Tag: mixed media

Scrapbooking Layout – A letter to my father

Hello everyone!

This is a very small Throw Back Thursday, since the layout is only two weeks old! But I completely forgot to blog about it when I finished it, so here it finally is!

I started this page ages ago, in May… I applied gesso to the patterned paper background and then smeared some gold paint. Unfortunately, I hated the final result. Some people said to not give up and keep adding layers of mixed media. And that’s what I did. I wanted to make a layout about my dad, and because of the content of the letter, I knew I wanted the layout to be messy… hence I rescued the page.

So I added lots of ink sprays, modelling paste, more paint, splatters, stamping… And now I actually love how it’s turned out!

Here it is:

A letter to my father | crafts by marialachica | mixed media scrapbooking layout

I know this is not my usual style, but I love getting messy with mixed media from time to time!

Here’s another close up:

A letter to my father | crafts by marialachica | mixed media scrapbooking layout

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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Birthday cards

Hello!

Today I bring you two birthday cards! A long time ago I was an avid cardmaker, but when I discovered scrapbooking, cards took a hit and got a tad forgotten. I still make cards for very special people, however not as often as I used to. However, my kids have been invited to lots of birthday parties next month, so I thought that with a bit of planning I could make a few of them.

For these two cards, I have followed a sketch from Stick it Down blog. In the past I have taken inspiration from other cards on Pinterest or in the Stampin Up catalogue, but I don’t think I ever followed a sketch before! So definitely this was a first!

These are today’s cards and the sketch they were based on:

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Happy birhtday

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I hope you have liked these cards. There may be a couple more in a few days!

Read you soon! x

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Lottie Loves Paper Guest Designer Layout – Literally 39

Hello everyone!

Today I bring you my first ever layout as a Guest Designer for Lottie Loves Paper.

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Lottie Loves Paper is a British scrapbooking shop that offers monthly embellishment kits with add ons. The fact that the main kit is embellishments is a very big advantage for a lot of us scrapbookers who seem to have too much paper but never enough embellishments! I have been subscribing since they started offering kits last year.

I am so chuffed to have been chosen as a Guest Designer for the month of February. It is an honour! And the kit this month is so gorgeous that it makes it even better. It features items from current collections like Dream on by Pinkfresh Studio, Lovely Day by Dear Lizzy and a bit of Pink Paislee too.

This is my first layout for the kit, I hope you like it:

Literally #39.

It was my 39th birthday yesterday! And what a better way to celebrate than creating a scrapbook page! This layout will be going in the Book of Me.

All the items in this page are from the kit, except from the black and white thread in the tags, the date stamp and the ink splatters are from my stash.

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I hope you have liked this layout and hopefully I’ll read you soon!

Maria x

Throw Back Thursday – Places I’ve called Home

Hello! For today’s Throw Back Thursday I bring you a layout that I made last month. I have only recently finished doing the stitching though! This is my first double layout on 12×12 ever! And I am so happy with how it’s turned out!

I am still using up the remaining bits and pieces from the Take Me Away kit that I got at the Paige Evans workshop. I remember thinking that the price of the workshop was quite high, but I’ve had so many bits leftover that it’s been totally worth it!

This double layout is for my Book of Me scrapbook and it is all about the places where I have lived and that I have got to call “home”. The paper with the map of Europe was just perfect and the moment I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The paper with the houses was also perfect to fill up the background on the other page. I added a tiny bit of watercolour underneath the photos, but only a tiny bit to give it a bit of interest but without taking focus off the images.

Places Ive called home

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I hope you have liked this layout and read you soon!
Maria x