This month at ARTastic we had this fantastic painting by Donald James Waters called Spot On. The challenge was to commemorate a father. I was thinking of doing a layout about my dad, but the sweet cotton candy colours, and the pet in the painting made me want to scrap this super sweet picture of my husband and our baby instead.
It doesn’t help that I got a huge shipment of new scrapbook supplies from Scrapbook.com which included quite a bit of the Sweet Girl collection from Crate Paper, which makes me want to scrap pictures of my cat… and the colours go with the painting perfectly.
I had a lot of fun with the sketch for September at Stick It Down. I decided to squish it a little to fit on 8.5×11, but other than that, I stuck pretty true to the design.
The one thing that I definitely knew I wanted to do with this layout was the fold-over to reveal pattern paper bit. I’ve been wanting to try that for quite a while and this was the perfect sketch for it. I was so eager in fact that folding over and stapling the paper was the first thing I did! Which made things a little harder for the rest of the layout, but I worked around it.
For the pattern paper peaking out behind the fold, I used Crate Paper’s Maggie Holmes Sweet Story Paper. I used some clear and gold swirl cellophane wrap as a overlay. I think it adds a lot of interest to the paper! I used the other side of the paper as a layer behind the photos.
I even used the branding strip for layering! I also have white cardstock matting and white tissue paper under there. I love how the tissue paper gives the photos an airy lift.
For the background, I covered the areas I was going to do mixed media on with gesso, then applied grapefruit pink shimmer spray with the packaging technique. I also splattered several shades of pink, red, orange and gold watercolour around the page. Once dried, I placed several clear gold frame stickers from the dollar store, then layered a flower cut out that I had designed and cut with my Silhouette. Lastly I used gold paint to stamp butterflies around the page.
I used a lot of my Scraptastic club kit on this layout! It has certainly got a lot of mileage! It came with these gorgeous exclusive wood veneers that I have been hoarding. I used the grapefruit shimmer spray and gold paint to colour them.
I layered some pink thread underneath them. I embellished with these gorgeous pink pearl dots that were a gift from my aunt, as well as some puffy heart stickers.
For the corner cluster, I layered some washi tape and a pink ticket under the third flower wood veneer.
I used Dear Lizzy Treasure thickers for part of the title. The other part, I used American Crafts Peach cardstock and some gold embossing powder to make these DIY mini alphas. I absolutely adore how they turned out and will definitely be using this technique again! I stamped the letters quite far apart, embossed, and then cut them out. It was super easy.
I’d love to see what you come up with for this sketch! Remember to link up on the Stick It Down blog!
And here’s another layout, inspired by Paige Evans. I used her geometric cat cut file for this layout. I was also inspired by this gorgeous work of art by Thea Proctor called The Swing:
This was the inspiration piece for the ARTastic blog and the challenge was to use black pen on your page. I was taken by the bright colours and the striking black outlines. And of course I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use a sketch pen in my Silhouette.
Isn’t it though? I absolutely adore how this turned out! The Stick It Down sketch for this month is:
I was looking for techniques to try on my scrapbook Pinterest board, and I came across a recent Paige Evans layout that I just had to scraplift, and it went with the sketch perfectly. Her’s was a robin’s egg blue cardstock background with the word Wanderlust as the title. I didn’t want to copy it, just lift it, so I decided to use a different word. I picked Adorable because it’s a good length and I had some adorable Qi pictures that I wanted to scrap.
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a card… since I’ve made a card even! So of course I went a little overboard on this one. But I love how it turned out! As you can tell, it’s for my friend Jennica. We are dance partners and we did a mermaid routine together, so I thought another mermaid card would be fun. I didn’t want it to be exactly like my other one though.
This month’s challenge and inspiration at the ARTastic challenge blog was completely out of my comfort zone- a rural theme and muted colours including brown. The painting is Spring Frost Study by Elioth Gruner:
I am so not a country girl. If you look closely at the pics in this layout, you can see that I’m wearing heels- in a pig pen! I had also gotten a couple sets of those chipboard pennants and buttons from my aunt in Russia, that went perfectly with this theme, so I knew I wanted to use them somehow. I also used the splotchy cows as an excuse to use mixed media and make a lot of splotches. So I started out by applying gesso to the bottom of my page. I wanted a lot of horizontal elements in my layout, inspired by the fences and the cows being all in a row. I used watercolours- regular as well as metallic liquid ones in bronze and copper and gold to make a lot of splotches all over the page. I also used the packaging technique to create a muddy “pig pen” to go behind my photo. I used brown watercolours, and layered other colours and metallics over it. I then used my sewing machine to sew messy wavy lines across the page going all the way up.
I wanted this layout to stay true to me and my style, so I added purple and pink and blue, as well as adding those fussy cut roses and butterflies for a pretty, girly touch. Keeping this on white cardstock to make it airy and bright also helped keep it “me”.
So I had recently bought these tiny cloth-pins and I had this idea to make a line of pennants between two cloth-pins. I cut a couple lengths of twine (I considered doing three lines, but it looked too busy, much better with two). My cat helped with this part- stringing the pennants on the twine. The packs of chipboard pennants also contained real and chipboard buttons, as well as big wooden buttons, so I scattered a bunch of those all over the page.
I used embroidery floss to tie a couple of bows in some of the buttons, and thread to nest under other buttons. I also used a bunch of buttons from my stash.
After I had everything the way I liked it, I glued it all down. The final finishing touch was taking gold liquid watercolour and spreading it over some of the chipboard pieces and buttons as an accent.
I also had a difficult time coming up with the title. At first I was thinking of doing something long and using lots of different alphas, but once everything else was on the page, it felt like too much. I wanted to keep it short and sweet and small. And it also -had- to involve a pig pun. So I used some of my MME Necessities Wood mini alphas, as well as a couple word stickers that came in that set. They are so versatile and they go with everything! What I can’t believe is that I didn’t use my Silhouette on this project. I had this idea to make custom mini alphas, but since deciding on a shorter title, I didn’t end up making any. Well, it’s a project for another time.
Hope you are inspired to step out of your comfort zone, and take something you wouldn’t normally do and make it “you”. If you do a rural theme, don’t forget to link up over at ARTastic for a chance to win one of three prize packs!
I’m pleased to say that I will sticking it down with the SID challenge blog’s single page team for another term! This month I’m the featured designer at Stick It Down. Our sketch this month is:
I followed this sketch pretty closely. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it at first, and then browsing through my photos I found my set of San Sebastian photos, of which I had 4 little square photos and 2 big ones. Once I got that ball rolling, everything came together quite easily!
This one was obvious- our inspiration art for the ARTastic challenge this month was a tiger! So I absolutely had to do a layout about my Tiger. The painting is by Anna Collins and its called Top Hat Tiger.
The criteria was black and white plus one colour. I chose peach as my colour.
I started with my background. I didn’t have any black and white paper that I really wanted to use and I’ve been inspired by hand painted looking backgrounds anyways. I decided to do stripes on one side and dots on the other. I used black acrylic paint to paint the stripes, and then I though, I still have that stencil I made with my Silhouette from when I made a cat t-shirt, so I used that instead of dots. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
I also just had to fussy cut a couple of cat faces from my sheet of Curious paper. And use those puffy cat stickers from Dollarama. That one came with stars too, which matched perfectly.
For the title, I wanted to use a wood veneer from Michaels, and I wanted to colour it to match. I kinda was going for colouring the bottom half so it says FURever, but I don’t know if that comes across as much, cause when I started colouring it with orange ink and sponge dauber, I really liked the subtle ombre effect it created and I decided to stick with that.
The other trendy design element I wanted to include was a border of little rectangular snippets of pattern paper. I pulled all of the peach papers I had in my stash, and cut a little rectangle out of each of them. I also used some of those papers to create layers under my photos.
I completed the page with a couple of gold splatters, a few enamel dots, and a brad from My Mind’s Eye Cut and Paste. I also used my new date stamp from Dear Lizzy. It’s messy but I’m getting the hang of it. It’s not super important to me to get dates on the pages, I just wanted to use my new stamp.
Several of our design team members have created projects to share with you using any of our past SID sketches. If you’ve never participated in a blog hop before, you’ll “hop” from blog to blog to visit each designer’s page and project. You’ll leave a comment at each stop along the hop. The hop will end here where you started, where you can comment to let us know you’ve completed the hop and you’re entered to win the grand prize. You have until Monday June 6 at 11:59pm to complete the hop. The winner will be announced on or before June 9.
We have several prize packages and one grand prize lined up! Paper Wings Productions is generously sponsoring our blog hop and is offering a gift certificate to the online store!
Paper Wings Productions is owned by Carrie Edelmann Avery. All of the PWP stamps are produced in the USA and are made using the highest quality of materials. You can check out the PWP online store to see the red rubber cling stamps and the clear photopolymer stamps!
This is my layout for the StickitDown challenge blog hop– this month is the 1 year anniversary for Ashley taking over the blog. I’m super excited, this is actually my first hop! You should have arrived here from Lori’s blog.
I am slowly plugging away at my travel scrapbook pages; this one is from my trip to Turkey in 2014. My whole family banded together from Russia, Ukraine and Canada, and we all met at a resort in Turkey, on the Mediterranean sea. The resort was called the Kremlin Palace and it was modeled after the cathedral in Moscow. I used this sketch from the StickItDown sketch archive:
I was drawn to this sketch by the 4 colourful elements. I had been thinking about doing something fairly similar for the Kremlin Palace page, but using a cut file to make 4 “onion bell tower” shapes to look like the spires of the Palace. So I made the cut files and cut them from white cardstock and backed them with colourful patterned papers. I spent a long time arranging them around the photos, and ended up going for a more organic configuration rather than the grid pattern. I also wanted them to look more 3D, so I staged the amount of backing I put on each spire- nothing on the first one, one layer of foam tape behind the second, two layers behind the third, and foam dots, which were thicker than two layers of foam tape, under the fourth. So it kinda looks like it’s coming out of the page.
So I had the perfect photos for this art inspiration piece for the ARTastic challenge blog. This month we were inspired by John Maitland with Seven Gilrs Running.
To me, they are dancers (it’s all in how you interpret art, right?), and the background colours of blue, purple and red, with pops of black, went perfectly with the costumes we made for our 3 Fates choreography. The criteria was girls only, and of course my dance troupe is all girls.