Welcome My Scrappy Friends!! There is so much to celebrate today!! It’s SpiegelMom Scraps 6 year anniversary and the reveal of the new design team. I am super excited to be asked to join the new team for the next six months!! EEKK!! YAY!!
I hope you have fun along this Hop because you have the chance of winning a cool prize too. Super Fun!! Plus seeing all the amazing projects and layouts from other designers and design team members.I love blog hops and discovering new blogs and designers to follow. I hope you meet some new great ladies along this hop too.
Jody is super excited to reveal the new Design Team, three new sequin mixes, and a Free cut file designed by one of the fabulous new Sparklers and some prizes!!
If you are new to my blog, Welcome Welcome!! Grab a cup of coffee (or tea, hot or cold. I don’t discriminate) and enjoy!! I will have the blog hop line up at the end of my post. if you ever get lost you can go back to the SpiegelMom Scraps blog to find your way. If you started out here, don’t forget to go back and check out the other designers who are blogging and sharing today too.
Being in a hotel (for those who may not know, we recently moved across the ocean to a new state. We are awaiting our house and living in a hotel until it is ready) with a limited supply of scrapbooking goodness I have been missing doing mixed media. I missed playing with paint, stencils and texture pastes. Things I used to pull out on a regular basis.
When I saw the Shimmerz in the SpiegelMom Scraps Store I was so excited to try them out. I haven’t yet tried any Shimmerz out yet, but really wanting too. Can I say I was not disappointed. They are so creamy and so pretty. I was definitely curious about all the ways I could use this beautiful shimmery paste.
Wanting to go with a watercolor look I used my watercolor paint brushes with water to dilute the paste a little. I also used the plastic package technique. I have a confession, I really don’t like using this technique. I try it every so often because like many media techniques it takes time to master them. Overtime I try it I am almost always dissatisfied with the way it looks. I still try it again though. This is why, I know also from all playing I’ve done that sometimes part of the layout won’t look amazing until you add more stuff on it. It’s all about the layers of media that helps bring it together.
I used some of my re-inkers of distress inks with water to add some layers of splatters, the crackled pistachio and twisted citron. I thought those colors would go well with the Shimmerz, sour apple and gummy bear blue.
This color combo is so bright and fun. Spring like and cheery. I had the perfect photo for it too. I remembered I had a fun photo of a bright green gecko from our hike to Waimea Falls. He was just bathing in the sun on some big green leaves. I love this photo of this gecko. Besides that he is quite big and looking like he was really enjoy himself, I love that he reminds me of my time in Hawaii. Geckos are so common in Hawaii. You never know where you will see them when you are out and about. On a door handle, jumping from the garbage bins when you open them, sun bathing on the side of the side walk, or hanging out in a potted plant in the mall. I really miss seeing geckos all over.
When I do splatters and lots of media on my background I tend to like to do tons of layers behind my photos. Lately I have been doing more simply layouts but I really have been missing adding lots of layers. There is something fun and satisfying about tucking and building layers with tons of colors and patterns.
I used lots of 6×6 papers from Pink Paislee Fancy Free. The Spring and colorful papers really work to ascent my photos without taking away from the gecko on the photo too. I also used a nice dark woodgrain to bring in the element of nature on my layout. To my layers I added a glassine bag-to tuck in my journaling tag. I didn’t want to cover up too much of the media and white space on my layout.
When I went to the last class by Amy Tangerine in Honolulu I bought a stamp settee created for the store that sponsored her class. The stamp set was Hawaii inspired. There was leaf stamp on it that I thought would be perfect to use in my layers. I used a colorful paper to stamp on, and cut them out. I love how they turned out all tucked in around my layout under flowers.
I did 3 groups to draw your eye around the layout and around my photos. I am using two photos, a 4×6 and then a 3×4 size. The flowers were watercolor drawn and really help the media stand out more.
To help add a softness but more layers I used a doily. I added an acetate ephemera piece over the doily to help the colors on the piece stand out. It also add layers without being really bulky and busy.
For the title I decided to add it up at the top. I still have tons of the Thickers from the Maggie Holmes Shine collection. I really like having a black and cream for a neutral look. It stands out against all the color on the page. The second half of the title is tile alpha stickers in a teal color. I was not very creative with my title. Sometimes I like having really fun and creative titles but this one I wanted it to be simple. I think it really goes well since the photo is bright and there was lots of colors throughout the layout.
To finish up my embellishments I also wanted to keep it simple. I wanted to add another element that is more natural, wood veneer is perfect for that. It really adds a bit of nature to the page. I added some gold thread to each flower grouping. I love how much texture it adds without being really heavy. Plus it reminds me of the sun streaming on the leaves.
The last thing I added was sequins. I used the Believe In You pack, from the SpiegelMom Scraps store. I really love how those colors play with the colors in the paper layers and colors in the photo. The texture on the green sequins are so much fun and unique. I just sprinkled the sequins in each flower grouping. making sure some of them landed on the flowers too. I tried not to go crazy. I didn’t want to take away from all the other things I did on the layout.
It was really fun playing with mixed media and sequins on this layout. Things I have missed since I have been on this moving journey. I will be so happy when I am finally all set up and situated in my new house and scrap room. Pulling out eve more of my mixed media products.
Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you keep continuing on with the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog Hop. There are some amazing and talented designers joining in on the celebration!! So Happy Anniversary SpeigelMom Scraps and the other members of the design Team! I can’t wait to see what they create to inspire us!!
Here is the Blog Hop Line Up for today.
Thank you for spending your time with us today! I’d love for you be in the running for the prizes that Jody is giving away on this blog hop, so be sure to leave comments on all the blogs to be entered! You have through July 31st to comment and enter. Sharing on social media will also earn you an extra entry. Just leave another comment letting us know where you shared the blog hop event. Easy Peasy!
My Scrappy Friends, I hope you have an inspired weekend!! And Good Luck!!