And baby makes 3…

Well, I got a start on the baby layouts on Father’s Day, and I just kept on going from there!  As a result, I have another Archie layout to share today!

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I began with a sheet of white-washed wood grain from the Kaisercraft Ooh La La line, keeping the coral accent strip along the the bottom of the page instead of trimming it off as I often do.

And because I can’t get enough of the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink (Have you heard!!??  There are 12 new colors being released in July!!?) tinted modeling paste paired with Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stencils (as you saw here), I laid down a layer of that along the upper right-hand side before adding anything else.  I combined the floral stencil with a Heidi Swapp word stencil that  says blessing, love, hope, joy, thrive, etc and which captures all the feelings.

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Then I pulled together an assortment of die cuts and chipboard pieces from the Ooh La La and the Maggie Holmes - Chasing Dreams lines.

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As well, I made a home-made embellishment by stamping some floral images and some leaves on vellum and heat embossing with white powder before fussy cutting them out and layering them overtop of the printed die cuts.

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I typed my journaling on the We R Memory Keepers typewriter and added it in strips.  And finally, I used some of the Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint (in Opal Magic Blue-Gold) to add the splats.  I really love the thicker consistency that lets the paint dry with a raised dimension!

The word FAMILY is from the Jen Hadfield Homemade puffy stickers set, and I stamped the words “Brand New” with the Crate Paper Alphabet stamps and colored them with Copics.

It’s been too long since I held this precious bundle in my arms so I’m packing up and heading north next week to spend the summer at the cottage.  Which also puts me much closer to the location of my heart!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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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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