Honey, I’m Home

I love the little altered wooden houses that Lori makes…so much so that I wanted to put my own little spin on them.

I love mini ANYTHING so these are right up my alley.

I’ve used the new Pebbles - Simple Life by Jen Hadfield line that is available in the store. Actually, every single thing I used to make these houses is available in the store. This line is homey and cozy - perfect for the weather here in Southern Manitoba this weekend.

The whole line is available in-store but I used these products specifically:

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Gorgeous patterned papers.

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I am loving puffy stickers right now, aren’t you? They add that extra bit of dimension that I love!

So I started out with 3 plain wooden houses - the perfect little canvas. I knew I wanted them to be a dark wood to match the woodgrain elements in the paper collection. I didn’t have walnut stain so I used watered down walnut stain distress ink to stain the wood. I am ecstatic about how it turned out. I applied it with a wide, flat brush and only needed one coat. Once the stain was dry I cut paper pieces to fit on the faces of the houses, adhered them with BeCreative tape (my fave double sided tape!), and sanded the edges a bit to match the distressed looking wood.

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Next came little strips of corrugated cardboard for the roofs (rooves?). I lightened up the edges of the cardboard with a bit of white Tim Holtz Distress paint as well.

Now the fun part - decorating.

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I tried to keep it simple (ahem, simple life, ahem) as far as embellishing went. Minimal embellishments to keep the layering clean with pieces going over the edges of the wood for interest. The “home” word on the grey house is from the wood veneer package; I just painted it with white distress paint to make it match.

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Let me just say, I’m not a big mixed media person and vintage/distress isn’t my preferred style, but I do love the Tim Holtz distress products. At first I was intimidated by them but now I’ve learnt how to adapt them to my scrapbooking style. I love that crafting products don’t have to be used for a specific thing/style and ANYONE can use them!

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The last step was adding a few Viva Decor Pearls (’member those??) to the tops to fill in the white space.

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Aren’t they sweet? They would make a perfect little gift for a housewarming or even Mother’s day. Maybe they should be a class? Either way, this line is lovely and next time you’re in the store be sure to check it out!

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Hiking alone….and stamping on photos….

Howdy y’all!  I’m here today with a layout I made using the fantastically fun collection called Golden Days by Fancy Pants.  It’s a line reminiscent of a few other lines I can think of, (Basic Grey, Gossamer Blue) from a few years ago, which suits me just fine, because I still have some old product that I can use along with this one to compliment.   As well, today you are getting the benefit of my mess up so you don’t have to make the same mistake yourself.

For the background of the layout, I combined 4 different patterned papers from the pack.  I am totally in love with these papers, so don’t be surprised if you see them again soon!

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I used a variety of leaves on this page, from wood veneer to canvas fabric cut with a die, as well as some labels from the old stash.

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I cut the title tag on my Silhouette electronic cutter and wrote my journaling on another tag.

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I really wanted to stamp a phrase on my photo.  I knew Stazon Ink was the best option for that and the MISTI tool would serve well if I didn’t get a perfect impression the first time round.

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The Stazon ink is the top line.  My ink pad was dry.  When I stamped the first time, it lifted the photo with it and there went my chances for a perfect 2nd impression.  But I tried anyway, and you can see the result.  Well, I’d ruined that photo anyway, so why not use it for some testing with some of my other inks.  Just to see and prove to myself which worked best and why.  Lines 2, 3, 4 and 5 are stamped (in order) with Versafine Onyx Black ink (pigment ink), Simon Says Stamp Black ink (dye ink), Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink (dye ink) and My Favorite Things Black ink (hybrid ink).  Then came the smear test.  You can see for yourself how well each performed.  Those middle inks have still not dried!  The Stazon was the winner.  So how to get around the sticky (drying out) ink pad?  Get off my lazy behind and dig in another drawer to find the re-inker and just re-ink the bloomin’ ink pad already!!  And then, success!!  The last line is the result of using a freshly inked Stazon pad, and was even inked and stamped twice!

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I then reprinted my photo on my Canon Selphy home photo-printer (that thing has saved my bacon many a time!) and tried stamping again.  Love, love, LOVE the look of black ink stamped on a photo!

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Some die cuts from Pink Paislee, washi tape from Carpe Diem, and finally, some ink blots, and this page was done!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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This post was written by Norine on April 16, 2017

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Did You Hear About the Artist Who Painted in Jail?

He had a brush with the law.

Cheesy, I know. It’s an absolutely awful joke. BUT, it goes with my post. Paint. And Chasing Dreams.

I’ve been feeling very inspired by mixed media, art journaling, & the bright Spring colours in the store lately. And since I’ve been teaching the Watercolour 101 classes this month, (more info on that here) I definitely wanted to incorporate watercolours into my project.

I knew I wanted to get messy and just have fun with it. Oh, and I wanted to scrapbook a few of my favourite wedding photos.

I did a lot of experimenting with different paint types and techniques and I’m actually super happy with the finished product.

Crate Paper Chasing Dreams mixed media scrapbook page by brooke gorrell for love is in the details design team

I started out with a plain white sheet of cardstock, covered it in clear gesso to prep my paper for wet mediums, and then did a quick wash of watercolour once the gesso dried.

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I covered the whole page (minus the outer edges) with a bright blue thin wash. Watercolour blends differently over gesso than it does on plain watercolour paper and I love the effect. It’s definitely more raw. The Prima watercolour confections are to die for.

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Next step was using Ranger texture paste through this Tim Holtz stencil…my favourite.

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I’m super impatient so I used my heat tool after each step to speed up the drying process. I even heat dried my texture paste and it gave it a cool effect. It got kind of puffy as the heat was applied which I really liked…but be careful. Too much heat and it will burn.

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The next thing I did was water down white, red, and a bit of yellow acrylic paint and make big splotches at the top of the page with a big brush. Lots of water. Then I tipped the page up and let the paint drip down. I kept repeating this dripping process with other paint layers throughout the project.

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Next was white acrylic paint with a few drops of water added. I used a large roller stamp to apply paint randomly over the pink section and the lower right corner. I watered it down because I didn’t want a bright, opaque white to stick out on the page.

Some watered down mint acrylic paint got splattered across the page using a big paintbrush.

I added a deep blue watercolour paint to act as an extra layer behind my photo cluster. I used liquid watercolour paint with just a little bit of water to get a true colour.

I then layered my photos and ephemera over the most concentrated area of paints. I used a mint green paint swatch, the Crate paper chasing dreams ephemera pack:

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And this patterned paper:

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Gorgeous line right?

It was super easy to layer with. There’s just something lovely about it…the pieces fit together so well.

After I added my photo cluster I felt like it was missing something. Some…pop…or something.

So I added bright yellow acrylic paint. Just a couple splotches to brighten up the colour palette. And I loved it! I wasn’t totally sure about it at first but decided to just go with it and try it. Sometimes that’s the best way to scrapbook.

I added more of the deep blue watercolour using a dabbing technique with a very small brush. I kept it in a sort of triangular layout to balance out the page.

A few little typewritten strips, a date stamp, and some gold sequins completed the project.

Crate Paper Chasing Dreams mixed media scrapbook page by brooke gorrell for love is in the details design team

Seriously, this page was totally refreshing to make. Getting messy and trying something new is great to do once in awhile. Even if mixed media isn’t really your thing, it’s definitely not mine, I really encourage you to pull out some paints or inks or pens or anything artsy and try it out.

In the words of a very wise woman, “Take chances. Make mistakes. Get messy!”

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