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Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout in my Things I Need to Hear Series. In this layout I am journaling a bit about carrying other people’s anger and how to move forward from that. I used one of my favorite mixed media techniques – creating patterns using floral stencils and modeling paste, and then painting with acrylics. I then embellished using some of the glorious Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes.

I find that every week when I complete these layouts I cannot wait to share them with you. I am loving this artistic process and combining mixed media with photos and journaling.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

My journaling for this layout was, quite frankly, brutally honest and painful, but so much worth it to write it out and get it out of my brain. These are the kinds of journaling that absolutely can be covered up and be made into a portion of the artwork itself, which is what I did here. I layered modeling paste right over top of the words in a symbolic move to remind myself not to park in the negative spaces.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

I then layered distress paints and acrylics over top, and a layer of gesso over top of that as well. Underneath my photos I layered some cut files I picked up from the Silhouette store: Totally Jamie floral cluster and leafy branches.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

After that I layered my photos with patterned papers and my title. At the end of my journaling I left the invitation for myself to take charge and only own emotions that are mine to own. I admit I don’t really know what this looks like but I am already doing it and I am already working hard to make important changes in my life and self-awareness, so I wanted my title to be a reassurance to me that I do, indeed, have this. Change is always scary, but this is a very good thing. Disclaimer: as a survivor of trauma anger often becomes a coping mechanism for dealing with the reality of what happened to that person, and often trauma arises from the projection of other people’s anger onto the victim. This means that victims carry the anger of their perpetrator, often in the form of visible scars and always in the form of invisible, emotional scars. In prolonged trauma, the survivor is groomed to hold that anger and accept that anger because the perpetrator leads them to believe they deserve it. An important part of healing from trauma is identifying misplaced anger, and it is this type of anger that I am referring to in my video and layout.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Look at all those yummy layers! 

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

And yes, I absolutely did use this adorable deer with the glitter hooves and gingham fur.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Thanks so much for following along with my process today, I hope you are inspired to create your own magic today. See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

 

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast | Project Mouse and Maggie Holmes Bloom

Hi guys! Oh I just have to tell you how excited I am to show you today’s layout! The photos are from the Beauty and the Beast show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and I have chosen some fantastic products to go along with. Have a look at my process here:

Ok, here is the layout with photos and journaling cards which I created using products from Sahlin Studio Project Mouse, namely the Princess and Fantasy collections:

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

I decided to add my Maggie Holmes Bloom transparency in between this layout. So I have two photos of the completed layout:

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast
Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

I don’t even know where to begin! I guess I will just show you around the layout as usual, but I admit this is no ordinary layout! I began this title card in Photoshop (I use the Cloud version) and brought in the patterned paper, hearts, and bracket. I created a mask using the bracket so there was a place for text or embellishments, then I added a drop shadow, and then I added the word sentiment. All of those elements are available from Sahlin Studio Project Mouse, and The Lilypad.

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

Under that card are two 3×4 cards with added embellishments.

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

I couldn’t help but add just the tiniest touches to the photos of the show. Every scene was so beautiful, and my camera captured the stage amazingly well (these were taken with a Canon T3 with a kit lens).

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

This 4×6 card is another one I made myself using just a tiny strip of the patterned paper and some simple lines. I only added a tiny strip of glitter tape and my journaling.

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

I thought it would be cute to use the Princess Checklist card to create a checklist of some of my favorite characters. Don’t worry, all the beloved characters in the movie appeared in the show, and they did not disappoint!

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

There were several banners in the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection, this one in the cardstock stickers, so I repeated those in several places on the layout.

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

Here is a look at this side of the layout one more time:

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

I love how the colors of this transparency coordinate so beautifully with the colors on the stage and in the costumes, plus it ties in the gold glitter. I seriously love transparencies and use them every year in my December Dailies, and I try to incorporate them into my other albums as well. This seemed like a great opportunity to use this one!

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

It is somewhat challenging to photograph transparencies, so forgive the imperfect photos. Hopefully you can see how I added a vellum banner from the Project Mouse Princess kit. Layered on that are some word strips and a chipboard flower. When you turn the page you will find the back of the chipboard flower that has been embossed with gold and layered with a floral die cut.

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

For the left hand side of the layout, I created this journaling card again in Photoshop, printed it out, and then embellished on top. I am particularly in love with these hexagons! They became great layering elements for other little bits and bobs.

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

More 3×4 cards and layered embellishments here, and a few stamped s sentiments. The roller stamp I used is from Maggie Holmes’ Shine collection. Definitely a favorite stamp here!

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

On this photo I layered the XO banner with a glitter leaf! I wanted to repeat the glitter around the page, you know, because glitter.

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

Ah, these photos just make me so happy! I remember taking them and imagining the layout I wanted to create, so I kept the drapes in the frame. This glittered label is perfect right here!

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

More glitter, and a chipboard frame here, layered together. I also repeated the bracket and hearts on this filler card, and then layered labels and stamps on top. I love this so much!

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

One last photo and a banner layered with a glittered leaf and gold word sticker. Check out the concerned characters in the frame – this was the scene where Beast was    pitching his temper!

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

Here isone more look at the right hand side of the layout:

Disney Hollywood Studios Beauty and the Beast

Oh you guys, this might be one of my absolute favorite layouts ever! It all came together so much prettier than I could have ever imagined! I do hope you will let me know in the comments what you think. Thanks so much for following along!

~Theresa

Project Life 2016 | Week 12

Hi there, today I am showing a layout from my Project Life 2016 album for Week 12. Something I noticed in the last few weeks is just how much my husband has been doing for me, so I wanted this layout to be about that. Here is my process video:

So here is the layout as I printed it out from the App:

Project Life 2016 Week 12

And this is the completed layout:

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I decided to use the rub-ons from Amy Tangerine on the date card because I had never tried rub-ons on glossy paper before, and it worked out great. In fact those gold touches dress that card up beautifully!

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I echoed the hearts and cut up the kraft heart from Ali Edwards’ Heart Story kit to layer on top. Then I added my journaling. This space actually ties the layout all together.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I love these photos because my husband actually took them and I love when he does that. I have to say there are several pictures here and there on my layouts that he took. So on this night we decided to go see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which I had been anxiously waiting to come out.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I grabbed the movie poster from Google and dropped it into Dropbox so I could use it here on the layout. It just makes me laugh!

Project Life 2016 Week 12

The quality on this photo isn’t as good as the one above, but it tells part of the story. Perfection is not required, ya’ll. Include the photos that remind you of how you felt in a certain time and place, technical issues or not. I find that non-perfect photos actually round out the whole layout, because nothing in life is perfect, so why should our photos all be magazine quality photos?

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I chose several of the chipboard accents from the Heart Story kit just to add a tiny something. Tiny hearts, tiny embellishment, but big impact.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

Here is the other side of this layout. This side is mainly about Alan building my new desktop.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

This photo of Alan on the stairs fascinates me. There is a window on the landing of our stairway that is casting the light behind him, but the rest of the photo is a bit dark. I didn’t edit this photo to fix the shadows because I think it’s kind of cool. I am working my way through Ali Edwards’ Lens of Joy class right now, and light is one of the subjects she touches on. In this photo, the light hits the side of his face, which is the focus of the photo, and that is good.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

The cat here is having a blast with the wires. I guess I haven’t written much about how I used the embellishments, but I did love using the stamp set with the Story kit. This card was perfect for the word stamps!

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I also just love the simple stamp and puffy sticker in the corner of the honeycomb paper. It didn’t need much because of its pattern, so this was perfect.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I absolutely love how these Project Life layouts give me opportunities to tell these stories as they happen throughout the week, while it is weighing on my mind. I love being able to journal about and photograph people I love, through my lens (and share his lens too!) and then document those photos in a meaningful way. Here’s also to my sweet husband, who takes so much time every week to help me do things I love to do. I am so thankful for him.

I’ll see you here tomorrow for the next Disney layout!

~Theresa

P52/Project Life 2016 Week 10 | Currently Edition and Maggie Holmes Bloom!

Hi guys, I have a quick one-page layout this week for you that I created using the Currently Edition digital version in the Project Life App. Later on Friday I will bring another Project Life video, and for the next few weeks my plan is to bring more than one Project Life layout. I started planning my layouts for the month of March and realized that there was quite a bit to document! I love the flexibility of this method for Project Life – when slow weeks happen one page is fantastic, and when busy weeks happen I have the ability to include more stories. So let me show you the process video:

 

This is the layout as I created it in the Project Life App:

Project Life 2016 Week 10

So the Currently Edition is not available in the Project Life App at this time, but the digital version is available at beckyhiggins.com. I also received notification that the physical kit had been restocked, if you are interested in that one. I was delighted to get the digital kit, however, and then once I downloaded the cards I placed them in my Dropbox to use in the App. 

Project Life 2016 Week 10

I decided to use Maggie Holmes Bloom collection to add my embellishments. The colors blend really well with the layout and I love the flexibility between the pinks and blues.

Project Life 2016 Week 10

The circle journal card became the perfect home for the week number, and then a Maggie Holmes label anchors the card on the page. I have been really anxious (yes, in a hoarding sense) to use those fringe hearts and had to convince myself to just use one already. They are so pretty!

Project Life 2016 Week 10

One of my commitments to myself this year is to take pictures of myself and include them in my Project Life album. I don’t really see myself as “pretty,” necessarily, but I do love to wear make-up and I do love to use fun filters to make the pictures look pretty. I think one of the reasons we don’t like pictures of ourselves is because cameras can be harsh on our faces and can show imperfections! No wonder we don’t like those images! But filters and different angles can be flattering and can help us feel better about ourselves and the way we look. So I am doing that for myself this year. 

Project Life 2016 Week 10

Our cat had to go to the vet, and as soon as we placed him in the carrier, the other cat jumped on top as if to wonder where we were taking her brother! The journaling went perfect on the Maggie Holmes sticker turned sideways.

Project Life 2016 Week 10

I’m not much of a list-type journaler, but this card seemed perfect for a week that seemed to have one thing going on each day. So a simple list it is. With a cute little bird. And with that, this layout is done. See you soon!

~Theresa