Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Snow Days" Tag Using Unique Laser Design's Snowman Wood Embellishment!

We were hit with a couple of "snow days" earlier this week on the east coast. I decided to create a mixed media tag for my pocket scrapbooking layout to document the winter weather. 

"Snow Days" Mixed Media Tag

Started with an Avery Shipping Tag

Added Acrylic paint to my Gelli Plate

Used a Brayer to Gently Blend the Acrylic Paint

Placed a Textured Piece of Foam
(Face Down) on the Gelli Plate

Placed the Tag (Face Down) on
the Textured Foam

Textured Foam Stamped Image

Selected Unique Laser Design's
Snowman Wood Embellishment

Painted the Snowman with Golden
Iridescent Pearl Fluid Paint

Colored the Snowman's Arms with
a Bronze Sharpe. Colored the Hat & Outlined
all of the Edges with a Black
Uni-ball Signo Pen

Added 'Star Dust' Stickles
to the Body of the Snowman

Added Rhinestones for the Buttons

Distressed the Edges of the Tag with
Black Archival Ink

Pulled Some Pre-Painted Deli Paper Shapes
from my Stash

Folded the Circle Shape as Shown Above

Cut Different Shapes in the Circle to
Create a Snowflake

Adhered Piece of the Snowflake to
the Tag with Uhu glue and
Outlined with a Black
Uni-ball Signo (Broad) Pen

Lightly Painted the Snowflake with
Golden Titanium White
Fluid Acrylic Paint

Added White Cirles & Doodled Around
them with a Gray Inktense Pencil.
Added Neon Orange Zig-Zag
Stitching to the Left Side of the Tag

Added Additional Green & Blue Paint
Using Paint Pens. Used the Circle Stencil
(in the Previous Photo) to Stamp
a Pattern on the Snowflake.
Added Tim Holtz Alpha Stickers
for the "Snow Days" Sentiment

Added Aqua "Nail Bling" to
Accent the Top of the Tag
And Voila'! 
"Snow Days" Mixed Media Tag
Using ULD's Snowman Wood Embellishment

Thanks for stopping by today. Please be sure to check out all of the amazing mixed media embellishments at Unique Laser Designs TODAY!

Much love,

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

4 Ways to Incorporate Mixed Media Elements in your Pocket Scrapbooking Layouts/Week #3 Pocket Scrapbooking Layout!

If you are intrigued by mixed media but you have absolutely 'no idea' how to get started or, if the fear not being perfect is keeping you from giving mixed media a try....BE ENCOURAGED!!! This post is for you!

Your planner & pocket scrapbooking album are both WONDERFUL, safe playgrounds to explore the world of mixed media art. Honestly, the key to getting started is simply taking a single step. 

Today, I will not only be sharing my Week #3 pocket scrapbooking layout, but I will also be sharing four SUPER easy mixed media techniques you can incorporate into your Project Life layouts so you can begin taking "baby steps" into mixed media.

Week #3 Mixed Media
Pocket Scrapbooking Layout

1. Outline Photos and Ephemera with Black Ink. The black Uni-ball Signo (Broad) pen is my pen of choice for adding details. The outlines don't have to be perfect. In fact, I prefer my lines to be more "messy perfect". These imperfect, doodled lines will make your photos & embellishments "pop" and give your work a more 'layered' effect. Your photos & ephemera will appear as though they are leaping off the page!

Here is the transformation of a journal card from "no outlines" to "outlines". Notice how both the photo and the mat become more prominent on the background with the black outlines surrounding all of the edges.
Photo, Mat & Journal Card
without Black Outlining

Photo, Mat & Journal Card
with Black Outlining

2. Distress the Edges of your Photos, Journal Cards, and Ephemera with Black Ink. I prefer a more grungy, weathered look, so I distress EVERYTHING! I typically use black archival ink on paper and black StazOn ink on photos (to avoid smearing). The 'blackened' edges will give your journal cards a more 'arsty' look inside your page protectors.

Journal Card With
Black Distressed Edges
(Edges are NOT distressed
 in the Previous Photos)

3. Add Borders to the Edges of Your Journal Cards. There are two ways to add borders. You can either doodle around the edges of the journal card with black ink or you can use stamps to create a border frame around the perimeter.

For my Week #35 mixed media title card, I used Studio L2E's snowflake list icons from the "Seasonal Plans Fall/Winter" planner stamp set and black archival ink to stamp a border around the edges of my journal card. I also added doodle lines on the inside of the stamps for a double border. Notice how these borders frame my title card below and give the journal card a more 'finished' appearance.

Week #3 Title Card with a
Snowflake Icon Stamp Border
by Studio L2e

4. Use Bits of Mixed Media Collage Paper to Embellish your Journal CardsTorn, cut, or punched painted papers can quickly & easily add visual interest and depth to your pocket scrapbooking layouts. Essentially, there are three sources when it comes to incorporating collage pieces in your layout. First, you can create your own collage elements using painted materials like book, deli, & magazine paper. Second, you can purchase delicious collage bits from your favorite mixed media artists. Most artists sell both prints & downloadable images of their artwork for mixed media collage projects on their websites. Finally, you can exchange mixed media "happy mail" goodies with creative friends. It is super cool to receive someone else's artwork in the mail. These special treasures add a beautiful contrast to your own natural style.

Mixed media artist, Rae Missigman sent me a SUPER GENEROUS package FULL of mixed media goodies a few months ago. Her work always leaves me speechless. I was thrilled that she included some her beautiful collection cards (pictured below). I simply cut her artwork into smaller shapes and used the colorful bits as embellishments in my layout. And, voila'….a quick & easy mixed media look for your pocket scrapbooking layout using collage embellishments.

Mixed Media Collection Cards 
by Rae Missigman

Mixed Media Artwork
by Rae Missigman

Week #3 Mixed Media
Pocket Scrapbooking Layout

I pray this information is helpful. Please feel free to comment below or email me with any questions you may have.

Much love to you,

Monday, January 26, 2015

Week #5 Filofax Background layout/Documented Life Project Challenge Week #4!

Hey everyone! This week, my husband, Kevin and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. YAY! Kevin says, and I quote, 'It's been a long, hard road'. REALLY???? LOL! ;D Honestly, I know how much the Lord loves me because of the Godly man that he chose for my husband. I am GRATEFUL!

As far as the Documented Life Project is concerned, I used this week's challenge as an opportunity to write a note to the BEST FRIEND a girl could ever have….The Lord!


Art Challenge: Writing
Journal Prompt: Words with Friends

Week #4 Documented Life Project Challege

Sprayed several colors of Dylusions Ink
Spray on a Non-Stick Craft Mat

Misted the Ink with Water

Pressed Mixed Media Paper
into the Ink

Pulled Painted Deli & Mixed Media
Paper from my Stash
Cut a Spiral Rose Shape out
of Textured Foam to Create a Stamp

Cut the Foam Stamp into Smaller Pieces

Used Black Archival in to Create
a Rose on the Painted Mixed Media Paper

Used my Hand Carved Stamp
to Create Leaf Shapes on the
Painted Deli Paper

Adhered Shapes to the
Background with Uhu Glue

Doodled Around the Roses with
Paint Pens & Golden Acrylic Paint

Added Another Layer of
Doodles Around the Rose with
More Golden Acrylic Paint

Outlined the Shapes with a
Black Inktense Pencil

Added More Layers of Color
by Doodling Around the Shapes
with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens

Created Writing/Journaling Space
Around the leaves with Acrylic Paint

Doodled Around the Leaves with
a Black Uni-ball Signo Pen

Stamped the inside of the Roses
with the Smallest Foam Stamp

Added Black & White Patterned
Washi Tape to Create the 'Days of the Week"
DIY Stickers Using Studio L2e Planner Stamp Sets
"List it" Planner Stamp Set
"Iconic Lists" Planner Stamp Set

"Days of the Week"
October Afternoon Alphas

Studio L2E 
"Plan it" Planner Stamp Set
"List it" Planner Stamp set

Left Side

Right Side

Planner Stickers & Accessories this Week

I pray that you have a wonderful week!

Happy planning,