Monday, February 27, 2017

"So in love" romantic scrapbook layout feat. Pretty in Pink papers

Hello there, dear craft-y friends,

I am back here to wrap up the month of love with a shabby romantic layout featuring Valentine's Day specials from the store! So if you still have these pretty pink papers and flowers left over from Valentine's Day projects----follow along as I make my first layout.

I started with a 12 x 12 inch sheet of white cardstock as my base and went through the pattern papers to pick the patterns I wanted to use for this layout.

I picked the shabby rose patterns and marked a point about 3 inches in from the left--I ripped the pink sheet vertically at this point, to expose the roses underneath. You will see this in the pictures below.

 I tore rough triangles out of the pattern papers to expose the white base underneath. Next, I gathered doilies, laces, and bits of pattern paper to layer under these triangles.

I adhered the pattern papers to the white cardstock base, curled the ripped edges up with my fingers (it is easier if you dab/spray water on the edges before doing this), smeared a rough layer of gesso on the base. This last step helps mute the colors for shabby projects. I added textures with modelling paste and Honeycomb and Script stencils from the store.

Next, I fussy cut a flower spray out of another sheet of pattern paper and selected chipboard pieces for my project. I prepped the chipboard pieces with a layer of gesso and pearl acrylic paint from the store. I dabbed the edges of the flower spray with gesso.

I went on to select pictures for the layout (I ended up removing these pictures at the end, though) and create the photomat. For the photomat, I took a piece of packaging from one of the IB flower packs, trimmed pattern paper down to squares and rectangles, layered them, and stapled them together.

Also, remember to mark the spot for the photomat on your page base before adding textures and/or paints. You will see my photomat in the bottom right image above. I have layered pattern paper, chipboard, doilies, banners, and cheesecloth. All pattern paper pieces have ripped edges.

I placed the photomat, chipboard pieces, flowers, and leaves on the base without pasting them right away. I needed to know if they work well together.

 I realized the pictures may not work so well...and the bottom left hand corner of the mat needs more interest. Here's what I finally came up with.

I added a polka photomat and a few lines from a favourite song...for interest. I went over the sentiment and the quote with glitter glue.

Here are more pictures of the final layout:

I hope you liked my project share. Do leave your comments and question below. I'd love to chat with you.

Happy crafting!


I have used the following supplies from the store. Do visit the store for the latest craft supplies:

Friday, February 24, 2017

An Altered Diary Cover....Mix-Media Techniques

Hello I am sharing an altered diary cover using mixed media technique. I made this as a gift for a friend. 

Initially, this is how the diary drab and ordinary.......

I started with a coat of White Mont Marte Gesso, created texture with net tape, medical gauze and Mandala Stencil from the store with Mont Marte Modeling paste. 

Allowed the texture to dry and then sprayed with color splash mists....

I like to work with sprays and Metallic paints together, the sprays settle in the crevices of the texture and create great depth and the texture is highlighted with the metallic paints in pearl and Teal......

I added some more color splash  Grape Crush at this stage. Added the Crochet trim, lace and bling in Purple from the store on the spine with silicon glue,,,,,,,,,,,,,

The metal corners, golden pollen and micro beads are from the store as well.........

The flowers are from the Margarita Ocean Mist pack. You can add the colour splash inks to make your flowers or embellishments more vibrant or to alter them. Do not spray directly on flowers as these are very saturated colors. Lightly mist the flowers and spray a little color on the newly launched Non-Stick craft Sheet add little water and using a brush add colors to your flowers to match your project. Dry the flowers with a heat gun.

(This Non-Stick Craft Sheet is versatile. The multi-purpose reusable sheet can be used as a protective sheet for any work table. It is non-porous and heat resistant, easy to clean and convenient to maintain. It’s perfect for projects involving melting, embossing, inks, clay, glue and more. Inks and paints can be wiped off the surface quickly, glue and wax can be peeled off easily. It’s ideal for use while stamping, embossing, painting, distressing, iron-on transfers, working with polymer clay, candle making, soap making and more. It measures 15”x19”.) 


I hope you liked today's project, you can use the same techniques to create a home decor canvas, alter gift bags and boxes or personalize and alter boring/ordinary stuff into something unique  !!

Thank you so much for your visit today, I appreciate and look forward to your comments and feedback. If you like my work please do visit my blog  and FB page.

Supplies used from the store:


                                  COLOR SPLASH GRAPE CRUSH 

                                  COLOR SPLASH GOLD RUSH 

                                    COLOR SPLASH CHARCOAL


                                 COLOR SPLASH OCEAN MIST

                                 POLLENS 6 BUNCHES GOLD 

                                       NON-STICK CRAFT PAPER

Granules layer pack