Tag: 12×12

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!)

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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Upcoming album

I am about to finish my 2014 album, and I’ve got so many doubts about how to tackle 2015!
 
The 8×8 hobbycraft albums that I have been using are great, such amazing value and I have loved creating in a smaller scale than 12×12. However, it has become very clear to me that the prebound format is not the best long term: You are stuck with the order that you can create (if you scrapbook chronologically, like I do), there is no protection for the pages, and if you use thick embellishments your book will end up being full very quickly.
 
So what are the options for the next book?
 
Well, I have already decided that my existing 2013 and 2014 books are going to change. I am going to buy 8×8 page protectors, I will pull out the pages from the prebound book and insert them on a traditional D-Ring album.
 
I could continue doing this for the next books to come. To be fair, the price of the 8×8 hobbycraft books is not to be sniffed at, so much cheaper than buying individual scrapbooking sheets. However I know I don’t want to continue using prebound books.
The possibilities in my mind are:
  • As stated above, use the 8×8 books and then pull out the pages to put on a D-Ring traditional album.
  • Go full 12×12 traditional scrapbooking, although the prospect of so much space scares me a bit.
  • Give Project Life a go, at the end of the day most of the photos that I scrapbook are day-to-day photos, not special enough for a full 12×12 page.

I’ve got two layouts to finish on my 2014 album so I have to make a decision pretty quickly!

Pre-twins scrapbook pages

Before the twins were born, I made three layout pages, ever. One about my cat Tommy, one for a friend of mine with photos of his kid and one with my husband and me.
“You’re such a lazy boy”
Sadly, Tommy is no longer with us, but back on 2010 he was the king of the house. We rescued him and brought him all the way from Pembrokeshire. He had had a rough life, living off scraps and hiding in sheds. So when we brought him home, it didn’t take him very long to get used to the easy life. He used to sleep a lot (like all cats, I know – but he was extra lazy!)

Lazy Boy

Until now, all my crafting experience was with card making, however I used to see lots of scrapbooks layouts on the site of the now-defunct “two peas in a bucket” online shop. I honestly can’t remember right now if I “scraplifted” this layout or totally came up with it from scratch. One thing is true, though: I was super proud of it when I finished it!

Looking at it now, there are some things that I would have done differently; however, like everything else in life, scrapbooking is a process and you develop your own style over time.

 

“Matthew’s first summer”

Not having kids myself yet, in 2011 I made this scrapbook page which I then framed in a 12×12 memory box and gifted to my friend. I was lucky to have seen Matthew quite a lot that summer, so I had plenty of cute photos to choose from.

Matthews first summer

I really really really loved how it turned out and I was so happy to give it to my friend.

Again, I probably scraplifted the design of the layout from somewhere in the two peas in a bucket world. I wish I could remember!

 

“Walk”

My third layout ever is from 2012. I didn’t do any scrapbook pages for a whole year between the previous one and this one!

There was a local craft shop in the Chineham Shopping Centre (I forget the name now) that used to run crops and workshops. I saw that this workshop was advertised so I joined!

Walks

This is one of my most favourite photos of Jon and me. The layout was standard for everyone in the workshop. We were given all the materials and tools that were shared between everyone. The word “Walk” was done with a cricut, which back then was like a magic box for me. This was also the very first time that I used ink spray mists. I remember being very impressed at the time, however, I had completely forgotten about them until earlier this year when I bought my own set (Heidi Swapp Shine).

And after this, I won’t do any scrapbooking until 2013, when my children were born!