Be You{tiful}: True Beauty

Beauty mixed media scrapbooking page layout with heat embossed chipboard, washi tape, polka dots, die cuts, in contemporary grunge style

I've been having so much fun with all the paints I've pulled out of my basement. My uncle and mom are talented artists, and I used to paint with them, but it was never really my passion. However, painting on scrapbook pages is a totally different realm. It's sort of like coloring outside the lines. There are no rules, just good old messy fun. 

I was inspired by a several challenges for this layout (which I will list as we go on). You can check out my full list of March challenges here. 

There's still plenty of time to get in on the scrappy action, though March is flying past at an alarming rate, isn't it? I take that back...life is flying past at an alarming rate. My nephew turns eight tomorrow. Seems like I was just holding him in the maternity ward (after driving 20 hours to get there)! Happy birthday, Layne. Loving you from a thousand miles away.

Beauty mixed media scrapbooking page layout with heat embossed chipboard, washi tape, polka dots, die cuts, in contemporary grunge style


The challenge at More Than Words was to be inspired by the word beautiful and butterflies. I fussy cut this butterfly from a paper from DCWV's Primrose collection. It was originally a very pretty aegean blue, but it just didn't go with my color scheme, so I inked the butterfly using the colors inspired by Colorful Creations color scheme.

Beauty mixed media scrapbooking page layout with heat embossed chipboard, washi tape, polka dots, die cuts, in contemporary grunge style

Beauty mixed media scrapbooking page layout with heat embossed chipboard, washi tape, polka dots, die cuts, in contemporary grunge style
Since I was working on a layout of me (for the Studios Challenge), I thought about what my idea of beauty is. While butterflies embrace all the attributes of physical beauty, when it comes to people, physical beauty is far less important than inner beauty.

Cliche much? For good reason. I would much rather spend a day with someone kind, thoughtful, and intelligent than someone with a pretty face. How many "mean girls" have you met (especially back in high school)...those pretty faces fade, but if you're beautiful on the inside, that never fades. You carry that with you until your dying day, and age and wrinkles never mar that kind of beauty.

Beauty mixed media scrapbooking page layout with heat embossed chipboard, washi tape, polka dots, die cuts, in contemporary grunge style

Beauty mixed media scrapbooking page layout with heat embossed chipboard, washi tape, polka dots, die cuts, in contemporary grunge styleAt Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge,  the challenge was to use chipboard and something old from your stash. I used these little chipboard hearts and heat embossed them with a very light coating of Blue Fern Studios ebony embossing powder (by using a light dab of Versamark embossing ink and a light sprinkle of Blue Fern Studios ebony embossing powder, then giving it a good shake and tap) which created a great texture that sort of mimics the die cut glitter leaves. From my stash, I used these two flowers that I have had in my drawer for years.

Beauty mixed media scrapbooking page layout with heat embossed chipboard, washi tape, polka dots, die cuts, in contemporary grunge style

Beauty mixed media scrapbooking page layout with heat embossed chipboard, washi tape, polka dots, die cuts, in contemporary grunge style
The challenge at Scrap Our Stash was a tic-tac-toe challenge. I chose mini-alphas (see them on the top of the photo), washi tape, and gold.  I used these sweet little hearts that had gold foil accents, given to me by a pocket letter pal (Thank you, Laura!)

Over at Picture This! the challenge was this moodboard. I loved the polka dots and the contemporary elements. I tend to scrap toward the rustic (my home is filled with well-loved things), but I was excited to try something a little more contemporary. I mimicked the polka dots by hand painting some dots onto my pink cardstock using black gesso. It also worked to echo the pink polka dot fabric flower.

Beauty mixed media scrapbooking page layout with Blue Fern Studios coral and ebony heat embossed chipboard, washi tape, polka dots, die cuts, in contemporary grunge style

The hearts are the Sizzix Heartfelt Die by Tim Holtz.

Beauty mixed media scrapbooking page layout with heat embossed chipboard, washi tape, polka dots, die cuts, in contemporary grunge style

Finally, when all the pretty things were in place, I went back and dirtied them all up with some Tattered Angels glimmer mist in silver, black, and pink, and a healthy dose of Prima's Heavy Black Gesso. This is the scary but fun part! Let me tell ya...going at the work of art you spent hours creating with the purpose of "messing it up" is intimidating. But the results are always so dynamic and creates cohesion between elements, which is especially useful if you don't scrap using entire collections specifically created to go together.

Thank you for coming over and checking out my work. I appreciate your visit!

31 comments

  1. What a beautiful page. Love the fab details and stash used. Thanks for your entry in our challenge at Scrap Our Stash! Huggies!

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  2. I'm blown away!!! WOW!!! This is gorgeous!!! Very very striking! You are truly beautiful - inside and out! The design is magnificent! The colors are fabulous! All I can do is shake my head in total and complete awe. I'm serious! This is BEAUTIFUL!

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  3. Wonderful post! I also think that inner beauty is much more important than physical !Very beautiful combination of colors! I love the turquoise butterfly!
    Thanks for playing along with us at More Than Words.

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  4. You are so true, your journaling is very inspiring! I love your layout! Thank you for joining at More than words!

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  5. I can't agree more!I love the background and all the mixed colors you used. Very beautiful!Thank you for joining us at Scrap Our Stash and Colorful Creations!

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  6. Oh this is stunning and love the background! Thanks for joining us at Colorful Creations:)

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  7. Beautiful!! Great take on the challenge, thanks so much for joining us at CC!

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  8. Fabulous! Lots of beautiful details to look at! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap Our Stash!

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  9. LOVE every bit of messy goodness!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks for joining us at Scrap Our Stash!

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  10. Such a wonderful interpretation of our challenge. Love all those amazing details you have created too. Thanks for joining in with us at More Than Words.

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  11. So beautiful, this is a very good interpretation of the challenge!!! Thanks for joining us at More Than Words!

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  12. This is so folksy, bright, bold and sassy... just like your character, I can tell! I absolutely love your interpretation of the word beautiful. Definitely a fave! Thank you for playing along with us at More Than Words!

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  13. Carrie, this layout is a true work of art. You really put your heart and soul into it. Loved what you wrote about beauty. Thank you so much for sharing this post at Picture This!

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  14. Oh this is fabulous! I love your journaling - wonderful! I'm so glad you could join us At More Than Words this month.

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  15. Totally stunning in every way! Thank you for joining us at The Studio Challenges and Colorful Creations.

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  16. WOW! Such a gorgeous layout! Love all the amazing details! Thanks for playing along with us at Colorful Creations!

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  17. WOW!!!!!!!!!! It's stunning! ELi for Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge

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  18. Really awesome page! Thanks for your playing with Colorful Creations.

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  19. Stunning project. Love the colors. Thanks for joining us at Colorful Creations.

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  20. Wow! Perfect interpretation of the challenge. I love it! Thank you for playing with us at morethanwords challenge.

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  21. Wonderful, artistic page, so fresh and delightful! Thank you for joining More Than Words Challenge this month.

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  22. This page is just AMAZING!!! Love everything about it! Thanks for joining Scrap Our Stash! Hugs Åsa

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  23. Wow what a stunning page, I love everything about it and I love the photo so much. Thanks for joining in with us this month over at Colorful Creations.

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  24. Wonderful and heartfelt page.
    Thank you fr joining us at Picture This!

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  25. Love the arty look of this, all the little details combine to make one great page! Thanks for Tic Tac Toeing with us at Scrap Our Stash!

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  26. Beautiful layout !! I love it !! Thank you for playing at More Than Words :)

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  27. Wow!So beautiful!Thanks for joining us at Picture This!Wish you can join us next time!

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  28. This s absolutely awesome!! I love, love, love it! Thanks for playing along with us at MTW! :)

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  29. Special layout!Love your work and layout.Thank you for playing with us at Picture This!

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  30. Nice layout ;) Thank you for joining at More than words!

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Thanks for all your kind comments!