Sunday, May 26, 2013

Step by Step Scrapbooking Layout U R Sweet

It feels as though I haven't scrapbooked a layout in ages and to be truthful I haven't.  The motivation to scrapbook is a challenge these days as I feel more drawn to mixed media art and journalling and cards.  Sometimes the guilt sets in about it but I try not to beat myself up about it as its meant to be fun and not a chore.  So anyway I decided to have a play with some sprays and paints on white cardstock which eventually turned into a layout so I got my mixed media fix as well.

Here it is below, simple but bright and fun. U R SWEET Scrapbook Layout

Step one

On a white cardstock base using inks, sprays and paints and a template of your choice decorate your paper.  It will need drying time between layers.  If you don't have any templates you can make them up by cutting shapes in some paper and then spraying them that way. 

The template used here was  The Crafters Workshop Balzer Designs Circle Regiment 12 x 12 Template and Studio Calico - Mister Huey's Mask - Chevron - 4 x 6 inches.

Step two

The yellow dots were made using a mixture of texture paint with some yellow paint mixed to make the colour for the dots.  I also used a smaller dot template for this but you could use the circle regiment as there are several sizes of circles on it.  Make sure you layer the texture paint thickly so it is dimensional and you will need to let this dry overnight or for a few hours before continuing.

 Step three

While you have the texture paint out mix in another colour and use the cut out to create your shape for a template.  I used the butterfly punch from EK Success Large butterfly punch, and then used the cardstock where the butterfly had been punched out from.  I put it down on baking paper layered the texture paint onto it the whole where the butterfly shape is, making sure it is at least a couple of mm's thick and then lifted of the cardstock and was left with the butterfly shape.  Once again this will need several hours to dry before you can peel it off and it won't break.  You can see mine in the picture below.  When it was dry I dragged a little white paint across it to highlight and give the shape some added definition.

 Step four

Cut some strips from patterned paper and layer them across the page. The patterned paper I used was Pink Paislee Christy Tomlinson She Art - Soar 12 x 12 Patterned Paper.
I cut randomn strips from this paper that I thought would suit my colour scheme.

 Step five and the remainder of the layout

I actually started this layout without a picture in mind.  So once I knew roughly my colour scheme, I went through some photos to find one to suit.  This photo is from a few years ago but suited the theme and colours.

Embellishments I also used to decorate this page were

Pink Paislee Cottage Farm Ephemera.  I used the Hello Flag jouralling card, the strip of Black Arrows under the journalling card and the Yellow and white circle next to it all came from this pack.

Pink Paislee Secret Crush Photograms 
I used the grey card on the right of the photo.  There are several to choose from in this pack.

I spritzed and splattered using color shine from Heidi Swapp - Mustard

I did this in the top right hand corner.  I splattered by opening the lid and pulling the lid off and splattering onto the paper from the end of the pipe attached to the spray nozzle.  I spritzed using the spray nozzle.  You can see the different colours by spritzing it, it actually looks more mustard but by splattering the ink it is more concentrated so looked more melon in colour.  Great effect and suited my page colours just perfectly.

To continue the dotty theme I used
I placed them randomnly around the grey u r sweet heart frame see close up below.
Also added some cabachons I had lying around 

 So there you have it a little mixed media using supplies you will probably have on hand.  It was fun to use some paint and actually get messy for a change.  It was also great to keep the layout clean and simple with not too many layers of patterned papers which is my usual style.  Its always a great challenge to get out of your comfort zone and create something a little different. 

I hope this inspired you to get the supplies out and start crafting up a storm.....

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