Saturday, 20 October 2018

Remember | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Popping in today with my latest design team project for you. Today I am sharing one of the layouts I created for my classes at the Brisbane Scrapbook Expo earlier this year using the beautiful 'Bohemian Dream' collection and some snaps of my daughter and one of her friends. 

Although I did use a little mixed media on this page, for the most part I let the mixed media style papers from this collection do most of the work for me. I started with the super cool painty 'Abstract' paper as my page base; then cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 10x10" and stuck it down on top, leaving me with 1" border of the paper showing all the way around.

I wanted to create lots of colourful, contrasting layers to go under my photos; so I used the gorgeous 'Beautiful Mess' cut apart paper and stacked lots of the pieces up. I also used a small piece of the 'Abundant' paper that I had left over from another project. In amongst my papery layers, I also tucked some frame pieces from the die cut ephemera pack and a few accessory stickers

Once I had all the flat layers in place, I added more pieces from the die cut ephemera pack - this time floral pieces and words, using foam tape under some of them to pop them up for extra dimension. I also added some coordinating enamel shapes around my page. 

For my title, I used one of the chipboard title stickers along the bottom edge of my page; adding some subtle colour to the bottom half of it using a pink watercolour pencil, which I blended out with a water brush. I also used some other complimentary colours to add extra colour and shading along the edges of some of my paper pieces before blending them out with a water brush as well.

That beautiful big butterfly (that I simply adore!) was fussy cut from the 'Boho Bits' paper, and I adhered it with a small amount of glue in the centre before folding its wings up from the page. 
To finish, I added a small arrow from the chipboard accent stickers sheet in front of my title and I was done. 
That's all from me today. I hope I have inspired you to pull out any of the 'Bohemian Dream' collection you might be hoarding and make something pretty with it!
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Monday, 15 October 2018

Unique | Colour Blast

Hi everyone!
Time to share another design team project with you - this one created for Colour Blast. Today I have a 12x12" mixed media scrapbook layout using very simple techniques that combine for a great result. The products I used on this page include Colour Shimmer Dusts; Colour Paste; Colour Spray and a Colour Shimmer Brush Marker.

I created this page after seeing this photo of my daughter and her friend pop up in my Facebook memories and realised that I hadn't scrapped it yet. The photo of them was really vibrant and featured quite strong colours, so I wanted to create a colourful and fun page to go with it.

This photo actually presented an interesting visual trick. The striped shirt my daughter's friend was wearing was actually blue and red stripes, but when you view the combination of the two colours so close together it actually gives the impression of purple, so I decided to use purple as a feature on the page.

I began with some white cardstock, a small floral stencil from D-lish Scraps, and 'Royalty' Colour Paste. I applied the paste through the stencil with a palette knife, repeating the image 3 times in the central area of my page (I usually use the visual rule of threes when I create a page). Once the paste was down, I dried it off with a heat tool and moved onto the next step.

I chose three shades of Colour Shimmer Dust - Lush; Cobalt; and Lollipop and mixed a small amount of each with water. I then used a wide brush to apply a vertical strip of each colour to the page over the top of the dry paste. 

I started with Lush, drying it off before moving onto Cobalt; then repeating the process to finish with Lollipop.

As these are watercolours that reactivate when wet, I knew the colours would blend when I overlapped them so I deliberately chose colours that would blend together. You can see I chose green-blue together; then blue-pink together; knowing that they would blend well and avoiding making "mud" (brown). 

If you are unsure about colour theory when it comes to mixing colours, I would suggest a test run on some scrap paper first. If you would prefer to have something to refer to regularly, you might like to swatch out your colours and make yourself a colour mixing chart. (You can see an example of a chart Selena Stevens created with Colour Artist Inks here)

But what about actually choosing colours that work well together on a page? The three colours I chose to use are called a triadic colour scheme. In a nutshell, it means using three colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel. The results of this type of colour scheme are usually vibrant, no matter what colours you select.

Here you can see how the colours I used fit onto a colour wheel...

Once my paint was dry it was time to add some extra layers. A recent dig through my stash had unearthed some VERY old rub-ons. I was curious to see how these would stand up after so many years, so I tested one on some paper and was shocked to find that it transferred pretty well so I added some to my background.

I then cut down my cardstock to measure 11x11" and added sheet of Cocoa Vanilla Studio patterned paper to the back to provide a border for my page.

With the background under control, it was time to add my photo and some embellishments. Another dig through my stash revealed yet another long forgotten item - a sheet of Sassafras Lass (remember them?) foldies. These flowers were designed to be punched out and folded for dimension, but I simply cut out some of the pieces and adhered them onto my page using foam tape. 

I twisted and bent the edges of the flowers up for a little extra dimension, and also added some messy cotton thread among them for texture.

For my page title I used a Cocoa Vanilla Studio chipboard title sticker, and then added my handwritten journalling using a felt pen.

Once my title and embellishments were all in place, I took my Colour Shimmer Brush Marker (I used the Clear one) to add some subtle shimmery detail to both my title and my flowers.

I love how adding the shimmer instantly gave the flowers extra depth!

To finish off my layout, I took my 'Violet' Colour Spray and dipped a small brush into the bottle to add some little splatters around the page.

That's all from me today. I hope I have inspired you to experiment with a little colour theory, or even dust off some long forgotten supplies and see if you can breathe new life into them by mixing them with your Colour Blast products.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 11 October 2018

This Is Us | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
I am here today to share my latest design team project created for Flutterby Designs - a fun mixed media scrapbook layout featuring the 'Happily Ever After' collection and a photo of my hubby and I.

I started my page by creating my background on a sheet of white cardstock. (I used Bazzill Marshmallow so that it could handle the wet media.) First, I applied some Colour Blast Colour Artist Inks - 'Cranberry', followed by 'Slipper'. I added some extra water to move them freely around the page and help them to blend. I then dried it off with a heat gun before going back and splattering clean water over the top with a brush to take out some colour; leaving it to sit for a minute before soaking it up with some paper towel.

I then added some Flutter Colour paints - a touch of Cotton Candy Pink, as well as Sunshine Yellow; which I spread randomly on top with a brayer. After that had dried, I went back with some Arctic White and brayered some (more heavily this time) to pull the colour right back where my photo was going to be placed.

For the final layer in my background, I wanted to add some subtle detail and texture, so I used  the 'Happily Ever After' stencil with Colour Blast 'Snow White' Colour Paste before setting it aside to dry thoroughly. 
Look at the gorgeous shimmer...

With my background complete, it was time to add some papery layers on top. I used 'Happily Ever After' Everyday Etc filler cards, cut into various sized pieces to create a layered photo mat before adding my photo on top. I also tucked one of the coordinating 'Happily Ever After' page tabs in behind my photo and secured it with a staple.

I used some torn pieces of the lip printed washi tape from the 'Happily Ever After' Kit - placing my "kisses" randomly around my page. The title piece for my page "this is us documented" was cut from one of the 'Happily Ever After' Everyday Etc cards.

I used a variety of heart stickers from the 'Happily Ever After' Sticky Quotes sheet scattered around the page. Also from the same sheet was the you+me=love sticker, which I popped up on some foam tape next to my photo, along with the for ever and ever banner. 

I love adding elements directly onto my photos. Here I added the together sticker in the corner of my photo, and then the you+me phrase sticker below it. (The Sticky Quote sheets always have a great variety of stickers to use, and they stretch a long way too!)
The final embellishment I added was the you are the bacon to my eggs flair button from the 'Happily Ever After' Flair Button Set 1

To finish my page I added a few small splatters of blue mist and I was done.
Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you haven't seen the new A5 display folders or the stencils and page kits that were recently added to the Flutterby store, head over HERE to see whats new.
I will be back again soon with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Best Dad | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Here today with my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studio design team project for you. This time I am sharing a mixed media layout I created using the awesome 'Boys Rule' collection. I so love this range with all the blues, greens and grey! (I totally have a thing for grey, in case you didn't know.) It probably explains why the page I am sharing today features grey quite predominantly, both in the papers I selected, and in the acrylic paint I added to the background. I documented a photo of my sister, my dad and myself that was taken earlier this year. 

I started this page with the reverse side of the 'Star Fall' paper as my page base. I then took 3 different shades of acrylic paint and layered them randomly in the central area of my page using a brayer. Next, I cut a piece of the 'Good Times' paper and added it over the paint to define the focal area that I could then build the rest of my page from.

I then chose two papers to create a double layered mat for my photo - first, the deep blue of the reverse side of the 'Expressionist' paper, followed by the soft grey on the reverse side of the 'Messed Up' paper. (Seems I had a real run using B sides on this page!) I also added some cardboard between my photo and the mat to give it some extra dimension before sticking it down.

With my photo in place it was time to start adding some fun stuff! I looked for some small pieces I could tuck in around the page for extra interest. I used a couple of pieces from the Miscellany pack - a banner, and the one of a kind quote; a label and the strip of stars from the 'Boy Stuff' cut apart paper; and another small piece from the 'Fun & Games' cut apart paper

For my title, I used the you are words from the 'Bohemian Dream' chipboard title stickers sheet; the words the best from the 'Boys Rule' chipboard pieces pack. (I used some alphas from my stash for the word dad.) I popped some foam tape under the words that overlapped the photo to bring them up to the same height.

I love embellishing directly onto my photos; so I layered two stickers from the accessory sticker sheet, stamped the date, then topped it with a flair button to pop in the corner of my photo. I thought I needed something else to the left of my photo to balance the title on the right, so I cut a piece from one of the frames from the chipboard pieces pack and tucked it under the edge.

I added a label from the Miscellany pack for my journalling at the bottom of my page. The awesome and you're the best pieces both came from the die cut ephemera pack, and I attached them both with a little foam tape. I also added an assortment of stars from both the ephemera pack and sticker sheet.
To finish off, I added a couple of brush stroke stickers from the clear stickers sheet; three small crosses from the chipboard pieces pack; and a little splattering of Colour Blast 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I will be back with something else to share again soon. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Friday, 5 October 2018

Embrace the Mess | Scrap the Girls October Challenge

Hi everyone!
Have you seen the October mood board challenge at Scrap the Girls yet? It's an absolute cracker (and totally up my alley!) The board is called "Fighter" and it looks like this...

There were so many elements of this board that inspired me - the colours; the florals in the dress; the lips; the theme of self empowerment; and that glorious image of the skeletal hand flipping the bird...totally me, right?! I had the perfect SnapChat photos up my sleeve for this one, and the perfect collection in Cocoa Vanilla Studio's 'Bohemian Dream' to go with them!

Here's the layout I created...

I used the gorgeous ombre pattern on the reverse side of the 'Abstract' patterned paper as my layout base. To create my focal area across the middle of my page, I added a large piece of the main side of the 'Abstract' paper. I also added two strips of the striped 'Dreamer' paper above and below it, to add some definition.

Once I had the basic structure of my page down, I decided where my photos were going to be placed. As the background was already busy enough, and because my photos were printed with borders I chose not to add a layered mat for them as I would usually do and I stuck them straight down on the page.

At this point my page was dominated by straight lines (and if you know me, straight is not my usual jam); so I wanted to add some elements to break them up. I chose the miniature version of the wild looking 'Kaleidoscope' paper from the 6x6" paper pad, and I fussy cut around the main pattern. I then cut it in half and placed half under the top edge of the blue striped paper, and the other half under the bottom piece. Now my page was starting to take on some messy character!

Next, it was time to bring in the floral element. I fussy cut three floral pieces from the stunning 'Abundant' paper and tucked them in under the edges of my photos to form a visual triangle, adhering them with foam tape to mount them up from the page. I then fussy cut my title quote from the 'Boho Bits' paper and added it to my page also using foam tape.

I couldn't resist adding a couple of small embellishments directly onto my photos. I used the small be yourself banner from the accessory sticker sheet; and the wild child flair button from the flair button pack.
I felt that my page needed a little extra "something" at the top, so I used the one of a kind sticker and cut off the edge of it so it would align straight along the top of the page and adhered it with foam tape.

Now all my page needed to be complete was some mess! I used my Stabilo All pencil to add some scribbled shadows under the edges of my floral pieces and then used a water brush to smudge them slightly. I added a few more random scribbles and lines around my page as well. To finish off, I added some splatters of Colour Blast 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink using a small brush. 

That's all from me today. Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope you will join in with this month's challenge at Scrap the Girls. We have THREE fabulous sponsors this month - Corbett Creations and Cut To You for our Aussie winners, and of course, Accent Scrapbooking for our international winner too. You have until the end of the month to get your entries in, so get busy!
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Live Your Art | Viva Las VegaStamps

Hi everyone!
Popping in today to share my latest Viva Las VegaStamps design team project with you. This mixed media scrapbook page was created using some awesome Banksy stamps and a couple of photos of my son indulging in some spray paint art action.

This page was alllll about the background! I drew my inspiration from the colours and shapes in the photos to guide me as I constructed my layers. I began by adding some teal Kaisercraft acrylic paint in the centre of my page using a brayer. I then used a wide brush to apply some Colour Blast black heavy gesso in a few spots over the top of the teal paint.

Next, I took a yellow Faber-Castell gelato and added a few little scribbles here and there before using a baby wipe to blend them out into the background. I then went back with my brayer and some white acrylic paint and stripped back the colour a little in a few places. I used the Donna Downey "Live Your Art" stencil and sponged the title in using Staz On ink, then used a Posca paint pen to add a few highlights.

Now it was time for some stamping! I used the Banksy Salvador Dali Street Artist stamp and placed him at the beginning of my title. I also used the Banksy Who's Bad stamp to add the words above him. In the bottom corner of my page I used the Banksy Ladder Painter just underneath my title.

I wanted to add a bit of extra interest and help draw the viewer's eye through my title, so I used the Row Of Chevrons stamp and stamped it several times at the beginning of the title words. I then took a pink gelato and added some random scribbles to the page to mimic the pink on the art in the photos. I also splattered some Colour Blast 'Rainforest' Colour Spray. 

Next, it was time to add some textured layers for my photos to sit on. I used a paper doily, some punchinella and some frayed gauze. I then added some cardboard to the back of my photos to pop them up before adhering them on top.

After the photos were in place, I was able to add the Look mum I am a street artist quote using the Banksy Look Mum stamp. (Could there have been a more perfect quote for this page?!)
To finish off, I added some twisted pieces of coloured wire which I secured in place with staples; and then a few dots and spots using my favourite Doodle Dots stamp.

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too! X 

VLVS stamps used:

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Smile | Art & Soul September Challenge

Hi everyone!
Popping in today with an extra share for you - this one inspired by this month's challenge at Art & Soul Studio. As soon as I saw this mood board, I was immediately attracted to it when I saw "put a butterfly on it". (Those that know me know how much I love butterflies!)

Here's a look at the board...

The challenge criteria were to create an art journal page, a card or a scrapbooking layout. Use the mood board however you want but you must add a butterfly somewhere and as these challenges are sponsored by Art and Soul Studio please make sure that you use at least one product that is available from the store

I took my initial inspiration from the colours in the board, putting an emphasis on blue tones, with just enough orange for contrast. I also took inspiration from the flowers and tree branches, adding some floral pieces and leaves to my page. And of course, there are plenty of butterflies!

I started my page using a sheet of patterned paper from the 13@rts 'Until Dawn' collection. (I so love the blue tone of this paper - the fact it was wood grain was a bonus!)
I then added some acrylic paint to my background. I started with Flutterby Designs 'Arctic White' Flutter Colour paint, applied with a brayer. I then applied some Dina Wakley acrylic paints over the top - first 'Cheddar' using a brush, before adding a little 'Peacock' using my brayer again.  

Next, I added some Colour Blast 'Singin' the Blues' Colour Paste and applied it through my StencilGirl 'Urban Insiders Bar' stencil (designed by Seth Apter). I then went back with some more acrylic paint - this time Dina Wakley 'Night', which I mixed with water to make a watercolour, then applied some near the top of the page and allowed it to run down. I also splattered the excess around my page.

Now it was time for some stamping! I decided to combine some of my old favourites with some new stamps that were yet to get dirty. 
I started with the dash of colour paint splat stamp from 'Aall & Create set #28', stamping it in several spots around my page. I then used my Viva Las VegaStamps 'Gossamer Butterfly - large' and stamped it on either side of the page, (so that only half of it would be showing once I added my photos.) I also used my VLVS 'Butterfly Specimans' stamp and stamped it twice along the central line of my page. 

Next, I took a sheet of paper from the 13@arts 'Until Dawn' 6x6" paper pad. I fussy cut a floral piece from the paper, before using the remainder to stamp out some sketchy style leaves using a Dyan Reavley stamp. I then positioned the flowers and leaves on my page before adding some messy cotton thread and my photos on top. I added the Jen Hadfield 'Smile' puffy sticker directly onto my photo for my page title. 

At this point I decided my page need some more butterflies, so I pulled out one of my stunning new rolls of washi tape purchased recently from Chiyogami Designs. The one I used was called 'Wide Beautiful Butterflies 30mm' and I simply tore off individual butterflies and placed them around my page. I also added a few torn pieces of another washi I got from Chiyogami - a blue, grunge / mixed media style tape (no idea of style name, sorry).

I then stamped the chin up princess or the crown slips quote from Aall & Create set #41. (I thought it worked well with the selfie theme of the page - everyone knows chins up, right?)

The last butterfly I added was a random glittered sticker I had lurking in my stash (not sure of brand - it might have been from a cheap shop?) I also added some Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Wild at Heart' blue glitter enamel dots. 

To finish off my page I added some splatters of Colour Blast 'Barley' Colour Artist Ink and some Dylusions 'White Linen' Ink Spray.

Here is a list of products I used that are currently available at Art & Soul Studio (linked):

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you would like to check out all the details of this challenge, head to the Art & Soul blog HERE
Until next time, happy scrapping! X