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Neutral Color Scrapbook Canvas

I’ve always been more of a neutral color fan.  I feel like it’s only been in the past year or two that I’ve really branched out and worked in lots of different colors.  I love off-whites and brown backgrounds.  I love black text on beige paper.  I love kraft paper and chipboard, and I love the timeless, sophisticated quality to all of the above.

So, every once in a while, I go back to those first loves and just go crazy.  This canvas blends so many of my favorite things- neutral color paper with text, white and brown accents, text washi-tape, ink-stained muslin, etc.  It’s pretty awesome, in my opinion.  🙂

Neutral Color Scrapbook Canvas

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What I love most about this layout, is the negative space that’s actually full of text and other images.  I whitewashed the whole thing with Distress Crackle Paint, but you can still see everything underneath.  Yet now, with the whitewash, it’s almost as if everything else is on top of a fresh, clean canvas.  I love that this piece has that look and feel.

  • The first step was to cover the surface with various papers.  Everything piece I chose was covered with text.
  • I darkened it with some walnut ink, and then paint the surface with Tim Holtz’ Distress Crackle Paste, for a crackly, whitewash effect.  Awesome.  🙂
    • Quick Tip- if you use crackle paste, I would recommend sealing it with some gel medium.  It can tend to flake a bit, especially the larger cracks where you used more paint.
  • The sides were a bit rough, with some paper still sticking over, so I took some time and sanded all the edges down.
  • Washi-tape was added to the left side; different lengths in all different neutral colors and patterns.
  • My map stamp and one of my script stamps were perfect to add a few more interesting details.
  • I stained some strips of muslin just a bit with more walnut ink, and added them over the washi-tape.
  • Next it’s time for the background paper, and the picture.
  • A piece of flair goes pretty well with everything else, huh?  And how about those IKEA pencils?!  I knew the handfull I grabbed would come in handy.
  • This piece wouldn’t be complete without a few ink splatters!!

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Anyone else out there a huge fan of neutral colors?  I’d love to hear what you think, and see your projects.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope I inspired you a little today.  🙂

Design Team Projects for Scrapiniec

Hi!  I’ve missed you!  Now that our show is over, I have all this free time again and I thought I’d share some of my latest projects with you, these ones all done for Scrapiniec.  They are a Polish chipboard company, and they have some of the most unique designs I’ve seen in chipboard.  There are some amazing artists on our team, and I am so lucky to be able to count myself among them.  Are you on any design teams?  I would love to check out your projects!!  Drop a link below.

Design Team Projects

I have 3 design team projects to share with you.  The first is an altered box that I created as a thank you gift for a friend.  The chipboard and flowers really dress it up and make it look super classy.

design team projects for Scrapiniec

I created this layout with various types of chipboard from their collection.  My favorite part, though, are the frames over the photos.  The chipboard comes packaged securely, laser cut but still clinging to frames and sheets that allow them to travel without getting bent or ripped apart.  Once I had taken the chipboard out of its’ frame, I was left with quite a few extra pieces of square shaped frames.  So, I decided to use them!  And what a great effect it turned out to be.

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The last of my recent design team projects I’ll share with you is my scrapbook canvas from this week.  I made this, along with several others (stay tuned for those!) as thank you gifts for the directors of and producers of the show we just finished.  I love being able to give meaningful gifts that will last forever.  If they love them half as much as I had fun making them, then they will be cherished for years to come.  🙂

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Thanks for visiting!  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas- what inspires you the most?  What is your favorite type of mixed media art?  Let me know!

A fun Disney layout with a little magic

I have a fun layout for you today!!  I’ve been organizing some of my old photos recently, and I found this gem from a trip my mom and sisters and I took a few years ago.  The Christmas lights on Cinderella’s castle are simply amazing; perfect for a fun Disney layout.

Disney layout with stamping, texture paste and india ink

Now, I do have a confession to make.  I was disappointed with how the colors turned out.  I used white texture paste through a stencil, and splashed colored inks onto those areas while the paste was still wet.  I did not take into account how the inks would absorb together as things dried, and what the splashes looked like at first was very different to what they looked like after everything had dried.

I needed to do 2 things differently- first, I needed to be a lot lighter with my ink splashes.  It doesn’t take a whole lot, but I have a hard time knowing when to stop.  Second, I needed to let the ink and paste dry between each color I added so they wouldn’t blend together like they did.  If too many colors blend together, they start to look brownish and dirty.

I am pleased with the white stamps and splashes, though, and the crystal gems add a nice sparkly touch.  🙂

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All in all, though, it’s not too bad for a Disney layout.  🙂  What do you guys think?  Do you have any more suggestions for how I could have done better with the colors and composition?  I would love to hear your ideas and know-how.

Thanks for visiting today!!

Supply list

Ranger white texture paste

liquitex white acrylic paint

Ph Martin’s Bombay India Inks

DCWV patterned paper

Tim Holtz tissue wrap

Umwow Studio Harlequin stencil and dream flair

Adhesive Crystal Gems and Pearls

 

Scrapbook Layout with Stitching for Prima BAP Challenge

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Good morning!  I don’t usually participate in challenges, usually because I’m so caught up in whatever I’m doing that I don’t even think about doing anything until I find out the challenges are over.  This time, I caught the early train for the  Prima BAP challenge.  It’s fun sometimes to create something from a particular set of guidelines, and challenging in a different way from how I normally create.  I’ve uploaded a video of the process- check it out below!

I actually rotated the sketch for my layout, and based everything around the stitching I added.   I thought it would be fun and different to stitch the top and bottom of the layout with lots of messy lines and chunks, then use the tail ends of all the threads and tie them together all over to form a kind of web.   It was rather labor intensive, but so fun, and I love the way it turned out!

I used Prima’s Archivist line of paper for most everything you see- I just love the steampunk/vintage look to that line, and all the maps and text on every page. Since the stitching is the star here, I didn’t really add much else besides the paper- just some texture paste and a few tiny metal charms.

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This layout is rather simple at first glance, and I really like that the simplicity of the layout itself allows the complexity of the stitching to be the shining star.  I even love how I ended up with a few lines of threads on top of my photos.  Like I’m caught in the web that is Los Angeles.  🙂  My husband should be happy!  It is a pretty cool city.  So big!!

Does anyone else use their sewing machine when they create layouts?  Are you participating in the Prima BAP challenge this month?  I can’t wait to see what you create if you are!

Don’t forget to check out the video of my process!  I’d love your feedback on what you think of this layout and the techniques I used.

Let’s Scrap Sketches Design Team layout 8-15-15

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It’s so hard to think that the summer is winding down… pretty soon the sun will be setting at 5 o’clock and everyone will be putting out their Halloween decorations. But before we say goodbye to the summer completely, come play with the Let’s Scrap Sketches team and show us your interpretations of this latest sketch by linking them to the homepage.

I used the left layout in this 2 page sketch as my inspiration.  Instead of squares, I drew some lines in india ink, highlighted a few them in red and blue, and added some lines of scriptures and white stars.

The pictures in this layout are from the WWII memorial in Washington D.C.  I loved this plaque and the remembrance of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their families and their country.  I’ve been learning a lot about WWII recently, and when I found these pictures I couldn’t resist using them in my layout.

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The prize for this round is 3 Digi Stamps from Fresh Brewed Designs.  They offer digital and rubber stamps, and add new products every month.  The rest of the design team has created some fantastic layouts, as well, So what are you waiting for?  We can’t wait to see your pages!!

Let’s Scrap Sketches Scrapbooking Design Team layout- 7-15-15

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Time for another Design Team layout!  Boy, the time sure seems to fly when you have layouts to work on… 🙂

scrapbooking design team sketch for 7-15-15

I feel like I took a lot of liberties with this sketch.  The placement of pictures, especially.  I had so much fun doing the backgrounds for these pages that I almost got too carried away- but the sketch did keep me grounded, and I really like the circles along the bottom.

I used texture paste, stencils, stamps and embossing powder to add interest and texture to the backgrounds.  Walnut ink and some green tattered angels shimmer mist really added depth of color and made the pages really come together, since I had used different paper for each page.  These pages have such a natural, masculine feel.  Perfect!

Our sponsor for this week is Lacy Sunshine Stamps, and the prize for playing along with us and winning the sketch challenge is 3 digi stamps from Lacy’s handdrawn collection of digital stamps!  She has some really beautiful and fun designs.  So get scrappin and show us your layouts!!  Post them on the Let’s Scrap Sketches blog, and don’t forget to check out what the rest of our scrapbooking Design Team has done, especially if you need some extra inspiration.  There will be something there to spark your creativity!

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