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Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout in my Things I need to Hear series. Today is a reminder that it is ok to feel beautiful and it is ok to embrace ourselves especially in ways that help us feel good about ourselves. I am using Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane collection, which is just amazing to work with!

Oh you guys, I had to order a little of the Magnolia Jane collection from Heidi Swapp and when it arrived, I just had to use it right away! I had this quick snap of myself that felt pretty neutral and would be perfect for a layout with Magnolia Jane.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

My starting point for this layout was this beautiful pink patterned paper and I knew I wanted to layer my gesso on top for white space. The white space then became the home base for stencils, watercolors, and embellishments.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

I used the stencil from Prima to add floral embellishments and then I allowed the watercolors to flow over those shapes. I also added some lovely black splatters, because no layout is complete without a little black!

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

A second embellishment cluster is at the bottom of my layout. I used some of the embellishments from the Magnolia Jane ephemera and also a folded flower from Recollections (Michael’s brand).

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

I wrote my journaling on the left hand side in space that was provided by the gesso. One of the very clear casualties in surviving trauma was my self-esteem, and my journaling addresses that challenge. I hope that we all feel self worth today, I hope we all feel as beautiful as we truly are, both inside and out.

~Theresa

 

Art Journal Vol. 02 | Let It Be (The Beatles)

Hi guys! Happy Monday to you and let’s jump right in on my art journal project. Have a look at today’s process:

I began with a thick rough layer of gesso and then embossed a toile stamp in clear embossing powder to create a resist underneath. On top of that I added some of Art C’s texture paste for the gelatos to settle into.

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

This is how beautifully the texture paste takes on the colors.

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

I also layered on some papers and washi tapes to create more interest on the background. The butterfly gift wrap is from Papyrus, it is actually one I have had for a long time, and the music note washi tape is Heidi Swapp. The solid color washis are Scotch brand.

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

Of course everything is covered with a thin layer of gesso, and then I added flowers and butterflies using modeling paste and gesso.

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

This time I used watercolors to add the color to the stenciled images. I have to admit it was not my favorite way to add that color. I find watercolors make great washes, but they don’t run very well! I most definitely recommend Tim Holtz’ distress paints for that as they are much thicker and the color has more staying power. However, the watercolors do still create wonderful blends of color, even if they aren’t as vibrant as I had anticipated. And of course, the purpose of art journaling is to embrace the unexpected!

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

Once I had all my layers added and was happy with the colors and the textures, I added my quote. I was completely inspired by this quote from the old Beatles song, “Let It Be.” Once again, my One Little Word is showing up in my journaling, with a gentle reminder that the light is still there inside me.

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

I used a plain old paint pen from Elmer’s to write the lyrics and could not believe I have not tried writing with these before! I absolutely love the color and how smoothly it went onto the surface. My only fault was that it turned out the modeling paste was not quite as dry as I thought it was, so the paint pen ran a little at the bottom. 

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

I hope you are enjoying this art journaling process with me! I am learning so much and even though I don’t have it figured out in any way, there is still so much value in creating these layouts and in sharing them with you. See you tomorrow for Project Life 2016!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Journal No. 08 | Believe Story Kit by Ali Edwards

Hi guys and Happy Monday! We are back from our fun week away and I am ready to get back into the full swing of things here. Let’s start with our inspiration piece, today’s Art Journal layout:

So I picked up this darling elephant stamp at Paper Source and he was the inspiration for this entire piece. I have always had a love affair with elephants ever since I was 9 years old and my Dad let me ride one. So this little guy came home with me and found a home right here on these pages.

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Interestingly enough, this layout is sort of an intersection of three different projects: Art journaling, Story kits, and One Little Word all together. Our prompt for the month of July in One Little Word is to remind ourselves of what it is that we need to hear this month. Even though I had not worked on the prompt when I created this layout, I think it assigns for me precisely what I need to hear: I need to believe in myself.

Art Journal 08 Believe

For this layout I took some of the elephant wrapping paper from Paper Source and several of the journaling cards from the Believe Story kit and created a collage. I then covered all that with gesso and stamped my images.

Art Journal 08 Believe

I used several of the sentiments from the Believe Stamp set around the page. I also specifically used the “I believe in:” stamp to create homes for my journaling. The things I wrote that I believe in are: myself, my dreams, my talent, my hard work, and my future.  

Art Journal 08 Believe

On top of that I added my fibers – these vines are also from Paper Source and are intended to tie around gifts, but they are beautiful on this layout. They are adhered with fabric adhesive and then gesso has been applied on top.

 

Art Journal 08 Believe

This. This quote right here has more meaning to me than I can possibly express. I have been a subscriber to Ali Edwards’ Story kits less than a year, but I can tell you that every month there has been something in the kit that I precisely needed, right at that time.  You see, I have been struggling to keep my faith in the last few weeks. Things have not been working out like I thought or hoped they would, particularly withmy blog here and my YouTube channel. And then this quote, in this card, in this kit, arrived in my mail box. I still tear up when I read it, because I’m not sure I believe it quite yet.

Art Journal 08 Believe

On top of all the collage work and the stamped images and the vines, I added Heidi Swapp stenciled flowers. Then I created magic with my watercolors, allowing them to flow over the modeling paste. This brought the flowers to life, and slowly, just maybe, my dreams are coming back to the surface as well.

Art Journal 08 Believe

That is all for today, but I promise to keep at it. I promise to keep believing, even if it doesn’t feel like things are working out. I promise to be back tomorrow with more creative work, so that you can keep believing too.

See you then,

~Theresa

 

 

Project Life 2016 Week 5 | A Photo Documentary Layout Using the Project Life App

Hi there, the project I want to show you today is a fun photo documentation of Week 5, in which my husband was out of town for the whole week. So we sent photos and Facetimes and selfies back and forth, and then I compiled them into this three-page layout. Have a look!

Alright, so I created the base layouts in the Project Life app. This is what they looked like after printing:

Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5

Here is how they looked once embellished:

Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5

I selected Heidi Swapp’s Wanderlust collection to embellish these pages with. I didn’t want to add too much, but it did need a little something to pull everything together.

Project Life 2016 Week 5

 

Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5

At the end of the video I placed the layouts in the album – since there were three pages I left the first page on its own and then placed the second and third facing each other. This was a lot of fun to put together and I feel like I was able to document more of the trip than just oh he was gone and then he came back. Of course, I am lucky that Alan was willing to play along and was more than happy to take photos and send them to me! Most importantly, I am thankful that this layout gave me the chance to tell more of the story. In a few years we might never remember that that area of Portland had so much traffic, or that for one day at our school drop-off there was so much traffic. This is what Project Life is able to bring to our scrapbooks, my friends, and it is so very important to me. I am glad you share that with me!

See you again soon,

~Theresa

**This blog is an Amazon affiliate blog. Every post I try to include links to products I am using in my own scrapbooks. These are links to products that I know and trust to be the best in the industry, and I hope to help you with your own scrapbook shopping. Each time you click on one of these links, you help to support this blog (and our family)! For that I do thank you kindly.

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 4

Hi friends, I had one more layout for Week 4 that I wanted to create because it was our daughter’s birthday. I decided to use up some of my January Gossamer Blue Main and Life Pages Kit so this one is a traditional layout. Here is my process video:

Here is a look at the layout overall.

Traditional Layout Week 4

I really like using this horizontal grid, but there were some things I did a little different on this layout. This is one of the things I actually love about traditional scrapbooking – being able to experiment on paper with different elements and techniques. So my title card is one of the journal cards from the kit.

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

I added a few elements across the bottom of this side, which steps outside of the grid. The wood word goes off the photo to connect these elements to the rest of the block.

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

On the opposite side I wrote just a little journaling on this tag from Fancy Pants. This little pack of tags is perfect for adding simple journal spots and I used quite a few of them on this layout just to add some details.

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

I adore that patterned paper from Studio Calico and I added a few splotches to the white cardstock to repeat that pattern. It reminds me of confetti – how perfect for a party theme!

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

The two journal cards in the center of this side are fairly simple, just word strips and hearts.

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

The bottom journal card is just pure fun with diagonal stripes and glitter alphas from Heidi Swapp. 

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

Well, that’s another week in the books. I hope you have a creative weekend and I will see you soon!

~Theresa

**This blog is an affiliate with Amazon.com. Each post I try to include links to products I have used in this layout to help you with your own shopping and scrapbooking. When you click on these links, or make purchases through these links, you help to support this blog (and my family!) For that I thank you kindly.

Simple Planner 2016 Vol. 03

Hi there! New week means new planner layout, so take a look at how I embellished my planner this week.

 

I received my Ali Edwards Project Life Storytelling kit last week and was delighted that the stamp set has the days of the week included! So I knew already I was going to use those. I had already misted the pages with my Heidi Swapp spray mist and heart stencils, which I just adore.

Simple Planner 2016 Vol 03
Simple Planner 2016 Vol 03

 

I chose a simple gold heart washi to embellish across the top. I also chose a thin navy washi to create the divisions between the days.

Simple Planner 2016 Vol 03

 

For the numbers I decided to use the Fitzgerald alpha set from Cedar Lane, and while I was pulling those I came across the word strips, so I added those in some places as well.

Simple Planner 2016 Vol 03

 

Thursday of this week is an important day – our son is going into the hospital for some outpatient blood work. If you are the praying type, say a few prayers and positive thoughts for him on that day! I added a few word strips on that day, just to provide some space to acknowledge that as a big day for us.

Simple Planner 2016 Vol 03

 

For my dashboard, I wanted to use these speech bubbles, they are old stickers from IKEA from last spring and I have had them laying around forever! But I thought they would be cute to write my to-do lists for this week. I added some of the word strips and stamps from Ali’s stamp set, and called it done.

Simple Planner 2016 Vol 03

 

Very quick and easy embellishing this week, and I am glad I have some pretty things to look at while we work our way through this week. I hope you have an inspired and creative week too! 

See you soon,

~Theresa

**This blog is an affiliate with Amazon.com. Every post I try to include links to the products I have featured in my blog to assist you with your own shopping and scrapbooking. When you click on these links and make purchases through these links, you help to support this blog (and my family!) For that I thank you kindly.