The rainy season is full blown here in the PNW area now. And that means I am searching for color. Which really translates into watch out for a load of colorful projects!!
Today is Shimmerz Day!! I love this day. I love one I get to focus on all my Shimmerz stuff and just play.
Lately I have been doing a ton of art journaling and I have been itching to maybe, just maybe try some art on a canvas. Then bam in the mail came a wooden canvas!! What are the odds of that?! It really must mean I needed to try something. Anything.
If you have been following me this fall you have noticed I really have been leaning towards more of that watercolor look. I have been loving taking my Shimmerz sprays and grabbing my paintbrush and let the sprays splatter. There is just something cool about when the liquidy color lands on a page anyhow it flows differently every single time.
Using the wooden canvas did make the spray splatters look and bleed into each other a little bit. I did add absorbent ground to the wood before so that the splatters move more on top of the wood instead of in the wood. Absorbent ground like gesso has a white tint to it.
Let’s take a look at this canvas and I’ll mention a few of my favorite elements on it. I also will mention a couple of things I would change if I were to re do this again.
I used a round paint brush to achieve the larger splatters and blend the splatters together. This part does take a bit of time, but with some music and just letting go of that analytical thinking this process to me is so calming.
By using multi matte medium I adhered pieces of paper and washi tape. I just put them randomly around the canvas. At this point I have no idea where this spread is gonna go. I really like to take that approach too. I try no to overthinking it. There will be time for that later when I add extra stuff to my spread.
Once the matte medium is dry I added some tiny triangles with a fine line bottle with thinned out with airbrush medium to In The Navy Acritonez. Acritonez is really thick but I love the color. By thinning it down I get the color but really easy draw with in a finalize bottle.
I think my favorite part of the canvas has to be the gold foil flakes!! My friend Khristina started a fun kit club(Secret Not So Secret Club) and put together a mixed media kit for me in November. She added these gold foil flakes, and I have been itching to use them.
To adhere them I used matte medium as well. I think maybe in the future I might use modge lodge in shiny finish, I feel like it would not mute the shiny gold part. It takes a bit playing to get the foil not to stick to your fingers but once I got a good system it was really fun adding tons of gold through the canvas.
To create the wording on the canvas I created a cut file in Photoshop and welding in together in Silhouette Studio. I used two different fonts and then cut them out with the same patterned paper. I used a gorgeous paper in the Bohemian Dreams Collection from Cocoa Vanilla.
If I were to redo this I think I would use more of a solid like pattern. Also maybe a color that was different then the background splatters. This will affect the look once the Modge Podge dries. I really have to work to add outlining and contouring around the letters. Even with some paint markers and a charcoal pencil I still needed to add something later.
I layered lots of ephemera, die cuts and stickers on top of two gold doilies which I wrapped around my wood canvas. I made sure I gave a bit of dimension to them by curling the edges up and thinking about the materials I was layering together.
I know this is quite busy, but for me it was all about getting messy. Also having fun.
Now that I ventured out into the world of canvas art work, I have a feeling I will be doing more of these canvases!!
Be sure to be on the look out for my process video later tonight on my Youtube Channel.
Also be sure to mention me when you make some purchases over at the Shimmerz Store and you will get a fun prize. This week there has been some amazing deals so check them out. Also there are quite a few new items in the store as well. Some of which I used today!!
I wanted to share it with you today. I have been so bad lately about sharing the layouts I have been creating. I have been creating a lot lately too.
I really love how this layout turned out. When I started it I knew I wanted to be inspired by the galaxy type art work. Other than that though I had no big idea on how it would come together. Though this is nothing new, a lot of times I just go with the flow. This really is the best way I create. Having no boundaries.
Here is how the layout turned out.
You can watch my process video below
I hope you enjoy!!
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You may have come from Suzanna’s Blog, if so Welcome!! If not, you need to get over there and check out her amazing layout!!
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 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!!
I am stitching in my Traveler’s Notebook. I am creating texture, using lots of layers.
Yes, I even stitched on my photo. It looks so cool too.
I added this small cluster on the bottom of the photo with the title. I used different tile alphas for a fun element. mixing chipboard from Maggie Holmes and a mix of Fairy Garden and Sparkle Power sequins together.
This phrase strip at the top with more sequins really helps draw your eye down the side at all the stitching and this gorgeous photo of Mt. Rainer.
I can never get tired of this view!! It is amazing!! And this view is just down my street. I feel lucky that I can see this beauty all the time, unless it’s cloudy. the grandeur of Mt. Rainer is so palpable when you see it in person. As a person you feel so small, that we are only a small part of this whole wide world!! Some Deep Stuff, right?!
I love mixing an old Maggie Holmes sticker from Open Book with the Chasing Dreams products. Look at all this great stitching. I stitched all these layers on the American Crafts White Cardstock and then used red line double stick tape to adhere it to the inside of my insert.
For the top page, I added vellum with gold roses over the patterned paper. I love seeing all that pattern through the hazy vellum. All these layers were stitched on as well.
I have started doing a new series with an amazing line up of scrappy youtube women. Once a month we will be doing a challenge and having fun.
This month we are using 5 random items on our layouts. This is really fun because you could have your favorite items or have some things that you don’t always use.
My 5 random items were 1. ribbon 2. bows 3. Branding strips 4. Velum and 5. a big title. Though I may have miss interpreted the challenge, it was a really good practice to use random items that I didn’t pick or maybe wouldn’t have thought to put together normally. It really stretches you to go outside of your own style and create in a different way too.
To see my process video watch below:
Here are the videos from the other ladies joining in on this monthly challenge
This month we are inspired by the 80s and the 90s over on the SpiegelMom Scraps Design Team. It is really fun to go back in time and think about all the things we loved and things we are glad to leave behind about our younger years.
This layout I decided to document my favorite band growing up. Thankfully I had amazing parents who put up with all the music and posters on my walls, Because My music player was definitely on repeat. Well my favorite band is celebrating being a band for 25 years and going on a world tour.
I used internet pictures from back then and now and scrapped them.
It was a bit difficult because they used lots of yellows and oranges. I took on the challenge and made a monochromatic layout.
I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s day yesterday!! I was able to lounge around my house, watch sappy chick flick movies, cuddle my kids, hubby and dog, and not cook. That is pretty good in my house, because cooking and cleaning and getting up and down from the couch if I choose to relax is so common. Like most moms, it is nice to have a day where your kids try to remember to do things for you all day long.
Today I want to share a shaker 6X8 page protector insert that I made to go in my Week In The Life album I am putting together.
It is a small fun way to have some color and a bit of embellishing considering most of my album is simple and filled with words and stories and the photos that go along with the stories.
I used a 6X8 page protector with the 2X2 squares. I really don’t like adding photos to those since you can’t really see most in them anyway. Filling them with some chipboard embellies and some sequins is a way to add something special to my album with not to much effort.
I did need to use my fuse for the protector to close the little pockets. I also used an old sticker package for the thin acetate the stickers were on. I added my number Thickers on the acetate so it would appear to be floating. The sticker acetate is much thinner so it is really hard to see it. As long as you keep it clean, it shouldn’t show angle either.
You should let the alphas or numbers on the acetate dry before inserting them into the 2X2 pockets.
Next I picked two round elements, a wood veneer and a foam black thicker from Amy Tangerine. I added Pocket Full of Posies Sequins to those pockets and fused them shut.
I pulled out my Love U tons felt hearts in white and pale yellow. I used my mini stapler to keep two hearts that are different sizes together.
I filled the bottom pocket with the hearts and Jaded Hearts sequins. I used my fuse to close that pocket.
A little piece of advice I want to add is, make sure your fuse is hot but not too hot or the page protector will melt and not fuse properly. Also make sure the pockets that have the sticker packaging to hold the numbers and other stickers, isn’t too high. If you fuse with the sticker packaging in between the protector it won’t fuse. The Fuse is not hot enough to melt the sticker packaging, and it will just melt your protector.
After all my shaker pockets were filled I fused them and looked through my chipboard and other stickers to add a few more elements to my page. I choose stickers so when I placed them inside the pockets of the protectors they would stick on their own and stay suspended in the middle of the pocket. Later they may need a little dab of liquid glue to stay put for years. If you are wooded that that won’t hold you can also use a small strip of redline tape too.
I used some staples for my bigger chipboard pieces that were on top of the protector for a fun element.
This shaker pocket protector was really simple and quick to put together. It is a fun element to add to my Week In The Life album. The spring sequin mixes in the SpeigelMom Scraps store are an excellent choice to add a bit of color to my album as well.
To watch my tutorial on the SpiegelMom Scraps Youtube Look Below:
Be sure to check out the Blog for other fun and amazing ideas as well. This year we have three different teams within the whole team, the ladies at the blog aren’t sharing on the Youtube channel, so you will see a great variety of projects and ideas all over social where you enjoy looking for it.
Aloha!! We are starting a new month ad it is exciting!! Today on my blog I have something super special. I am joining in with all of the new SpiegelMom Scraps Design Team for a blog hop to get to know all the Sparklers. There are so may new and talented ladies on the Team this year. I can’t wait to get to know them!!
Like all of the first of the month blog hops, make sure you check out each blog post and comment for a chance to win a store credit of $20 from Jody. At the end of my post I will have the line up so you can follow along the hop and if you lose your way you can always come back here or the first post at the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog.
I am so thankful and excited to be apart of the Sparklers team again!! This team is so amazing and it really feels like I found my tribe being among all of them. I look forward to growing this year, learning this year and pushing myself even more this year. Trying some new things and perfecting more of the things I love to do as well.
This spring I really have felt called by media again. The fun you have when you get messy is like being a kid again. Saying that though my style has changed so much since I did a bunch of media a couple of years ago. It is all about playing and experimenting. Knowing not every thing is amazing but taking that knowledge and making something better the next time. Pushing the envelope of what feels comfortable. I love this growth in mixed media. You learn so much about yourself.
This Blog Hop is all about learning more about each other. I feel like doing mixed media requires you to bare your soul and put everything on the line. When it pays off it feels so good. But you also see the beauty in the journey that you take emotional as you create as well.
For this hop I wanted to create a currently type of spread. I am always thinking to myself that I want to do one, but rarely do it. Maybe it’s because I really have a hard time picking one thing that I have to love. I love so many things and always have so many answers. There is something though for taking a moment to say, this is where my mind is at right now. The real fact is next month’s right now won’t be the same.
I decided to use a Traveler’s Notebook as my canvas today. It’s a mixed media Traveler’s Notebook that I have from past Sparkler Beth Soler’s Esty Store. It’s so nice and think, perfect far adding lots of media and heavy mediums.
I pulled out a bunch of new Shimmerz products that I have recently gotten from the SpiegelMom Scraps Store to use. I wanted to challenge myself and use sprays, paste-eez, and acri-tonez altogether.
I also printed out a huge Traveler’s Notebook page size picture of myself from Easter. I dressed up wearing an old dress I bought when we lived in Hawaii. It’s flowing and has tons of flowers and trebling markings on it. It’s perfect on a spring and summery day. I don’t really want to forget about Hawaii so I love that I can wear it and remember all the memories from walking on the beach with this dress on, or eating a nice dinner with my husband in it.
I started off using a 3×4 Amy Tan Stencil to draw triangles on the page. This stencil is my favorite stencil. I love to use my pen to outline the pattern and create a different look depending how I use it.
Next grabbed the Shimmerz Acri-tonez paint in Jade and painted swathes in a few different spots. This is a cool way to add something dramatic but in moderation. I add plus signs in copper acrylic paint with a silkscreen. The metallic color against the bright color of the Acri-tonez really makes the color pop off the page.
After adding more acrylic paint to the page, and a wood veneer piece I want to add to my page later, I pull out my stencil again. I use the same one and try to lie it up almost straight. I added some Shimmerz Coloringz in Pink Stilettos to some Salt of the Earth Shimmerz Paste-eez and applied it throughs the stencil. Some of the triangles in the paste-eez were right over the drawn triangles and some were slightly off of it. I really love the dimension from the paste-eez. I also added some paste-eez with my palette knife across the page.
I stamped around the page with an Ali Edwards Week In the Life Stamp and ink. The fact that it is imperfect is really fun and unique. I also added some die cut flowers and stickers from the Cocoa Vanilla Wild At Heart Collection. I am digging the colors in this collection right now. I am having a really hard problem not using that collection for everything I create on my desk right now.
I placed a bunch of Hey Kiddo Sequins throughout the spread. Those little magenta flowers are adorable. They also match perfectly with my dress.
I used a full size 3X8 size photo or so to fit the Traveler’s Notebook page. I wanted it to be all me. Adding that painted wood veneer piece really adds interest to my page. Also I really like to bulk up my pages. I really don’t let the fact that things are heavy or thick stop me.
To finish off my other side I added a die cut at the bottom of the page and a rubber charm with another die cut watercolor flower.
One of my new favorite tools is my gold mini DIY stapler. It’s gold, so that makes it awesome but also the little tiny staples add just the right amount of metal to projects. I just about use it every time I create now.
Now I did this super fun and beautiful page, but I still wanted to add a currently list of things I have been digging. I use a pocket page card from Citrus Twist, in the pocket page kits.
I did all my journaling on the card and attached it to the next page with a thin piece of washi tape. I added tape to both the front and back side so in the future I can flip the journaling card and add more journaling. I love this concept about Traveler’s Notebook and being able to keep adding things to the pages.
I also used a strip of patterned paper, a sticker and a die cut to the page to finish it. I kept it really simple but pretty.
Just in case if it’s a bit too hard to read my journaling, this is what I am currently loving!!
Loving: Mixed Media.. I have been itching to pull out my messy things and play. I also have been loving the Traveler’s Notebook size.
Reading: Rick Yancey, The Infinite Sea. This is book number 2 of the 5th Wave series. Even though it really has taken me forever to read it. I think because it is the second book it just isn’t as gripping as the first. There still is tons of character development. So I just keep reading little bits here and there. (I don’t ever have to worry about never picking up a book, so these periods where a hardly read. next month I could read 3 books in one month.) I have been enjoy the YA dystopian genre, it used to seen so far fetched.
Eating: Curries. I have been craving curries of all kinds, Thai green Curry. Tiki Masala. Peanut curry. Yum Yum. Now I am hungry and want some of that luxurious sauce and hearty potatoes and meat.
Drinking: COFFEE. This never changes. Its almost all I drink, besides water. Sometimes I will drink some coconut water when I am feeling dehydrated. I have also been thinking about Sun Tea, now that the sun is starting to come out. Being from New York and Upstate, I am a purist. Just Tea, no sugar. That is just how it is suppose to be. Though if you want to add fruit, I may be ok with that.
Where: (Geotag) Okay I am just gonna say, I am boring most of the time. I go now where and want to spend most of my time scrapping, even though I can’t because of chores and mom stuff. But I am really boring. I barley go places. LOL. Never thought that would be my life. Thank you introvert hubby, has slowly turned my into a introvert who wants to spend days at home doing nothing but reading, scrapping and watching netflix. I am however thinking about camping and hiking lately. I love that we live somewhere where I can do those things. I am hoping soon we can make a hiking or nature walk trip to Mt. Rainer or around close by.
Picture: I have been spending all weekend working on NSD stuff. I also have been finishing up WITL this past week. I haven’t actually been taking as many pictures as I would like, but then again we aren’t doing a ton of way special things so I just take pictures of things that warm my should or inspire me. I have been thinking maybe I should finish a DSLR class I bought last year. It’s never to late to keep learning.
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a bit more. I have enjoyed sharing a bit of myself each time I create a layout. Because really that is who I scrapbook for, telling my story. It just happens I have some amazing family members who show up a lot in my story and I love that too.
Aloha!! Today is my last blog post as part of the blog squad. Next week I will be switching over and sharing as part of the Youtube team. I have learned so much this year, I have truly loved sharing on the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog. I also am excited to get back to sharing more process videos. This is where I started out in this community and I love it.