Mixed media, episode 2

So I have finally finished my first mixed media project and it has not been an easy ride. To start with, my cardstock base sat on my office untouched for way too long. I kept looking at it and not wanting to finish it. I was overwhelmed just by the thought! But I finally finished it…

Lessons learnt:

1) I really struggle with 12×12. It’s an overwhelming amount of space to work with (for me). Having worked on 8×8 for such a long time, anything bigger just feels huge. Funny though, because the 12×12 layout that I did back in May for the National Scrapbooking Week was easier, it flowed better. I wonder if rather than the size, this time the problem was the mixed media aspect that put me off.

2) find a different nail polish to wear whilst scrapping, as unfortunately I have left pink streaks around my page . I am not a girly-girl and I very rarely put on any make up or nail varnish, so it was really unfortunate that this precise time I was wearing some!

3) I thought I had pressed “record” on my phone before starting working on it but silly me, I didn’t record any of it. So what was going to be my first process video is gone 🙁 Now I can’t really decide if I can be bothered with making process videos or not, as I scrap when I can, most of the time at night when the light is really rubbish, so I don’t want to stop my creativity and time to scrap for the sake of a video. We’ll see what happens next…

Overall I am not too displeased with my final layout but it was a big step away from my comfort zone. I may scrap this photo again at some point in the future (especially because it is printed in normal cardstock rather than photo paper. I just wanted to be done with this layout and it needed to be a 5×7 photo, so for speed sake I just printed it in normal cardstock – it looks good, though. You can be fooled by it)

A couple of days later after finishing the 12×12 layout, I have started another mixed media project… This time I have taken an 8×8 piece of cardstock from my book and trimmed the edges a bit.

I mixed the gesso directly with a tiny bit of brown acrylic paint and a few drops of gold Heidi Shine, and I am very pleased with the shade I got (it’s a bit more pink-ish than brown-ish in natural light)

I spread it all over my paper (same card from my 8×8 book but trimmed smaller) and let it dry. By the way, I need to find an old gift card or similar for the spreading, as at the moment I am using my expired Spanish ID card and I need to be careful not to destroy it!

Once dry I applied some texture paste on the flower mask. I found this quite hard as I didn’t want to get over the line, but the mask is so tiny that I had to be super careful. Maybe next time I’ll carefully apply some washi tape around the edges?

I let the paste dry in a place that I thought was safe, however my cat managed to get a paw there when it was still slightly wet. You have to look very closely to notice it but I thought it was hilarious.

And finally a few more splatters of gold Heidi shine.

The plan now is to stick this to my 8×8 card and work with it as a background. So I’ll get back to you soon with a finished layout when I figure out what I am going to do! (I don’t really have any photos at the moment that would sit well with this background)

 

Mixed media background for a future layout
Mixed media background for a future layout
Finished first mixed media layout
Finished first mixed media layout

(For this layout I used the Sea Breeze collection by Kaisercraft – I love those colours!)

Crops, retreats and other musings

Apologies for the lack of content lately, I have been quite busy!

On Saturday last week I attended the Artful Angels crop near Winchester. This was my second time, the first time being back in April! (I couldn’t make it in May because we were on holiday in Cornwall, I couldn’t make it in June because it was Jon’s brother’s birthday do, I couldn’t make it in July because we were on holiday in Spain, and they didn’t run one in August!)

Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have at any other time, because the previous night I was out with some girl friends and went to bed stupidly late! So in the morning I drove from Blackwater to Hursley… The drive was easy enough actually. I thought it would take me longer, but I was there by 10:30, which I was happy about.

But yeah, due to the lack of sleep it’s like I wasn’t there. The ladies that I sat with last time were there again this time (Lisa Jane, Sarah, Elise, Jo? and Paula) and I chatted a bit with them. But I don’t know if it’s because I was so tired, it didn’t feel as friendly as the previous time…

Still, I was productive enough and managed to finish four layouts! Not bad!

I also wanted to say that previously I hadn’t been 100% satisfied with the quality of my home printed photos, so for this crop I ordered them via Jessops. I selected my photos and placed an order online on the Monday, kind of hoping that they would be ready for collection and day or two later (they don’t tell you how long it takes on their website). However when I still hadn’t heard from them on Thursday afternoon, I started to panic! Luckily they texted me on Friday morning saying that the order was ready to pick up…. Phew!! However, when I got to the shop and I gave all the details to the girl, she couldn’t find my order!! After waiting for another 10 minutes or so and asking for a manager to look, they finally found them (the downside of a surname like mine… they had stored it under “C” instead of “L” like the girl was expecting)

But now I have very high quality prints to scrapbook until end of April, so quite pleased about that! I’ll just be more careful when ordering the next batch, to order it with plenty of time!

 

Tomorrow is the regular crop in Bracknell, however I am going to miss it! It is the birthday party of one of the twins’ friends and we couldn’t miss it. However I am planning on going the following week to the one in Earley, despite having said that I wouldn’t go again due to being a nightmare drive… But I really enjoy them, and I catch up so much with the scrapbook!

The lady who runs the crops in Bracknell and Earley also runs Retreats (a retreat is like a weekend-long crop, where you stay in a hotel or country house). The next one she is running is in mid-October and I have already booked my place! It is at the Hilton Hotel in Bracknell and they include a light dinner, plus all the other stuff that is available at the regular crops. I just can’t wait to go!

And here are the layouts that I managed at the Artful Angels crop. I am particularly pleased with the “naughty kids” one 🙂

Naughty Kids

Love US

Pretty sweet girl

Speccy four eyes

Mixed media

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!

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Unboxing of Papermaze order

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!)

 

Hand stitching on paper

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. 🙂

Hand stitching failure