The latest craze (for me, that is… as this has been around for a long time) is Mixed Media. With mixed media you use other products rather than just paper and paper based embellishments in your scrapbooking layouts. It’s all about inks, and paints, and paste, etc.
So after binge watching lots of mixed media scrapbookers on youtube lately, I decided it was time for me to give it a go. Off I went to Hobbycraft (I was going anyway for other stuff… or that’s what I want to believe) and I bought some basics:
- Acrylic Gesso: this is a primer for your cardstock base. You can add ink, watercolours, paint, etc, without ruining the cardstock/paper.
- Modelling paste: As the name says, this is a “relief” paste. You can use it on its own or you can mix it with other paint or ink sprays to create your own colour.
- Shimmer mister in turquoise: This is very similar to the Heidi Swapp Colour Shines that I already own, however, I didn’t have anything in a blue-ish shade, so I got this gorgeous turquoise colour.
I also got a palette knife and a little tray for mixing colours.
I am currently having a play with all the items that I bought. I am sure it’s going to take me a few goes before I get the hang of it and I achieve the desired results. I am making a video as I go along. It’s taking a while because you have to wait for everything to dry: wait for the gesso to dry, wait for the ink to dry, wait for the modelling past to harden, etc.
So once I’ve finished this layout, I promise to upload it so we can have a laugh about it!
My first unboxing video ever…. Here I go!
I’ll be totally honest, I very rarely watch unboxing videos on youtube. I will only watch them if they are of a collection or kit that I am interested in, and I want to know exactly what’s included.
However, I also thought it would be interesting to film myself unboxing the order I placed yesterday and record my reaction as well!
This is my first crafty video ever. I hope they get better with time! (first lesson I’ve learnt: don’t film vertically!)
Ok, so the other dayI tried to do “hand embroidery” or stitching, or whatever you call it, on paper. I’ve seen so many layouts with gorgeous embroidery that I wanted to give it a go myself!
As I scrapbook directly into a book, I thought I would practice first on some scrap cardstock. So I cut some hearts with a punch and made the holes using SU! Paper piercing guides (so useful! as I didn’t want to have to eye it)
Firstly, I wanted to use a thick needle because I knew I wanted to use twine rather than normal thread, however I found it impossible to pierce through the cardstock! So I chose a smaller, sharper needle which went through perfectly.
But when I went to actually “sew” with the twine, the cardstock kept being destroyed! So I went back to normal sewing thread which worked perfectly.
A very frustrating process, let me tell you. I don’t know if it’s because I was working on such small pieces of card that it kept bending down when piercing them. I’ve been recommended to make bigger holes (although, as I said above, the tool I was using wouldn’t even go through the cardstock) or to try to only pierce every other hole.
Adventure number one in “new scrapbooking techniques” FAILED! Must try harder. 🙂
Last Saturday I attended my first crop in Bracknell (and my third crop ever! – The first one was south of Winchester and the second one in Reading. The Reading one is run by Lorraine, owner of “the Scrap Café” who also runs the Bracknell one)
We had quite a miserable day, weather wise, on Saturday so it was the perfect day to spend a few hours doing some scrapbooking!
The Bracknell crop takes place at the Hilton Hotel, which is on the A322 just a few miles off the M3. This is super convenient for me, because it’s a very straight forward drive. The crop in Reading is a very complicated drive going through Reading housing estates. I found it a very stressful drive. Bracknell however was very easy to find. So I have decided to stick with the Bracknell crop rather than Reading.
The room at the hotel is quite comfortable. I was sitting by a big window, so I had plenty of natural light. Although I am aware that there were plenty of other ladies sitting on the other side of the room without the natural light…
I already knew a few of the ladies from my previous crop in Reading, so it was great getting into the conversations without the awkwardness of the first time. They are a really nice bunch of women and I really enjoy their company. Certainly it’s a totally different experience than scrapping on your own!
I finally finished the last two layouts to complete my 2014 book and started working on 2015. In total, I managed 5 and a half layouts (although one was double). The “half” one, I finished when I got home.
And these are my favourite layouts of the day (I added some typed journalling to “A day at the farm” at home)
When my twins were just 11 weeks old I decided to start a scrapbook to document their early days and milestones. Looking at this book now, I can see how new everything was for me, as I was just making up the pages as I was going along (I still do!).
The first “layout” (it’s not really a layout) I made in the back of the cover page, which is not something I would do now, and it doesn’t feature any photos. I did get an electronic typewriter on freecycle and used it a bit in the early pages, but I haven’t continued to use it lately (as it is more hassle to get it out than anything else. When I scrapbook I like finishing a layout in one sitting – I don’t like having too many “PHDs”* so it’s just faster to handwrite the journalling rather than getting the typewriter out)
(*PHD stands for Projects Half Done)
I hate that the double sided tape that I used on the left hand side has gone so dark over time and is showing through the paper. To be honest, the paper is super thin, almost like photocopier paper, but still, the glue should never show!
The layout on the right hand side appears to have no photos, but it does! There are six or seven in total and they are all hiding inside the yellow envelope. They are the scan photos from when I was pregnant! They are way too delicate to put directly into the pages, and I really wanted to have the originals rather than photocopies, so putting them in a protective envelope was the best idea I got at the time.
You can see how I had not done much scrapbooking before. The pages are a bit of a mess without much cohesion. There’s stamping here and there, stickers in random places and the journalling on the right hand page seems to be in a very strange position. However, I was so proud of how the page turned out, and still to this day I love it. I love how it is the first page of the first book and it’s probably the most honest page I’ve done.