June 30, 2016


Hi there!

Today I'm sharing a mixed media page and professional photos of my beautiful girl.

Papers: American Crafts, Crate Paper: Embellishments: Crate Paper, My Minds Eye,
Prima Marketing, unknown ribbon, rhinestones: Mixed Media: Tim Holtz stencil,
embossing paste, Mr Huey's mist, dictionary paper, modpodge

I started by spraying lots of mist on a gessoed piece of cardstock. When it was dry, I used Mod Podge to glue some strips of old dictionary paper in random areas.  I used the Mod Podge in the centre of the strips and when the glue was almost dry, I peeled off the loose bits to give a very distressed look.
I then applied a thin layer of embossing paste using a Tim Holtz stencil. To help give the photos a place to rest, I glued strips of ribbon the length of the page.

I had hoped that more of the dictionary paper and the ribbons would show, but, that's the risk one takes when they do a mixed media background. 

Thanks for looking!

June 25, 2016

She Wears The Cone of Shame

Hi there!

I'm up today with a layout of our golden retriever, Miley.  Miley had to have surgery a few weeks ago and she was completely unimpressed by the cone. And while she was so sad, I can't help but be amused by this photo.

Papers: American Crafts, Bazzill Basics; Embellishments: Crate Paper,
Studio Calico, Tim Holtz; Stamps: Scraptivity, 7Gypsies; Miscellaneous:
Gelatos, Heidi Swapp and Mr. Hueys mist

This layout has a LOT of mixed media.  I started by painting the whole piece of white cardstock with gesso.  Then I used Gelatos mixed with water to brush the colour on the page.  The colours I used were Lemon, Butter Crème, Gold Champagne, Guava and Bubble Gum. Once it was dry, I sprinkled gold and black mist over the whole page.

I used some very old alphabet stamps from Scraptivity and 7 Gypsies and black Staz-On ink. Even though the stamps already have a mixed font, I combined the two sets to create even more of a mix. I haven't stamped a title in a very long time, but I think I might be hooked, again!

The photo cluster is from the Bloom collection and just some scraps of paper that were sitting on my desk. It's always better to use scraps than the throw them away!

Thanks for looking!

June 11, 2016


Hi there!

I'm up today with a girly page!  Yeah! It's been a while since I got to make one. And the best subject for a girly page is a selfie of my girl.

Papers: Crate Paper, American Crafts cardstock; Embellishments: Crate Paper,
unknown sequins, doily; Mixed Media: Gelatos, gesso

I've been seeing layouts with this triangle design for a while now and I had a bunch of branding strips on my desk, so I put them to good use.  The flowers are print and cut digital files that I bought from the American Crafts digital store. I am having issues with my Silhouette these days and after an hour fighting with my Cameo, I had to fussy cut them. Ain't technology grand????

I have some of the Bloom embellishments, but I'm anxiously waiting for my paper order to arrive. One nice thing about Crate Paper is that all the lines work so beautifully, together so I didn't have to wait to use the title or stickers.  The chipboard frame is from the Shine collection.

I thought the white background was too stark, so I just did the smooshing technique with some Gelatos in pink and yellow.

Over all, it's a pretty simple page, but I just love it.  Looking at it now, I wish I had put my photo cluster about an inch or two higher.  Anyone else do that?  Why didn't I see that before I did my journaling????

Thanks for looking!

June 3, 2016

In the Jungle

Hi there!

It's Canal Days weekend and so as I usually do, I post a layout of our parade float from the previous year. Our float last year included our daughters for the first time.

Papers: Bazzill Basics, Amy Tangerine, Basic Grey, Crate Paper; Embellishments: Sassafrass, 
Silhouette Diecut,  Crate Paper; Alphas: October Afternoon, Bella Boulevard;

The layout is straight in real life. I just could not get this photographed to be straight. I'm not going to confess how many tries it took and I still didn't get it right!

Once again, I have created a photo collage to cram in many photos on one page. ;) 

The page design is from Shimelle Laine's Perfect Collection class. A few years ago, I premade a lot of the background pages for my parade photos and this one worked well with the colours in the photos. I added the Crate Paper zebra paper (not sure I could ask for a better time to use THAT paper!) and the journaling paper. I love using old and new supplies together. The felt animal stickers are hoarded Sassafrass and I used them all up. So satisfying to know I saved them for a great cause.

I cut the leaves from white cardstock using my Silhouette.  I then painted them with Distress Ink and splattered water on them.  The ink reacts to the water and gave the leaves a great water colour effect which worked well with the teal water coloured Amy Tangerine paper.

I love this page!  I can't help but smile when I look at it.

Happy Canal Days! 
And thanks for looking!