July 29, 2016

Princess Road Trip

Hi there!

I'm up today with a girlie page showcasing the lovely Fancy Free collection by Pink Paislee. I love this layout so much that I am sharing it twice! Well, sort of.

Papers: Pink Paislee, Recollections; Embellishments: Crate Paper, Shimelle; Silhouette doily
cutfile and title; American Crafts Thickers, unknown camera stamp, Studio Calico date stamp 

This page started off very easily. The water colour flowers just begged to be fussy cut from the paper. The design came together quickly and I was loving the page. Then it was time to do the journaling.  In my mind, I would write directly on the background page and it would look like something Shimelle Laine created.  She always writes directly on her backgrounds and the journaling always fits, never gets slanted and there's never any trapped space.  If you didn't know it already.... I am no Shimelle.

I tried adding embellishments to fill in the spaces.  That didn't work.  I tried redoing the title, but that didn't work.  I tried a different background, but I loved that ombre paper and I couldn't find anything else that looked as pretty. So, I took out some white cardstock, Mr Huey mist, Picket Fence Distress Stain and a large paint brush and made my own. The key was to start painting at the top of the page and working my way down to where there was hardly any mist on the brush.  In the places where I had too much mist, I used the Distress Stain to lighten it. In the end it looked almost the same as the original!

When the page was all put back together, I took no chances with the journaling and this time used my typewriter to print it out.

I just loved making the background page and I will have to recreate it again in many different colours!

Thanks for looking!

July 22, 2016

Pay it Forward

Hi there!

Today I'm sharing a quick hockey page of my son helping to coach some beginner hockey players at our local rink.

Papers: My Minds Eye, Bazzill Basics; Embellishments: Doodlebug, American Crafts, unknown buttons,
Scrapbook & Cards digital stamps, The Cut Shoppe digital cut file, Mr Huey mists

I started with the cut file of the stars from the Cut Shoppe and sprayed a bunch of mist from the centre in grey and light blue to give it movement. I mounted it on the red paper using some fun foam so that the top layer is lifted off the background.  It gives a cool 3-D effect.  The rest of the page is pretty simple. The red stars are the off cuts from the grey paper that I inked with Distress Stain to match the background paper.

Thanks for looking!

July 15, 2016

Just Breathe - Art Journal Page

Hi there!

Today I'm sharing an art journaling page. I love art journaling for trying techniques and just playing. But I find it very time consuming and I've been working extra hours and just haven't had the time.  But, this past week, I took a few days off for a "staycation" and spent a day playing on this page.

I made the background with acrylic paint and an old gift card.  There are layers of vellum, mulberry paper and washi tape over that. Using black StazOne, I randomly stamped one of my favourite background stamps in the brick design from Prima Marketing.  I think I've had that stamp for 10 years and it's permanently stained black.  I love that. 

I then used a Crafter's Companion stencil and more white paint. The embellishments are some old grungeboard  swirl from Tim Holtz, some Bo Bunny paper flowers and punched butterflies from Martha Stewart. 

When it was time to add my quote, I took a deep breath and had a go at some handwritten brush script. I used a Faber Castell Pitt pen and I'm pretty happy with how it looks.  It's a little crooked and my "k" is too short, but for my first time, I'm pretty happy with it. That's the joy of an art journal.  It really is just for experimenting and playing.

Thanks for looking!

Okay.  So it wasn't until I shared this blog post on Facebook that someone pointed out my mistake.  Here it is, all corrected.  I was sure this was where I would mess it up, but it went perfectly.  Whew!