Saturday, 24 February 2018

Loved - A Pretty Floral Layout with Katie Howard

Good Morning and Hello!
How are you all this morning?
Did you start the year with any scrappy type resolutions?
Personally, I am not really into the whole "New Years resolutions" thing, but I have decided
that I really need to try and use what I have in my stash more.
Mind you, that doesn't stop new things finding their way there too 😉.

With that in mind, today I am sharing a page using a slightly older Maggie Holmes collection called Gather, I only say slightly older because a couple of new ones have been released since this one (the designers are pretty prolific aren't they?!). It is very much in Maggie Holmes style with pretty florals and great basic patterns making the "B" sides just as usable as the "A" sides. So without further ado, here is my page:

I went with a vertical design for my page, with the photos overlapping strips of patterned paper on the bottom right-hand side, roughly on the bottom third cross point in the rule of thirds design. To balance this I created a small cluster at the top right, this also helped me repeat some design elements without it looking too crowded.

For my patterned papers I used - Thankful Heart, Beautiful, Jane and Kate. I also used these, or their reverse patterns, for matting my photos. By creating several thin layers behind my photos it helps to make them stand out against the busier patterns behind them. In my quest to use what I have in my stash I also pulled out an old border punch and gave the exposed edge a pattern as well as the thin middle paper, the other edges I roughed up a little too, creating some texture and interest.

After creating the basic design, all that was left to do was embellish! I pulled out the ephemera and used pieces that I could tuck in behind, and into the layers of, my photo and mats. Don't be afraid to cut things in half. It makes it easier to tuck into layers and gives you two for the price of one!

Here you can see that I added some glittery gold to my page using the title, which was from the Thicker accents that coordinate with this collection. In fact, there are many great embellishments included in this pack. How cute are the mini tassels?! I included them under my title as a way of "underlining" and drawing attention to it on the page. They are also a great way to add more texture.

This little cluster includes some bits and pieces from the ephemera and sticker sheets, as well as the word/phrase stickers. I also had the perfect place to add my date, I love using a date stamp to do this, makes it so very easy!

Finally, my top cluster, to tie it in with the main design of the page I repeated some of the paper strips, including border punching, and then used some of the die cuts, word stickers, and Thicker accents to finish it off. 

The last step was to grab some gold ink and create some splatters, I have used Liquitex gold ink as I have found the dropper included in the lid makes it really easy to get nice sized and shaped drops! Best of all it comes in all kinds of colours, because, well, you know, I am a scrapper therefore I collect things! And if I love one thing I need to have it in every colour it comes in!

I hope this inspires you to use something that you have had in your stash for a while or combine it with something new to make it all feel new and exciting! And if you haven't checked out the gorgeous Maggie Holmes collections, I suggest that you do, so many beautiful papers and pretties to use! Thanks for stopping by today and see you next time!

Katie x

Friday, 23 February 2018

HeART Journal Inspiration

 Morning Bloggers,
Lisa here with a Friday Mixed media update.
Our Friend has departed and life is returning to post JPL life, hence it's a little quiet.
To keep some focus and unwind after my working week, into my art journal I go.
Today I am sharing with you a few pages from what has hit my desk in the last few days.

This one above is a heART piece.
I came across a clipping of a young friend's obituary floating within my supplies.
We all have these sort of items that we collect through our life journey to remind us about
special people, events, and celebrations of life and times.
Art journaling is the perfect avenue to use these important clippings and items from your life
and incorporating them into art that has a story and special meaning to you.

Even when you're dealing with life its also a perfect way to channel feelings. 

I was playing with this unfinished piece below yesterday
 using the new Kinder Kreations Eye stencil.
Hello my new balanced friend.
A little background work first with DWM Sky and Ocean and a Darkroom Door crackle stencil
(another fave - if you have noticed it throughout this blog).

more detail using a Darkroom Door background stamp and black Stazon ink.

and then the Kinder Kreations EYE stencil,
applied using a sponge and a little Dylusions black acrylic paint.

Heading back to this one today, to add a little detail and substance .

Thanks for dropping by the Scrapping Clearly Blog today, 
I'll be back next week with a new mixed media update.

Lisa xx

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Why I Art Journal, and a few pages

G'Day Arty Peeps.

This week has been cooler at home, with yellow leaves underfoot,
a delicious hint of Autumn in the air, and a sense of more creative time to come.
I'm looking forward to more indoor play time, how about you?

With my kids growing up and fewer photos to scrapbook I find myself turning to art journals for creative release. They are a place for me to practice with products to see what I like, but also somewhere to explore my thoughts.
Some pages are deeply personal and never shared, others more playful,
still more others meaningful in emotional ways.
I find art journalling cathartic.

So, today I'm sharing just a few of my pages,
I have listed products under each image, in order of use.

Playing with products, seeing what I can layer onto what without making a big mess.

Archival and Stazon inkpads - Cherry Pink, Sunflower Yellow, orange, black
Fude Ball black pen

A cathartic piece, scribbling 'train of thought' journalling.

Vintage magazine images & paper napkin applied with gel medium
Fude Ball black pen
White Sharpie marker

Inspired by a challenge - yellow, navy blue, and a secret.

Prima Bloom stamp (on special)
Flower cutouts made with a freebie and my Silhouette

I really like the freedom I have in my journals.
No rules, no striving for perfection.
It's a whole new world for me, and a great tangent for my creativity
as I'm finding less and less to put in my scrapbooks.

Thanks so much for dropping by today,
'til next time,

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

New Background Technique with Emma.

What have you lovely peeps been creating lately?

I’m really excited to share with you this layout I created using a new technique I’ve been playing around with.
I’m in awe of, and a little stalky when it comes to, abstract acrylic painting at the moment
and so I’ve been trying and practicing this out and adapting it to scrapbook layouts.
In my video at the end of this post, you can see it come to life. 

My background consists of mostly acrylic paint, Dylusions to be exact.
I chose the rose quartz and mushy peas, not 2 colors I usually put together but I loved the feel they gave. 
For my black lines, I used Liquitex artist ink in carbon black. 

I used a Colour Blast shimmer pot in envy to add contrast splashes as well. 
Then using a Kaisercraft texture stamplayered this over the now dry paint. 

Yes, I only used one stamp this time, so hard for me cos I love using 4 or 5,
but I really wanted the ‘art’ to shine this time. 
Then, keeping it sweet and simple, only used a strip of paper from a Heidi Swapp paper pad
and 2 tags from Heidi Swapp's Color Magic notes which I painted over
using the same paints (but on a baby wipe) to show the pattern. 

A little bit of twine, some sequins, and some ink splashes, and this little beauty was done.
So quick so simple, and so much fun!

Please check out the vid. I made, you can be sure you will see more of this style of background very soon. 

Catch you all next month
Em xx

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Hello Hipster Bar with Melinda Sweetman

Howdy scrappers!
Melinda here with you today on the Scrapping Clearly blog.
I am sharing my take on the sketch for February and after a bit of a rough start - stress has kinda made my mojo harder to find - and picking photos, off I went!

Here again is this months sketch

And my interpretation

This layout came together reasonably quickly for me and I even contemplated the idea of no mixed media but the messy 3-year-old in me won out!!

There is also a process video which you can watch over on the SC channel here.

I started with Paper #07 from the Pink Paislee C'est La Vie collection (yes, still hanging onto some of this gorgeous collection ;) ) and added a torn strip of Paper #03 to the middle-ish of the page.

I built my title knowing I wanted to use one of the gorgeous "Jumbo Words" by Heidi Swapp for the Minc but not sure which one. After picking my photos I came up with "Hello Hipster Bar" and my word was chosen! I went on the hunt for some smaller alphas and found the Something Wonderful Alpha & Label Sticker Sheet by Teresa Collins which helped me pick my foil colours!

I went with the holographic foil for the title and one of the sheets from the Minc 6x6 paper pack, and then chose mint foil for another of the 6x6 papers from the same 6x6 pack which I layered behind my 2 photos.

This is where my inner messy 3-year-old came out!! I started with some black texture stamps and then I've used Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Spray in Envy with the packaging technique and also the Colour Shimmer Pot in Envy to add splatters. While that dried I Minc'd my pieces and then went back to the background.

I've added some extra texture using some Glass Bead Glitter Gel and a text stencil. This is so pretty - I really love the added texture!! Tip - if you have this (any kind!) in your stash USE it!! Mine is at the point where I really ought to throw it out - it is almost completely set in the tub - but I am going to experiment with hot water before I give up!

Time to stick everything down!!

I ended up using some fussy cut flowers from the Pink Paislee C'est La Vie collection Paper #08 and also fussy cut some butterflies from the gorgeous "Flutter" paper in the Maggie Holmes Bloom range.

A few gold sequins from Studio Calico, my journalling, and a date stamp, and I was done!

I hope I have inspired you to play along with this months sketch, remember there is a $30 store voucher up for grabs for one lucky participant! Load up your entries here in our Facebook group!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Monday, 19 February 2018

Rock It - With Karyn Schultz!

Hi Scrapping Clearly Lovelies! 

It's Karyn here,
and today I have a scrapbook page to share with you made with lots of papers and embellishments from the Pink Fresh Studio "Escape the Ordinary" collection - all available in the Scrapping Clearly Store. This is the 6th page I've made using this collection - and I've still got enough for 1 or 2 more :)

I started with a sheet of white cardstock and added strips of the Transform paper along the top and bottom edges as shown. Next I matted my photo over a white paper doily and more offcuts from the papers in the collection. Then I used gold wood veneers to create titles in the top left and bottom right corners.

Next I added a variety of the chipboard stickers across my page - I love the watercolour look of these flowers.

Lastly I added some splatters of black and gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine across my page, a stamped date and hand written journalling.

A pretty quick and easy page, perfect for when you don't have much time to create.
Another story told.

Thanks so much for stopping by 

Crafty Hugs xx

Sunday, 18 February 2018

love and be happy

Happy Sunday Scrappingclearly followers.........

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and of course found some time too get creative. 

Over the past few weeks I have been loading some fabulous new papers from the Paper Arts range they are all just gorgeous and make for a quick and easy layout with gorgeous backgrounds and colours and the great news is I have lots more too load in the coming days.

Todays layout showcases the Artistry 3 paper.....

Now because the the paper is just so gorgeous I actually have not felt the need to add any extra layers using ink or paint or an type of medium which I would normally do.

Instead I started off by painting with acrylic paint random lengths of decorative paper tape, plumbers tape could also be used. Once dry I adhered the strips the middle section of the 12" layout this is were the main focal point of the layout is. I also stamped a decorative border with black ink to fill in the spaces and to create a border and more element.

I have adhered my chosen photo to black cardstock to create a border.

Those who have crafted with me know that I am addicted to Hambly Transparencies I just love that they are so easy to use, they give an awesome effect to your layout with cool patterns and colours and the transparency looks unreal. I used the Hambly feathers in black, I fussy cut 3 different feathers to place randomly underneath my photo.

Using surgical gauze I have sprayed with Bubblegum pink Dylusions Spray set aside to dry. This will give more dimension and add another element to the layout.

Using white cardstock I have stamped a heart for an extra embelishment and I have used a Heidi Swapp Chipboard heart embellishment .

To finish the layout I have used gold glitter and black foam thicker to create a title 


Last but not least I have journal my layout using a black Fude Ball pen.

I do hope you have enjoyed my layout today and I hope you take a look at the gorgeous range of PAPER ARTS PAPERS now available online here @ scrappingclearly