Friday, September 12, 2014

Mini Album - Smash Style, using MME Jubilee.

Hi and Happy Friday!  Earlier this week, I shared a Smash-Like Mini Album on the My Mind's Eye blog.  This was SO fun to make and I can't wait to create another.

Mini Albums have long been a favorite project of mine.  I love creating Mini’s to preserve those family vacations and trips and for allowing me to share many pictures of a memory, which a normal scrapbook layout doesn’t usually have space for.

While I often create easy, 1 step Mini albums, I also like to create Mini’s, using scrapbook paper and my trusty digital die cut machine.

To create the pages of my Mini album, I digitally cut several page shapes and pockets in varying sizes.

{I purchased my cuts from the Silhouette store.   Here are links to the digital cuts used.}

Using coordinating chipboard shapes, enamel dots/shapes, die-cuts, and decorative tape, I embellished my Mini, adding photos of a family trip to Gettysburg. 

Special Note:  It is never too late to scrapbook pictures that are years old.  These pictures were taken 7 years ago when my children were much younger.  I have always loved this ‘day vacation’ and thought the Jubliee collection would be perfect for documenting that trip.

Once all of my pages were embellished and pictures were added, I bound my mini together with a We Are Memory Keepers Cinch.  I recently purchased this and LOVE IT!  Perfect for creating your own Mini’s.

There is still plenty of room in my Mini to add more pictures and journaling, documenting my memories of that day.  I love the versatility and endless possibilities when creating this type of project.

I’d love to know if you enjoy creating Mini Albums.  If yes, do you use pre-made albums for ease?  Or do you enjoy creating your own, unique Mini’s?

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Whimsical Diver Mini Canvas

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Earlier this week, I shared a mini mixed media canvas over on the Viva Las Vegas Stamp Blog, that is full of personal meaning and feeling.

One of my latest obsessions, is creating mini mixed media canvases.  There is something about their smaller size that is less threatening and overwhelming.  I especially love incorporating metal embellishments with stamped images for a different, eclectic look.

The Whimsical Diver stamp is quickly becoming a favorite.  I find myself reaching for it over and over again.  For this project, I simply stamped the image onto heavy cardstock, then colored the image for effect.  I also added a few alcohol ink colored rhinestones for texture.

Using the same sprays and paints (Shimmerz Paints) on the canvas AND embellishments,  I created a cohesive project that looks like all of the individual parts were made for each other.  

In addition to the texture created on my canvas with a Crafters Workshop stencil, I added a bit of stamping, using Bubble Background.  This is a great stamp for creating amazing texture on any mixed media project.

What is your current creative obsession?  I'd love to hear about it!  Maybe it will become my next crafty project!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Creating dimensional Art Journal pages with Chipboard

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  Yesterday, I was up on the UmWowStudio Blog with a way to use chipboard on your Art Journal Pages.

Often, when I am creating Art Journal pages, I like to use lots of mediums, such as paint, ink, and sprays.  Many of my pages receive their texture from using these mediums with stamps and stencils.  

I wanted more of a dimensional feel to this particular page, so I used chipboard to enhance my theme and message.  Chipboard is a great alternative to stamps and stencils and lets you create projects that are meant to be touched.

I 'built' the background of my Art Journal page with various sprays and paints (Shimmerz Paints), layering multiple colors for an interesting effect.  I wanted to incorporate circles into my page, so I also used the Circle Confetti Mask on the background.  

To create texture and dimension, I adhered an entire package of DIY Printer Block Alphas.   I placed them randomly around the edge of my page, creating a border of alphas.  (prior to adhering the alphas to my page, I painted each with a thin coat of gesso)

I painted each letter (with Shimmerz Paints) with contrasting colors so they would stand out from the background. Using an old credit card, I 'painted' hash marks over the alphas.  In addition, I used the edge of various circular objects to create the circles around each letter. 

I typed my journaling quote and adhered it to my page and added a few doodles around the edge to make it complete.

Do you use chipboard on your Art Journal pages?  What other objects do you use to create dimension and texture?  I'd love to know.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pretty Little Studio & Pink Fresh Studio Blog Hop!

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Welcome to Day Two of the Pretty Little Studio and Pink Fresh Blog Hop!

I feel so honored to have been asked to participate in the Pretty Little Studio and Pink Fresh Studio Blog Hop.  Pretty Little Studio has long been a favorite manufacturer of mine and for a design term, I was also on their design team.  This is my first chance to play with Pink Fresh product and I have fallen in love.

Pretty Little Studio is so excited to join with Pinkfresh Studio today to inspire you with some cute creations. Pinkfresh Studio is known for their unique embellishments which are so fun and colorful. 

And mixing them up with Vintage inspired Pretty Little Studio products definitely has created awesome projects. We have a list of designers from both companies here who are so thrilled to share their projects with you. 

Make sure to visit each blog and comment on each blog to enter a giveaway including Pretty little Studio blog. 

One winner will be chosen for each day and fabulous prizes will be up for grabs!  A winner will be chosen each day, and will receive a $30 prize package from Pinkfresh Studio, and a $30 gift certificate from Pretty Little Studio. 
Winners will be announced on 9/15. Good luck! 

In addition, both companies are offering discounts on new purchases!

I created a couple of layouts using some of my new favorite Pretty Little Studio products!  They coordinated so well with the Pink Fresh product.  It's almost like they were designed together.

I love the glitter washi tape and the pops of color that the Pink Fresh Studio wood triangles added.  And the Baby Jack collection from PLS??  Be still my heart!

And my second layout...

I re-colored the multi colored wood triangles, but turning them over and added a bit of gold.  Just the perfect amount of glimmer and shine!

Now let's get hopping!  Next up is the fabulous Margaretta Carlson!

Day Two

If you are looking for more inspiration, here are the designer links for Day One! 
Pretty little Studio
Amanda de Jong 
Agnieszka Piskorz 
April Joy Hill
Carole House
Ashley Fowler
Keri Babbitt
Ashley Horton
Lisa Spiegel
Clare Prezzia
Lisa Wilkinson
Pinkfresh Studio

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Gelli Print Doodling for Shimmerz

Hi and Happy Monday!  Today, I am up on the Shimmerz Blog with a new Shimmerz project; a Gelli Print Doodle page.

Gelli Printing and Doodling are a new found love of mine, so why not combine them together to create unique, one-of-a-kind art?

When  I create Gelli Prints, I usually create several at once, keeping my creations in a drawer for use later.

I created this Gelli Print during one of those sessions and thought it would be perfect for my Doodle page.

Gelli prints are great ready-made backgrounds SO perfect for any type of project.  To start my Doodle page, I drew a circle on my page, using a paper bowl as a guide.

I then added hand-drawn flowers and designs in and around the circle.

To begin building color and pattern, I painted each design using Coloringz sprays.  Love using sprays for 'paints' because the background color and pattern of the Gelli Print can still be visible.

(I also used Shimmerz paints for several areas)

Doesn't that look yummy?

I then outlined each design with a black pen.

To create a whimsical touch, I added more pattern and design Acrylic Paint markers.

I kept embellishing each flower and design with markers and doodling pens until I was happy with the finished page.

Here's several close-ups of the yummy detail.

I also 'painted' the outside of the circle with more spray.  I seriously love they add subtle color and allow the Gelli Print to peek through.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Remember, if you place an order, mention my name in the 'Instructions to Merchant' section and you will receive FREE product.

Have a wonderful day!

Shimmerz Products used:
Coloringz: Mandarian Mai Tai, Heidi Ho Blue, Pink Stilletos, No Yoking
Vibez: Hermit the Frog, Before Dawn
Spritz: Ruby
Shimmerz: Sunny, Evergreen
Dimensionz: Green Thumb


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