Sledding Fun…

Hi, hello!

I’ve got another layout to share with you today!  Remember when I said I planned our New Years family activities with a certain paper line in mind?  And you rolled your eyes and thought I was kidding?  Well, nope!

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I was so happy to get these pictures off my daughter’s camera and get to play with the A Perfect Winter line, from Echo Park.  It has so many cute images and papers that easily work with any winter activity photos.

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I was also really pleased with that precious photo of my grandson (who is almost ready to turn 1!) sitting in his little red sled, and all the white snow that surrounds him.  It makes a perfect amount of white space (literally in this case) and I love the look of journaling right on a photo and with an American Crafts Slick Writer pen, it’s an easy thing to do.

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The weather was in the deep freeze for the week our whole family was together over New Years, so we were stymied in our attempts to get out to play.  But one afternoon, we just bundled up and went outside.  For 7 minutes.  But I got my pictures and Archie got a little tiny toboggan ride down the hill in front of his house.  Which was concerning for him at first but which he warmed up to (pun intended) after a couple of two-second long runs!  But to give him an idea of what was in store, I pulled him around the front yard a couple of times first.  And he thought it was ok!

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So this fun title detail was accomplished by the use of one of the stickers from the Perfect Winter line, and by stamping the alphabet letters with white paint, and the Tim Holtz/Ideology foam stamps onto kraft cardstock.  After it was dry, I just cut them out and adhered them to the bottom of the sledding sticker.  The clear enamel moose and mitten stickers are also from the Perfect Winter line.  Aren’t they so dear??

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All I’m thinking after this fun adventure, is 11 months is fun….but a year or two from now when he’s a little older and really gets the snow/skating/sledding thing, we are going to have SO. MUCH. FUN.

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you again on Wednesday!

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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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