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This layout is out of my “style comfort zone!”

I’ve had these photos out on my desk, shuffling them around as I worked on other projects, ever since I made the Dragon Boats layout (another adventure on the same day). When I saw the SCT 2021 Fall Issue recipe challenge (use a journaling card or die cut, patterned paper, an alphabet sticker and any kind of stamp), I knew it would be the perfect motivation to get this layout into my scrapbook.

I started out trying to use my “typical” grid-type arrangement of photos, and it just wasn’t working. I changed gears entirely and decided to use a fish-filled background cut file from Paige Evans, and I used watercolors on the background. This is out of my comfort zone in two ways: I don’t often do mixed media at all, let alone the whole background; also, I don’t often use themed/on-the-nose supplies for my layouts.

I made two little clusters on the page, framed by the fish. At the top, I used my two tiny photos (tiny due to the image quality) on a block of patterned paper and embellished with my stamp “ingredient”– I heat embossed cameras from two different stamp sets with white on a scrap of purple striped paper, then cut them out to add in three places around the layout.

After this particular day of adventuring, I had asked my husband to write a bit of journaling, and I gave him a couple of my leftover Project Life cards so that it would be in his own handwriting. I love that it’s his words telling the story of the fun he had with our children.

I did a bit of tricky work with the title: this is an old set of chipboard Thickers, and I didn’t have enough “A” or “U” letters to spell “aquarium.” I ended up using two “V” alphas to replace them: can you tell? ūüėČ I love this pop of orange as a complement to the blue/purple/teal background. It picks up on my daughter’s dress color, and it ties the color scheme with the companion Dragon Boats page.

In all honesty, I’m not loving this page right now. But I am so glad to have this story in my album, and I think it might grow on me with time!

cardstock: American Crafts white textured
patterned paper: Damask Love “Wild Card- Spirit Animal;” bits from my stash
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Dots” (chipboard), Glitz Designs “Color Me Happy” Teeny Alphas (rainbow)
stamps: Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” acrylic stamps, Hampton Art “Vintologie,”
cut file: Paige Evans “Fish Background”
journal card: Project Life “Jade” edition

wood veneer: Studio Calico
other: watercolor, Liquitex clear matte gesso, print-and-cut labels, Scotch ATG, US ArtQuest PPA Matte adhesive, craft foam, Ranger Big&Bossy embossing ink, Zing embossing powder

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I was happy to be asked to help celebrate the launch of the new website Disney Creative Co. by making a scrapbook layout! This website is a welcoming community where fans of Disney can be inspired and share their magical creativity with others!

When I received the products from Scraps & Ink Crafts (associated with Disney Creative Co.) that I’d be working with, I was intrigued to use the dies– until a couple weeks before, I didn’t own a manual die cutting machine. A neighbor handed hers down to me, so this is the first time I’ve used manual dies for a layout! I immediately thought to make this parade watching page in my Disney 2016 album. Believe it or not, this parade was the only time we saw Mickey Mouse on this trip! I have no idea how we managed that, but I wanted to give a little nod to that fact by using as many Mickey motifs as I could.

This layout faces my Festival of Fantasy layout; in order to coordinate the two, I used the same white textured cardstock with my dies as I used for the frames on that layout.

In the vertical pockets along the left edge, I created a matching watercolor background using the same paint colors as the facing page. The title is composed of some Thickers that I painted white (they were originally slightly grey and weren’t standing out from the background enough) and the letter tiles from the Shimelle Sparkle City sticker folder. In order to help my title stand out, I added a strip of the starry washi tape from Scraps & Ink Crafts: I love those silvery stars!

Before the parade, Husband enjoyed a Dole Whip float (and shared it with our little boy), so I just had to use one of the adorable “Mini Snacks” dies as a perfect accent to the photo! Behind the photo, I layered a strip of the red/white polka dot washi tape to add a bit of emphasis.

In the lower pocket, I used the “Mouse Border” die to create a Mickey feature along the left edge. I wanted to give the die cuts a bit more dimension, and because they are so delightfully delicate, I decided to layer 3 or 4 cuts together rather than try to add foam adhesive. I love the effect!

At the base of the pocket, I layered some more washi tape and a phrase sticker to anchor the border:

You can see that I also used this layering technique with the “Swirl Wave” die cut that embellishes the empty sky space in the photo of our kids on shoulders to watch the parade. When I cut this, I actually turned my paper upside down so that I could reverse the direction of the swirls and still have the textured side face outward.

Not only does using multiple layers give the die cut more dimension, it also strengthens it since it is on the outside of the pockets. I added another strip of that starry washi tape to visually anchor the embellishment.

Last but not least, I added one of the cut-out Mickey heads from the “Mouse Border” to a punched circle with a phrase sticker for a tiny corner embellishment to my middle photo.

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost in exchange for creating a layout to promote the launch of the new Disney Creative Co. website. This post also appears on the Disney Creative Co. website.

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Almost five years ago now, my husband and kids went on a little adventure together while I was off having a craft day with some friends at church. They first went to the aquarium in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and afterward, they rode the dragon boats! My husband took photos and I asked him to write some journaling on some cards. For all this time, the cards and ticket stubs have sat in my archive, and these photos have been printed for a while, too! I am so happy that I’ve finally put them together on a layout (the aquarium layout will face this one– I haven’t made it yet!)

I mentally arranged and re-arranged the photos until I was looking through some of my completed layouts the other day. I really loved how THIS layout turned out, and I decided to scraplift myself. I used watercolors on a gesso’d sheet of white cardstock to coordinate with the colors in the photos.

I didn’t have nearly as many photos this time, so I added patterned paper to fill out the grid.

I added stitching around the patterned paper blocks for texture and interest!

I have to say, I was stumped for a bit when I was looking for embellishments, and then I remembered the adorable dragons in the Head in the Clouds project pad– and they are just the right colors!! I was especially excited when I realized that this purple dragon’s tail curled perfectly around the top of the journaling that my husband had written long before I even had these products!

I added the teal camera at the base of the journaling (stamped and embossed on patterned paper, then carefully cut out and popped up on foam) because while the camera illustration on the card was very cute, it just wasn’t standing out enough. I didn’t have patterned paper in a saturated color to match, so I used a more muted paper and blended some aqua ink to intensify the color.

It felt a little “risky” to be using products from the collections I’ve purchased to use for my Disney 2016 album project! However, I didn’t have any specific place in mind to use the dragons, so I’m glad that I used them here. They really are a perfect match… I also used the aqua glitter Fitzgerald alphas for my title (also from the supplies I purchased for that album project). Again, they were just right, and after all, products are meant to be used, right? I don’t want to be so stingy with my things that they don’t get used– there are always more to buy!

After I created the grid and added the dragons, it was looking a little bare, even with the bold watercolors underneath! I decided to add layers around the the top section, especially around the main photo.

This turned out to be the perfect place to add a pull-out where I can keep the ticket!

In the end, I have to admit that this isn’t my favorite layout. I actually like the original layout upon which this is based so much better. However, I wonder if my opinion will change. What is interesting to me is that when was looking at my old layouts for inspiration, I came across another, much older layout that I considered scraplifting for this project. I looked up my blog post for it, and I wrote that I didn’t really like it! Yet here I was, five(!) years after I made it, viewing it as inspirational!

The important thing is that the story is there. The memories are preserved, and I can look back and enjoy them (and laugh that my kids were less impressed by the dragon boats than we’d hoped)!

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I absolutely LOVE the way this layout turned out. Out of the four layouts that I made during the actual weekend of the January 2021 Victoria Marie virtual crop, I think this is my favorite

This layout is another attempt at learning how to include mixed media in my scrapbooking, and it was initially inspired by a challenge to use rub ons… which I totally forgot that I had– I didn’t think that I had any at all! As I was lying in bed mentally combing through my stash, I realized that I’d been glossing over these big 12×12 sheets of Lily Bee rub-ons for years — partly because they were so big, and partly because I wasn’t sure how to use them.

I ended up using almost this entire package of rub-ons on this layout.

This time, when I pulled them out, I realized that I could combine them with mixed media (I’ve been very inspired by Missy Whidden’s creations lately and have been itching to try it out). I still don’t have gesso (long story; bad packaging on Amazon’s part), so I attempted to use some thin white acrylic paint as a base/sealing coat. It was okay, but not great… I really need to get to a store and just buy some clear gesso!!

I added watercolor, rubbed on almost an entire sheet of the Lily Bee rub ons, and then I stenciled Thermoweb Metallix gel through a Paige Evans heart stencil for another layer and more texture.

background in progress

Going along with the Lily Bee theme, I realized that I also still have a number of sheets of their patterned paper and some shaped die cut mat/frames. I LOVED (and still do love!!) their patterns, so why am I holding on to them? They should be used so they can be displayed with my stories in my albums!! I pulled some out and started making a lot of layers around my photo.

I added tissue paper and a doily for extra softness. I added a flat glassine bag to the layers behind my photo to hold my journaling on a tag that pulls out. I am so very glad that I took a few minutes to write down my thoughts that day– I was able to record so many details about surprising my daughter by coming to lunch one day when she had just started kindergarten.

This layout was really, really fun to make. The end result is so satisfying and everything I hoped it would be. In addition, it has made me think about the rub-ons that I still have in my stash (oh yes, after I found these packs, I just kept finding more! I had no idea that I had acquired so many!!). I will definitely be trying the rub on+ mixed media combination again.

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The momentum from my previous layout carried me right into this one!

I’ve been experimenting with a bit of mixed media and art journaling this summer– more on that in another post… As soon as I started playing around with these photos, I knew that this layout needed a smooshy watercolor background, a la Missy Whidden. I’ve been watching a lot of her process videos lately and am fascinated with her gorgeous layered watercolor backgrounds (and all the rest of her style, really!).

I don’t have any gesso (yet), so I used what I had on hand to coat the textured white cardstock background to prep it for watercolor: Mod Podge! I’m pretty sure this is NOT an actual substitute for gesso, but it worked out okay for this page. (Hopefully it doesn’t get yellowy with age!) I used the packaging technique to smoosh a few shades of blue watercolor onto the background. Most of it is actually covered by the big block of photos, but that is okay with me– I wanted to make sure to maintain the brightness of the page, and having too much blue showing would have made it too dark. It turned out pretty well, I think, for my very first time attempting this for a scrapbook page!

After the background dried, I layered on my photo block: I adhered all the photos grid-style onto a 6″ x 12″ strip of plain white cardstock to keep them all together, and backed the whole thing with foam.

As I considered what papers and embellishments to use, I remembered this very old (copyright year 2009!) Cosmo Cricket collection called “Snorkel”. I used most of my collection pack waaaaaay back in 2011 for a series of vacation layouts, but I’ve still held onto the leftovers and scraps because I loved them. The colors were absolutely perfect for this page! To back the torn cutout on the upper right of the page, I even cut into the cover sheet that shows samples of the patterns included in the collection pack!

I pulled out some alphas from my stash (there are some My Mind’s Eye- “So Sophie” and Glitz Design “Color Me Happy”) and some extra little word stickers to stick around the page (Echo Park “Splash” and October Afternoon “Farm Fresh”)…

This layout is really a celebration of all sorts of bits and pieces from the “past”! It was the perfect way to use these things I’ve saved and finally get them onto a page!

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One of the highlights of doing school-at-home with my kids has been their their art lessons.  School-at-home definitely has been hard, and I have been thankful for assignments like these that my kids look forward to each week.

On this particular week, they were to create something inspired by spring, and they were given freedom to use whatever media they wished.¬† Their art teacher provided a number of links to videos of different artists with different styles and techniques to help inspire them.¬† I decided that we should spread out ALL our different media (watercolors, washable acrylics, oil pastels, crayons, colored pencils, etc.) on our back deck under the umbrella on our table.¬† I gave each of them a piece of watercolor paper and told them that we’d work over the course of a few days– on the first day, we’d create¬†a base layer, and then add layers and details on additional days.¬†¬†In fact, it looked like so much fun that I decided to join in.¬†

In the fall, I’d visited my daughter’s school and was able to observe her art class.¬† In that art class, they were creating landscapes¬†inspired by those of the contemporary artist Claire West.¬† It was the first time I’d seen Claire West’s work, and I was smitten.¬† The colors, the scenes– they were just joyful, and I wished that I was creating along with the class.¬†Well, here was my chance.¬† Each day while the kids were working on their pieces for their assignment, I added to my landscape.¬†

It was a sweet time of being together and creating something.  The weather was lovely, and this time outside making art was so peaceful.  When I look at my painting, it just plain makes me happy.    This painting is watercolor, oil pastel, and acrylic paint on watercolor paper.  Nothing fancy, mostly kid art supplies.  

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