Tag: mixed media

On inspiration and other projects

My husband has been working night shifts for the last few days. Not great to be honest, having to deal with the twins on my own for bedtime and morning routine, however, great for having lots of ME time in the evening for scrapping!

I have been thinking lots lately about inspiration. Like every other crafter in the world, I rely a lot on Pinterest. I pin a lot. I don’t think I am the most prolific pinner in the world, but I do pin quite a lot. Mostly layouts recently, although I also pin sketches and other “mood board” ideas.

I also take lots of inspiration from the super talented ladies that I have discovered thanks to the Facebook Scrapbooking group (there are tons of them, but when I talk about THE facebook group, I am referring to “For the Love of Pretty Paper” – group that I now also admin!). There are really talented scrapbookers in the group, ladies that I also follow on youtube, but to be honest, I am more likely to see their layouts on facebook first.

So, who have I been inspired by lately?

Sarah Costain, aka Manxy Cat Crafts.

In particular I loved this layout that she created recently. I was fascinated by the hearts background, so -as I already had that same hearts mask- I decided to have a go myself!

My first attempt didn’t go as planned. I must admit that it had been a couple of weeks since I had seen her layout, so I was trying to replicate it from memory. However memory served me wrong, and what I did didn’t really look that good (I sprayed the background with blue heidi shine but I also mixed the modeling paste with blue ink, making the final product too samey)

So my second attempt went much better. I sprayed in different colours and left the paste white. And that’s where the resemblance with Sarah’s layout ends!

Laugh

 

Laura Rumble, aka Laura R or Beads Buttons and Birds

When I went to scrapbook the photo below, I took out some frames that I bought ages ago and that I hadn’t got round to use them. As I lay them on the paper, I remembered having watched Laura’s video where we uses the same frames. I was instantly inspired by her layout, the way she used the watercolour under the frames, the way she created the title… And I set off to create my own version!

I must say that I really enjoyed creating this layout. I am getting more and more comfortable using watercolours, despite having thought not that long ago that I would never even try playing with them!

Same habit

I have a couple more layouts to show you, but I will keep those for another blog 🙂

Artful Angels crop – November 2016

So the last crop of the year has come and gone. What a nice day I had… It was quiet, everybody seemed to be concentrating a lot on their layouts and there wasn’t as much chatting as there has been before, but it was still a very nice atmosphere, very friendly and I feel more and more comfortable there the more I go. I’m not sure I am going to become “best friends” with the ladies there anytime soon, but I still really enjoy their company.

I managed four layouts yesterday. I think I would have been able to squeeze a fifth one, however I did some mixed media on my second layout, with texture paste and ink splatters which took a long time to dry… Next time I need to avoid texture paste, or just take my heat gun with me! (I asked all the ladies at the crop for a heat gun but nobody had taken one…)

All in all I am very happy with all four layouts. One of the things that I really like about attending crops is the sheer amount of tools available to borrow. For example, for my first layout (First BBQ) I used a round border punch, a square punch, a notebook border punch and the typewriter. For the second layout (Feed me baby) I borrowed the mask for the mixed media…

So without further ado, here they are!

First BBQ

Feed me baby

Best kid ever

Happy you

Book of Me project update

The mixed media project that I was working on recently just became the cover page of the Book of Me album that I am starting soon.

The watercolour base that I showed you on my mixed media post stayed pretty much the same, however, when it came to putting the (very large!) photo of me on top, I had to add some more watercolouring to the left hand side. Thankfully, it was super easy to do with my new water brush 🙂

Book of me unfinishedNeeds some more watercolour on the left hand side

Book of me finishedFinished with title and extra watercolour

I have also now come up with my list of A-Z topics. I was going to wait for the Facebook group to come up with prompts, but I am a rebel, aren’t I, and I decided to go and do my own thing, like I always do!

So, this is my list at the moment, although some of the letters/topics may change, and for some I still haven’t made up my mind…

A – Andromeda
B – Birthday
C – Childhood / Cortijo
D – Dreams
E – Eric&Elisa
F – Favourites (music, film, games, book, food, etc)
G – Grandma? / Granada?
H – Hair / Hobbies
I – Influence/Inspiration
J – Joy? Jon?
K – Kingdom (UK)
L – Linguistics
M – Motril
N – Nature
O – Ocean/Opinions
P – Pets
Q – Quiet time? / Questions?
R – Relatives
S – Summer
T – Tropical (heladeria)
U – Uniform? / University?
V – Virginia Water
W – Wedding
X – Xmas!
Y – Youth
Z – Zero (TSP)

By the way, some of these layouts may not have a photo and be centred around the story / journalling!

Another mixed media project

Hello all! This post is being written from the lovely Ratley, the village where my in laws live, as we’ve come to spend a few days.

Today I wanted to talk about a new mixed media project that I have started. I took inspiration from these two layouts, and somehow I want to combine them both into one:

lets-do-this-again1  collectbeautifulmoments

Basically I want to take the design on the right (popped up smaller square in the middle of a 12×12, with elements underneath) but use watercolour as well as cut out elements underneath the the popped up square.

This project is going to be unique as well because I am going to scrapbook about ME! I made a page with a photo of me for National Scrapbooking Week back in May, and I have a page with Jon and me from back in the day, pre-kids. But other than those two, there aren’t any photos/layouts of just ME!

As I didn’t have any watercolours, I had to pop into hobbycraft and buy a set, as you have to 🙂 I am quite pleased with it, as it has got plenty of shades.

So, so far, I have cut lots of small flowers to use as the elements popping out of underneath the central square. I cut tons, but I am not sure I am going to use them all. I may end up only using a third of them! I will have to play and see what quantity looks better:

Flower elements

To the left of the photos are the watercolours that I originally chose to go with the flowers. The photo of me that I am going to use on the layout is in black and white so I am happy that these colours are not going to clash with the photo.

And here is the watercolour applied to the cardstock (previously primed with with gesso):

watercolour background

At the beginning I wasn’t sure about it… I thought the watercolour had gone a bit too over the place, however the more I look at it, the more I like it, so I am sure it will be fine in the end.

And this is all I have got for now! I still have to print the photo and I want to either type or print the journalling, which most probably will be hidden behind the photo in a tag of some sort.

I can’t wait to get it finished! It’s been in this half-done state for far too long 🙂

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!)