Monday, March 31, 2014


When Dala, the owner of my LSS, asked me to use these papers from Reminisce for a class project I sort of cringed. While I liked the ombre and the chevron the colors were so big and bright that I felt unprepared for the task. To tone down the patterns I added in a piece of Tim Holtz/Coordinations Crackle Cardstock and set to work using a Page Maps sketch as my starting point. 

To complement the papers I wanted photos that were fairly simple but still summer bright, these ones of Vance playing at a nearby Splashground were perfect since they had action without being overly busy.

You'll see that I flipped over some of the black cardstock to lend another color to the palate and break up some of that busy color/pattern a bit more. I also misted some Studio Calico shapes with Mister Huey sprays as an easy and simple embellishment. 

The journaling was done on the back of that black cardstock and I drew on the faux stitching. All-together, this layout took me less than an hour to put together and will do nicely for a class about using pattern papers and sketches to make quick layouts. 

Page Maps sketch, page 80. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

ScrapbookSteals Fancy Pants Steal - Taking Care of Baby

Happy Friday fellow Stealers! When Melodee, buyer at ScrapbookSteals, said that I'd be getting a random assortment of Fancy Pants papers for a Design Team project I was stoked, sadly my package never arrived but I did the best I could by assembling all my Fancy Pants scraps and full sheets for a full inspection before beginning this layout. I found some long lost favorites, many of which were past Steals!

I used papers from the following lines : Trendsetter, Like Father Like Son, Kraft Kuts, Happy Together, Rough & Tough, and Park Bench. I even pulled out some Fancy Pants brads, alpha stickers, and the cork sticker.

Also, I used Melodee's fab Rose 7 sketch, it was perfect for all those smaller bits of paper that I'd still had hanging around.

In addition to the FP embellishments I used more of those DIY enamel dots, some AC Thickers, BG sticker alphas, AC Amy Tangerine stitching template, and Colorbox ink.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Service Day

This little layout is another one I've put together for my local store for a class about resist techniques. For this one I used one of those specially treated resist papers and merely misted over them and then wiped. 

The other papers are a mix of Hazel & Ruby Chalk It Up and Webster's Pages Trendsetter.

The chipboard embellishments are from Pebbles From Me To You. 

Then I did a little doodling, faux stitching, added some Ranger Enamel Accents, and a couple strips of washi (sorry, don't know all the brands there). An easy, quick layout. 

The page was inspired by a Page Maps sketch, page 44.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


This one was made as a sample for my local store and will be featured as part of a class that I'll teach mid-April. In the full layout photo it is hard to see the texture created on the background but as we go through the close-ups I'll tell you a bit more about the process. For now, please note that along the outer edge of the page that there are three distinct colors. 

To start with, I smeared gel medium on a stamp and applied it to the paper. I repeated it a few times around the page. I put the gel medium on thick enough that most of the image has been lost but it left some peaks and such that created the texture you see here and acts as a resist. It should be noted that less gel medium leaves the stamped image more intact but also flattens the texture a bit, pluses and minuses to each technique.

When the gel medium dried I painted on a light brown acrylic paint and then a Tim Holtz metallic paint dauber. After each of those coats, wipe the paint off the gel medium to reveal the underlying paper. 

You'll see in this close-up how the paper is visible in some areas, I had to tweak the colors in the photo a bit to make it visible (dumb metallic paints made it hard to photograph). 

Monday, March 17, 2014

PGCB Lucky Charms

I'm so excited about today's Paper Girls Challenge - I'm hosting this week and thought it would be fun to pay homage to the holiday to day with a "Lucky Charm" themed challenge. I'm asking that everyone do a project about something that has a lucky element - a blessing, a daily routine, special shirts, fan rituals, etc. and it doesn't have to have anything to do with St. Patrick's Day.

My project is a layout about my dad's gameday rituals - certain Cowboys shirts/jerseys based on if they are playing. Let me just say that it's a little elaborate in my opinion, but totally one of those things that will be fun to look back and see. 

And here's a close-up, check out the colored stars that I made by mixing modeling paste with some of my Mister Huey's mist. Perfect! Though they did make the paste runny and a tad bit harder to use, for this project precise shapes weren't necessary but could easily be problematic.

I also rubbed a silver Tim Holtz paint dauber over some of the stars. Cowboys colors are silver and blue, how could I not?!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

You Make Me Happy - MWM Rose 5

I was so excited when Melodee asked the ScrapbookSteals design team to use our Silhouette die cutters to create the layout inspiration for this week's Mid Week Mojo - Rose 5.

Here's the sketch that we all used:

And my layout:

I used the Silhouette stencil material to create a textured background for my page. Using embossing paste instead of modeling paste gave me a slightly translucent finish. After the paste was dry I spritzed and splattered two shades of Mister Huey's on the page. 

This was only my second time using the stencil material and I have to say it was pretty cool to make custom backgrounds - and using something that's reusable. I super love that since it has a sticky back that I got cleaner images than I often do.

While those layers were drying I worked on using the off cuts from the stencil to make this banner - I stuck the stencil material directly to some MME Chalk Studio paper and then cut a bunch of triangles. I then sewed all of the tiny triangles into one long strand. I also sewed some large triangles from one of the Chalk Studio embellishment packs into a second strand and then crisscrossed them across the page. 

I used more of the Chalk Studio embellishments to decorate the large cluster on the left side of the page. Mmmm, and shaped enamel dots are yummy.

I didn't like the way my journaling worked out visually so I did a bit of doodling around the edge and then added the banner for depth. Decorating it made all the difference!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Scoring backgrounds - How To'sday post at Scrapbooksteals

For today's "How To'sday" on I have a simple technique for adding texture without much mess or adding a lot of thickness to the page. Go grab a tool for scoring (I used the AC Cut It Up), a piece of paper, some sand paper (I used a WRMK Heart Attack) and come back. 

Using your scoring tool, draw a series of vertical and horizontal lines on what will be the back of your paper. I really like making a large symmetrical grid and then go back and add some randomly close score marks to create interest. 

Now flip the paper "right side up" and rub the lines with your sand paper. I darkened the next several photos to help you see the effect created on the paper. The one above was darkened also, it shows what the paper looks like before I was done distressing all the score marks - there's some texture but it isn't very visible. 

All done with the sanding!

This one I took really dark so you could see all the places I'd distressed and torn up in the process. 

Then, to heighten that texture I rubbed the page with a Distress Ink pad in Vintage Linen and set to work on my layout. I didn't worry about smudging or over inking, knowing that it would lend itself to creating a more interesting background. 

And below I have a close up of a portion of the layout, you know, just for fun.

All the papers for this project were from Teresa Collins' Memorabilia line. The ribbons are stash. 

Linking this up with the Memory Nest.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Furry Cuteness

Today at Practical Scrappers we're featuring St. Patrick's Day/Green projects. We don't do much here for St. Patrick's so I decided to branch out of my normal color spectrum and do a green inspired layout about when we brought our kitten home almost a year ago!

The base paper is from Graphic 45 Botanicabella, then I layered on an assortment of scraps from Authentique, Basic Grey, and My Mind's Eye.

The title was created with a combination of Authentique letter stickers and American Crafts Thickers. 

You'll notice I used more of my pony bead/enamel dots and check out that fun flower clip from Freckled Fawn - it was a perfect size for this layout!

I also gently inked some Studio Calico wood veneers with a Peeled Paint Distress Ink pad. I love how just a little ink and some new embellishments can make older papers fresh again.

The layout inspiration was from ScrapbookSteals' Mid Week Mojo sketch series - Rose 3

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Practical Scrappers Layout Sketch

It's time for one of my favorite installments in the Practical Scrapper line-up...sketch day! Christine worked up a super fun sketch for us, go check it out on the blog, and I'm here with my interpretation.

I love that I was able to take these summery, water bathing themed papers from Authentique's Fresh and turn them into a layout about my boys gearing up for playing in the snow. Such a versatile collection! All it really needed was those snow flakes to take it to the wintry theme that I wanted!

And check out my new "enamel dots" a friend told me about a pin she'd followed where she made dots from pony beads. Pretty cool. Couldn't find the same pin again, but this one is similar.

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