Family Memories….

Hello friends!

This summer I tackled something I’ve never done before, and organized and planned a family reunion for my mom’s side of the family.  It was a bit short-notice in planning, starting in March for a July reunion, and as a result there were some who couldn’t attend, but for the 40+ who did come, it was a GREAT time!  We had so much fun getting re-acquainted and learning more of our collective family history.


I plan to make a photo book for each of the families, but I’ll probably also scrapbook a few photos from that weekend just for my own enjoyment.  And because I’ve had a thing lately for full-sized photos - ones that take up one complete dimension of the page - I began with the family group photo.

I had the photo printed at Costco - for convenience, quality and price.  I could upload and order it from home, it’s a great quality photo, and it only cost me $1.50 to have printed!reunion2

reunion4 Some of the product I used was Authentique gingham paper and Simple Stories - Posh - for the navy stripe at top.  I used Jen Hadfield washi tape, Dear Lizzy gold rub-ons, enamel shapes from Amy Tan, My Mind’s Eye, WeR, and Doodlebug Designs.  The puffy stickers are from Pink Paislee, the leaf die cuts from Fancy Pants, the large green/blue leaf cluster from One Canoe Two, and wood veneers, label stickers and tags from my stash  That woven fabric title is from MAMBI and is at LEAST 15 years old!  I kid you not!  It’s just been hanging around, knowing it would be useful someday, and finally!  (You’ll have to forgive me - where I’ve used product from my own stash rather than from the store - I’m just not scrapbooking enough lately to use up all my product and I can’t bear to let some of the cute stuff I received in the past, from Club Kits, linger and loiter unused.)


I had actually planned to do a post on some of the cute, scrappy ideas that I used for the event, but planning and coordinating didn’t leave enough mental bandwidth to also take lovely photos.  I have a couple that others took, to at least show you the photo garland I made using old family photos (scanned and reprinted) clothes-pinned to some jute cord with manila colored tags, vintage and paper doilies, burlap banners and more.  On one table we had some of the games/supplies, along with the trophies we’d be competing for, but on the second table we had framed photos of some of the ancestors as well as the various family members who were unable to attend.  So that they’d be with us in photo at least.


It was a super-fun weekend and I hope we can do it again in a few years!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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This post was written by Norine on August 27, 2017

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Little Details

Last week I shared an art journaling style layout, and today I’ll be continuing my “series” of mixed-media scrapbook pages.

For a long time I was wary of anything to do with mixed media. Generally, traditional mixed media has a very different style than mine. Personally, I prefer light, bright colours over dark ones…florals over metal…simple over grunge in my projects, so most mixed media scares me. I think it’s totally gorgeous , of course…but not a style that suits me. I’ve developed my own style of “mixed-media” and I’ve really been enjoying experimenting & learning.

I guess that’s what scrapbooking’s all about, eh?

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For my background I used gesso, watercolours, modeling paste, acrylic paint, distress paint, and Nuvo crystal drops. It sounds like a lot ,but it really didn’t take very long.

Prepped with gesso, modeling paste applied through a Tim Holtz floral stencil, a few layers of different shades of turquoise watercolour, watered down white acrylic paint splatters, and green distress paint applied directly from the dauber to make polka-dots. I usually create my background and then do my layering on top which is the process I followed for this page.

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The photos are all little detail shots from our wedding ceremony. I know there’s LOTS going on on this page, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

The wedding word is stamped with acrylic alphabet stamps & black dye ink. I didn’t mean to end up with 2 titles…but I kinda like it.

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The “love” title is a wood veneer piece from the Jen Hadfield Simple Life pack. I was going to leave the wood raw but decided to incorporate some black to make it pop. I painted it with black Dylusions paint. Seriously, that paint is UNREAL. It’s so smooth and thick…I only needed one coat. On wood. A porous surface.

I need every colour of this paint.

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Don’t you love the way the watercolour adds definition over the gesso and modeling paste? Serendipity.

I freehand cut the leaves from watercolour paper, painted them in different shades of green watercolour, then outlined them with a black felt-tip pen. Sometimes hand cut embellishments are great, but I feel like die-cut leaves would look awesome like this as well. Especially if you put them through the Sizzix so they had texture.

When I use wet media on paper, I usually trim a 1/4 inch off each side of my layout and then mount it on a 12×12 piece of patterned paper to flatten it out and make it sturdier. Using wet stuff on paper makes it bend and bump so mounting it onto another paper with BeCreative tape helps.

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Once everything is done & dry I add my stitching and black pen outlines. Simple.

There’s a ton of texture on this layout from the mixed media supplies/techniques, and I added some paper and diecuts from the Crate Paper Oasis collection. All of the textures and layers make this one of my favourite layouts ever.

I’m thinking of filming a process video (no audio, increased speed) of me making a page like this from beginning to end so you can see the steps & techniques. Thoughts?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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