Tuesday, September 30, 2014

a little sketch inspiration....

Today I am sharing a layout I did based off a sketch over at C'est Magnifique Kits' Blog. I stumbled across this sketch and thought it was pretty inspiring... 
I am continuing to work on my birthday pictures and with Echo Park's Capture Life Line. 
I really had fun with this layout using all kinds of mixed media goodness.
Here is my take on the sketch: 

the details:

 I started by painting a thin layer of Gesso on my patterned paper.

You can see here the difference, the bright piece of patterned paper is what my background originally was before I cover it in Gesso. 

 A little stenciling with Art Anthology Dimensional Gel Paint and a Prima Stencil.

I thin went in with another Prima Stencil and Super Heavy Gesso and then sprayed it with Ranger's Dylusions Mist and Water. 


Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out my frame. Before I took it off the mat, I laid my stencil down and sprayed it with Dylusions Ink Spray. 

Then the layering of paper begin. Once I got things where I wanted and adhered them, I went back with my stencil and Super Heavy Gessso. Then a few embellishments and wa-la! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Best Little Brother

Happy Monday. I hope you all have had a fabulous weekend... and were able to have some time to create! 

I have another layout to share with you from my 30th birthday... I am still using Echo Park's Capture Life Line.  This time I am using a little bit mixed media...

I started by using some of Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints. This was the first time that I have played with these... and I am in love! I used Turquoise and Lime. I started with the Turquoise and just dabbed it on with my paint brush. I then brought in the Lime.

Using a Prima Stencil, Staz On Ink, and a Blending tool I added a little more pop to my background. 

The outcome: 

I used a Hero Arts Background stamp and stamped a little here and there. I also used the Tim Holtz Frameworks Hexagon Die. I cut it out and then pop dotted the center pieces. 

Using my Cricut I cut out the title. I then traced the letters in Brother with a Copic Atyou Spica pens. I hand journaled "little".

I kept with the theme from my previous layouts and used the arrows and hearts.

I hope that you guys have a fabulous week filled with blessings and inspiration! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

30... umm.... wow!

My time has flown... and it has been so long since I have been here. To be honest, it has been quite awhile since I have created. I lost the inspiration there for a moment... or two. The beauty of having a passion for something, though, even though lost for a moment, it will slowly creep back... or, in my case, it comes back at you full force and you are almost knocked down! It has felt so good to be back in my studio. To be creating again. Searching the Internet to learn new techniques and just experimenting myself with different mediums. I have gain a part of me back that was lost for so long and I can't tell you how happy that makes me!  

I turned 30 in August! 30! WOW! So over the next week or so I am going to be sharing with you the layouts I have created to document the memories captured from this day.

I am using Echo Park's Capture Life Paper Line. I saw this paper and fell in love! I have so enjoyed working with it. 

This layout started with two sheets of yellow cardstock. The cardstock has some texture to it. I took my Ink Blending Tool and Distress Ink in Seedless Preserves to ink it up a bit. I then just started playing with the layout. The title was cut with my Cricut.

The Details: 

The heart and arrows I stamped on to the pattern papers and cut out to use as embellishments.  

I used twine to attach my hearts to the layout. I love how they look like they are hanging from the swirl stamp. This is one of my favorite stamps... and oldest! I pulled it from the archives. 

I hope that you all have a lovely weekend.... and have time for a little creating!
 I am so happy to be back! 


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!