Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mixed Media Winter Scene

I love using up scraps and this mixed media is a fun way to do it! And it doesn't matter what color they are because it's all covered with paints, gesso and inks and washes. I left the middle open to insert a photo from a nice snowy day. I know we'll get plenty of those coming up!

I did this project on a 9x7 chipboard and used some tulle and embossing paste for the background. When the paste dried  I went over it with gesso and diluted white paint and sprinkled Recollections fine white glitter on the snowy areas.  I made my own soft blue wash from water and acrylic paint.
 I found these little skis a long time ago. They were brightly colored so I painted them with gesso and white paint to knock the color back, but you could make them from popsicle sticks....I just didn't have any on hand.

As always, thanks for looking.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Mixed Media Mini Album Chipboard Cover

Well, I can really understand why so many scrappers are getting into this mixed media art. I really liked jumping in and getting my hands covered in gesso, inks, stamps and paint. But I first watched a youtube video by livartnow. I wouldn't want to have had to guess at what comes first with the design, the chicken or the egg.  She's good though.. I'm so happy I stumbled into her videos. So this is my first crack at mixed media. I decided to try the layered tile look, which starts with messing up a few pieces of chipboard with various layers of paper, washi tape, stickers and the kitchen sink and then cutting them into pieces for the cover assembly. You gotta try this. But not right after you have your nails manicured. Just saying. And why is it that I can never get the dyes out of my fingernails, regardless of the large amount of time I spend in dishwater and household cleaners, but if I bother to paint my nails they chip the minute they hit the water? Sigh. Oh, never mind. That's for a whole different life. Hope you try this, it's so much fun!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

This is an envelope mini using black Recollections envelopes from Michael's, with a hidden hinge system of binding and chipboard covers made with Crate Paper collection called DIY Shop. I found this paper on sale last week at a Big Lots store. Hey, I'll take it! I think this one should go to a local raffle at our local school. It's got lots of tags, as you can see in the first photo and the paper collection came with some good cut-outs for embellishing.

                                            As always, thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

7 Gypsies Camden mini album

 Magnetic closure is used on the front cover of this 7 Gypsies Camden paper 8 3/4 x 9 1/4 book. I used a lot of shipping tags and put in lots of flaps, cause that's what I like to do, and the edges of the pages are all paper punched with different punch designs. It has a lot of pages, but here are just a few ...
The little booklet below is magnetized onto the page above and comes off so that a large photo can go behind it. The booklet will hold 7 photos.

                                                 As always, thanks for looking.

DCWV Linen Closet envelope mini

Talk about quick...I started this after lunch and had it done in time to make dinner. This mini is made with Kraft card envelopes and the flaps are made by simply inserting the cards that come with the envelopes. I saw a short video posted on Pinterest by for this and then ran with it. The only thing I did differently was to add a chipboard cover. To do that I added a piece of kraft paper cut to the size of the spine of the grouped envelopes plus an inch on either side so I could make some side flaps to use with a stack the deck method.  I didn't do any embellishing since I really just wanted to test this envelope method out.

The envelopes are 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" so this is a small book. But with 2 places for pictures on the envelops and 4 places on the "cards" it adds up to about 40 pictures.

DCWV Natural Stack One and Done mini album

This is a fast little mini album to long as you don't put it in a craft closet, half-done, and then take it out a year later. Just saying. Really though, if you need to make a quick little gift for someone this one goes together very quickly. The binding method is Stack the Deck from Laura Denison and the paper, which I've had for quite some time now, is the Natural matstack by DCVW with "foil and eluminaire". And you can see by the first photo that it certainly has some luminary qualities. (Sunglasses not included :). The style is called One and Done and tutorial videos can be found on size of this mini works great with the 4 1/2 x 6 1/2" paper pack. The front flap is magnetized, and each inner page has a flap as well.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Antique Paperie Mini

An 8x8 paper pad by Colorbok called Antique Paperie caught my eye at a CHA a few years ago and the colors matched perfectly to the Easy Breezy collection of papers by The Paper Loft. I added a few sweet antique postcards and a couple of papers from My Minds Eye and October Afternoon. A chipboard cover, stack the deck binding, some flips and flaps and tags and a lot of TLC and wallah!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 22, 2013

For the Record Mini Album

 I've used this paper before on another project but it seemed fitting for this little mini for my niece who is packing up and moving a long distance away from friends and family. This paper is by Echo Park and is called For the Record. I used the front page of the packaging for the title and added some chipboard behind "the news". I made a pocket to hold the tags so her friends can journal their thoughts at her going away party. And there's plenty more tags inside too. (She has a LOT of friends.) And plenty of photo mats to document her send-off.

This is a vertical paperbag album made by the instructions from mysisterscrapper channel on youtube. I've used that in another project as well and found it very easy to follow.

Each page has a flap

and each page has a photo mat pull-out.

The binding method is the "stack the deck" by Laura Denison

                                                            As always, thanks for looking.