Dream Catcher: Turquoise Mixed Media Layout + Tutorial


Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias


Hi all! May is almost over and I'm rushing to get this post done so I can get it entered in the challenge I created it for. I saw two mood boards that inspired this layout. I have a tutorial for you guys, so this post is a little more involved than usual, with lots of pictures!

The first challenge inspiration is from Off the Rails



I loved the idea of using feathers, and I had purchased these awesome chipboard feathers from Fabrika Decoru that I was itching to use. I also pulled the idea of jewelry, which took form in metallics and these beaded dangles.

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

I pulled the color scheme from the mood board at Jot Magazine.


Aren't the colors gorgeous? Copper and aquamarine/turquoise go so beautifully together. I particularly loved the rusty foliage in the bottom right. I had to pull in some of that. I found this paper that had gold foil leaves sprinkled on it and used some of my favorite greenery dies to create the foliage for the layout.

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

The flowers are Petaloo's Botanica Collection in Vintage Velvet Magnolias in White. They were perfect for adding a hint of watercolor in the same teal I used for the background.

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

The chipboard frame is from Blue Fern Studios, as are most of the embossing powders (Imagine Ink in Wheat, Nutmeg, Rusted Roof, and Sea Mist). The white and gold embossing enamel is from the Stampendous Frantage Encrusted Jewel Kit in Pink. 

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

For the beaded dangle, I used the leftover pieces from a piece of lattice chipboard {this girl don't waste nothing!}. 


 I heat embossed them in a few different colors, then used a piece of wire (I found mine in the jewelry section of my local craft store) and hot glued them together. Easy peasy!

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

In keeping with the idea of jewelry and metallics, I used some Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients gold leaf mica flakes and several colors from the Stampendous Frantage Mica Kit.

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

Background splatters by Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolor Set

I took a few photos during the creation of this layout to share the process.

mixed media scrapbook layout tutorial process

First step is to put down a layer of clear gesso. I followed that with a layer of white gesso where I wanted to create embellishment clusters so the colors would stand out. Then comes the funnest part: going crazy with the paint and shimmer mist!

mixed media scrapbook layout tutorial process

I used texture paste and a stencil to create the idea of the webbing of a dream catcher. 

mixed media scrapbook layout tutorial process

To add a little height and interest to the feathers, I used the leftover piece of chipboard as a stencil and filled it in with texture paste, then squished the feathers down into it with a little glue.

mixed media scrapbook layout tutorial process

You can really see how gorgeous the pearlescent paints are in this photo!

mixed media scrapbook layout tutorial process

I added some more paint drips beneath where I wanted to add my title piece.


Added more paint splatters {because of course!}, shimmer mist, the chipboard, photo, more mica flakes, and seed beads, along with some gold thread for added texture.


After that it was time to add the flowers and foliage and voila!


Thanks so much for stopping by and for all of you kind folks who leave such lovely comments! You make my day :)





Home Sweet Garden: Shabby Chic Layout


Shabby Chic Scrapbook Layout featuring die cuts and lace

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope you're spending it with friends and family, and remembering those who gave their lives for our country. Both of my parents were in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, and thankfully they both came home, or I wouldn't be here. But there were so many who didn't, and it got me thinking about what it must have been like to be halfway around the world and wishing for home. Take a moment to really think about it and appreciate their sacrifices. Then think about the good things in your life. For me, it's the simple pleasure of a backyard, a patch of grass to walk barefoot on, and a few flowers {preferably the hearty kind, since my green thumb is more of a pale green, like pistachio}.

Shabby Chic Scrapbook Layout featuring die cuts and lace
Purrrr

Onto the scrappy stuff, I created this layout as a design team project for Cherish the Memory. The background paper is from DCWV's Primrose stack, the twine and lace is from my stash, the matting papers are from the Creative With Chalk Kitand the rest of the embellishments are from the Romantic Vintage Die Cut Block


I am in love with this book of die cuts. They are so feminine and beautiful, perfect for the shabby chic scrapbooking style I so often gravitate toward.

Romantic vintage die cut block
Romantic Vintage Die Cut Block

Shabby Chic Scrapbook Layout featuring die cuts and lace

And of course, every layout needs a little glimmer mist. I've been a bit obsessed with droplets lately. There's just something about throwing paint at paper that makes me sooooo happy!

I'm entering this layout in the "What inspires you?" challenge at Colorful Creations

I am inspired by being outside. I spend a lot of time on my computer, working on my blog or freelancing or tinkering with my latest manuscript, so when I can I try and sit outside. Not only do I enjoy it more, I think it makes my work better.

That's it for me today. Zae should be about up from his nap and we're heading out to the family farm for a picnic.

Have a safe and happy holiday :)





Joyous Day! Mixed Media DT Layout: Soft Colors

Mixed media layout in pink and peach with green with texture paste, Prima die cut leaves, Blue Fern Studios chipboard and embossing powder, and burlap with flower embellishments.

Hi all! I'm in today to share my project for Scrapping4Fun Challenge #91: Soft Colors. Isn't the inspiration photo gorgeous? The colors are so beautiful!


And don't forget to check out this challenge's sponsor: the Scrapping4fun Shop which is going to go live soon!



The photo I chose for this layout is near and dear to my heart. Taken by my dad when I was around 10 or 11 years old, the little munchkin at my side is my beautiful little cousin, Francis Marie. She was my little "holder me" girl, because she was always wanting me to pick her up saying "holder me!" She was such a lovely little child, and she is a beautiful soul as an adult.

Mixed media layout in pink and peach with green with texture paste, Prima die cut leaves, Blue Fern Studios chipboard and embossing powder, and burlap with flower embellishments.
Die Cut Leaves: Prima Moroccan Foliage
I've been wanting to scrap this photo for a long time, but you know how you have those special photos and you feel you can't do them justice? Sometimes you just have to pull on your boots and saddle up and...well, not sure where I'm going with this, but I was in a pink mood and thought I should spare Zae another pink layout. The paper is called Joyous Morning Anthem (from DCWV Primrose Paper Stack), but this was actually in the evening. I feel I had to disclose that for posterity's sake, or something. I can't live with the lie! {sorry, I'm tired and I get as silly as a [almost] two year old when he's overtired. ahem. Zae.}

Prima Texture Paste
You can see the beautiful countryside behind us, where this road meanders across the hilltop and then peters out to the great beyond. We lived deep in the Minnesota country, many miles from the nearest town, and we crossed most of the woods and fields on horseback. What beautiful memories.

Chipboard and Embossing Powders by Blue Fern Studios
By far the most time consuming part of this layout was heat embossing the chipboard. I used four colors of Imagine Ink: the neutral background (Oatmeal); a pink accent for the flowers (Glitter Coral); a dark green for

Flowers by Michaels & Wild Orchid Crafts
I have to thank Lisa Landry because I'm still using flowers from the giant box of goodies she sent at Christmas {totally trying not to hoard}!

Background: Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist


I hope you get a chance to join in on this challenge, because anything goes on this one! You can create a layout, card, canvas, mini album, or off the page creation using the photo as inspiration. Deadline for this challenge is Thursday, June 8th, 2017, at 11:55 PM European Time.
Please, take in account the different time zones - you will find the Date and Clock on the top left above the blog posts of the S4F Blog. European time is seven hours ahead of CST.

We can't wait to see what you create!




Pieces of My Heart: Lasting Memories GDT

Guest design team layout in blue and purple, mosaic heart design using multiple photos with watercolors and mica flakes with wood bird cage and phrase stickers.

I'm in today to share my final May project as part of the GDT at Lasting Memories. What a fun month of scrapping I've had this month.

Guest design team layout in blue and purple, mosaic heart design using multiple photos with watercolors and mica flakes with wood bird cage and phrase stickers.This challenge is use lots of small photos to create one BIG shape on your layout.

I used photoshop and created a heart shape, then cropped each photo before I printed them. Then I just trimmed off the white edges. You could just as easily create your own template and trim photos you already have printed.

I mounted the photos using my tape runner, then trimmed around the edge, and did the same with another layer of cardstock. Easy peasy, and what a fun look. I find myself getting stuck in standard old rectangle too often, so this was a fun change.

Guest design team layout in blue and purple, mosaic heart design using multiple photos with watercolors and mica flakes with wood bird cage and phrase stickers.

To get ideas for a color scheme and embellishments, I turned to CSI and solved Case File 230. 


CSI Case File 230
Evidence


  • Watercolors
  • Flowers
  • Wood
  • Birds
  • Butterflies
  • Phrase stickers



Guest design team layout in blue and purple, mosaic heart design using multiple photos with watercolors and mica flakes with wood bird cage and phrase stickers.

Testimony

  • Tuck your story into an embellishment cluster
  • Inspiration words: seeds & love
Journaling reads: The seeds of love grow the strongest roots.

Guest design team layout in blue and purple, mosaic heart design using multiple photos with watercolors and mica flakes with wood bird cage and phrase stickers.

This layout was fun to create, and I know I would never have created anything like it without the prodding of a challenge! You can still get in on all challenges at Lasting Memories for this month until this Friday, May 26th. Here's a reminder of this month's challenges:

April 30th: Use small embellishments to create BIG number(s) or letter(s) on you layout.

May 7th: Use bakers twine to create a BIG shape on your layout.

May 14th: Use strips of paper (or washi tape) in a big way on your layout.

May 21st: Use lots of small photos to create one BIG shape on your layout.

I can't wait to see what you create!





May Mid Month Scrapbooking Challenges



May is flying past, but there's still time to get in on lots of scrapbooking challenges. Here's the most recent challenges for mid-May. Check out the main 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 RulesUnless 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.

Have fun creating! 







    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: This month is all about celebrating Spring!  Please use this "Spring Break" mood board as your inspiration.  You can use any part of it that inspires you; just tell us what and 
    why you were inspired. And don't forget 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 next month




    Colorful Creations

    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: What inspires you to be the creator you are, what inspires your creativity, your goals dreams, what or who keeps you grounded. Think of a person, place, music, season, etc. Create something that inspires you. Along with who inspires you, use your favorite embellishments!
    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.

    12th - Challenge #1: Make a page about what you consider to be the good life. With May heralding the coming of summer, maybe it's heading outdoors for life under the sun for a few months. Or maybe it's having family and friends around you. Or maybe it's your time of life. Tell us what your good life is all about.

    18th - Challenge #2: Don't forget to check back on the 18th for the next challenge.





    Find their rules here.

    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.


    Challenges: 
    May 7th: Use bakers twine to create a BIG shape on your layout.
    May 14th: Use strips of paper (or washi tape) in a big way on your layout.
    May 21st: Use lots of small photos to create one BIG shape on your layout.
    Entries: One per challenge (four total)
    Deadline: May 29th

    Let's Get Sketchy


    Find their rules here.


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






    My Creative Sketches

    More info in the post.

    Challenge: Sketch challenge. 
    Entries allowed: Unlimited





    Scrap Our Stash

    Find their rules here.

    Challenge: Sketch & Word Challenge
    Combination rules: With any challenge other than another SOS challenge.






    Find their rules here.
    Challenge: "Ladies"
    Entries allowed: Up to 4 times
    Combination rules: Allowed
    Deadline: Thursday, May 25th, 2017





    Find their rules here.

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




    The Studios Challenges

    Find their rules on their sidebar.

    Challenge:
     Recipe challenge; here's a list of items to include in your layout, the more of these you can include the better!


    1. Paint
    2. Hand sewing
    3. Fussy cutting
    4. A Frame
    5. Buttons
    6. Pink
    Deadline: June 4th



    Words and Paintery

    Find their rules here.

    Challenge:
     Spring is a time for weddings but we celebrate long, lasting love & rust this month!
    Deadline: June 15th