Hello everyone and welcome to the last stop on today’s fantastic Blog Hop part of the National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop hosted by
the Facebook Group “For The Love Of Pretty Paper

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If you are following the hop you should have arrived here from Julie’s blog: https://jsquaredscrapspot.wordpress.com/
To be in with a chance of winning the Blog Hop prize you will need to comment on this post (and on all the blogs in the hop) and because this is the last blog in the hop now you need to return to the Blog Hop thread on “For The Love Of Pretty Paper” and leave a comment to let us know you have been all the way around the hop. Visitors who leave the same (or seen to be the same by the Organisers) comment on all the blogs will not be eligible for the prize. The Closing date for Blog Hop entries is Monday 8th May at 10pm. Only Uk addresses are eligible for the prize due to postage costs. Good Luck!

The theme for the Blog Hop is “Favourite Technique” and because I couldn’t choose just one technique, I chose two!

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The first technique I want to talk about is mixed media. Just a few months ago I was scared of mixed media. Using anything other than just a few ink splatters on my layout really scared me. However, I have been doing it more and more, and now I can’t think of a layout where I don’t use some sort of mixed media! In this layout I went a bit crazy adding ink splatters of several different colours. Because the background is green, some of those splatters are a bit faint, but can be easily noticed when looking closely. I also added some texture paste with a stencil and although there are a couple of messy spots, I am actually quite happy with how neat it’s looking! The stencil is from Happy Scatter on etsy, and I just love love love it! I have a couple more stencils from this shop and I am always looking at ways to incorporate them into my layouts.

My second favourite technique is using sketches! Again, just a few months ago I had never used sketches and now I really love them as a starting point for quite a few of my layouts. The beauty of sketches is that you can follow them as loosely or closely as you want. You can copy each individual element or you can just be inspired by it. It’s a book open to interpretation! For this layout I have used one of UK Scrap Addicts sketches for this month:

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And here are a few more close ups of my layout!

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So, in case you got lost during the hop and want to start again, here’s the full list of all the talented ladies taking part:

  • Fiona Cullen – http://fiona-staringatthesea.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Sam Sweetlove – http://www.craftylittlebling.com/
  • Niki Rowland – http://www.beingscrappy.co.uk/
  • Ruth Sim – http://chattycraftyartypig.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Susan Roberts – http://miniowner.blogspot.co.uk/
  • UK Scrap Addicts (Laura Rumble) – http://ukscrapaddicts.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Amanda King – http://amandas-scrapbook-pages.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Gemma Steele – http://thesteelenook.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Julia Budd – http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Julie Jeavons – https://jsquaredscrapspot.wordpress.com/
  • Maria La Chica – http://craftsbymarialachica.com/ (THAT’S ME!)

If you’ve liked what you’ve seen, I hope you’ll consider visiting another day! Thanks!!

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