Friday, 1 February 2019

Fun Times - Scrap the Boys DT

Super excited to be sharing my very first layout as part of the Scrap the Boys design team! I've following this challenge site for a while now and they always have amazing challenges and inspiration. Hopefully my work encourages you to come join in too!

Here is the inspiration mood board for February. I ran with the colour scheme and the overlapping rectangles as my design inspiration for the layout. Most of the materials are from Cocoa Vanilla Studios. Photo shows my little man after being awarded his blue medal at tennis, which represents attending 36 lessons. He is loving learning this sport and his teacher says he is a dedicated student.

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I really loved the clear stickers that came in this release and used them to make my title.

Cute little embellishment cluster in the top corner was made easy with the die-cut packs.

Had to include the journaling. Each of the papers were edged in black to make them stand out against themselves and pop a bit more. 

Sunday, 20 January 2019

You Are Strong - Romanian Woman Canvas

It has been quite a while since I've uploaded anything to this blog. I'm still creating, but most of my stuff is only being displayed on my Instagram account. I feel that not too many people are actually reading full blogs anymore. If I'm wrong, leave me a comment at the bottom and I'll start sharing more here too. 

So this canvas was created for a friend at work, who had asked for a similar piece to one I've done before with a Romanian woman to reflect her heritage. I love doing these canvas pieces and am running out of room to keep them in my craft room so was happy to make one to give away. I thought I'd whip up a quick tutorial as well while I was at it.

My top tips for mixed media work:
1. Don't fall in love with the first couple of layers - realistically you're just going to cover most of these up.
2. Ensure you have contrast. Whether that's highlights of black/white or a pop of a different colour, you need something that stands out.
3. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, you can always cover them up if you really hate the effect 

First step for me when creating any mixed media piece is to lay down the background texture. Here I've used a book page, builders tape and crackle paste through a stencil. Because I'm working on a canvas, this was already primed with gesso. If you were creating on paper it's normally a good idea to give it a coat of clear or white gesso first to minimise warping.

I covered the whole thing with three shades of red/orange acrylic paint, blending them together as I spread the paint by spraying them with water to thin them out a little. This has actually blended them a bit more than I would have liked but I wasn't going to stress about it.

I applied some of the lightest orange acrylic paint to create circles on the background. I used a gelli plate to do this, with some ghost printing to create the lighter impressions. You could just as easily apply it directly through a stencil though.

This photo combines two steps. I drizzled some blue misting ink along the top edge of the canvas, letting it pool and drink wherever it felt like. I decided the blue didn't suit what I was going for, so went over it again with a brown ink which has a blue shimmer to it, just to tone it down and create a few more drips. 

Once that was dry, I applied the grey paint through a stencil. I wanted a really crisp design though and unfortunately my paint bled under the stencil. I just grabbed a baby wipe and whipped off all the grey paint. :)

Using the baby wipe to remove the paint gave me two lovely effects. Firstly, the grey paint stayed on the builders tape and highlighted that texture. I decided I liked the effect, so spread it around to the other areas with tape too. Whilst I was wiping the paint, it also took off the red paint from the top of the crackle paste, which made the stencil designs stand out more too so I repeated that over the whole canvas. 

I added a lot more interest to the background in this stage! I repeated the mist/ink drizzle at the bottom with a dark brown ink which I also flicked over the whole canvas, as well as some white ink. I've used white and brown pencils to highlight some of the orange circles. Lastly, I've applied some silver wax highlights to the crackle paste.

Once you're happy with the background, it's time to start building up the mid-ground. I used a paper doily, some cheesecloth and a ribbon off-cut. They were all glued down with matt gel medium.

The last step is to add your focal pieces. For me this was the Romanian woman after cutting her out and inking the edges in brown, along with the motivational stickers. I used a aquarelle pencil around the stickers to make them stand out a bit more too. Lastly, I added a couple more ribbons to the mid-ground as it was a little bit too plain otherwise. 

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If it inspires you to create something I'd love for you to share your project with me!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Is it my fault?

A quick art journal page I whipped up. This one has my musings on Mother's Day as the base layer, and then I've built up a range of stencils and freehand designs over the top of it.

While I like the end result, I think the purple was too dark to really capture the detail in the flowers.

I liked trying a new technique with my stencils. I painted patches of acrylic paint and then used a baby wipe to get rid of the colour from the open stencil areas. it kind of creates a reverse stencil impression. 

This image is just for me to upload to Instagram. 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Home Owners

I purchased an old Uniquely Creative kit a little while ago and split the contents with my mum. It works well because I do the layouts and she makes the cards. We've caught up for two crafting sessions so far and I've managed to only create one layout but it's still a lot of fun. :) 

All this fussy cutting is why it's taken me so long to complete the layout! I like the end effect as there is quite a bit of depth to it but it was a bit tedious at the time. The kit contained two rolls of different rose gold washi tape which I just love.

I've included a combination of fussy cut elements, die-cut pieces from the Kaisercraft pack and sentiments made by Uniquely Creative to match the kit. Plus, the kit comes with a huge pack of sequins!

Wednesday, 25 April 2018


Whoa, what's this? Another layout just two days after the last one! I'm a little bit surprised myself but it's a public holiday here today and we've had family staying with us which has given me a bit of extra time to craft while they look after Harrison. The craft room is still not sorted or organised but I'm feeling much more relaxed for having had a chance to get messy. :)

I like the lopsided background on this one, with the layers of paper only down the left side. I've actually used the same Kaisercraft Christmas papers as in my 'First Cuddle' layout from earlier in this month, but the end effect is such a different type of layout.

I continued the background techniques onto some scrap craft paper and created two tags to add some extra layers. The bottom tag is taped down but the top one has my journaling hidden on the reverse. 

I've used some art journal techniques again on this layout to build up some depth in the background, including three different stamps and some hand-drawn plus signs. I LOVE this crosses washi tape, it is just so versatile. I also couldn't go past adding some Scrapmatts Word Art pieces.

My layouts just don't seem finished unless I've added some sequins these days. :) Sequins and the very cool wood veneer shapes are from D-lish Scraps

This layout was created for the April Kraft+ challenge. Something old: Kaisercraft patterned papers and the photos, which are from 2013. Something new: two Kaisercraft stamps, I've had them for a while but this was the first time I've used either of them. Something borrowed: I've scraplifted this layout by Georgia Heald. Something blue: the church, the ink splatters, the stenciling, the sequins.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

East Shores, Gladstone

I couldn't decide between creating an art journal page or a scrapbooking layout, so decided to combine the two and go with a layout with an art journal type background. I like the result and think this is worth experimenting with further.

The background started with a wash of two blue Gelatos. I applied some colour acrylic paints through stencils and white gesso over the top of it all for some more texture. A bit of tissue pattern, builders tape and ribbon formed the middle layers.

Kaisercraft die-cuts and an Accent Scrapbooking flair form the main cluster. Enamel dots and washi tape accents from D-lish Scraps. 

This crocodile was the start of the whole layout and I love how cute he is! The photo mat is built up of a couple of different pieces of scrap papers because I'm trying to slowly work my way through the lifetime supply of paper I have.

We went to visit my parents for a long weekend and they took us to East Shores Precinct. Harrison had the time of his life! Looking through the photos again makes me think I might need to scrapbook a few more of these. 

This layout was inspired by the April challenge over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. They have simplified the rules recently, so if you've been thinking of playing in the past but held back, now is the time to join in!

I couldn't go past this cute lama image. It reminded me of the die-cut animals I had from Kaisercraft, which lead to the crocodile which reminded me of Harrison's swimmers. I took the rest of my inspiration from the colour scheme. 


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

First Cuddle

After getting SO messy on my last art journal page, I actually just wanted to create a quick and clean layout. I thought the easiest way to do this would be to grab a D-lish Scraps Just-Add-Paper kit and was so right: all I had to add was some Kaisercraft paper.

The inking ended up messier than I'd anticipated due to using an old ink pad that had stored the ink oddly, but I decided to just go with it. Since it was already a little messy, I couldn't help but add some gesso through the stencil that came with the kit. I love a white-on-white background for a subtle effect. 

This layout was created for the Scrap The Boys challenge for April which is 'Let's Go Geo'. I used rectangles for my background paper shapes and stars as my feature embellishment shape.

April Challenge - ends April 30

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Take a Leap - Art Journal Page

I'd had one of those days where I just needed to relieve some stress so I wanted to crack open the paints and get messy. I didn't have a plan or project in mind, but I remembered I hadn't tried Leanne Jago's Soul Starter prompt from the Soul Journey 2018 facebook group I'm part of. After taking one of Leanne's classes in person a while ago I knew it would be just what I needed and it worked a treat!

I changed the quote for the page, because I only had a feather stencil to work with as my main image on the page. I liked this one, as to me it's about not overthinking things and just getting out there and giving life a go. The quote I found on Pinterest said 'build your wings on the way down' but I thought if I've got wings why am I going down when I could soar?

I think I need to work on letting some more of the layers continue to show through. You can barely see the paper doilies and book page strips from the bottom layer.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Happy Birthday Watercolour Card

Just popping in with a quick birthday card I whipped up yesterday. The background and flowers were actually done during a Natalie May class at a scrapbooking expo but I never got around to finishing them off. I fussy cut the flowers, added the white highlights, a black pen border to the background and created the sentiment cluster.

Close up of the flowers to show the layered heights.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Peace, Love and Pineapples - Fluttyby Designs Guest DT

Here is my second guest design team reveal for Flutterby Designs. I've picked the pineapple themed pieces out of the Good Vibes Only release for this one, because they were just perfect for these photos of our visit to The Big Pineapple on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

This card from the Everyday Etc. Photo Cards pack was my inspiration for the whole layout. I loved it as soon as a I saw it. The white space in the top left was perfect for adding a couple of extra embellishments. I've used a circle from a Kaisercraft paper pad and changed the quote from 'enjoy the little things' to 'enjoy the BIG things', plus a splatter of green ink to tie it into the background.

My main embellishment cluster has a page tab and flair from the Good Vibes only range, as well as a fussy cut pineapple from the Everyday Etc. Filler Photo Cards pack. I've used two other cards from that pack to create my photo mat. The beautiful die-cut is from Couture Creations.

Up in the top cluster I've used some off-cuts of the blue from the photo mat plus a sentiment from the Sticky Quick Quotes sheet. The flair is from Accent scrapbooking.

This layout gave me so much grief because it ALMOST worked but then just didn't no matter what I tried. This was my first attempt, below. What should have been a vibrant blue to match the photo mat ended up being a teal that just looked out of place.

This led me to HANDPAINT all the drips again to turn them green. I added a couple more embellishments but then decided it was overworked. Plus, as much as I loved the colours of the big photo mat at the top, it just didn't work with the layout.