Makes cakes, will travel…

Hi, hello!

I’m back today with a couple of traveler’s notebook layouts to share.  One is Love is in the Details specific and one is just because!  (You’ll see when I get to that one.)


This is the reason for the odd blog post title.  I have begun making and decorating cakes and cookies in the last couple of years and the weird thing is that almost every event I’ve made a cake for in an official capacity has been in another state!  Or country even!  I’ve made cakes at home, but they’ve been for practice, so my “real” cakes for real events have all had not only the normal stress of “I hope it doesn’t flop!!” but also the travel stress component.  I think I’ve got that down to a science now.  Bake the cakes, freeze them, layer them and crumb coat them (if they’re being frosted) wrap them with BIG bubble wrap and freeze them again and the minute before leaving for the airport, stow them in my carry on shoulder bag.  Then I do the frosting and decorating there.  I now know what can go through security with me, and what can go in checked luggage.  Like I say, a science.  All that to say, that we recently attended the wedding in Montana of the best friend of our daughter-in-law, who became like a daughter to us while she lived in AZ for several years and Kenzie asked if I would make her a small wedding cake - for the “feed the groom” photos and to take home and have on their 1st anniversary.  I didn’t have to make cake for all 200 wedding guests thankfully.  I’m not that kind of cake maker!


This was an easy 4 layer semi-naked cake (I make up for the lack of frosting on the outside with plenty of frosting in between the layers!) that I decorated with some of her wedding flowers and other things I found around the grounds.


I’ve been wanting to make a traveler’s notebook layout with one side being all photo for awhile now and when Mr B sent me this photo from his phone I knew this would be the one!  He uses an android phone and they take these super tall photos.  Perfect for the TN narrow page format.


Some of my Love is in the Details stash that I used on this layout include the white enamel hearts from Illustrated Faith, the phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket and Jen Hadfield, and while we’re on that subject I wanted to remind you to look at your phrase stickers for the portions that might be useful to you.  The “simple but beautiful” sticker was originally from a set of Cowgirl themed phrase stickers and it said “live a simple but beautiful life”.  It seems that the likelihood of my ever using that on a layout while whole was minimal, after all the years I’ve had it in my stash, but cut up like this, it was perfect!


I also used the Pink Fresh (Boys Fort) alphabet stickers that come in blue, green and cream, and I colored them brown for this layout because the size and style were perfect.  That foil leaf (it was fun to pull out the foil again!) was a Prima adhesive rub-on and I used the rose gold foil so it would match the label sticker (Target dollar section).  I used die cuts from Kaisercraft (the green leaf), Prima (the tag sticker and label) and a chipboard heart arrow from the exclusive laser cuts available in the store.

Next up is a layout that was inspired by pure joy!  Our grand-daughter was born recently and before she was 24 hours old she had her first layout!


The polka dot paper by Carta Bella has also been sitting in my LiitD stash for a long time waiting to be used!  The floral tag from Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams line too.  And those cute puffy hearts and phrase sticker are from the very current Pink Fresh/Let Your Heart Decide line that will soon be in the store if they aren’t already.


The floral die cut is from Kaisercraft’s Sage and Grace line and the pink silk ribbon I colored with the Distress ink and water technique.  Other supplies include those cute puffy alphabet stickers from My Mind’s Eye, some pink bakers twine, and that cute little pink rabbit that used to be a button - from Dress It Up buttons!  The “baby” part of the title is a die that I cut from pink watercolored paper and popped up on a label sticker.


Besides this happy news of a new grand baby, we also have an engagement and upcoming wedding in the family!  Our daughter is planning her nuptials at our cottage at the lake in early September, and as people do when they have a wedding coming up, we’re going to do a bunch of construction work this summer, building a second floor in the cottage, adding stairs up to our parking lot (like 100 stairs, minimum) and making the outdoor area suitable for a tent for 70 people!!  She’s going very budget-conscious, which means asking Mom to make the invitations, the cake and the floral pieces for the tables.  Thats what I know so far!  So with all that on my plate, I’ve asked Lori for the summer off.  I’ll see you back here in mid to late September and I hope you all have a safe and happy summer!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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

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:


And this patterned paper:


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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