loOkiNg uP - The Crafter's Workshop January

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hello there crafty friends!  Hope you are all having a Happy New Year!  Today I wanted to share with you a scrapbook layout I created using for The Crafter's Workshop a couple weeks ago.The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
With the Fall season past and Winter in full swing, lots of my photos seem to have a theme behind them…looking up!  These are a few of my favorite ones from November.  The colors were so powerful and vibrant, I thought it was perfect for the reality of our recent gloomy days.Using the colors in the photos, and the graphic nature of them, I thought it would be interesting to create a simple organized page with three stripes of color, using watercolors.  I used the Clear Gesso first onto plain white cardstock and let it dry completely.  Then I used liquid watercolor, diluted a bit, to paint on the stripes.  The liquid watercolor is great because it is reliably even, and I wanted consistency.After waiting another few minutes to let the paint dry, I mixed 3 tiny batches of paste in the same colors, using the liquid watercolor to tint the Thick Modeling Paste.  I chose a fairly loose, organic stencil to contrast the more rigid lines of the photos and stripes.Starting at the top of the gessoed area and the top of the stencil, I added the blue modeling paste over the blue watercolor.  I very carefully cleaned off the stencil in between colors, not wanting any transfer.  I am normally too impatient to complete this step, but it really does make a difference.After the blue was mostly dry, I repeated the same steps, using the yellow, then red.  I skipped down the stencil a bit, so it doesn’t read like the complete stencil pattern, just more of a pattern of texture and shapes.After letting all the paste dry, I adhered my photos, embellishments and title.
Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!
TCW9007 – Clear Gesso

LOVE & STUFF - Scrapbook Circle January

Friday, January 13, 2017

This week on the Scrapbook Circle Blog, I participated with DT member Kelly Holbrook in the 1 Product 2 Ways post.  Using the Simple Stories ‘Love & Adore’ stickers from the January ‘Love Notes’ kit, I used the stickers in a traditional layout.  

I love the watercolor stripes in this paper from Simple Stories, and as much as I loved the fragmented heart graphic, I really wanted to focus on the paint stripes.  I cut out the heart, saving it for another project, and adhered a piece of plain white cardstock behind it.

   I added both pieces to another piece of patterned paper for a border.  Using the color from the border and matching it as much as possible, I painted a watercolor stripe across the layered background and foreground of the heart.

Then I layered all kinds of the Simple Stories stickers, color blocking, with the printed paint stripes.  I added a couple stripes of paint at the bottom to add my title with the Simple Stories Alphas, part of that same sticker package.

 I hope this approach inspire you to use the the Simple Stories stickers in an interesting or graphic way!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have an amazing weekend!

best ever - Scrapbook Circle 1 Product 2 Ways

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hello my friends!  I have been sitting in the sleet rain and "snow" of the Winter Storm Helena, which didn't amount to much, writing blog posts  This one, part of the 1 Product 2 Ways post has been a total ray of sunshine.    Along with DT member Allie, I used the Jillibean Soup Label Stickers from the December ‘Everyday Stories kit to create a colorful layout. 

I wanted to use the stickers, almost as a banner description, for each of the photos.  I printed several photos, throughout the day, from my son’s birthday last year.  I added a square piece of patterned paper being each photo as well as a vellum ‘banner’ that I placed the sticker onto.

  I wanted to create a fairly light page, keeping the focus on the Jillibean script stickers.  I added a couple other color coordinating stickers around each photo and used the exclusive SC acrylic words for my title…’best ever.’

Still playing catch up from some of my December projects, so I thanks for stopping by!!
Have an amazing day and stay warm!

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