Aloha my scrappy friends!!
I thought I would do something a little different today on my blog, first I am joining in for the first time in the Clique Kits Pep Rally. I love their Pep Rally and always enjoy hopping from one blog to the next looking at what different members did with their kits. And I am also going to post about two layouts today!! I decided to use sketch from Clique Kits this month by Amanda O’Banion. This sketch was really fun I thought I would create another layout after I used it once, but with a twist. The first layout I am sharing is a traditional 12X12 layout. I used my July Carpe Diem Clique Kit. This kit uses the Chickaniddy 365 collection. I love the classic look of the black and white, with the pops of bright colors. It was fun using a collection I wouldn’t have normally bought in the store. The black and white really leant well for adding lots of right mixed media too, which is always a great thing in my opinion.
In my layout Papa’s Chair, I started off with patterned paper as my background. I actually don’t do this often with mixed media. I generally like the blank slate white yardstick gives me, but I really like the paper with the sheet music on it. I thought it would go well with my photos of my kids with their dad, especially because their laughter is sweet music to my ears. I used white gesso to tone down the pattern. I used the sketch as a guide as to where I would place the clusters of media. I added twisted citron from the reinker, with a paint brush and water, like a watercolor. I let the three groups of color drip a little. This distress ink dries light so I needed to re apply the color, but it turned out this gorgeous lime green. I used just a basic bright blue watercolor and applied it the same way as the citron color. The watercolor is more opaque so I only needed to put it on once. I let it dry between each color, which is hard. I didn’t want to use my heat gun this time, I really wanted to keep the drip lines as is and I find when you use the heat gun it pushes the watercolor all over the page. Sometimes I really like the look it gives, especially when the colors mix together and make new colors but today i didn’t want that look
I then used my hero arts stencil from the clique kits store, and used a mix of two blue ink pads to ink dots in the areas of the watercolor. It looks so cool! It is often at these moments I think I must be crazy that I am going to be covering it up but this is the nature of the scrapbooking game for me. I really just love to play with all these art type products and if even only a smidgen peaks out it is always worth the work I put into doing all these extra steps.
I picked out papers in mostly black and white. with all the bright colors in the media, I thought it would help the layout not look really busy. I picked out one paper with pluses that had color just to mix it up. I thought the coral color was a nice opposite from the green/blue colors on my background. On one of the black and white papers I used the watercolors and stencil on it to match the background paper. I backed my photos in a teal MY Minds Eye Cardstock.
I decided not to fishtail one of my layers like the sketch, I think it looked better without it. I then picked out the background paper to back the mix media paper on. I chose a nice light blue in a ombre and triangle type of pattern. At first I almost went with a kraft paper with red dots, to match the dots like the stencil, but I didn’t like the red color with the coral color. And the kraft just didn’t look right. It was a pain to retake that layer off but it was worth it in the end.
I followed the sketch pretty literal this time with the clusters and the title. I did this so I could play a little more with color. I grabbed my paints out again. I used an old alpha from a precious Clique Kit with Amy Tan Rise and Shine stuff, and used the Kraft Everyday Thickers. I love how skinny this alpha is, and the Kraft lends easily to change the color if you need too. I mixed the blue, teal and citron inks with a little white acrylic paint, and made a cool ombre effect, starting with the dark and going to the light green. I mixed these with the Chickaniddy’s black and white striped alpha, with a light ink wash on them. When I applied the striped alpha’s to my layout I outlined them to help the stand out a little more, I find they are kinda hard to read otherwise.
Each cluster had cut aparts from the Paper add on from the July Kit which was the Seven Paper from Studio Calico. I mixed those with enamel shapes, small banners, and word stickers from the add ons and the oringinal Maggie Holmes Accent sticker sheet. I added a few scattered in making ink sketchy hearts from the Mommy Lhey stamp set, that was offered as an add on. They were Hawaiian themed so I couldn’t resist and had to get them.
I really love how this layout turned out. I love scrapping the precious smiles of my kids. These photos were from 2012 and I love going back and seeing pictures of when my kids were much smaller. These pictures were took on different days but was a common occurrence in our house. The kids loved cuddling with Daddy while he sat at his desk and played on the computer. Even now the kids still try to sit with Daddy when they aren’t busy playing with their toys!! These are moments I don’t want to forget when they grow older and want to do their own thing.
For My second layout I decided to do a 8 1/2 X 11 layout, Called Until The Cows Come Home!! I didn’t to do this because I am going to be starting a new series on my YT channel where I scrap old family photos and start to journal the stories from my family. I love family history and I really don’t want to lose these amazing stories because I simply didn’t take the time to write them down.
I am using photos that were given to me by other family members so most of them will be copies and not the best quality but I think when you are scrapping old photos it really needs to be about the journaling and telling of the stories instead of the quality of the photo.
I did a little mixed media on the layout, following the clusters as on the sketch. I really want to fretting up these old photos, and make them feel a little more current, because the story I am telling is the love of what my family member did for a living.
My great grandmother and her brother grew up in Upstate NewYork on a farm, and it was a family affair and what they loved to do. whether it was because it really was all they knew or didn’t have the money to break free from the country way of life, I know they truly loved this life they helped build. My great grand mother’s brother even went as far as having his photo taken with his cows. this thought really makes me smile. Growing up seeing milk cows all over, I love that my family members loved nature and all that surrounded them that they took the time to have it photographed at a time when you saved pictures for things you really loved and held dear.
The papers I used were mostly from the main July Clique Kits, the Chickaniddy 365 collection. This collection went perfect with the black and white photos, and added the color that was missing from these old photographs. I used lots of green and blues, to mimic the colors that would have been there originally in the grass and sky. The black and white definitely made my think of the spots from the cows too.
I used embellishments fro last month’s June kit, from the Crate Paper Journey collection. The sentiments on them went perfectly with the theme of what I will be journalling later this week. I will be journaling on the back, so I have enough space to tell the story of my great grand mother’s brother and his farm!
For the title I mixed July’s alpha’s with the block alpha’s from the Journey Collection sticker sheet. I liked the mix of black and white with the natural look of the cork. I ended with the enamel shapes that came in the kit, the key was perfect!!
I ended the layout with Heidi Swapp black velvet Color Shine Splatters.
I really liked using this sketch with this smaller size. Even with two photos I didn’t think it was too crowded. It also helped me keep the layout simple so I could focus more on the story and journaling I want to add.
I have a process video for this layout. Click here and watch my whole process.
Thanks for stopping by!!! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the ladies participating in the Clique Kits Pep Rally. I really had fun joining in and sharing some stuff I have been working on this month with my July Carpe Diem Kit!!
JULY 2015 Line-Up
Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Hannah Lemieux www.scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.wordpress.com (ME)
Sarah* http://sarahmoore4.blogspot.com/ (Next)
Sandy G.* http://www.thepinkcamera.com/
Megan Blethen http://www.craftymeggy.com/
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/.
Taina Cortes http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com/
* Design Team Members on Kit Duty