Tag: mixed media scrapbooking

FTLOPP NSD Blog Hop – Sword Fight

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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NSD Scrapbooking Layout – Follow your dreams

Hello friends!

I really hope you are playing along all the challenges over at For the Love of Pretty Paper and UK Scrap Addicts for this amazing weekend of NSD. I am having a blast!

For my first layout today, I am using a FREE cut file from UK Scrap Addicts. You can get it here.

However, despite having an electronic cutting machine, I wanted to use the cut file in a different way. So I printed in in 12×12 cardstock (I am lucky enough to have an A3 printer to do this) and I coloured it with my watercolours. The result is messy and totally not perfect, but that was my plan anyway. My layout takes inspiration from the Mandala, which can be interpreted like a dream for completeness and happiness. And I dream about this completeness and happiness, so this is what my layout is about.

Follow your dreams

I really hope you like it and it has inspired you to create your own!

See you very soon!

 

Scrapbooking Layout – Life’s a beach

Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this fantastic National Scrapbooking Day (aka = weekend!!) I have started early with a superb challenge over at For the Love of Pretty Paper. The challenge is to scrapbook about Spring or Summer, and I just happened to have the best embellishments ever from my latest Lottie Loves Paper kit! I have used the May Stuck? Sketches! sketch so I will be entering my layout there too 🙂

And here it is!

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5 May 1 2017 - Stuck Sketches (600x600)

I painted the background with a bit of white acrylic paint to soften it a bit, and I actually love how it’s turned out. I also added some white and yellow splatters. The papers are from a very old Echo Park Paper collection called Spash. And the embellishments are from my Lottie Loves Paper kit, which is super fun and summery!

A couple more close ups:

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I hope you have liked it, and thanks for popping over!

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Scrapbooking Layout – Loved

Hello everyone! Pinch, punch – first of the month!

Can you believe it is May already? I can’t! January and the beginning of the year still feels like yesterday! Which reminds me, by the way, that at some point I need to do a count of how many layouts I’ve done so far this year. I joined a group on Facebook called 216 Scrapbook Challenge. As the name pretty much explains, it is a challenge to create 216 layouts in a year. It sounds like a lot, and it is quite a lot. I think it’s something like 4 layouts a week. If I could make 4 layouts every week I would be a very happy person! Anyway… I will be doing a count soon and see how many I’ve done so far.

So! Today’s layout I created at the Artful Angels crop at the weekend. Paula, the lady who runs it, mentioned that there were a pair of fringe scissors to borrow so that inspired me to create a layout that I had seen on Pinterest before and had been wanting to make for a while.

Well, let me tell you… This was NOT easy. I really struggled with the whole concept. I wasn’t sure how the whole thing was supposed to come together! And I am not 100% happy with the finished product, but considerably happy seeing I struggled so much!

Here’s my layout and the page I was inspired by:

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But with my struggles came knowledge, and I have been thinking about the whole process and where I think I went wrong and I know that if I was to try again, I would approach the whole project in a different way and try other techniques.

I hope you have liked this layout and read you very soon!

Oh! And before I forget… It’s National Scrapbooking Day this weekend! Don’t miss it!

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