Tag: watercolour

Scrapbooking Layout – Beautiful

As I get ready to attend another crop next weekend (Scrap Cafe in Bracknell), here I am sharing another layout that I made at the Artful Angels crop last month.

I added the stitching at home only recently, as I thought that it needed something else and it was looking a bit bare in the edges. And so glad I did! It really works very well.

I just used my watercolours directly into the cardstock, I didn’t prime it with gesso first. But it is a 300gsm cardstock, so very thick, and I knew that the watercolour would be fine on it.

I then borrowed a few tiny punches from the crop table and went through my stash looking for papers that would match the watercolours. The papers used under the photo and for the photo corners are from the gorgeous Sunshine and Happiness collection by Simple Stories. It is such a bright and colourful collection, I love it!

So, as you can see, a very simple layout, but I just love the simplicity of it and how the photo is still the focal point. I hope you like it!

beautiful

And a close up:

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Scrapbooking layout – Smiles

Hello!

My second layout of 2017 started like a right old mess! Again, I was inspired by a sketch for the January Challenge in the Facebook Scrapbooking group.

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I knew I wanted to play with watercolour splatters and I knew which photo I wanted to scrap, so the splatters needed to match the colours in the photo a bit. In order to create the circle in the middle of the page I used a plate (the watercolour washed off instantly, so no worries there)

splattered plate

This time I was not so literal with the sketch, I only used some of the elements as inspiration, but in the end I was very happy with the final result and I was still able to enter it in the challenge.

Here is the final layout:

Smiles

Unfortunately my cat walked over the background whilst the watercolour was still drying, so there are a couple of smudges.

And a few close ups:

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If you look closely at the second close up, you will notice the gesso that I used to prep the background sheet. Unfortunately when I bought my gesso I went for white and I should have gone for clear instead! But it’s not bothering me too much at the moment. Next time I’ll just make sure that I cover the whole page so you can’t see the difference in shades.

The layout ingredients are:

  • The butterflies are Studio Calico wood veneers.
  • The pattern papers were a mixture used from my scrap pile. There’s stampin’ up, First edition paper (Paradise crush), and another one that I can’t remember where it came from!
  • Just two little embellisments, the “live out loud” sticker, which is from Kaisercraft and the “smile everyday” sticker which is from Simple Stories.
  • Others: Dovecraft enamel effects, watercolour paints.

 

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!