Monday, April 14, 2014

...a favorite place

Hello! I just wanted to share a layout from the Archives. Spring is here and the weather has warmed up nicely and I am so excited to be able to go back to my little happy place. It is a local park I like to go to, to sit, reflect, and journal. 
Here is a layout I created to capture it all: 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Layout Favorites: Stenciling

Hello. Sorry I have been gone so long. Lots of things going on in life right now. I wanted to pop back in and check up and say Hi. There is lots of fun things coming up, including some great ideas with Unruly PaperArt and some fun projects using Genuinely Jane Studios' amazing wood books. Until then I thought I would showcase some of my favorite layouts and techniques. 

We will start with stencils. I LOVE stencils. They are one of my go to products for so many of my projects. Recently, I was completely blocked creatively, and once I brought my stencils out it was on! 

 A layout I did with The Crafter's Workshop Brick Stencil and Modeling Paste:

A little more stenciling. This time using one I created with old sticker packaging: 

....and two more: same stencil. 

So, what is one of your favorite go to products or technique? Come back to see more of my favorites. Unitl next time: Happy Creating! 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Scrapping

Happy Sunday... I am actually doing things a bit differently today. I am blogging as I create. Kind of capturing the ideas in my head. I am working on a project right now for Genuinely Jane Studios. I am really kind of excited about it. Lots of Distress Paint is going into this project. SNEAK PEAK: 

I love all things paper crafting and altered art, but my passion is scrapbooking. I love creating layouts. So, while this is drying I am going to do a layout or two. I have so many scraps on my desk and in a pile on the floor right now, so I want to use all these to create a layout... 

OK, I have my pictures selected. They are printing now. One of the BEST things I ever got for my studio was my Epson PictureMate. The ability to print photos as I scrapbook is like a freedom. THANK YOU Mom & Dad for this Christmas present!!! :) 

Ummm... I told you I had a lot of scraps on my desk... Everything on this layout was a scrap! Except the 12 x 12 patterned paper I used as the base. (But it was laying on my desk...) 

A little ink to start the layout. I used a spray ink I made with a Distress Ink Re-Inker and water. Then I just splattered the Glimmer Glaze on to the layout. Once dried, I started layering the papers. 

...and this is what was created: 

Very happy about how my layout turned out... the sad thing is, I still could probably make 10 more layouts with the scraps and embellishments on my table! Maybe it's time to clean. Well I am off to create a little more and maybe take a bubble bath.... Lazy Sunday before work tonight...

Happy Creating! 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Transparencies & Pocket Pages

Hello Lovelies! Today I want to share some layouts that I did this weekend. I actually got a WHOLE event scrapbooked! There is one layout I will not be able to share because it is for my article, Liberating Layouts, over at Unruly PaperArts. This month the theme is borders. I recommend jumping over there and see what everyone has created. My article will appear on March 7... Here is a sneak peak: 

OK, I am done being a tease... 
Here is my layout that I want to share today. It has several layers of transparencies and a little modeling paste too.  

I started with a black and white striped piece of paper. My table had a stack of scrap pieces from transparencies I used on a recent mini-album that I created and I just started grabbing and layering.  

Texture and multi-medium on my layouts is an addiction for me! I am always adding a little here or there... On this layout I used a Prima Stencil and Modeling Paste.
Here is a close up: 

I layered more paper and added a chipboard letter for my title. The heart is covered in Glossy Accents. 

The title is an introduction to this series of layouts. "I love these moments."
 Moments spent with friends, hanging out and laughing... I am blessed. 

One thing that I am really having fun with right now are all the different page protectors that are out there on the market. The two I use are We R Memory Keepers and American Craft Project Life. 

Below is a layout I did using a Project Life Photo Pocket Page: 

These pages are a lot of fun to create! To do my title I laid out 4 journaling cards and just added the paper (scraps work fabulous for these pocket pages!) and my title. Oh! and a little spray ink! 

The journaling went on the back of this page along with the last of my photos. 

Here is the back page, (I edited one photo out... like the journaling says, sometimes picture taking is not the greatest idea...). For the center row, I just used some pretty pink glitter paper. 

Awhile back I found these Page Protectors at Hobby Lobby: 

HOW FUN! I love them! 

So to end this night out's layouts I did a little 5x7 layout: 


Well I am off to create a little more. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Close Your Eyes & Jump!

Happy Sunday. Today I want to share a tag with you that I did a couple weeks ago. I am away from my studio right now because I am dog sitting. I need to be creating more right now than ever. These past few weeks have chewed me up, spit me out, and then stepped on me and I need a major healing session with my inks, paper, and paints! Through the tears and hurt I have learned some very valuable life lessons. I have also never been more sure of who I am and what type of person I want to be. 

Life is tough. There are highs and lows & smiles and tears There is enough negative in the world and I want to be that positive light. From a kind word, a smile, or an act of kindness, I want people to leave their encounter with me feeling a little happier. I lost that determination for a moment or two... and let me tell you, I was pretty miserable. 

I am, however, finding that, at times it is a balancing act, and that sometimes it takes a strength in me that I didn't even know I had. There is a Chinese Proverb that says, "Even a toad has 4 ounces of strength." Well let me tell you, I have a lot more ounces on me than a toad! This tag reminds me to just close my eyes and jump. Life doesn't start when you get to the destination. Life is the JOURNEY to the destination. 

I still can remember the joy I had creating this tag. I just let go and all the sudden this tag was born. No rules, no pressure, no one telling me that I can't. Here is a little bit from the process: 

I started with a little ink: 

I used a resist technique that I haven't used in a while... I forgot how much fun it is: 
Embossing with White Embossing Powder.  
After stamping I went back over the tag with more Distress Ink. The embossing powder resists the ink, so once I was finished I just wiped the ink off the stamped image. 

One thing I struggle with is throwing away "scraps". Here is one that I was finally able to use! I cut the dress form out of mirror paper and kept the scrap. To use it on this tag, I trimmed it out and adhered it.

I am wishing you a very happy Sunday and blessed and inspired week. 
Happy creating! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Painting the Town...

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is staying warm. As I am typing, I am wrapped in a blanket in front of a fire. ...and it is only going to get colder here!

Today I am so excited to share that Genuinely Jane Studios has teamed up with The Crafter's Workshop to bring you all kinds of inspiration!

Working with the Genuinely Jane Studios Cascade Album and The Crafter's Workshop Urban Landscape stencil I created a album to hold all my photos from my nights on the town!

I started with a little Gesso and adhered it right on to the unfinished wood: 

I sprayed the wood generously with a mist that I made using the following: 
1. Distress Re-Inker - Black Soot
2. Perfect Pearls - Blue Patina 
3. Water
Put all three ingredients into a Mini-Mister and shake it up! Now for a little magic... 

The Gesso acts as a resist... so I was able to take a damp wipe and wipe the ink off my buildings:

Once all wiped down, I went in with the second part of the stencil, a dabber, and Staz On ink in Royal Purple. 

...and when I lifted my stencil, I was in love! 

(The shimmer that you see is from the Perfect Pearls that was in the mist)

In fact... I loved it so much that I changed my whole concept for the book. I did not want to cover up any of my buildings! 
So I used acetate pages throughout and left my wood pieces to be seen in all there glory. Here are some of my pages: 

The theme behind this album is "Paint the Town". I have included some of my favorite photos from my nights out with friends. I still have quite a few to add, but made sure that there was plenty of space, pockets, and tags to put photos. 

Going to see bands play is one of my favorite things to do. I have a whole section for these pictures. If you look closely on the left, you can see that the photo is on a piece of acetate. 

...and it wouldn't be a complete Paint the Town album without a picture of my Bestie & Me... we are partners in crime. Our Friday texts usually go something like, "Want to get into some trouble tonight!" (DISCLAIMER: we really don't get in trouble... we just like going out and having fun....) 

and what night out would be complete without silly crazy pictures... I created a pocket with tags to hide these little gems... Here is the front and back of the pocket: 

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this album with my stencil and gesso. Until next time, HAPPY CREATING! 


Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Chip of the Old Block!

Hi... thank you for stopping by! I have a confession for you today... Outside of my complete obsession for all things paper crafting, I am a computer nerd too! Hehe! Here is a layout that I did that showcases this little fact about me. 

It started with this sketch from PageMaps... 

I was instantly inspired and knew what I wanted to do... I found the sketch on my lunch break, so I printed it out and wrote and sketched all over it until I could get home and create away... 

...and this is my idea come to life...

I started with the background. I found this image on Google Image Search and sent it to Costco to print out as a 12 x 12 background. (This is one of my favorite little tricks to really customize a layout... whether it be a picture like this or one of my own). 

Awhile back I spilled coffee on my laptop keyboard.. very sad. So I had to order a new one because it was all sticky... Once I installed the new one, I kept the old one to use the keys on a layout. When these pictures were taken, I just knew this was the layout I was waiting for... 

They worked out just perfect! I also had an old old laptop that died a few years ago, and I took it apart and stole the RAM out of it to include on my layout: 

...and then my jounaling documenting this memory with my Dad. Behind it are a couple of tags and one of them has a picture on it!

This layout was so much fun to create. Using the unique embellishments and being able to capture this memory with my Daddy! 

What is the most unique thing that you have used on a layout? Until next time, Happy Creating!