LIGHT - Scrapbook Circle November - Take 2

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


I can’t believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow and more than that, the Holidays are around the corner!  The thing I do like this is the time of year, is that I can look back at previous holiday celebrations and start to get into the spirit for the coming season!
Recently, I used Creative Team member Jung’s LO from the Spring, in honor of her being on maternity leave with her sweet new baby girl!  This is my page below, using the new November “Wonderland” kit and highlighting some Instagram pics of our decor.
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Jung’s layout below is so fresh and bright and is a great inspiration for any page.  I love the subtle alignment she creates between the edges of her photos and the title and embellishments.  It may look random at first glance, but it is beautifully deliberate.
Jung's One Fine Day ideas
I thought the wood grain background with tiny snowflakes would make a nice contrast to the white cardstock.  Jung punched a lot of her shapes and embellishments that bridge the background and photo cluster.  I used stickers, and shapes from Pinkfresh Studio & Crate Paper to create the same effect.
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I used a snowflake punch and snowflake die cut to create some additional pieces using the Pinkfresh Studio 6×6 pad that is part of the “Hot Cocoa” Add-On.  I also used an acetate square from Pinkfresh instead of a 4th photo in my grid.
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 I love this LO because it is a bridge of fun embellishments over photos that tell a story. Thanks for the inspiration Jung!
I am very grateful for being part of this amazing team for my patient family who humors my need to create and provides lots of scrapbook fodder!!  Thank you for stopping by the Blog today!  Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving!

La Rosa - The Crafter's Workshop November 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hello and Happy November!  I love this time of year for reflecting on our blessings and trying to take time out of the chaos that is our life to be thankful.  I also love the light this time of year; it always prompts a photo shoot.
My daughter’s middle name is Rose, so I knew this stencil would be used for something all about her!
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own. 
 

I also used several of the new mediums, the Clear Gesso being my current fav!


I added a thin layer onto white cardstock because I knew I would be adding a good bit of water onto this page.


After the gesso dried, I used the thick Modeling Paste to stencil the rose from the 12×12, and the smaller one from the 6×6.


I used my watercolors to paint on top of just the modeling paste.


I was interested to see how the watercolor would react on just the portion with the paste, not all over like an Art Journal page…the paste created an uneven surface which provided lots of places for the paint to puddle and react.



 That is what I love most about watercolor…having to let go enough to allow the paint to do what it’s own thing!  I also added a very light wash of turquoise to the background.



 Wanting to keep it the page light, I used a few Distress Inks in the lighter blue range to stencil the text, overlapping and using both sizes.


I finally added my photo using dimensional adhesive and a little chipboard sticker.



I hope you enjoyed this look at my use of various mediums!  Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!
PRODUCTS Used:
TCW649 – 12×12 Doodling Template La Rosa
TCW9007 – Clear Gesso
TCW9005 – Modeling Paste

give thanks - Scrapbook Circle Digital Cut Files - October

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hey there!  I love the Fall for so many reasons;  football season, cooler weather, Fall colors and the Holidays!  Looking through my scrapbooks, November is notably a time of reflection and acknowledging the blessings in my life.  I focused on the Digital Cut File, part of the monthly subscription at Scrapbook Circle, to create a layered, textured background for this page.


I knew I wanted to use this photo and after sifting through the kit, I decided to print it in black & white and use the black and white chevron patterned paper behind my cut file paper.  The cut file is a triangular pattern that I randomly folded both back and front, giving the piece texture and a peek at the pattern behind.


I also used the black and white drawn leaf patterned paper and watercolored it using yellows, oranges and peach colors.  Fussy cutting a portion of that painted pattern, I layered it under the photo as well as a white tag and some other embellishments.


I also used the exclusive Scrapbook Circle acrylic script word embellishments, which are clear, and colored the pieces by painting the back with a matching Copic marker.


I love the warmth this layout conveys and more than that, I love the story that the photograph tells!   Thanks for stopping by the Blog today.  You can see the original Blog post HERE!




capture - Scrapbook Circle October kit

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Can you believe it is November?  Time seems to be slipping by faster than normal this past several weeks...An even better reason for trying to slow down and 'capture' a moment!  This was a LO I made using the Scrapbook Circle October kit, 'The Weekender.'


I did lots of fussy cutting between the patterned paper from Shimelle and the metallic gold cards from Pretty Little Studio, cutting leaves.  I created a cascade of the leaves to highlight the theme and background of my photo from a Fall photo shoot.


I made a photo mat using another of the metallic cards and a piece of the paper from Pretty Little Studio from the Oakley Avenue collection.  I added lots of the cut apart tags from the Oakley Avenue collection and some of the gold foam American Crafts Thickers.


The 'capture' title was perfect for this day, this time of year and the reason for memory keeping itself!
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today.
Have a wonderful weekend!

IMAGINE - The Crafter's Workshop October LO

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hi everyone!  I am excited to share this layout I created for The Crafter's Workshop, with a photo from our recent beach trip.  I took this photo from a sunset picnic and it inspired the use of this tiny stencil ‘Remnant’ called Sun Flare.


The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.


I started by brushing an even layer of the Black Gesso onto a piece of plain white textured cardstock.  This Gesso is really great because it dries so quickly and doesn’t warp the paper very much.


The Black Gesso is a nice Matte finish and almost looks like chalkboard paint.  It also really highlights the Gold so well.


I mixed the Gold Gesso with the plain Modeling Paste and used it with the small ‘Sun Flare Remnant’ stencil by Rebekah Meier.


After the gold dried, I used the 12×12 ‘Inspired Words’ to stencil the word IMAGINE vertically down the page, using the ‘Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste.’


This Light & Fluffy paste is the most awesome medium to work with!


I added lots of painted wood veneers over and around the photo and stenciled areas.


I loved using the Sun Flare stencil along with this photo of the sun setting behind my daughter…love using the inspiration and the literal symbolism together.


I wanted to keep the layout simple with just a few colors.  I thought the Black Gesso would make a wonderfully dramatic background for the Gold Gesso and the colors from the photo.


Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!
STENCILS Used:
TCW2115 – Doodling Template Sun Flare Remnant
TCW585 – 12×12 Doodling Template Inspiring Words

TIME CHANGES - The Crafter's Workshop Art Journal September 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hello!  I have been so behind in posting my current projects to my Blog.  This time of year starts getting crazy busy and doesn't seem to stop until after the New Year...SO, trying to get better about that and I am sharing my latest art journal spread with you today using lots of new The Crafter’s Workshop Mediums that are divine…as well as several stencils!


The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
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 I started my spread by using the new Clear Gesso Medium as a base for my pages.  It is a lovely texture and was a nice change to the normal white gesso I use that can sometimes be splotchy.

After the gesso had dried, I used several colors of blues and rose gold acrylics to lay the foundation.


I continued to add layers with darker blues, allowing drying time in between.


I used the piece of this 12×12 stencil that had a grid/receipt and some dark dye ink.


I added several layers of tissue paper and random cards with text on them over the base.  Then I used the TCW White Gesso in a thin layer over most of the background.  Letting some of the text read through.


After letting the Gesso dry again, I used this new Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste and I cannot say enough good things about it!!


From the super cute graphics on the label to the texture and finally the way it feels in on a palette knife.  True to its’name, it is light and fluffy, and more than that, it holds it shape beautifully.


It is like a perfect meringue frosting holding its height and dimension on this stencil I thought of as a stem or vine for flowers.


I added some of the Gold Gesso to the thick Modeling Paste to use on a few of the flowers.  Unfortunately, the gold didn’t transfer as well with the paste, it was more of a pale peach.


I did use the Gold in adding color around the other stenciled designs.


I continued to add layers of mist and markers, defining edges and adding shadowed lines to make the modeling paste areas pronounced.


Using the 6×6 Corncob Etching stencil and black archival ink, I stenciled small areas to add more interest around the spread.


Finally, I finished up with some white marker and a quote from Thomas Hardy that is one of my favorites.  I love adding doodles around the stenciled areas, and continued to do so until I almost ran out of ink!


Here are a couple detail pictures:


Here is the final spread below.  I am pleased with how it evolved after so many layers.  The new TCW Mediums are amazing and all very good quality. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!
STENCILS Used:
TCW619s – 6×6 Mini Corncob Etching

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