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It has been forever since the Sparklers have gotten together and had a hop. I kinda missed it. I love spending a quiet (even if the quiet is in my head with coffee to dull the sounds of children asking for their morning needs. See my kids still are on summer break. So mornings are definitely not all that quiet in my house.)
Like all the SpiegelMom Scraps blog hops I have joined in, I will list the line up down below. There are a lot of us, so I will try my best to keep it simple and short with tons of pictures. That is my favorite part of the hops, if I am being honest. I love being inspired before I have even gotten started for the day.
Follow the hop and comment on all the blogs for a chance at to win a prize of the new September release of sequins. The winner will be picked and notified on September 2.
This month our theme as a group is Artsy Fartsy and all the sequins are designed to match different famous art works. Here is a look at the sequins released this month. They are gorgeous and our very own Lisa helped design some of them.
Lately I have going back to my roots. If you have followed me throughout my scrapping journey, you know I have fully embraced the mixed media trend in scrapbooking. In fact I credit a lot of my artsy tendencies on my family. My great grandmother was really artsy, I grew up seeing her floral paintings around our house. My grandmother also dabbled in art and drew and painted a fireplace in our house as an accent wall. My mother has played with watercolors, painting lots of gorgeous Hawaiian sunsets. Playing with paints helps me really dig into the inspiration I need. It refreshes me.
I will admit though sometimes it takes a while to create these “works of art”. There is lots of drying time, getting over the fear of the blank slate, and just figuring out what you want to convey on the page you are creating. Sometimes pages come together really fast and easy. It seems the paint flows with the ideas. Other times you take you page one step at a time. Taking days to finish all the little layers you add to create interest on your page, and then you add pictures and embellishments.
I love this journey though. It truly has made me a better scrapbooker. And I have loved coming back to my roots.
Let’s talk about this layout I made for today.
Because I knew this month was all about art, I will wanted to embrace it. I started out my scrapbooking layout blank, like it was an art journal type of page. Just letting my products guide me into a direction. This means I had no idea what photos I would end up scrapping or what story I wanted to tell.
I built some wash layers with watered down Shimmerz sprays. I used Jeni B Bleu, Razzle-dazzle berry, and Mama Sings the Blues sprays. They all have different amounts of shimmer and I love how they mixed together to on my Amercian Crafts White Card Stock.
I mixed some of the Razzle-dazzle berry spray with some acrylic matte, which helps seal in the spray so it doesn’t blend and mix with my next layer. It changes the spray a bit too so that it is intensified on the card stock. This step definitely needs to dry overnight.
I am still very much entranced with purple tones!! I don’t know what it is about the color but I am all about purple. I don’t have the Shimmerz purple acritonez. Acritonez, are acrylic paints with a primer in them. They are so nice for mixed media that is layered. It isn’t as opaque as regular acrylic paint so you can still see bits of other mixed you may have under it. I like this on projects like what I am doing. I don’t want all that work I did under to disappear, I want to enhance it. I mixed the pinkadelic and the in the navy Acritonez together to make some different shades of purples. Let me tell you this was so much fun!!
I applied this layer with my palette knife. I used this layer as a base to doodle on. I used a variety of paint marker pens from my stash. I drew some flowers and leaves. This is my favorite part of the layout. I am so glad it worked because it could have been a disaster. This is one of the things about mixed media. You have to be brave. Many times you make decisions when you could ruin your work so far. If you don’t take the leap you won’t get the big pay off at the end though.
This is what you are working for too, with mixed media and art journalling. This fact that all these little steps will come together and have this big pay off.
I knew this layout needed to make statement. I am not gonna lie, I still had no idea where I was going with my page from here. I scoured the silhouette store for something that popped out to me. A sentiment that fit with this spread, that I could make my own. Finally I found the perfect one. The part that made me chuckle was it brought me back to SpiegelMom Scraps too. I love how this can happen too. In this journey we travel in scrapbook page making we finally come full circle.
I found a sentiment that said snails & puppy dog tails. I made it huge so I could stitch around it one I cut it out on my silhouette. I wanted it to cover most of my layout. I want this phrase to be what you see. I also added an alpha with this title/sentiment that said Sequins. It would be perfect for the story I was now going to tell with this page.
I printed out two very small photos. I usually like to use bigger images on my layout, but this just seemed to call for something small. I had two photos I wanted to use too. They are my two younger children Cayden and Samuel. They are holding up Spiegelmom Scraps glassine bags filled with sugar and spice and a bit of small sequins. They wanted them because they had been reading nursery rhymes and read the little girls and little boys are made of nurses rhyme. They want to create their own mix to create the perfect little girl and boy. The silly little things our kids do, I love their innocence they still have. I am glad I have been able to protect this a bit. Sam was quite upset that boys were made from snakes, snails and puppy dog tales and insisted I use his sisters mix because it was better for making the perfect boy. I told him I added a bit of pepper for a dash of fire and spiciness that makes boys a bit different. Just retelling this story it makes me smile. They were so cute. I wish I could keep them this age forever!! There scene of exploring and discovery is so fun to watch.
After I stitched the sentiment, which took a while, but so worth it!! Thank goodness for Netflix when it comes to hand stitching. I used a variety of purple, teal, copper thread and then I added some of the pink and white baker’s twine from the store. I wanted to have a bit of color to match the colors I used on the background.
After adding my photos with a bit of layers. I lightly embellished my layout. I added some of the Cocoa Vanilla Wild at Heart die cuts, I knew all the purple would work perfect with my colors. I also knew the florals would help tie in my own floral I doodled on the bottom of my layout.
I finished off with sequins, because I just don’t feel a layout is finished without them. I used the Painted Gardens sequins from the September Release. I also added a few Stargazer sequins. I wanted a touch of a clear sequin to reflect of the background. These were perfect for this layout!!
You can watch me create this layout on my personal Youtube.
Here is a final look at my layout. It is so much fun. I will end up typing out my journaling and adding it to the backside of my layout. It will also help cover up all the stitching too.
Thanks for joining in on this hop!! It is always so much fun, being inspired by so many great designers. Don’t forget to continue on the hop and comment so you can be added in the running for some free sequins!!
Up next is Daisie Scraps!! I can’t wait to see what she created, I know it will be awesome!!